You’ve decided to build a Koi pond or water feature in your outdoor living space, welcome to the family!
The most important thing to keep in mind, and I can’t stress this enough, you don’t have to do everything all at once.
I built my ponds and landscape over several years and when you’re doing it on your own for a lower cost you have plenty of time.
I tend to find when someone makes the decision to build a Koi pond that they have a hard time figuring out where to put it or where to start, especially if they have never built a water feature before. This can be a little intimidating but it doesn’t have to be if you can find a little help, with the internet now days help is merely a click away.
Contact your local utility company to come out and mark the yard so you know where all the buried lines are. Then you will know where you can dig safely in the yard.
I have found over the years by building ponds and planting gardens that the best thing you can do is to just sit out in the area where you plan to view the pond. Then just start drawing it out on a note pad. I know we’re not all artists or landscape architects but don’t let that stop you from playing with different ideas. Now remember it’s not just the pond you are planning but the flow of the whole outdoor living space. Sometimes it helps to make a list of things you would like to see in the landscape.
Examples could be:
- Water features
- New patios for entertaining and enjoying your new landscape
- Walking paths through the area
- A shed or pump/filter house for a big pond
- Hot tub
- Fire pits
The other thing to keep in mind is that you will be removing dirt out of the pond site. If you don’t have the room to move it you will have to get rid of it somewhere, so think about what things can be elevated such as waterfalls and patios. As you start building you may find that you want to change something in the layout. It’s ok to change things because you may find a way that works better or you like more.
Amazon is a great place to find books on Koi ponds, water features, pondless falls, or even just overall garden ideas and you will find so many great ideas that you may or may not want to incorporate into your landscape project.
Also decide what type of water feature you would like, fountain, pondless fall, water garden or a Koi pond. On this site we’ll be focusing more on Koi pond building, however many of the features of a Koi pond can still be utilized in the other water features listed above and the ways of making them on your own are very similar.
Please feel free to post questions or comments at any time as I love to help and see how new landscapes come alive.