Transforming an Old Hot Tub into a Unique Pond Oasis

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At Iowa Waterscapes, we’re always up for a challenge. When a homeowner in Adel, Iowa, approached us with the idea of transforming their old hot tub space into a pond, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to create something truly unique. The homeowners had previously enjoyed one of our water systems at their old house and were missing the soothing sounds of flowing water in their new home.

The Challenge

The project was unique from the start. The old hot tub had left behind a concrete slab and rebar, which we needed to work around. Our goal was to create a pond with a 180-degree view, visible from the firepit to the patio, and even from inside the house. We wanted to incorporate the existing bench into the design and ensure that the homeowners could enjoy the pond from multiple angles.

The Process

We began by tearing out the old hot tub and removing the rebar and concrete. We then filled in the area with dirt, ensuring a level surface for the pond. We constructed a boulder wall and terraced the area to create a multi-level design. The stream would start at the bench, flow around the boulders, and end in the pond area.

As we worked, we encountered some challenges. Rain delays slowed our progress, and we had to work with large boulders, which made it difficult to create the desired stream flow. However, with some creative problem-solving and a better selection of rocks, we were able to create a beautiful waterfall feature.

The Result

After a week of hard work, the pond was complete. Despite the challenges of rain and the remnants of the old hot tub, we were able to create a stunning water feature that met all of our goals. The pond is visible from the pool, deck, and even the kitchen, providing a beautiful and relaxing view from any angle.

We were able to incorporate the old bench into the design, creating a welcoming seating area next to the stream. The addition of landscape and aquatic plants, as well as lighting, brought the feature to life and added the finishing touches to the project.

The homeowners were thrilled with the result, and we were proud to have created a unique pond that transformed their backyard into a peaceful oasis.

At Iowa Waterscapes, we love taking on unique projects and turning challenges into opportunities. This project was a perfect example of how we can transform an old, unused space into a beautiful and functional water feature. If you’re interested in seeing more of our work, be sure to like our videos, subscribe to our channel, and follow along as we continue to create stunning water features.

Who We Are

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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I’ve worked with Just Add Water for two water features. They have always been good listeners and eager to get the work up to my specs. The Just Add Water Team is very creative and loves what they do! They take on any challenge, find a solution and get it done!

If you are looking for a professional approach to beautify your yard, I highly recommend Chris, Will, and their team for the project!

John Olsen


The crew & office staff at Just Add Water make the perfect team to create a water feature that enhances your life. If you are just looking for advice, or if you need repairs to an existing water feature, or if you want something totally new for your landscape… Just Add Water is the place to go.

They removed our old pond and invented a beautiful fresh look with a pondless system of 3 waterfalls. We’re very pleased and truly impressed with their artistry and sincere demeanor. Give them a chance. You’ll be glad you did!

John Gray


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.

Amazing, stunning, and much more than we ever dreamed! Professional, and over-the-top design, you won’t be disappointed!!

Joan Campbell