Bubbling Boulder – The Price Tag

I’m gonna be completely honest with you. I’ve been a little nervous about this particular post because our bubbling boulder project was a bit pricey. Will I offend people? Will people misunderstand my logic? Will people unsubscribe or unlike? I hope not. :)

Many blogs are centered on, or have a strong element of, FRUGALITY. Being frugal, if it’s Biblically-centered and not an all-consuming obsession, is very wise. And there are some really great blogs that provide excellent examples and ideas of how to do that.

Being frugal is one way of being a wise steward of the financial and material blessings in our lives. If we find a good deal, and are able to save money, it helps us steer clear of debt. It also provides us more opportunities to help those in need here and abroad.

On the flip side, many times God blesses people in such a way that they are able not only to give, but also enjoy some earthly pleasures. That might mean they’re able to pay for a second car, build a room onto the house, revamp an out-building for homestead critters, or … build a bubbling boulder oasis.

All these things are luxuries. All we really need are shelter (from the weather elements, not necessarily a nice house), clothing, and food. However, many of us have been provided with far more than the basic needs. We don’t NEED so many things we’ve been blessed with (e.g., carpet, nice furniture, cell phone, computer, house pets, washer and dryer, multiple pairs of shoes, etc.).

It’s vital that we give back to God everything He gives us, and be open to whatever He asks of us. It’s also awesome to know that He enjoys giving us blessings for our enjoyment.

Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
19) As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor – this is the gift of God. 20) For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.

John and I have not taken a vacation in probably eight years. We so thoroughly enjoy living out here in the country, in the middle of the woods, that we sort of think of our home as our vacation. So, I enjoy doing little things (or, in this case, big things) to make our home even more enjoyable. Instead of spending money on vacations, I’ve spent money on a bubbling boulder oasis.

With that premise, I’ll share the price tag of our bubbling boulder oasis. Drum roll, please …

As you can see from the spreadsheet, this bubbling boulder project cost us a pretty penny – roughly $2,500. If you’d like to have something like this in your yard, but this price is too much, take heart. There’s one simple thing that can be done to reduce the price: scale down.

Scale Down

There are beautiful bubbling boulders much smaller (and larger) than what we have. Scaling down (smaller boulder, only one core drilling, smaller pond liner, less drainage tile, less river rock, and so forth) will reduce the price SIGNIFICANTLY. And don’t forget about how you can find free boulders. (Be sure the boulder is not easily prone to breakage or crumbling.)

As I go through this tutorial series, I’ll explain how to build a similar project (whatever size that may be), and how the items listed in the spreadsheet are used.

Any questions so far, or have I scared everyone away? :)

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10 comments to Bubbling Boulder – The Price Tag

  • Melissa

    May i ask you a question about worms on this post? Also, that boadler looks really good.

    • Holly

      Hi, Melissa! When possible, it’s best to ask a worm question in a worm post. That way, your worm question or information can help other readers who are reading the worm posts. In a pinch, though, that’d be fine. ;)

  • Hi, Holly,
    There are a few things we have saved for that have really been fun for us to build together. It is worth a little or a lot more sometimes to make a project that really is mentally satisfying to you and your husband. This seems to be one of them, and it is going to be neat once you turn it on! I would not worry about anything but pleasing the Lord! Will you make a short video?

    • Holly

      Thank you, Jacqueline.

      Actually, we turned it on last year. :D It was totally worth all the hard work and money. And God helped me in some amazing ways with this project. It would not have ended up looking so beautiful without His help.

      You know, I had thought about doing a video. Thanks. I think I will. :)

  • This looks great. I’d love one in my yard!

    Thanks for sharing the price breakdown (and the encouragement to scale down, if needed).

    • Leslie

      Yes, adding my thanks for taking the time to break it down. We’ve been thinking about doing this but balk at the cost of the stone. And the logistics of installing; there’s no way equipment would fit in the backyard (arbors and garage in the way). Still, where there’s a will, there’s a way :-) and I’m thinking of making a faux rock out of hypertufa and wire.

      • Holly

        Yeah, I agree, the cost of the stone can be a sizeable investment. It was in our case. But … it doesn’t have to be. A smaller stone or, like I mentioned in the post, a FREE stone are options (see the link towards the bottom of the post). We drive past free boulders every Sunday on our way to/from church. :)

        If you found a more affordable stone, would a bobcat fit in your yard? They’re pretty small, sort of.

        If/when you do your project, I’d LOVE to hear how it goes!

        I’m glad to hear you’ve already found a way to make it affordable by making a faux rock! You said it right, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • I like it. Granted, on my own list of what to spend money on, I’d have a lot of ways to spend $2500 before this. But I like it, it’s pretty and relaxing and I second the desire to see a video.

    • Holly

      Thanks, Patti.

      Yeah, it’s not something on the top of everyone’s list. I understand that. :)

      I do plan on getting a video out – finally – this summer. Thanks.

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