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 2021 Overview
- Do-It-Yourself Pond Kit: $1,500 and up (See options)
- Professional Fish Pond Installation: $6,400 and up
- Professional Turtle Pond Installation: $3,300 and up
- Fountains: Costs vary greatly, but most high-end fountains start around $3,500 for professional installation
- Patio Ponds: $330 and up (See options)
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 $6,379, 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 $9,279.
If a full pond isn’t for you, Splash Supply also offers Disappearing Waterfalls starting at $4,799, 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 $27,000. 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 $1,500 for an 8-by-11-foot pond with rocks and gravel. Our next-largest kit – 11-by-16-foot – starts at around $3,600, with costs increasing from there depending on the size of your space.
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. At Splash, we also include the perfect amount of rock,, boulders and gravel with our kits, saving you the guesswork of figuring out how much you need. (Fish and plants – which are also crucial to your pond’s ecosystem – are sold separately). Kits also include free delivery to your build site if you live near York, PA.
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 $389 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 Stone 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. Check out our Idea & Price Guide to browse options for professional installation.
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.