7 How-To Tips: Design a Stunning Water Feature with Flagstone and Concrete

July 18, 2023

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There are few things more soothing than the gentle sound of water in your own backyard, and that doesn’t mean that you have to live on a river or lake to have that experience. Adding a water feature to your outdoor space not only elevates your landscape design but also creates a tranquil sanctuary where you can unwind. At RiverBend Materials, we’ve put together a few tips to help you design a stunning water feature using flagstone and concrete. With these durable and versatile materials, your dream water feature is within your grasp!

  1. Plan Your Design

Before you dig into the dirt, envision your water feature. Will it be a grand waterfall, a small bubbling brook, or perhaps a serene pond? Your design will influence the type and number of materials needed. Sketch out your idea, taking note of the space and terrain you’re working with. It’s best to aim for a design that flows naturally with your existing landscape.

  1. Select Your Materials

When it comes to water features, the materials used play a crucial role in the overall aesthetics. Flagstone, with its natural, rugged look, and concrete, known for its strength and versatility, make a perfect duo. Consider the color, texture, and size of flagstones that will blend with your current landscape. RiverBend has access to a variety of flagstone options, and our team can help you select the best fit for your design.

  1. Lay the Foundation

Start by digging your intended area according to the design and preparing the base with a layer of compacted gravel. Follow this by laying a flexible pond liner over the gravel to keep the water contained. Remember, safety is paramount! Make sure you’re taking appropriate precautions, like wearing safety glasses and gloves.

  1. Set Your Flagstones

Now comes the exciting part—setting the flagstones. Start from the bottom and work your way up. This step requires a little creativity as you arrange the stones in a natural-looking, yet stable manner. If you’re creating a waterfall, tilt the flagstones slightly backward to direct the water flow. Use a landscape adhesive to secure the stones and fill in the gaps with smaller stones or gravel.

  1. Add the Concrete

Concrete is the backbone that ensures your water feature will stand the test of time. Once the flagstones are arranged, use a concrete mix to secure and stabilize your design. Make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the mix ratio and drying times. Give it ample time to cure before moving on to the next steps.

  1. Install the Pump

Every water feature needs a pump to keep the water flowing. Submersible pumps are ideal as they are easy to install and maintain. Position your pump at the base of your water feature and run the tubing inconspicuously through the flagstones. The flow rate will depend on the size of your feature; a larger feature requires a more powerful pump.

  1. Add the Finishing Touches

With the technical parts done, it’s time for the fun finishing touches. Add aquatic plants to your pond or mulch around your waterfall base. Consider adding some underwater lighting to highlight the feature at night, creating a magical ambience.

Building a water feature might seem daunting, but with careful planning, it can be a rewarding project that adds beauty and value to your property. At RiverBend Materials, we are committed to providing the resources and guidance you need to turn your landscape dreams into reality. Start designing your stunning water feature with flagstone and concrete today and create an oasis you can enjoy year-round!