Building a Backyard Pond Part 1


Happy Monday Y'all!

I'm just over the moon about the project that we've begun here at our house.
I told you awhile back that a backyard pond would be coming soon and we've started. 
Let me first say Thank You to the people at SmartPond for collaborating with us on this. 

My job is to convince you that a backyard pond is a doable project for you.
Let me remind you, we had this pond at our last house and we did 80% of this ourselves.
My husband rented a bobcat to dig the hole, bless his heart. I think he had a little too much fun on that tractor. We hired a crew to bring in the boulders.

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Our new pond will be on a much, much smaller scale with the dimensions about 10' x 6' oval shape and 3-4 feet deep. Which is still pretty big when you are the man with the shovel. That's him in the photo below.♥ We will be using a pond liner which is basically a thick sheet of heavy duty vinyl that allows you to shape the pond as you wish. 

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Here's what we've done so far:
1. We picked the site for the pond.
2. Prepared the site by removing the grass. You don't have to do this but it makes it easier to dig.
3. We checked about permits and rules with the city.
4. We had a licensed electrician here to discuss getting electricity to the pond.
 5. Dug a line from the house to where the electrician will install the plugs.
Digging this ourselves saved $300 with the electrician.

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My husband, the proud Texas Aggie, is very methodical and has been setting the pieces around the future hole. He's thinks things through very carefully.  I care about the looks; he cares about the function.  We make a great team.

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This is where we are now. We can not wait to get this completed so we can sip a little iced tea next to the waterfall. :)

Please come back soon for another edition of 
Building a Backyard Pond. 

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63 comments

Suzanne said...

It's going to be beautiful! Yes, you do make a good team. My husband and I are very similar. Can't wait to see the results!

Eilis said...

Why are the pipes always where you want to dig?! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful new pond.

Lori said...

My husband built one in our backyard. Yikes, the Texas soil is like concrete. We used a plastic formed liner and now ten years later we think there may be a leak!!! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Laura said...

Good morning dear friend!
There is nothing better than a project is there?
And yours are always wonderful.
I want a pond!!
See how easily influenced I am?
So that means you wrote a great post.

L-

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

That is one gorgeous pond you had in your previous house Stacey! I am looking forward to seeing the progress on this one.

Lynda Brandly said...

Stacey, I think ponds in the yard are so romantic and add such wonderful sights and sounds. Your yard looks like it's perfect to have one and will be beautiful! Can't wait to see it!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

craftyles said...

I love a good project and this one looks awesome. You are a lucky girl to have a helpful and handy Hubby. It's going to look great. I can't wait to follow the progress!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

How exciting! We had a pond with a waterfall when we lived in Florida many years ago, that we dug ourselves by shovel. We loved it. Can't wait to see yours finished.

Sandy said...

Looking forward to the finished product.

Andrea Nine said...

Oooh I am so excited for you!! We had a Koi pond at our old house and I miss it!! Enjoy pretty lady!! I can hear the water now!!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Oh, I know you can't wait. The pond at your other house is lovely. They are so calming and peaceful. Adding pretty plants makes it pop! There is something to be said about doing a lot of the work yourself......so satisfying. Thank you for sharing your vision at DI&DI. xo

Christine Graves said...

I am so jealous! I have always wanted a pond, especially as my backyard is a sand trap right now. But I can tell that you understand better than I do, these things take time. Plus a lot of hard labor!

Can't wait to see the next phase! Thanks so much for joining us each week for the Dishing it & Digging It Link Party. It really means a lot!

Lisa said...

Stacey
Your pond is going to be gorgeous! I know you are so excited! I'm in awe of y'all's mad DIY skills and can't wait to see the finished project. Fun Fun Fun!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh how awesome! I love the sound of running water from a fountain, did you say you would have a fountain? I can't remember. Anyway, the wildlife this will bring and the beauty are so worth the work. Thanks for sharing the project!

Hena Tayeb said...

wow that looks beautiful!

Linda said...

You are going to love it!!! We have two ponds in our back yard and a fountain under a tree by the sandbox. Birds love having so much water near their feeders and nests!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh what fun to have this beautiful pond in your back yard.

I had wanted one so bad, but I had to settle on a three tiered fountain instead.

Looking forward to seeing the final results.

Have a great week.
Mary

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh it is going to be wonderful.

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

How exciting. I cannot wait to see what you do.

Pinky said...

Your pond is going to be lovely. We had a pond in our old house (we have been in this one 3 years) and we have a BIGGER one here. My hubby did ALL of it at the old house but we hired this one out. However, he has done beautiful landscaping all around it and built a stone wall at on end. I will try to find the link to give you:)

Pinky said...

Here are a couple of posts on our pond if you would like to come see:)
http://designsbypinky.blogspot.com/search/label/Pond

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

You and your hubby make a fine team and I'm sure your pond is going to be gorgeous! All of that preliminary work takes the most time, I think. We could have used one of those tools when we dug our ditch for the electrical lines last year!

Consider It All Joy said...

It looks like a fun project! You will be so proud when it is finished and you get to enjoy it! Blessings, Cindy xo

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This will be beautiful...looking forward to seeing it all come together!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Oh my, Stacey I can't wait to see the finished project with you enjoying that iced tea :) I would love to have a pond in my backyard! With summer just round the corner, this is a perfect backyard fun project! hugs, Poppy

Art and Sand said...

How exciting!

I can't wait to see it all finished.

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
There is something about water that soothes the soul. If your new pond is anything like the style of your old pond, it is going to be fantastic.

Judith

Cecilia Bramhall said...

I love ponds! Yours will be fabulous...I can't wait to see it finished. Isn't it nice to have a husband who complements you? Sure makes the DIY life easier! :)
And a big Whoop! to him. Class of '86 myself.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

So exciting and it is going to be wonderful!
You and your hubby make a fabulous team:)

Tammy Lagaly said...

We had the small plastic form pond at our last house. We loved it so much that when we moved I had to have a bigger better pond. While not nearly as large as your last one ( having serious pond envy!) this one has a liner and boulders with a waterfall complete with dragonflies, frogs, koi and lilies. I love it and wouldn't change a thing. Nothing better than sitting outside right beside it! I can't wait to see how yours turns out!!!! I have a feeling I am going to learn lots of new and fun things from yours.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Stacey!!
I always wanted a pond but with my very small yard, it would take up the whole yard so I will just enjoy photos of yours!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Hugs,
Deb

Carole West said...

I love your pond what a fantastic edition to your space. Years ago we lived in little elm and had a pond loved it and then the toads showed up. They multiplied like grasshoppers. I can laugh about it now but at the time it freaked me out, course the kids thought it was great. Are you going to add fish?

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, I know you miss yours in OK. Aquascape offered me a full pond with waterfall, but I don't have the means to put it here on my patio, so am going to go with one of their water features instead. Can't wait to see the fruits of your joint efforts!
Brenda

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I like how much thought and planning y'all have put into this. I had no idea they had special shovels for things like that. Can't wait to see the next steps! Will you add fish when it's complete?

Kelly said...

Your last pond was absolutely beautiful!!! Now, I spotted a big pond (or lake) behind your property too. That's nice. I know you will enjoy having your own water garden again soon. I'm sure it will be pretty.

The Gathering Place said...

We have a small pond in our yard and I especially love hearing the water trickle down from a little stream. It is the most relaxing sound when we are in our yard. Good luck on yours. I bet it will be beautiful!

Two PlusCute said...

Despite its size, it's a huge project! I'd love to see every step of the process. :)

ps. Don't forget to consider mosquitoes protection.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I'm so excited for you!

Pondside said...

We had two large woodland ponds at our last house and miss them now that we live in the village. I'd like to dig a pond in the back garden. I'll be back to see how yours comes along!
I'm your newest follower.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful team you and your hubby make, Stacey! Your old pond was beautiful and I look forward to seeing the progress on this one. It's going to be exciting!
I also read your current post...happy cleaning through all this!!
P. S. Maybe I should call the company that you mentioned, to see if they can fix my waterfall? My company still hasn't been out!

Jeanie said...

Holy cow -- you are SO much more productive than I am! That's fabulous and I can't believe you did most of the work yourself!

Lynn at Nourish and Nestle said...

Hey Stacey, backyard ponds are just the bee's knees! Will you put Koi in your pond? We have Koi, but sadly, we also have a turtle that has snacked on some of the smaller ones. I've caught the turtle and placed him/her far away, but now we have another one. Ugh...guess I need to go turtle fishing...which is no small task.
Your last pond was absolutely beautiful, I can only imagine how peaceful it was sitting under those shade trees. Can't wait to see your new one.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Lynn

Mountain Mama said...

Wow, I can't wait to see this all finished - how exciting! Your pond at your previous home was gorgeous!! Hey, it looks like you have a pond behind your house already, past the fence - lucky you!

Carol said...

I'm so excited for you, Stacey! The pond and waterfall sound truly delicious. Can't wait to see more!

Warm hugs,
Carol

Finding Grace Interiors said...

The pond in the first picture is spectacular!!! Was that in your previous house? I am sure this pond that you and your hubby are building now is going to be amazing as well! How nice and relaxing to sit by the pond with a big glass of sweet iced tea and a good book!

Sue said...

Hi Stacey- you have a big job ahead of you! Having a spouse that is handy and methodical is great. I have to hire out all of my projects! LOL looking forward to seeing your finished product, because your yard at the old house was so nice! Hope all is well with ya! ��

Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet said...

What a fun idea!! That is such a great addition to the yard! Last year we built a pergola out back with a corner garden...this year we are hoping to make a walking path to the other part of the yard. It is fun sprucing up the backyard! Can't wait to see more :) Have a great day!!

Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

Molly said...

I love garden ponds especially if they are home to frogs

Mollyxxx

Kim said...

There's nothing like a water feature and I just know yours will be fabulous. We were thinking about adding a second pond to the yard, so I am following along!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I do so love a water feature in the garden and your pond is so exciting. Can't wait to see part 2.
Carol

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Your first pond was beautiful! Looking forward to seeing this one finished. So, where did the frog come from? Is he waiting for his new "pad"? :-)
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Jann Olson said...

Stacey, there is nothing quite like the sound of running water in the garden. Your previous pond was gorgeous! We had a pond at our last home and loved it. Hubby and I did all of the work. It wasn't large, but the water came out of a little pump house I made, rolled down a small stream and into a pond. I loved it so much that I knew I had to have something in our new home. Because we are getting older we opted out of the pond (a little more work) and settled for a pondless waterfall. We also hired it done this time. Hubby just has to get it going in the spring and were good to go. On the agenda for this week. It would have been up and running, but a fishing pole was calling hubbies name last weekend. lol! By the way, he is very much like your hubby. Has to think and plan everything out. That's the engineer in him. I'm a jump right into it kind of girl. The mixture works, doesn't it?
hugs,
Jann

Shelia said...

Hi Stacey! Oh, your pond will be so beautiful! I know you can't wait and neither can I! Good luck and it looks like you're on your way.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Stacey, your backyard pond is a huge job but I'm sure will be beautiful when finished! :) hang in there.
Julie

Bonnie said...

Oh, I can tell this is going to be beautiful. Love the view below too.
I like the sound of running water too. I have a fountain but it is not working and it is too heavy for us "retired people" to put a new pump in. LOL!

Can't wait to see your completed project.
Love the garden party. Such a great idea.
I've been at my daughters this weekend and she has a robin's nest with eggs. I'm adding the pic to my post earlier today.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh you are giving me pond envy Stacey! Your last pond was gorgeous and no doubt this one will be as well.

Of course in just a few hours, despite my husbands attempts to install French drains, etc we will no doubt have our own backyard pond due to the storm. :)

Sarah said...

How exciting! I'd love to have a pond. Want to send that Aggie to Austin. '-)

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

How exciting! We put in a pond many years ago but we used a pre-formed pond which was nice enough but nothing like this. We hauled all the stones and it was big job (one that I couldn't do now). It will be fantastic when you are done! I was always amazed at how the frogs found the pond and joined in.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

oh it is going to be wonderful Stacey!

Maria Brittis said...

Just discovered your blog, love all the outdoors posts, I post about mature inspired posts and this is lovely for me to get inspired.
Glad i found you... Maria

Patricia Krank said...

The pond in your last home was amazing and big! Wow! I'm excited to see your new one soon. Beautiful yard Stacey.
Blessings,
Patti

Sonia said...

How exciting Stacey! Can't wait to see the finished pond! You two make a great team. I would love a pond but I am deathly afraid of frogs! I'll enjoy looking at yours!

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