WaterfallNow will show you the gist of how we create imitation or mock rocks. These are the rocks that we use to create our water features. There are different materials we use for different applications to achieve different textures. We also employ different materials to get a different weight, sound of water, and natural color over time through the growth of moss. There are many people searching for ways to make homemade imitation rocks. The do it yourself (DIY) videos online are teaching methods that will crack, chip, and break easily. WaterfallNow has tried virtually every method and can say that the method we employ has been tested thoroughly and is employed by all the biggest companies in the world. Why make small boulders when you can make mountains?
Custom waterfalls made with lightweight fiberglass provides infinite possibilities to get a completely custom-crafted waterfall for the home and garden.
The versatility of artificial rocks (also referred to as faux, fake, or imitation rocks) allows landscape contractors to create beautiful waterfalls for their clients. Typically these contractors serve a very niche market comprised of wealthy home owners.
There is very little that compares to having a miniature resort in your own backyard. People have a tendency to be drawn to waterfalls. Rock waterfall contractors simply recreate that effect for you from the comfort of your home.
Faux rocks can come in virtually any colour by using different natural rock powders. Their colour can even be changed using paint year after year. Change from one color to another with ease. Paint spray guns work well for this and the mixture of several different colors is recommended.
Normally the biggest barrier that we find our customers face is that they don’t have the budget for something spectacular. The industry average cost for custom crafted work all things considered can be $400+ per square foot. We often have deals going on where we do it for less than half of that. The competition is essentially those miniature fountain statues that you buy off Ebay. However, some people want something much larger that fits well in their yard.
Outdoor Waterfall Features September 24th, 2014WaterfallNow
Lately I’ve been fascinated with the website Houzz.com. If you aren’t familiar with this website, it is one of the most popular sites along with Pinterest where homeowners, and contractors go to gather ideas, connect with others in the industry, and share their work.
Here are several rock solid ideas that may help you decide on what type of waterfall water feature you personally prefer.
This is a popular photo that many people have expressed interest in. It has been built to compliment and blend the surrounding landscape to create a natural effect. I really admire projects where the landscaper took the effort to make things as natural as possible.
While some people prefer the insane overhangs that can be achieved using faux or fake rocks, this method is very cool and I think it would look even nicer with the addition of custom lighting colors. Overall an impressive job with great attention paid to detail and no stone out of place.
This is a great shot with a beautiful natural stone waterfall. The two larger boulders alongside the spillway combined with a well designed lip makes for an impressive sight. I can only imagine how nice this particular waterfall sounds. This double tiered feature would definitely create a very relaxing sound. I would highly recommend this design to someone looking to add a waterfall to their koi pond or for a new pond construction.
The oxygenation and circulation that these kinds of water features adds to the pond also helps to slow the growth of algae which many pond owners can tell you has saved them many dollars in maintenance.
There are many people (myself included) that are blown away by larger man-made waterfalls. However, smaller water features that were created by landscapers with extra attention to detail can be just as stunning. The addition of this small waterfall feature changes up what would have been just an ordinary space into something special. Imagine sitting out on your patio just enjoying the sounds of a soothing fountain in your garden…
Pondless waterfalls are picking up in popularity and for good reason. Many homeowners are embracing the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement, perhaps inspired by their favourite gardening shows on TV, and tackling some of their own projects. I’m sure you that are reading this hate the idea of having to pull rocks out of the pond, cleaning the pond out, then putting the rocks back in and so forth. If you are a landscaper being paid to maintain it I feel your pain.
As an aside, should you decide to create your first waterfall using natural stone I highly recommend studying The Pond Digger on YouTube. He has shared many tutorials online to help home owners and contractors alike what to expect and some tips to get the most of a pond project.
Tropical Pool by Florence Pools & Spas Shehan Pools
The guys over at Shehan are amazing and have taught us a lot about what it takes to make clients dreams become a reality. From using shotcrete to other faux rock materials, they are masters at creating custom waterfalls which also compliment their specialization in pools. Check out their website to view some of their award winning projects and brainstorm more ideas.
Have a great weekend and happy landscaping
Rock Waterfall Ideas For Backyard Renovation Projects September 24th, 2014WaterfallNow
Here are a several resources available on creating your standard DIY water features.
Here is a tutorial on how to build your own water fountain using pots
As you can see from the above video, it doesn’t take much money or time to create your own patio water features. The sound of trickling water can enhance the ambiance out on the deck.
The next 4 part video courtesy of The Pond Digger features a mix of natural and faux rocks that are used to create a basalt column rock bubbler bird bad fountain. Don’t be afraid to add more variety with the types of rocks or plants used and to experiment with new ideas. Another recommendation is to find a spot clear of trees and to avoid placing them in areas where you get lots of falling leaves as that can cause the water to flow out or clog the pump.
Not sure where to buy a faux basalt rock column? Here is a do it yourself tutorial courtesy of Arteolike.
Basalt column fountain installation kits can sometimes be found at your local garden shop. However, this method demonstrates one of the many techniques to creating a faux basalt column. Real basalt rock columns for garden purposes can weigh thousands of pounds and requires heavy machinery to install. That is something better left up to the professionals.
The artificial rock water features such as waterfalls and fountains created by WaterfallNow do not fall under the do-it-yourself category.
We have spent many years developing our skills and experience creating custom water features while constantly stepping out of our comfort zone. However, there was a time when we once failed miserably at creating small do-it-yourself water features.
Fast forward to 100’s of water features later we can say that we are definitely much more experienced than we were many years ago.
Whatever your next DIY project, just remember that if you aren’t failing, you aren’t just trying trying hard enough. Get creative. All you really need is a small pump, tubing, drill, screws, glue, and some creativity. Now you have a few examples of how to create quality do it yourself outdoor water features. Start with the basics and maybe someday we can combine our work on the same project.
Hopefully you’ve stumbled across this page because you were looking for some inspiration and found it. Feel free to share your ideas with us on our Facebook page.
How To Create Quality Do It Yourself Outdoor Water Features July 11th, 2014WaterfallNow
Pool rock water features can offer a variety of benefits to a homeowner
Things to consider are the type of buyer that would be interested in your home. If they like the idea of having a pool then having a custom-made water feature by the poolside will get them excited about investing in the property. On the flipside we have seen many new homeowners have a pool filled in because they did not want one.
Whether or not you should add a pool to the yard is something that requires a bit of knowledge of the surrounding area. It sounds simple but it is surprising how often builders forget to understand what type of buyer or demographic they are catering to. Sometimes the buyer doesn’t want or even care about owning a pool.
Keep in mind that there are different options to choose from ranging from concrete, GFRC, paneling, natural rocks, fibreglass, or plastic.
Advantages of having rock water features by the pool
The white noise produced by a waterfall helps to drown out the sounds of nearby traffic
The soothing sounds help to promote stress-relief and relaxation
Help to increase the property value or appeal to home buyers
They are a symbol of wealth as not everyone can afford them
Makes for a private resort-like setting with the addition of a few palm trees
Lasts for many decades with minimal down-time
Can be enjoyed year-round or whenever you decide to have it turned on
They require minimal maintenance to operate (ensure water level is maintained and pump is replaced every several years)
Can be customized with your favorite lighting, shapes, designs, and colors
An affordable luxury that can be purchased for the same price as a designer purse or piece of jewellery
Receive many compliments
Disadvantages of pool rock water features
They aren’t viewed as an investment to the average consumer
May require a permit which can be difficult to get if using heavy materials, drilling into natural rock, and so forth.
Same as above, depending on the type of material used, if a mistake is made during the construction, you can end up with expensive maintenance issues
The cost of maintaining a pool may surprise first time pool owners who may be too busy to do their own maintenance The small amounts do add up over time. A pool rock water feature that flows into the pool will require extra maintenance and care
Jealous neighbors that will try to 1-up you with a bigger one
Expect high shipping fees for products purchased outside of Canada
Advantages of WaterfallNow’s Pool Rock Water Features
We take care of the maintenance with one phone call
Lightweight with no permit requirements
Simple to install
No large trucks or machine equipment required
Custom-designs that can be changed during the formation process
Small working crews which reduces cost to the consumer
Any lighting, or other custom materials such as water sheers and spillways can be incorporated into the design
No limit to the size, shape, or design
Operates in all 4 seasons
Does not need to be operated on an ongoing basis like most water features
Remote control switch on or off
Competitive pricing for custom work
Can be premade and shipped locally according to the designs you had in mind
Artificial rocks made with fibreglass to capture the realistic indentations seen on real rocks
Pondless waterfall designs that recirculate water over and over for reduced maintenance
Pool Rock Water Features: Advantages and Disadvantages July 11th, 2014WaterfallNow