Ponds and water features are a beautiful addition to any home and will be where you spend the most amount of time. Make sure you pick a pond and water feature that is right for you and your space. The team at Modern Design Aquascaping is here to guide you through that process give us a call. This video is going to walk through all the different variables that can affect the cost of a pond and help you set realistic expectations of the total cost. Think of the cost as you would a car there is a different price for a standard model and a bigger price tag for the model with all the upgrades.
Modern Design Aquascaping base model ponds with install start at around $8000. The more complexity, upgrades, and features will affect the price. We urge you don’t make a fast decision on your pond do your research. Don’t be fooled if it sounds too good to be true it is!
Tennessee River Stone if your in love with this stone you’re in luck it’s the most cost-effective stone. Mountain Stones have to be stacked and arranged in a certain way to achieve the desired effect. The size of the stones affects the cost. The larger the stone, the more involved the process is to maneuver and position that stone.
When adding driftwood to the feature cedar, cypress, and juniper are species of wood that will last a long time. How are you using the driftwood? Is it going to be small accents that sit on the edge of the pond or is this a huge piece of wood that is a major component of the pond? The addition of a large stump of driftwood can take half a day to maneuver and manipulate the driftwood into its final position with heavy machinery. The goal is to make the stump look like has been there a hundred years and grew out of the side of the bank. What we do artistically with the driftwood comes with a whole different price tag than a simple piece of driftwood on the side of your pond.
In East Tennessee, we have a ton of predatory birds; unfortunately fish are like chicken everything likes to eat it. Build your pond accordingly to protect your fish adding a fish cave will ensure your fish have a place to retreat when scared or hibernating and be protected from predators above. A fish cave is a structure built into the bottom of the pond to provide cover and can be built simply or elaborately as your budget allows.
The is place in the water feature that you walk up and interact with the feature. The interaction area can be a large flat stone where you and your family sit and put your feet in the water or feed the fish. Another stone feature that creates an interaction area is a set of stone steps to access the feature more easily. There are a lot of ways for us to build a spot for you to interact with your pond. The more elaborately you build, the more that will affect the cost of the pond.
We at Modern Design Aquascaping hope this has been informative about the cost of a pond or water feature and understand why the price varies and some of the contributing factors to higher costs. If you enjoyed part 1 stay tuned for part 2 or give us a call today to get your pond started!
John Adams is a professional pond artist and builder.