There is nothing quite like the addition of a water feature to your backyard. From the sound of running water to the way it enhances your outdoor living space, a pond or waterfall brings a tremendous amount of value. Though a water feature might sound appealing, you may not have a lot of knowledge of how much it may cost.

There are many factors that influence the overall cost of your water feature project. Factors like the steepness of slopes and overall size are the biggest cost influences.

We’ve put together this article to illustrate a few price points of several projects we’ve completed in Southern California. However, every property presents unique challenges, and as your water feature dream grows, so will the overall cost.

Whether you want to know pondless waterfall costs or the cost of a fish pond, we wanted to take some of the guesswork out of the equation and help give you some ideas to serve as a basis of your budget discussion with your pond designer.

When it comes to water features, there’s truly something for everyone. Here’s what you can expect as you start to consider your backyard pond project.

Low-Cost Backyard Water Features ($3,000 to $6,000)

Within this range is a basic pondless waterfall cost and even a small fish pond cost. Both of these can add a lot of value to your outdoor living space with their unique aesthetic appeal.

A pondless waterfall is basically just what it sounds like—a recirculating waterfall without a pond. It can provide a very unique look to any outdoor living area. A fish pond, on the other hand, is your own little backyard ecosystem. There is a lot of joy in watching fish and pond plants grow and change.

Since slope and size are the biggest factors that will influence cost, projects in this price range may be a small pond approximately 5’ x 10’, or a just a pondless waterfall of about 15’ in length. Another option, as shown below is a combination of the two with a smaller pond and simple stream feeding it.

Pricing examples and costs of backyard waterfall, fish ponds, and pondless waterfalls.

Simple Beauty: Even a small and simple pond will bring you a wealth of enjoyment.

Mid-Range Backyard Water Features ($6,000 to $10,000)

As the pond gets a little larger or you add a longer stream or higher waterfall feeding it, the cost of your water feature will increase. In this example, the trickling waterfall is almost 5 ft. tall, cascading over rocks as it empties in the fish pond below.

This fish pond and waterfall is also beautifully incorporated into the surrounding patio which extends over the edge for easy viewing of the fish. If you are adding a water feature such as this around an existing hardscaped surface, it can also add to the project cost since it will take more time to safely excavate soil and move materials for installation.

If by any chance you can include your water feature into the transformation of your entire backyard, this will help to reduce pondless waterfall and fish pond costs.

Pricing examples and costs of backyard waterfall, fish ponds, and pondless waterfalls.

Serene Scene: What better way to spend an evening than relaxing by your lighted pond.

High-End Backyard Water Features ($10,000 to $20,000)

In this higher end price range, you can truly get a spectacular fish pond with a lot of bells and whistles. A 15’ x 10’ foot pond incorporates 2 longer streams feeding the pond, spilling over rocks to create the serene sound that we love in backyard water features.

Pricing examples and costs of backyard waterfall, fish ponds, and pondless waterfalls.

Backyard Paradise: The lush green foliage coupled with multiple waterfalls gives this backyard a resort-like feel.

Dream Backyard Water Features (Over $20,000)

At the higher end of the cost of a backyard waterfall, are those amazing ideas that take your yard to the next level. A budget of over $20,000 will go toward transforming your entire space. Whether it be a stream and fish pond  that looks as though they have always been there, or a truly spectacular water feature that appears to be straight out of the pages of a magazine, within this budget you will be able to have the backyard water feature of your dreams.

In this example, a 20’ x 20’ pond is fed by a stream reaching another 20’ up a small slope. The pond is lined with large boulders to give it a natural look, and the large stones continue throughout the landscape around the home. This kind of detail helps ponds to blend into a property creating the illusion as they’ve always been there.

Seamless Blend: It takes a truly artistic touch to design a water feature with boulder placement that appear as though they’ve always been there.

Getting Pond and Waterfall Costs & Details for your Southern California Property

If you’re ready to get started with your water feature project, it’s important that you find a company that has the experience and the long-held expertise to install it. The proper installation from a skilled professional is actually even more important than the cost of a fish pond or backyard waterfall. Invest in someone who knows what they’re doing.

Finding the right professional will ensure that you don’t have headaches down the road. When installed correctly you can have the peace of mind that it will not only look beautiful but will function as it’s supposed to.

Pricing examples and costs of backyard waterfall, fish ponds, and pondless waterfalls.

At California Waterscapes, we have completed many water feature installations, and that has also given us an artistic eye for unique designs. After making an investment in a pond, you want it to blend seamlessly with the rest of your landscape—not look like it was just plunked there with no attention given to detail. As pond professionals, we know how to complement the existing landscape, incorporate the right plant material, and utilize boulder placement to make your pond look as though it’s always been a part of your landscape.

Whether you want to know the cost of a backyard waterfall or what water feature is right for you, let us help you out. Having done so many ponds and water features over the years at various price points, California Waterscapes can work with your budget to find the options that work best for you. For more possibilities, check out our idea gallery. Or if you already have some ideas flowing, give us a call at 818-244-4000 or contact us today for a free quote.

 

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