The Growth In Surrey Is Amazing: Watch Out Vancouverites

The thousands of KM’s added onto my ride in the past week just from all the short drives throughout the Lower Mainland was a real wake up call. Perhaps it is time to switch to an electric car… Then again, 11MPG was never good to begin with! Back to the point though, I did notice a lot of nice houses being built all over Surrey. By nice I mean massive with 5 car garages and sheds the size of what I used to consider a big size home.

And yes it was slightly embarrassing at first to knock on the door of a shed that nobody lives in and then hear the owner laughing from his window from the main home 3 stories high probably thinking what an idiot I am thinking people live in the shed. The point is, these are some big houses.

While we get many referrals please do me one favor and don’t put a dog house just beside the front door and where you don’t notice it until you see the pearly whites. I still can’t help but get out of the car while driving sometimes and putting doorhangers up. Making rock features can be addictive and I am on rehab from that addiction. My partners now do the artwork and create that blueprint in your glorious head.

I’ve been through half of the neighborhoods in West Vancouver and can say that some of the homes being built south of Surrey are coming to par. There is still much room for improvement. While many of the newer homes being build in Surrey look impressive in size, many are nothing more than a larger cookie cutter. Hopefully we will see more unique architecture like what you can find in Shaughnessy, Vancouver, BC.

Architecture does hold importance to me because it means that some people out there are still striving for the best and to do what hasn’t yet been done. They know that the best designs, ideas, and projects have not even been created. This is inspiring. That is why I appreciate seeing something unique that showcases some of the designers creativity. Don’t take this to mean that uniqueness in itself is a virtue. The finished product has to look good to most people and be a 10 on the wow factor.

Holy Cow…. What happened here? Public washroom?

If you haven’t heard already, Surrey will be the new Vancouver. The population of Surrey is expected to surpass that of Vancouver in 5-10 years. Just in time for 2020. The new city hall erected in Surrey which they spent $97 million dollars on (caused some controversy) reflects the vision that the leaders have for this city. It is an exciting time for people living in East of the bridge(s).

“Successful Official Grand Opening Of Aria Banquet And Convention Centre Saturday June 21, 2014” – The Mayor of the City of Surrey gave it high praise stating that it is the best she has seen in over 18 years of visiting different banquet halls and convention centres in BC. Read More: http://waterfallnow.com/tag/aria-banquet-hall-and-convention-centre/

The Surrey that I’ve come back to in the past few years was not like the Surrey I remembered half a decade prior and I’m sure that change will be exponential moving forward.¬† I’m sure there will be some issues with overpopulation

While Surrey and White Rock are without the natural landscapes, forests, cliffsides, and creeks that are present in many homes in West Vancouver (natural rock formations take millions of years to become that way), it has many acres of flat agricultural land. That’s fine because I like blueberries. Too much land to even know I was there :D. Just kidding. Stealing is bad.

So basically, much of this land is being quickly bought up and new houses are going up all over the place. I have no idea just how big of a change we will see in the next 5 to 10 years in Surrey’s development but it will be a sight to behold.

WaterfallNow has plenty of customers to pick from. What we really want is to start doing something different each time. We don’t want to get to a point where we stop pushing the limits. I believe that someone in the Lower Mainland has the most amazing blueprint in their mind right now and just doesn’t realize it yet. Come share your crazy ideas with us.

I’ve toured some of the most expensive homes in BC and sadly, many of them did not have a water feature or had one but stopped paying for the maintenance. WaterfallNow’s rock fountains, waterfalls, and water features can be designed in such a way that they require no maintenance, recycle rainwater, and can run on low energy consumption setting with an autostop timer for even further benefit.

Then again, custom water features aren’t cheap. They are expensive, a luxury item, and that is the point right? Well, yes and no. WaterfallNow hopes to strike a balance between the two extremes of luxury vs cheap. We aren’t that cheap and we aren’t that luxurious. We are somewhere in the middle at least for now. Why do we have such low pricing? Well, it is because we hate turning people away.

“It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Rast

Profound stuff…

If you have been planning on getting a rock fountain or water feature for your garden now is the best time to do it. Our Spring Specials won’t be around forever. It’s called a “Spring” Special for a reason ūüėÄ

We are blessed to have a very loyal and successful client base that love showing off their rock fountains. Also, if you require a check-up or think it is time to replace your water pump just give us a call and we will come and fix it for you.

Updates At Aria Underway

Excalibur Bowling has closed down because they did not wish to renew their lease. So the largest banquet hall and convention centre in Surrey, Canada is going there instead. It is expected to open by the end of April.

We are building a rock wall for a section on the inside of the building as well as a rock pillar.

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Building of the two rock water feature fountains on the outside have commenced. Once the rocks are completely assembled, pumps are installed, and lighting is added, it will look very different from the photos below.

New photos and videos will be added shortly thereafter. Feel free to add the banquet hall on Facebook.

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Waterfalls and water features are a booming trend!

Update April 29, 2014

Water feature on left side. These are double-sided and water will be spilling down from different spots with colourful lighting. Will post updates of the finished project.

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Water feature on the right side (bottom). Like the one above this is also double-sided. We will post more photos of this commercial rock water fountain project when completed.
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Update May 12, 2014

Minor touch ups, additional lighting, gravel to be completed soon.
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Artificial Rock Waterfalls: A Booming Trend

Creating custom artificial rock waterfalls is the bread and butter of what we do at WaterfallNow. Sometime around 2005 we began experimenting with different ways to create water features for our landscaping clients. We found that most of our clients wanted to have a water feature in their yard but didn’t like the idea of having raccoons coming around. The cost of having to pay a landscaper for maintenance to keep it running was also a barrier.

So we found ourselves experimenting with different ways of creating water features. After more than 30 years of combined landscaping experience we decided to do the unthinkable and go full-time into the water features industry. We created koi ponds, made waterfalls, and many other things. While we loved what we did we had even more enjoyment creating the water features. We no longer make ponds because of the maintenance and focus entirely on hand-building artificial rock panels and assembling them to create artificial rock waterfalls.

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WaterfallNow has worked on many landscaping projects over the years so we are pretty familiar with the game. We have however entered into a new arena where we still consider ourselves to be learning. Taking into account the experience creating waterfalls while still landscaping to present day where we specialize primarily on creating artificial rock waterfalls.

We hope to one day build the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC using our hand-made artificial rock panels. We believe that our lightweight rock panels would make it possible where other materials are simply too heavy. Our special blend of unique ingredients makes the inner membrane strong like steel.

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WaterfallNow has gained some experience building artificial rock waterfalls for residential waterfall projects having build over 100 water features using our unique method. We always have a huge demand for backyard waterfalls and we enjoyed making them for a time but we also got burnt out (hence the long extended vacation).

We want more exposure for what we do because we want more people to start seeing different possibilities for what they can do with their home & garden renovations. Advertising on TV, golf magazines, newspapers, and so forth was nice and we got a lot of requests but they were mostly residential. We really want to get into commercial projects so if anyone has some suggestions we would appreciate any tips you may have.

Chances are high that we will be at the BC Home + Garden Show, BUILDEX, and whatever other events come to mind with the hopes that we will meet an architect who also wants to create the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC. I won’t say world because we’ve seen the artificial rock waterfalls in China, Korea, and India and they are absolutely massive!

WaterfallNow is actually a new company that was formed just this year. After our long break we decided to come back and really take this to the next level. The hope is to contribute in some way to some of the most spectacular designs across BC and get the media’s attention. We are not even 2 months old so we want to make sure that we are fully prepared before that moment. In the meantime we continue to offer outrageously low prices on all of our custom artificial rock waterfalls. When you compare the prices of our waterfalls to some of the tiny water features online that sometimes cost more than our waterfalls (insane) it becomes obvious that we need more exposure.

Back when we were landscaping our clients would always say they “wished they could afford one.” With that in mind we actually went out, figured out a way to make them more affordable while at the same time profitable as a business model, put our heads down, and went to work. The results were outstanding in our first year. So outstanding that we took a long vacation . Not the smartest idea but what did we know?

There is no company at least in BC that builds artificial rock waterfalls both indoors and outdoors at the prices we offer ours at. Our price point makes getting a luxury product possible for many home owners.

 

How would you feel if you had an artificial rock waterfall sitting at the entrance to your home? We want to give all of our clients the same opportunity. We don’t like to hear people say they “wish” they could afford a waterfall. WaterfallNow makes the dream of owning your own custom artificial rock waterfall a reality.

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Outdoor Garden Water Features

Looking for a way to get large natural rock features for your backyard? WaterfallNow specializes in creating outdoor garden water features using artificial rocks. These can be made in any shape, size, or colour. These can be added onto an existing pond or built pondless.

Samples of some outdoor garden water features made using our hand-made artificial rock panels

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Updates on some current work (Indoors)

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There are many custom options available. LED lighting, mist makers, fog producers, reactive fountains, programmable fountains and more. WaterfallNow works closely with designers, architects, and builders.

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Rock Pillar taking shape

We will have new videos and updates coming in a few months time. If you need some ideas for some outdoor garden water features simply drop us a line. Book your free estimate. In this free consultation we will discover some options and determine the best plan for you.

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Pool Waterfalls [WaterfallNow]

WaterfallNow is experienced in creating all kinds of custom pool waterfalls. What was once a 2 man landscaping operation eventually saw a long transition to a niche market in custom waterfalls. The team grew a passion for creating man-made artificial rock water features and waterfalls for people throughout the Lower Mainland, BC.

Through many years of trial and error WaterfallNow finally settled on a technique that clients could afford, looked realistic, lasts indefinitely with no fear of cracking or maintenance, and was highly desired. WaterfallNow has created luxurious pool waterfalls for rock bottom prices while just starting out in the business. That learning process is something that ultimately benefits our new clients (friends).

Though the market was not as big as what was once very busy as commercial landscapers it has been picking up in pace. One of the things that we noticed was the importance of timing. Over a decade ago for example, the WaterfallNow team sold artificial turf and “Viking Ice” (you can’t win them all). The artificial turf business was not big at the time but fast forward to NOW, nearly every landscaping company today is utilizing artificial grass in one way or another. Moral of this story was that we should have remained focused no matter what was going on to the left or right.

Almost a last ditch effort, WaterfallNow decided to stick with the custom waterfalls idea no matter how crazy it seemed. We knew that over time, the trend would eventually catch on and more people would be envisioning having one of WaterfallNow’s rock features for their home. Our goal was to provide rock bottom prices for these luxury resort theme rock walls and pool waterfalls. Did we achieve that goal? Far from it… However, WaterfallNow has decided to make a big change this year.

One major mistake that we made in the past was not owning the domain name of our business (it used to be under rockywaterfall.com). The person who owned the domain vanished to Australia without any contact. Losing the website along with all the files on it was tough for us. WaterfallNow was once burnt out and unable to handle all of the demands. Following the loss of the website, business had slowed down to a grind. Things such as school and other ventures eventually got in the way and there was no focus.

Some things happened in 2014 and the team (WaterfallNow) decided to get back into the game. One of the motivations was to be in a position to offer a service that others aren’t willing to offer – for a multitude of reasons. The team did not attend any trades school or take any courses to take to learn and develop a unique method of creating the rock features. Everything learned was ‘acquired’ over many years of trial-and-error along with a major investment of time and money. If WaterfallNow wasn’t going to do it, nobody else would. By now we understand how to harness the power of focus in business.

WaterfallNow has a new line of rock designs and styles. Our rocks are hand-made using a blend of natural and synthetic materials. We employ fiberglass because it holds the shape of realistic rock faces (the cracks, grooves, dips) much better than anything else on the market. Plastic did not look real concrete cracked and required a lot of manpower. Concrete is undoubtedly one of the best ways to create large water features but the cost is an issue for most home-owners.

WaterfallNow helps owners of luxury homes that are either built, or in the process of being built, probably the best way to get a truly custom designed rock waterfall or water feature for their backyard, frontyard, or pond, or pool. The endless custom options including lighting is what differentiates WaterfallNow from everything else. We create beautiful waterfalls for pools that for the same dollar for dollar amount elsewhere would never be possible.

We once took a look at indoor water walls or water wall fountains and were amazed that they could average between $4000 – $10,000 online. The wall-mounted water walls are undoubtedly a great fit for indoor locations but the dollar amount is a barrier for most consumers. WaterfallNow for some crazy reason still maintains a similar price range for something that is truly custom tailored, built on-site, can be made to any shape, or colour, and is much bigger in size.

Whether prices increase in the future is left to be determined. WaterfallNow continues to serve current clients with rates that most people can budget for their home.

After all, a luxury home (every home) is not complete without a great yard that you get to enjoy for half of the year – for many years. WaterfallNow has created many pool waterfalls for clients under $10,000 that not only look like they cost 5x more but even helped our clients eventually sell their home for more than what they were expecting. The increased property value or even personal attachment of the waterfall to a prospective buyer can be part of the added benefits.

We have met many people over the years who now can’t imagine owning a property without the sound of a waterfall.

If you are looking for a pool waterfall that is simply for decorative purposes we encourage you to get in touch with WaterfallNow.

In other news… Here is a photo of an indoor rock feature approximately halfway to completion. Does it look like real rock?

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WaterfallNow no longer utilizes rocks purchased online for the purpose of creating fancy waterfalls. The team now uses its own hand-made rocks to create all custom designer artificial rocks and pool waterfalls. We appreciate any feedback you may have. WaterfallNow also hopes to get back in touch with previous clients under this new domain name.

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Aria Banquet And Convention Centre Surrey, Scott Road, BC

Aria Banquet And Convention Centre Surrey, Scott Road, BC

Aria Banquet Hall Surrey  http://ariabanquet.ca/ To book an event (recommended) Call: 604-496-1616

The Honourable Dianne Watts, Mayor Surrey, BC gave it high praise by stating that it is “the best banquet hall – by far” that she has seen in the past 18 years of visiting many different banquet halls throughout the nation.

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The Honourable Dianne Watts Mayor of Surrey at the grand opening of Aria Banquet and Convention Centre along with the founders of Aria.


Aria Banquet and Convention Centre – The #1 place to host any corporate or personal venue in Canada.

Address: 12350 Pattullo Pl, Surrey, BC V3V 8C3 Telephone: (604) 496-1616  /  (604) 807-8241

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Photos from the grand opening of Aria Banquet and Convention Centre in Surrey Saturday June 21, 2014. The food looked excellent. The staff was well coordinated and professional. A surprisingly decent turnout for a weekend event. Lots of music and opportunities for people in the community to connect. Overall a great experience and a successful grand opening for Aria Banquet and Convention Centre. We truly hope that Aria has the success that the founders, organizers and the community itself deserves.

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Aria Banquet Hall and Convention Centrecommercial waterfalls surrey bc12350 Pattullo Pl, Surrey, BC V3V 8C3Believe it or not, this was the same building that Aria has renovated. Aria now boasts over 500 parking stalls, 60-100 experienced employees at any given time, daily bookings, and many more satisfied visitors who can’t wait to share their experiences.

Xcalibur bowling on Scott Road in Surrey is closed. It was a big part of Surrey for many years. Have something you want to say? Visit their Facebook page for more details or to leave a comment. Surrey has its sights set on bigger things and the addition of the banquet hall has helped to ramp up the presence of security.

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12350 Pattullo Place, Surrey, British Columbia V3V 8C3

Xcalibur Permanently Closed due to LEASE ISSUES

What’s taking its place is the largest banquet & convention centre in Canada.

Aria Banquet and Convention Centre

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To inquire about an event or to book your own call:

604-496-1616

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604-614-6500

Address: 12350 Pattullo Pl, Surrey, BC V3V 8C3
 

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