DIY vs. Professional Pond Building: What You Need to Know

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Ponds are a beautiful addition to any landscape, offering a tranquil retreat and a touch of nature right in your backyard. But when it comes to building a pond, you might be torn between doing it yourself (DIY) or hiring a professional pond builder. Both options have their merits and challenges, and in this blog post, we’ll explore them to help you make an informed decision.

DIY Pond Building


  • Cost-Effective: Building a pond yourself can save on labor costs.
  • Personal Touch: You have complete control over the design and can add your unique flair.
  • Learning Experience: It’s an opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something with your hands.


  • Time-Consuming: It can be a lengthy process, especially if you’re new to pond construction.
  • Potential Mistakes: Without professional guidance, mistakes can happen, leading to leaks or structural issues.
  • Limited Resources: Access to specialized tools and materials may be limited.

Professional Pond Construction


  • Expertise: Professionals have the knowledge and experience to ensure a well-built pond.
  • Efficiency: A professional team can complete the project in a timely manner.
  • Quality Materials: Professionals have access to high-quality materials and the latest construction techniques.
  • Warranty: Many professional builders offer warranties on their work, providing peace of mind.


  • Higher Cost: Hiring a professional may be more expensive due to labor and material costs..

Making the Right Choice

Choosing between DIY and professional pond building depends on various factors, including your budget, time, skills, and the complexity of the pond design. If you’re looking for a small, simple pond and enjoy hands-on projects, DIY might be the way to go. However, for more complex designs or if you prefer a hassle-free process, hiring a professional is a wise choice.

Ready to Get Started? Call Us Today!

At Just Add Water, we understand the beauty and value a pond can bring to your property. Our team of Master Aquascape Certified Contractors is here to help you create the pond of your dreams. Whether you want a recreational pond, a koi pond, or a unique water feature, we have the expertise to make it happen.

Don’t leave your pond to chance. Trust the professionals at Just Add Water. Call us today at (515) 208-4099 to get started on your pond-building journey. Your backyard oasis awaits!

Just Add Water is a locally-owned company serving Des Moines, Ames, Indianola, Johnston, and other regions throughout Iowa. With over 17 years of experience, we are the most qualified and informed in the industry. Let us transform your outdoor space into your personal retreat.

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Just Add Water is a locally-owned company that serves the state of Iowa for over 17 years. Our team is very enthusiastic about upgrading the yards and properties for all of our fellow Iowans, and we have the experienced crew to do so!

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We hired Just Add Water to create a waterfall feature in our backyard. What we didn’t expect was the overwhelming beauty that happened when they were finished! Chris came to our house on a Sunday, no less, to plan our design, and his crew worked on a Saturday after a long week to do our project.

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