Large Pond Design

A Well Designed Pond or Lake Brings out the Best in Your Property

Throughout our history, we specialized in creating water bodies that look and feel like they've always been there!  See Featured Design-Build Projects Here.
Most clients start with our comprehensive pond site evaluation which includes pond soil evaluation, hydrologic water balance, conceptual drawings, and site renderings to help you select the size and shape of the pond.

At this point, you probably have many questions. Make sure that you have the answers you need before moving forward. There are many potential pitfalls along the path to creating an incredible pond or lake.

Do not make another move until you've read The Single Biggest Pond Construction Mistake and How to Avoid it!    Get the rest of our Free Pond Design Guide Series here.  Our Design Guide Series will get you started with a basic understanding of the process and help you answer the critical question "WILL IT HOLD WATER?".  Once you have covered the basics, we can help with answers to your site specific questions.  

A properly designed and constructed pond is a work of art that provides habitat for an unbelievable array of wildlife. From songbirds to waterfowl and interesting wading birds, the pond and wetland environment is a favorite for winged wildlife. A pond can be designed and constructed with specific fish species in mind as well - cool, spring-fed ponds can support trout populations while warmer ponds will hold largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, blue gills, and other game fish.

The pond design process should include the following steps:

  • Initial Site Evaluation - meet with owner
  • Detailed Pond Site Evaluation with detailed scope of work and budget
  • Soil mapping
  • Soil Test Pit Evaluation
  • Hydraulic conductivity testing of site soils
  • Detailed Site Topography
  • Conceptual Design
  • Review Conceptual Design with Owner
  • Complete Detailed Final Design
  • Complete and Submit Permit Applications (if necessary)
  • Coordinate Construction

Advances in landscape design software now allow you to see your pond in 3D during the design process. Using our proprietary system, we generate three-dimensional renderings of your pond including full, 360 degree HD video so you can truly experience the pond and make informed design decisions. A high definition video fly-through of your pond and surrounding land allows us to mold your pond to the landscape like it's always been there! This valuable tool also eliminates costly changes and surprises during construction.

Constructing a large pond requires careful planning to ensure that the pond will hold water, maintain water quality, and provide functional habitat. One of the most important and often overlooked steps that should be taken early in the planning process is test pits or borings to sample the soil and/or rock at the planned pond bottom. These tests are critical if a natural bottomed pond is to be built.Get a FREE copy of our copyrighted design process with our Pond Design Guide Series.

A natural bottom pond must be located in the proper topographic setting and be constructed in soil that is relatively impervious. If the material at the planned pond bottom is too porous, a number of options are available to complete the pond. Natural clay soil, bentonite clay, and EPDM rubber pond liners are some of the options available to construct a pond on porous material. If the pond is to be lined with clay soil, the soil must be continuously checked for clay content and properly compacted.

Geo-synthetic pond liner is an excellent long-term solution to ensure that a pond or reservoir will hold water regardless of the soil conditions.

Actual Pond Design Project Rendering - Project included underground filtration vault, custom skimmer system, pond aeration system, biofiltration, and complete geomembrane pond liner system.