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10 Zen Water Feature Ideas for Outdoors

If you want a chill vibe in your outdoor space, take inspiration from these peaceful water features.

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Koi Pond

Take in the vitamin D while enjoying this soothing water feature. This Los Angeles home features a pond that’s 5 feet deep with interconnecting underwater tunnels, ensuring the fish are able to seek cover from predators and also shade in the summer months.

Build this simple, above-ground pond in a weekend.

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Bamboo Water Feature

This simple and elegant Japanese bamboo water feature is an easy-to-build design that you can add to your backyard. Bamboo is used for a water spout and sluices, ending up in a small pond.

We’ll show you how to build the bamboo sluice in a single day and we’ll also show you how to build a small pond to catch the water complete with a pump and water plants.

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Backyard Pond

This serene little pond features a fountain in the middle that creates the soothing, gentle sound of water drops. Potted succulents and cacti add a to the overall peaceful scene.

Check out these plans for a rectangular reflecting pond with ground-level boardwalk.

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Backyard Waterfall and Pond

Transform your backyard by DIYing this small pond with a waterfall. This water feature may be small, at less than 6 feet long and just over 4 feet across, but the sensational stonework and sparkling waterfall will make an impact. You can build it in as little as one weekend!

Here is how to build this attractive water feature from start to finish.

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Stone Fountain

Bring the splash and sparkle of falling water to your yard in just one weekend by DIYing this stone fountain. The fountain shown here is about 4 ft. in diameter, but you could make yours half or twice as big, to suite your yard.

Here’s everything you need to know create your own stone fountain.

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Four-Tier Cascading Waterfall

This small outdoor water feature can be tucked between bushes or near the front entrance of your home to add a Zen vibe to your landscape. The deep-brown rectangular bowls are situated on smaller and lighter-colored stacked stone, with water cascading from basin to basin.

Construct a simple (one-weekend!) stone and gravel fountain that needs almost no maintenance.

Buy it now on Amazon.

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Concrete Fountain

If you’re looking for a DIY water feature project that’s freestanding, consider this fountain. It doesn’t require any special skill and requires very little maintenance once constructed. Place this beautiful concrete fountain among plants, situated on a deck or patio or perhaps build a pair to flank a gateway path.

Check out how to build this fountain from start to finish.

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Spillway Wall Water Feature

This eye-catching water feature looks and ages like real stone! The kit comes complete with a water pump and sub-surface reservoir, and you can add the relaxing sights and sounds of water to your front or back yard.

You’ll love this collection of amazing backyard swimming pools.

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Fountain with Fire

As if a beautiful fountain at the center of a circular driveway weren’t enough of a gorgeous statement, this water feature also incorporates small fire pits. This fountain adorns an amazing English Tudor estate and garden in Dallas.

Build this simple, attractive stone fire pit ring with retaining wall stone surrounded by flagstone, creating the perfect spot for family gatherings.

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Simple Backyard Waterfall

Build this attractive backyard waterfall in less than a day. Along with bringing some Zen to your space, it’s super simple to construct! Essentially, you dig a hole in the ground, line it with rubber membrane and cover it with a stack of rocks! Voila!

Here are the step-by-step instructions for building this serene waterfall.

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