How Much Does a Water Feature Cost?

Price Guide

£90 - £4,000

low

£90

median

£175

high

£4,000

Bring your home, garden, pool and business to life with the soothing soundscape of a water feature. They’re wonderful for creating an ambience while adding a genuine wow factor as a stunning centrepiece that requires little maintenance, the occasional filter clean, and top-up water. 

Refreshing, calming, and the ultimate feng-shui within a modern world, water features add to a property's value while also offering a warm welcome to visitors of all kinds - from humans to birds and furry friends.  

Different types of qualified and licensed professionals can help in designing and coordinating the build and installation of water features. These include landscapers, landscaping companies, specialist water feature companies, plumbers, and electricians. Given our busy lifestyles and the lack of experience in installing water features, hiring a professional for the job is a necessity. 

Many types of water features can suit different environments and styles. Making a water feature is only limited by your imagination and materials, with professionals creating bespoke creations to suit your space.

A water feature for any budget and any space or design isn’t just a possibility; it’s a reality. The average costs for water features can be as low as £90 for small garden water features and as high as £10,000 for more high-end options.

You can DIY your water features installation. You might not care whether the job takes all year and hauling around rocks sounds more fun than keeping your gym membership, while the creative process will bring you genuine joy and a sense of achievement.

But what you can count on is a professional who will install your water feature efficiently and correctly, allowing for water flow and waterproofing while avoiding any potential expenses with water damage and disaster. If you prefer to avoid problems with design and installation, hiring a professional can be the best route.


Common inclusions in water features

While water features for gardens in the UK are fairly low-maintenance, they still require regular upkeep. Different types of water features range from a simple bubbling pot and a fish-friendly pond to a luxury waterfall wall and an ornate fountain in a swimming pool. Each feature presents its challenges.

Water features have a submersible pump that moves and aerates the water, adding oxygen and breaking the surface to keep leaf litter, bugs, mosquitos, pests, grime, and algae at bay. Pumps need to be connected to electricity to run. It can be solar-powered or have a programmable system to turn the pump on and off. The latter requires waterproofing to prevent short-circuiting.

If you want to add some fish into the water feature, be sure to prevent foliage breakdown. An equaliser can be added to keep the water safe. The pond, covers, filters, and water top-ups need to be cleaned regularly without harsh chemicals.   

Your water feature builder may include some or all of the following services:


  • Land Clearing. Preparing the area often requires the land to be cleared, such as pruning, cutting overgrown shrubs, and removing pavers or bricks. It can be as simple as laying a few bricks, digging up the garden, and moving plants and furniture around to make space.

  • Levelling. The toughest job in installing fountains is perfecting the water flow to make it aesthetically pleasing. This starts with levelling the ground. Levelling also involves the subterranean, allowing for a conduit to be connected for electric power.

  • Trenching. Drainage is important with all water features. A trenching shovel is required to create a narrow channel for the installation of irrigation piping.

  • Retaining Walls & Landscape Lighting. Waterfalls are often installed into a variety of wall types and around gardens and backyards. LED lights create a spectacular evening display, rotating through a variety of colours or set to just one. This usually requires the expertise of an electrician and a landscaper to make sure everything is well designed and safely set up. For these features, it’s all about the look and the sound.

  • Garden Design. From a simple pond to an elaborate waterfall with stacked stones, incorporating a water feature into your existing garden requires thorough designing, planning, and installation. 

  • Garden Landscaping. Building a large scale feature can support large plants, adding height and structure. Garden fountains come in a wide range of styles, from oversized stainless steel tubs to outdoor water fountains. This often requires large scale landscaping where the garden is redesigned around the new feature, rather than the feature harmonically blending into the existing garden. This involves designing, planning, levelling, drainage, and installation. You'll need to hire an electrician to hook up the electricity, whether it's solar or electrical-powered. 

  • Backyard Landscaping. Extensive water features require a great deal of design, planning, levelling, drainage, and installation when the entire backyard is transformed into a visual showpiece. The more intricate and labour intensive the project, the more likely plans are required for the design. You'll likely need a plumber, landscaper, electrician, and specialist tools required for the project’s success. 

  • Commercial Landscaping. Water features provide a stunning backdrop for offices. In this type of project, you'll need a design and installation plan specifically for commercial landscaping. This includes levelling, drainage, programmable watering systems using solar power or electricity. This may require coordination with a plumber, landscaper, and electrician. 

  • Landscape Architecture. A large scale project such a glass tiled water walls, garden rooms, custom-shaped fountains, and tiled spas and pools with boxwood hedging, custom wood fencing, sandstone coping, paved decking or patios, sculptures, intricate stonework and a cabana require architectural designs and some aspects of engineering. The area will likely need levelling, drainage, and programmable watering systems using solar power or electricity. 

  • Lawn Sprinklers. Lawn sprinklers are a great way to keep your garden or new turf looking lush and well-maintained. Sprinklers can range from pop-ups to nozzles, gear drive sprinklers, and impact sprinklers. These need to be durable to withstand the weather. Sprinkler types vary on the lawn height, ability to not flood the lawn, and water efficiency. 

  • Sprinkler System Installation. A variety of sprinkler systems are available, from discrete micro sprays for small garden beds to border durable jet sprays for larger gardens. Shrub sprays and pop-up sprinklers are great all-rounders and ideal for automatic systems. These are best installed by a professional.  

  • Drip Irrigation Systems. As the most efficient form of watering, drip irrigation minimises evaporation and distributes water directly to the roots of plants and lawns by a drip tube. Given the installation and operation are kept underground with fewer moving parts, these are often more cost-effective. A plumber with specialist tools will make sure the drip irrigation system is correctly installed and running. 

  • Irrigation & Water Feature Repairs. Systems and features will require an overhaul or upgrade to address any problems due to wear and tear, incorrect installation, refits, maintenance, repairs and replacements. Experienced repairers and plumbers with specialist tools are required for these services. 

  • Garden Ponds. Inground, garden, multi-level, stand-alone or koi ponds, large and small, can be integrated into backyards and fountains to match any size and style. Plants add texture to ponds, though foliage breakdown needs to be monitored and prevented from poisoning the water with equaliser frequently added. Covers and filters need to be cleaned with ponds kept free of harsh chemicals including frequent general cleanouts. As a live system, ponds do require attention, but huge advances in materials save significantly on water bills. 

  • Water Fountain Design & Installation. From fountains made of urns, pots and repurposed materials with customised water feeders, a water fountain can be as simple, elaborate, big or bold as you like. They can accent the design aesthetic of the space or fit into a large scale design from a backyard. They do need to take the area size into account, as well as your gardening time and should be ideal as natural, stylish, low-maintenance ideas in confined spaces. 

  • Water Feature Design & Installation. Designers, electricians, and plumbers with specialist tools are needed to install water features. They can help with installing sloping garden fountains, table-top or patio-sized fountains, basins, pedestals, or spout water features, repurposed materials, birdbaths, boulder water gardens, waterfalls, garden rooms, resort-style spas and pools, water walls, pool spillways, cascade features, multi-level waterfalls, and even lagoons. 

  • Pool Excavations. With size, complexity, and materials factoring into pool water features, these are more large scale projects involving plans, certificates, permits, paperwork, and excavation-heavy machinery. Specialists such as steel fixers, concreters, and pre-plumbers are required to work alongside landscape and pool designers, architects, civil engineers, plumbers and electricians with specialised tools and machinery for building, coping, landscaping and fencing.  

  • Boring Excavation & Earthmoving Contractors. Boring excavations and earthmoving contractors offer excavating, fencing and drilling services to remove rocks or locate underground water sources. Heavy machinery is required with skilled operators following the assessment of underlying soil and rock layers with civil engineers.  

 

Different water features may include a range of services. Prices vary according to what type of water feature you'll install. Depending on these services, you might pay more or less than the average for your water features installation.

Factors that affect water feature prices

Aside from service packages and energy efficiency, other factors also affect the cost of water features. 

Design. The simpler the design, build, and connection, the cheaper the installation and upkeep. The more elaborate the design with LED lights and expensive materials such as stone or copper, the greater the risk and the more expensive the design, maintenance, and coordination of qualified professionals to complete the project. 

Materials. The simpler and less complex the materials used, the less the cost of installation. but the greater the cost may be when repairing and replacing. Durable materials like moulded resin, stoneware with silicone, liners, and waterproofing membranes are important, as they add to longevity. The style also contributes to costs, whether it's Balinese, Minimal, Natural, Stone, Vintage, Retro or classic-inspired designs.

Big jobs versus contractors. Depending on the environment, tools, operational machinery, design and build, certified professionals might be needed for the safe connection and installation of the water feature. 


Example pricing for water feature services

Now that you know the services needed for a water feature and the factors that affect the pricing for such services, it’s time to look at the average water feature prices in the UK. This list is based on the type of services required.

Clearing & Levelling. Preparing the area for the build and installation of the water feature can be a simple task or a complicated one. The average cost for this is around £300.

Retaining Walls & Landscape Lighting. Waterfalls are often installed into a variety of wall types and around gardens and backyards to drama. LED lights create a spectacular evening display, rotating through a variety of colours or set to just one. This usually requires the expertise of an electrician and a landscaper to make sure everything is well designed and safely set up.

Garden Pond, Water Feature, Fountain Design, Architecture & Landscape. From a simple pond to building a large-scale feature involving landscaping for backyards and commercial properties, the job requires skill, time, effort, labour, build, design, project coordination, sourcing, and removal of materials. These may cost you around £500 to £5,000.

Sprinklers & Irrigation System Installations and Repairs. With different types of sprinklers made for lawns and showcasing different levels of water efficiency, costs can range from £70 – £1,000.

Excavations. The price for large scale projects involving plans, certificates, permits, paperwork, heavy machinery excavations can start from £200.


Here is a breakdown of average prices of water features:

Water Feature

Estimated Price

Fountain

£30

Small pond

£600+


Pondless waterfall

£8,500+





   

Water feature FAQs

Is there a minimum call out?

Depending on the package or service required, an appointment can take anywhere from one hour to a few weeks, but this is quoted to and accepted by you so you are aware of how long it takes, charges for materials and what the final costs are.

What if it’s raining?

Weather shouldn’t be a factor – build can be carried out even if the weather is bad - though not storming with lighting and thunder. If there are extreme weather conditions, your Water Feature Contactor should contact you to discuss moving the job to another time and date that best suits you.

Do I need to be present for the time my Water Feature is being built?

As long as your garden is accessible, the Water Feature contactor can complete the job. We are proud to say our Contractors are trustworthy with a rating system that indicates their ethics.

Should my Water Feature Contactor bring his own tools?

Yes. Water Feature Contactors should be fully equipped with their own tools though they may ask to use your electricity. If specific tools are required, bring it up with your contractor. If you invite the Contractor to use your own tools, they will not be responsible for any damage.

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