Designing a Backyard Recreation Pond
If you have been researching water feature landscaping options, you may have come across recreational ponds. We can all agree that they are a luxurious and functional alternative to swimming pools. They add the immense beauty of a water feature while remaining optimal for swimming and lounging.
Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?
Anytime someone wants to do a major home improvement project, the question of doing it yourself or hiring a professional always comes up. Depending on the complexity of the project and your handyman skill level will determine the answer.
If you are unsure of your ability to complete every aspect of the project at hand, it may be wise to consult a professional. They will ensure everything is done up to code and bring your grand vision to life.
Assess Your Space
Whether you opt to design and build the pond yourself or have a professional do it, you must assess the space you have. Take into consideration the square footage you have available and where the pond will fit best.
Additionally, you should ensure zoning is not an issue. Consult your local town government office or a land-use attorney to find out more. Finding out zoning information should always be your first step before designing or breaking ground.
Design a Layout
After you have all of your permits in order, are aware of zoning laws and the space available, you can begin designing the pond’s layout. First, you will want to configure the shape of your pond. Then you will want to determine any features you would like to add. Those features may include a waterfall, steps, and area dedicated to greenery.
If you do not feel comfortable designing the layout yourself, consult an experienced pond designer. Having someone with experience design your recreation pond will ensure that it turns out just the way you envisioned it. They will not leave a single stone unturned.
Choosing Your Materials
It goes without saying that you will need pond lining and other foundational materials. The fun part comes in when you get to choose the stone and greenery for your pond.
The internet is the best place to find inspiration for your pond and the materials you would like to use to achieve it. Websites like Pinterest and the image feature on Google are fantastic resources.
Also, when selecting pumps and filtration equipment it is important to follow all electrical safety requirements related to water intended for swimming. External pumps are a must, and a method of dealing with harmful pathogens, such as a UV light or ozone system, should be considered.
The Benefits of Recreation Ponds
Having a recreational pond has its benefits; here are a few of them.
- They are easy and relatively inexpensive to maintain
- Safe for pets and wildlife
- Perfect for kids and the family
- They are absolutely stunning
Building a recreation pond may be expensive and stressful during the design and building process, but they are totally worth it. You will love spending time soaking up the sun while having a gorgeous view. It’s good to remind yourself that they are easier and cheaper to maintain than a traditional pool. The design and building process is exciting; enjoy it.