Build a lined lake to compliment your property
Friday, May 17, 2013
If you own a large amount of land then adding a lake will complement your home. There are some amazing ways you can transform land and really boost the value of your assets.
Properties that sit alongside private waterfronts are in high demand as they offer peaceful retreats away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Lake frontage properties do come at a high cost. The alternative is to build your own private lake providing a haven all of your own, or a wise investment that could help you make the most of your finances.
Building your own private lake may seem like an impossible task. However the same basic principles apply that you would use to build a garden pond; just on a much larger scale. It is, however advisable to get some professional advice. A poorly designed and sited lake could become an eyesore rather than adding aesthetic value to your property.
Freshwater environments can be designed for many purposes including boating, fishing and attracting wildlife. Understanding your goals will help you to design and build the ideal lake for your size property.
Any grand landscaping project will need proper budgeting. One of the most expensive stages of lake building is land preparation. Here are a few important considerations to ponder:
- If land needs to be cleared of existing structures, roots, trees or stumps then you should budget in around £1,000 to £3,000 per acre for clearing and disposal. The costs will depend on the size of your lake and the state of the land to be cleared.
- Soil removal can also be an expensive task. Most companies will charge between £150 and £250 per lorry load to remove waste soil and this can soon add up if you are building a large lake. The other option to minimise costs is to use that excavated soil to landscape the rest of your property.
- You can also reduce the amount of waste soil by opting for a gently sloping design for your lake bed. This will significantly reduce the volume of soil that you need to excavate.
- Compacting the basin layer of your lake is a necessary but costly step. This will seal the site and prepare it for installing the lake liner.
- Lining a lake can add to your costs but offer 100% water containment. If the soil has a very high clay content, then it is a possibility you could escape the need to add a liner.
- Make sure you choose a product like the EPDM lake liner, which will offer flexibility and high UV protection to increase longevity.
- Don’t forget to allow a percentage of your budget for finishing touches such as planting. This will help to improve the aesthetic appeal of your new lake and ensure it adds value to your property.
Lake liners can be buried under a layer of soil if you want to maintain a natural look. The primary goal of the lake liner is in water containment to ensure the successful longevity of your lake.