In the summer, I enjoy stepping outside at the start of the day to enjoy my morning coffee on the patio.
While the birds provide a wonderful soundtrack to start the day, I've always enjoyed the sound of water falling on itself. The trickle of a small stream or the rush of a flowing river; the sound of water is so relaxing.
Just off the patio is an area that needed some work from a design perspective. The entire area is mulched (having been ugly white rock before we moved here) and is pretty much a blank canvas. I decided this would be a perfect place for a small 'above ground' pond.
I'm a firm believer in 'take what you got decorating.' Finding a way to repurpose things that I already have is not only a challenge but allows me to use my creativity to figure out how to make what I want, without a huge expense.
To create this pond, I went on a search in and around the house and yard. I found:
A clear plastic under the bed tote
A small recirculating pump (from an old outdoor fountain)
A few landscaping bricks
Larger, flat stones
I leveled out the space for the plastic tote and surrounded it with the landscape bricks to hide the plastic shell. Using the flat rocks, I started to build up the sides, and creating a waterfall of rocks at the back of the pond.
I installed the small recirculating pump and ran the tubing through the back and secured it in the stack of rocks to create a waterfall.
Once filled with water, I plugged the pump in to the outdoor outlet and voila! Instant pond!