Stone building EDUCATION #4: How to build a low-maintenance stone “water feature” right in your own back (or front) yard

So far this year we have focused on how to build patios and walkways – either from the foundation up or on top of existing concrete pads. In this article we turn toward a project that quite a few customers ask us about: how to build a low maintenance yet durable stone water feature including running water into your outdoor landscape.

For the details of this particular type of project we are bringing together knowledge, experience and information from local contractors and the internet alike. As with the information about other projects we share through our articles our goal at Stone Distributors is to help our valued customers tap into the best information available to help your project match or even exceed your original vision. When that happens successfully we feel as if we have done our job.

As with many of the projects we elaborate upon, you can build a simple yet elegant-looking water feature on your own over a long weekend. You can also consider a more robust natural water fountain built by one of the professional contractors that we can connect you with through Stone Distributors. In fact, we highly recommend you go do a search on the internet – look in Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Google Images in addition to YouTube. There are so many examples of beautiful water features, water fountains, water falls, ponds and pools in so many varieties that you will definitely have your imagination sparked even further by looking through some of them.


STEP 1 – PLAN OUT YOUR WATER FEATURE. How big and elaborate do you want it to be? You can build a mini feature for as little as $200, or easily spend $1,000 or more just on materials before adding the cost of a contractor.

The following article on goes thorough the rest of the steps for building a DIY water feature for about $1,000:

An outline of the Steps from 2-8:

2. Pick your stones and then drill out the hole (or have someone do it for you) in the stone that will act as the “fountain”.

3. Select the site for the fountain and do a rough layout of your fountain’s parts (stones and 5-gallon reservoir pails). Mark it and start digging your hole (approximately 4’ wide by 8’ long by 2’ deep).

4. Lay carpeting in the bottom of the hole. Then lay in your pond liner pad.

5. Add the pails (acting as your water catch at the bottom of your fountain) and fill in the hole and around the pails.

6. Hook up the water pump to your home’s water line and then attach it to the fountain stone. Seal it with silicone caulk. Let it sit for approximately one hour and then reset that stone.

7. Lay in the surrounding rock and the fountain rock itself.

8. Fill the reservoir with water from your garden hose until the pump pail is full. Then plug in and test your pump.

We have all of the stones you need to build this type of feature. Furthermore, we also work with a company that can drill the hole through the boulder that the water will be passing through for you. Drilling that hole is one of the more delicate yet strenuous parts of this project, so if you do not feel completely comfortable doing the drilling yourself, do not hesitate to let us know and we will get you to the company that will take care of that for you quickly and affordably. We do not offer the water pump assembly at this time but can direct you toward which are the best for your project.

Contact us to learn about stone and how to better plan and build all of your stone projects at (678) 354-0566 or by visiting us online at or on our Stone Distributors Facebook page: We are open Monday (including this coming holiday Monday) through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays.


Published by Stone Distributors

We are a Natural Stone Supplier for Professionals and Homeowners in the Kennesaw / Cobb County area of Georgia

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