Pond installation costs vary depending on the size and complexity of your pond project, as well as on whether you decide to do the dirty work yourself or pay someone to do it for you.
Pond Cost 2020 Overview
- Do-It-Yourself Pond Kit: $1,200 and up
- Professional Fish Pond Installation: $6,000 and up
- Professional Turtle Pond Installation: $3,300 and up
- Fountains: Costs vary greatly, but most high-quality fountains start around $300 for DIY installation
- Patio Ponds: $250 and up
Cost of Professional Pond Installation
Splash Supply Company’s basic pond package – an up to 100-square-foot, 20-inch-deep pond with one 16- to 20-inch waterfall – starts at $5,900, including professional installation. Our most popular pond package – an up to 150-square-foot, 28-inch-deep pond with a 16- to 20-inch waterfall – starts at $8,600.
If a full pond isn’t for you, Splash Supply also offers Disappearing Waterfalls starting at $4,299, as well as professionally installed fountainscapes starting around $3,490 and turtle ponds starting at $3,299. If you want to go big – maybe 300-square-feet big – your costs would probably start around $18,600. Financing is available for most water features.
As with most things in life, cheaper isn’t always better. Having your pond installed by a professional the first time will minimize issues like leaks and green water, and maybe save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Cost of Do-It-Yourself Pond Installation
Complete professional-grade DIY Pond Kits start at around $1,200 for an 8-by-11-foot pond, not including rocks and gravel. Our next-largest kit – 11-by-16-foot – starts at around $2,800, with costs increasing from there depending on the size of your space. By the time you add in a few underwater lights, some pond plants like beautiful waterlilies and a few fish, you could expect to budget between $1,500 and $2,000 for a nice entry-level pond (about 100 to 200 square feet).
Out of the box, our kits come with most of the essentials you would need to get started: usually a skimmer, pumps, plumbing, biofilter, underlayment, rubber liner, silicone, waterfall foam and other basics. (They do not include rocks, fish or plants – all of which are crucial to your pond’s ecosystem.) Kits also include an instruction manual and links to helpful videos – plus free delivery to your build site.
So, there you are, stranded in your yard with a box, a shovel and a creeping feeling that all those dreams of backyard bliss may have led you to take on more than you can chew? Not quite.
When you buy your kit, we’ll talk about your exact hopes and expectations for your backyard oasis. We will likely swap out pieces from the kit (i.e. if you need a different-sized liner) and go through the instruction manual step-by-step, crossing out and changing instructions as necessary. If you find yourself stuck during the build process or have a question, we’re always just a phone call or visit away.
We also have a full line-up of free pond classes where you can start building up your library of pond knowledge (there’s even free donuts!)
Pond Service Costs
Service costs vary depending on the size and complexity of your water feature, how much work you want to do yourself, the severity of issues that need repaired and how often you want to have your pond serviced (cleaned, repaired, etc.) A visit from the Splash Supply team can range anywhere from $255 to more than $1,200 for routine cleaning and maintenance.
Cost of Decorative Fountains
Maybe you’re not ready to invest in a pond, or maybe you want something unique to beautify the edges of your existing pond. A decorative fountain can give you the sight and sound of water for not a lot of money.
Costs of decorative fountains can run anywhere from $150 to almost $8,000, depending on whether you want something small to sit on your patio or a statement-making fountainscape.
Sprawling fountainscapes like the one below sit at the other end of the higher end of the price spectrum. The $7,900 price tag on this Stacked Slate Urn Trio includes three of the pictured urns, a pump vault, a pump rated to handle 3,000 gallons of water per hour and mixed pond gravel.
Lots of other fountains sit in between these price points. Download our Idea & Price Guide – or pick up a copy in our York, PA retail store – to see more.
Cost of Patio Ponds
Patio ponds offer another alternative to the traditional koi pond. These low-maintenance decorative features give you beauty of a pond- and the ability to grow your own aquatic plants – without the large footprint.
Patio pond costs vary depending on your desired size and decor, but expect to spend anywhere from $180 to $400 for the main container, plus an additional $80 to $250 for a decorative spitter to help water flow through the feature. You can also opt for a plain filter instead of or in addition to a spitter for under $100.
Pond plants add the final touch to your patio pond. Just like with a pond, you can spend as little as $10 for a few water hyacinths, or $100 or more for more elaborate plants. It’s up to you!
Check out our Patio Pond display at Splash Supply Company in York, PA for some ideas on how to customize your own miniature water garden, or check out some of our Patio Pond Packages at our Online Store.