Designing and Installing a Water Feature

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Have you ever dreamed of falling asleep to the sound of a waterfall? Now you can have one of your very own. Designing and installing a water feature isn’t nearly as hard as you’d think, and it makes for some relaxing ambient sound too.

It’s no surprise that the sound of water is soothing. Nature provides a sense of serenity, calmness and peace. And while it may sound appealing to listen to the nearest brook or waterfall while you wind down after a long day at work, generally, it’s unrealistic, if not impossible, to do so.

Thankfully, you can follow these simple steps and have your very own water feature right there in your backyard.

Choose your location

Where would you like your water feature to go? Do you want to be able to see it from your window? Do you want to hear it from every room in the house, or just enjoy it when you’re outdoors? There’s lots to consider before you commit to a location for your water feature. Here are a few things you might want to think about.

  • Foundation: is the area strong enough to hold a water feature? Can you dig into the area easily and are you able to then excavate the area? Don’t worry though, if your preferred spot isn’t conducive to digging with an excavator, there are plenty of aboveground water feature options you can try.
  • Typography: depending on the type of water feature you would like to install, typography will be very important. If you want a flowing stream, your location will need to be slopping. Whether you have a slow-moving stream or a fast-moving waterfall will depend on the grade of the slope.
  • Size: how big do you want your water feature to be? Make sure you also consider how big the space is and what can you fit in there comfortably.
  • The pump: every water feature will need a pump so the location should be near an electrical source or have the potential for an electrician to install a conduit underground.
  • Refill: there will come times that the water feature will need a bit of a top up. Being near a hose will make this much easier, though alternatively you can purchase an extended hose.

Decide on the materials

Water features can be made from a variety of materials. You’ll most likely need stone, boulders, pebbles, flat stones and possibly some gravel. You’ll also need some waterproofing membrane, a pump and possibly some silicone.

When it comes to the pump, choose one that is suitable for the size of your water feature. It needs to have enough power to get the water to the top of the feature, whether that’s a pot or another level of the garden. If you’re unsure, go for a bigger size.

Prepare the area and the feature

Preparing the area for the water feature may require moving some things including existing stones or pavers. If you’ve decided you want your feature in the middle of the garden lawn, you’ll need to dig a hole. You’ll also need to dig a hole for the pump.

Generally, the pump will be placed inside a sump which filters the water and keeps the level consistent. Ensure the sump is completely level with the surface.

As mentioned above, you may need to bury some conduit in the ground so an electrician can ensure the pump is receiving power. An electrician also may be needed to install an additional powerpoint. Of course, this is only required if there is no powerpoint nearby.

If your water feature includes pots and other containers, you’ll need to waterproof these. This is where the waterproofing membrane comes in. A couple of coats to the inside of the pot is usually sufficient. And remember to wait a couple of hours between applying each coat for best results.

Set it up

If your water feature is a pre-prepared pot, you’re pretty much done. All you need to do is connect the pump to the pot and you’re good to go. However, if you’re building your feature from scratch, you’ll need to put your design hat on and get creative.

The first step is to fill the water feature with rocks and pebbles. If you’re building a stream, place some boulders, pebbles and flat rocks around to help the water flow effectively. The larger boulders act as side barriers, while the smaller ones are typically used to guide the water. You’ll also need to lay some gravel into any exposed areas.

Next, clean the area. Spray the rocks and gravel with your hose to ensure the surfaces are clean. You can run the pump at the same time to filter the water. Keep running the hose until the water runs clear.

Finally, add a bit of colour or life. Consider adding some plants around the water feature to liven up the area. Or, pop a couple of fish into the stream. Just make sure the water is deep enough for them. And don’t forget to feed them.

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Arman Minas

Arman Minas

Director at Armstone
A committed and enthusiastic expert, Arman has more than 10 years experience in the stone industry and 20 years in the design space. Arman’s strong, customer focused passion has seen countless projects come to life. At the head of the Armstone team, Arman oversees all aspects of the business.

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