Garden water feature
installation step by step.

How to build a preformed garden water feature.

Ready made garden water features are not my usual line but when an existing customer asked if I would fit one I thought what the heck and said yes. This article aims to help people who need hints and tips on constructing preformed water features. I have added a few modifications of my own to help the project along.

I have used techniques that are easy to follow and do not require too much building knowledge.

Although this water feature may be different to the style of water feature you had in mind, the principals remain the same.

So lets get started, hope you all have your shovels at the ready.

The water feature came as a inclusive package with liner, pond edging, water feature and pump. I started by laying the edging into the position my customer wanted the water feature to be.

The land was level so I did not need to adjust the edging. I dug the main pool to a depth of 30cm to 40cm and made sure the floor of the pool was level.

Most liners need some sort of underlay to protect it from stones etc. You can use special pond underlay or sand. I picked sand as the the soil was quite soft and prone to collapsing. I also opted to use a cheap ready mix cement for the walls. Mixed quite dry this will eventually set hard and help the pool to keep it’s shape.

I also put a slab in the centre to act as a base for the preformed water feature.

I decided not to use the liner supplied with the feature. The minimum liner type I would use is 0.50mm PVC liner. There are better liners, but this was fine for this project and it also helped keep the price down.

I removed the edging and laid the liner over the pond and pulled it into a drum like position

I then found the centre slab and laid the water feature plinth onto the liner in the centre.

The pipe work supplied with the water feature would have meant locating the pump under a very heavy feature making maintenance a nightmare. I added a pipe elbow and extra pipe which I will explain later. I then added bricks, the rest of the plinth and water feature.

I then then threaded the pipe through the feature holes to the plinth where I connected it to the elbow I laid earlier.

Now a few final adjustments making sure the water feature is as level as possible.

I then pulled the liner taut and started to fill the pool. I later used the edging as an anchor for the liner.

I included some extra pipe to allow the pump to be accessed from the edge of the pool, this now means that the feature does not need to be dismantled every time you have a pump problem. I hope you agree this is a good idea. I then laid the wire underneath the pool edging.

Once the water level had risen more than half way I folded the liner over toward the pool centre and back filed the pool edging with soil. I did this up to the top of the edging and then cut away any excess liner

Now all that’s left to do is add a fountain head and let the pool fill.

Hope this helps you get your new water features right. If your interested in having a bespoke water feature see our main site water feature design for more information

By Neil Murkitt