Hiring Water Features Contractors For Your Garden Renovation

Water features for the garden are a staple for outdoor living.

As the weather grows warmer more people begin to shift their attention towards how they will redesign their yards. Considering the average person will spend a significant portion of their time it just makes sense to spruce things up.

There is a large variety of choices to be made when considering the type of garden renovation ideas one has in mind. Having many decades of landscaping experience under our belts we’ve heard the common issues most people had with their own yards. Most people want their yards to look nice but many don’t even know where to begin. Some believe they want a large amount of flowers only to find that they don’t have the time to maintain it themselves.

When most people look to add a water feature to their yard it is usually because they saw something online or they were in their friends yard and their neighbour had one. So what most people end up doing is going with the first company that they can find. I recommend getting a minimum of 3 estimates from different companies or contractors to get a better understanding of what the project will look like.

When choosing a contractor pick one that has a portfolio of past projects that you like. It is not enough to take one’s word for it and assume that they will create exactly what you had in mind. When in doubt ask for references.

How much does it cost? That will depend on the company you hire to do the work. Generally they will ask for a smaller deposit to begin the work. If a contractor asks for 50% of the total cost up front it should raise some alarms. Most companies work out smaller payments as the work progresses. There are times, especially with smaller companies just starting out, where the contractors ask for 50% upfront to fund an existing project that isn’t yet completed due to lack of funds.

It is safest for you as the customer to deal with contractors that only require small payments as the work progresses. Doing business simply because you like someone even if you know they might not do a good job or are inexperienced always comes with a risk. Things don’t always go as planned as is apparent in the world of contract work but there are precautionary steps you can take to avoid these setbacks. Such costs may entail having to re-hire someone else to fix the ‘fix.’

On the other hand, if you are a contractor reading this you must develop the ability to say ‘no’ to clients who will only cause more problems. It is not worth the headache and heart ache to deal with bad clients.

In summary:

1. Check the contractors portfolio. Ideally you want photos of projects they’ve done themselves. If they are in the custom crafting arena then bring your imagination to the table and plan things out beforehand.

2. Get multiple estimates before picking the water features contractor you plan to work with. Don’t overpay for something that anyone can do (eg. installing a DIY water feature from natural stones). The costs for things that cost less upfront often cost more in the long-run. Have in mind the type of water feature you want with the right budget in mind. Avoid attempts to haggle with something that is clearly out of your budget range in hopes of getting a deal. It’s not worth it.

3. Ask lots of questions. One of the ‘catches’ with most water features is that they lose their appeal after 1-2 years. The high maintenance costs of hiring someone to restore the pond and rocks from looking like green pea soup can be costly and time consuming over a long period of time. If you are a fan of maintenance free (hands off, minds off) and just want to relax then seek out low-maintenance options. Ideally you want something that suffers no cracking from ice (freeze-thaw), has no permit requirements, no excessive weight that may cause sinking and cracking, nothing that takes up too much of your yards real estate, nothing potentially dangerous for children, and something that lasts a lifetime.

4. While I recommend negotiating to get the best price try to avoid excessive haggling (see point 2) with contractors because it is a waste of your time and a waste of theirs. You will not get the best quality from asking for too much and giving too little. Often times trying to get things for cheap results in poor quality and a lower level of service. Water features, fountains, and waterfalls don’t come cheap but that is the point. The cheap variety can be found from Home Depot or Rona in a do-it-yourself kit. Doing it yourself is something that I recommend everyone try at least once. Why? Because it will yield a greater appreciation for the many years of experience that landscapers put in to the point where they make it ‘look easy.’

The bottom line for anyone seeking to renovate their yard is to pick something that gets a ‘wow’ out of themselves, their guests, and makes them feel good. WaterfallNow’s waterfalls are custom designed with you in mind so that you know you have a one of a kind custom hand-made piece of art. Go ahead, show off your yard.

Landscape Waterfalls

WaterfallNow creates custom  landscape waterfalls  in the Lower Mainland, BC.

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WaterfallNow operates in a very niche market that requires much creativity and problem solving ability than the average landscaping project. WaterfallNow’s small team of experienced artists have the experience and creativity to get things done.

The simple yet unique blend of synthetic and natural materials used to create each durable and long-lasting rock panels was the result of many years of trial and error. WaterfallNow has the knowledge and creativity to put together multiple rock panels to resemble a realistic final product without quitting halfway. The many years of experience in water feature design and landscaping background makes the process look simple to onlookers.

Landscape Waterfalls are not something that anyone can go out and purchase from a store. This makes the practice of creating custom waterfalls both a lucractive opportunity as well as a skill that is in high demand. WaterfallNow in a sense brings its manufacturing station to the client and assembles on-site.

Funny story. One of our clients that we had built a large waterfall for (that photo gone along with our old domain rockywaterfall.com) was interested in creating them after seeing how ‘simple’ it was. So with our support he attempted to create his own waterfalls using our rock panels. We still joke about it to this day because that ‘attempt’ was not something that could be sold and quite frankly anyone would be embarassed about. The important thing is not to give up no matter how bad it may seem.

That experience really showed us that while we know what we do isn’t that complicated, it isn’t something that anyone can just one day wake up and decide to do as a business – and be successful. The WaterfallNow team was also blessed with the many previous landscaping clients to learn and grow with through word-of-mouth referrals.

Our products and services are suited for those looking for unique and eye-catching custom waterfalls that can’t be replicated using traditional concrete methods.

Sample of a landscape waterfall nearing completion [WaterfallNow can use any pigment rock colour and a variety of paints to add the finishing touches]

This sample video was of a project done when we were in our learning phase. Perhaps not the most ideal location (along the fence) but it is just an idea of what we can do. We have in more recent witnessed an overwhelming demand for indoor waterfalls – perhaps caused by the recent surge of new home construction. This is a trend that is also likely to continue on into the future. “Good news for those in the water features industry.”

We appreciate what others in the water features industry do because together they all contribute and grow together. Whether it is with concrete, styrofoam, natural stone, or wall-mounted features WaterfallNow understands that they are all a part of the landscape waterfalls and water feature community. We have experienced for ourselves the different facets, upsides, and even downsides to each particular niche even with regards to koi ponds but ultimately finding one that we were most comfortable with.

When WaterfallNow (formerly Rocky Waterfall) was just starting out we had no idea whether or not this idea would ever take off. We had our fair share of setbacks but were also surprised at how smoothly things went from time to time. It was never that way back in the landscaping days. Contract work for smaller landscaping businesses often goes underappreciated because it is a common skill with high competition.

Reflecting on it, WaterfallNow is proud of the landscape waterfalls that they’ve created thus far and also excited about the ones that have not yet even been designed. The market potential of the entire rock water features industry in Surrey and the Lower Mainland is much bigger than most people think.

WaterfallNow’s landscape waterfalls continue to be a unique product in the BC marketplace. We hope to continue spurring on the trend that we have started years ago. The versatility and genius behind the rock paneling system is definitely catching on (whether concrete, fiberglass, or a blend) and we hope to see more landscapers adding it to their portfolio.

Sample landscape waterfalls can be viewed in certain areas of the Lower Mainland.

Moving forward WaterfallNow looks to establish itself in Surrey as a trustworthy company with the experience and creativity to serve a wide client base. Have ideas for landscape waterfalls in the future? Feel free to contact us for pricing and other enquiries.

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Water Garden Plants

Are you wondering what type of water garden plants to use on an outdoor rock waterfall? Consider choosing water-loving species to landscape your rock waterfall. Choosing the right water garden plants makes a significant difference in the look and feel of the waterfall as the different colors help to contrast the rocks from the surrounding landscape.

Having an outdoor rock waterfall in your backyard or as part of your landscaping is a feature growing in popularity because of its beauty, serenity and appeal. Moreover, people aren’t just looking for something everyone has seen before. WaterfallNow seeks out the wow factor in every blank slate.

Selecting the right water garden plants to complement and complete your outdoor rock waterfall is often an overlooked element to creating a beautiful finished product. Plant along the rock face, along the pond, along the water’s edge, and if you have one, on the pond. Depending on the location you may be able to employ artificial plants for less maintenance, less hassle. WaterfallNow provides a selection of artificial plants including artificial turf, artificial moss, artificial fungi, and artificial bonsais that complements each waterfall.

A mixture of decorative plants such as water lilies, along with fillers such as moss, fungi, or ferns all help to give the outdoor or even indoor rock waterfall a more natural and balanced look. The difference in a properly landscaped waterfall vs. a waterfall without the finishing touches is massive. These can be placed around the rock face to add more detail.

Sample slideshow found online from a random water garden landscaping company. Shows how easy it can be.

Also see:

How to Landscape a Garden Waterfall

How to Make a Stone Waterfall

The following are just some ideas of water garden plants to consider but you can use any type of plant you wish.

Trees

We have employed many different types of trees from regular coniferous to exotic palm trees. The use of trees create an excellent impression of a more realistic rock waterfall. Keep in mind that different trees drop different leaves that may end up in the pond which in turn may clog the pumps and drainage. Outdoor ponds can have screening systems put in place to prevent these clogs altogether.

Shrubs

Shrubs are great in combination with trees to add more interest and beauty to your outdoor rock waterfall. (juniper, holly, yucca, dracaenas, camellia, azaleas, viburnum).

Ferns

Ferns are a type of plant that look exceptional when placed around the rock waterfall as they add more realism. Select ferns that are best acclimatized to your local area for best results.

Vines

An area WaterfallNow has not yet tapped into just yet but are without a doubt an excellent addition to the backdrop or even to be placed on or around an outdoor rock waterfall.

Flowers

Flowers help to add color and depth to any rock waterfall. You can get creative with this area and select plants that best contrast with the colour of your outdoor rock waterfall.

Mosses

WaterfallNow has artificial fungi and mosses that we place on the rock face of our outdoor and indoor rock waterfalls. These help to add increased realism and a more natural look to the waterfall.

Aquatic

Water lilies are a good option for your koi pond to add color and interest to the water feature. Other options are lotus flowers, yellow floating hearts, and water poppies to fulfill said goals. Plants that can be planted along the waters edge include blue-eyed grass, or golden sweet flags as they both thrive along water in moist soil or shallow water. Other plants suited for growing around a rock waterfall are the pink bog primrose, the busy lizzie, or the sierra shooting star (thrives in sandy, clay, or regular moist soil). Cannas are a good option that thrive in moist soil and full sunlight.

Several benefits of aquatic plants are:
  • Improving pond health,
  • Assist in clarifying the water,
  • Help filter the nutrients and hinder algal blooms,
  • Offer a shelter for fish

Grasses

WaterfallNow employs both natural grass as well as artificial grass. Give us a call to book a FREE estimate and secure a spot on our waiting list.

Moses 778-788-8603   email: crwaterfalls@gmail.com
Solomon 604-724-4008

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Pondless Waterfalls

Pondless Waterfalls and disappearing waterfalls are picking up in popularity as more homeowners are looking for ways to create things on their own. Whether you want to create one yourself or want the unique rock textures and custom options offered by WaterfallNow we hope you can enjoy your own private getaway from the comfort of your own home.

Pondless waterfalls are designed to cycle water through a fountain or pump continuously. Using just a small water reservoir, a pump to bring the water back to the top, and gravity, the water can continuously cycle through the system. One benefit of this is the minimal maintenance involved. This can be important for busy people who don’t have the time or the money to maintain a pond and want to avoid having one resembling green pea soup altogether. What we’ve noticed over the years having visited many yards is that the latter was more common.

Getting a pondless waterfall professionally created is generally a great idea if you can set aside a budget to get one done. These are a great way to spruce up a smaller yard which may not be best suited for a pond. For those looking for something indoors WaterfallNow can create an indoor waterfall using our artificial rock panel system. The benefits of having our indoor waterfalls is the humidification effect and filtering of dust, pollen, and pet hairs through the flow of water. There is minimal maintenance required.

For those who do not have a significant budget for a custom designed artificial rock waterfall there are many do-it-yourself (DIY) kits available on the market. They are a great option for those wanting t0 create a small cascading waterfall in their yard. The initial investment is minimal and the returns can be significant. Just make sure you have covered all of your bases and have an idea of what you would like the end product to look like. It is a satisfying feeling to know that you can create something as beautiful as a waterfall that others will also enjoy.

What is even better for those who like working with their hands is that the cost of pondless waterfalls are much less than traditional ponds. Not only do they not have to be run constantly but can be drained quickly, require less maintenance, and should you need, can be removed completely in a short period of time with very little labour involved. There is also a reduced risk of injury with pondless applications which can be a concern for parents with small children.

Already have a pondless or pond with a waterfall but want something much larger and taller? WaterfallNow can install a custom artificial rock waterfall onto the existing feature.

Clients of WaterfallNow may request additional upgrades to existing water features as their budget allows. Should you choose you may have your existing WaterfallNow rock waterfall relocated from one area to another. WaterfallNow offers one of the most affordable options for getting an expertly designed water feature that will look and sound amazing for many years to come. If you are looking for something unique and 100% custom made give us a call. We would like to hear from you.

Summer is just around the corner. You too can enjoy a private staycation and enjoy the relaxing sounds of water trickling down.

A sample nearing completion.

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Custom Water Feature Designs

Each one of WaterfallNow’s water features and waterfalls starts off as an idea that produces spectacular results. Using various methods we are able to seamlessly blend each custom water feature. Unlike concrete or natural rock applications that are limited in size and texture (usually stamped), our hand-made artificial rock panels come with great detail and design that are difficult to mimic otherwise.

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We start out by selecting the right rock panels for the location. Once that is sorted out we begin cutting and shaping the fake rock panels to create the water feature. The resulting custom water feature designs are generally something difficult to tell apart from the real thing. The texture, dips, and natural contours of the outer shell are difficult to mimic using concrete applications. We prefer to use this method not only because of the versatility but also because of the problems that we were noticing with concrete applications (mainly cracking due to freeze-thaw and temperature issues).

The majority of waterfall projects that WaterfallNow has worked on up until now are pondless waterfalls. Should you have an existing pond we will be able to include our rocks as an add-on feature. While we have many years of experience in traditional landscaping we now specialize primarily in the creation of custom rock water features. We can still assist you as the owner in finding the right people to accomplish all of your renovation needs. This includes and is not limited to hiring people to build you a (koi) pond.

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There is virtually no limit to the level of creativity that one can have. Our biggest projects have yet to be seen. Feel free to contact us if you are looking for custom water feature designs or are just looking for some design ideas in the Lower Mainland area.

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Build a Backyard Waterfall

Are you looking to build a backyard waterfall? WaterfallNow is experienced in creating beautiful water features for clients that want to enhance their outdoor living areas. We provide a unique touch to each project that leaves our clients happy and not worrying about constant maintenance.

Are you looking to DIY? There is an endless supply of information on how to build a backyard waterfall on YouTube. YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google and is an excellent source of information and new ideas.

http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Waterfall

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-Pondless-Waterfall/

I know you want to build a backyard waterfall but doesn’t have to be complicated. There are many resources available online to show you how you can build your own water features.

While reviewing some information and actually building a waterfall feature are two separate things, with some experience, you too can enjoy the relaxing sounds of running water. Need help coming up with some ideas? Feel free to email us a photo of your project to receive some consultation (778)-788-8603.

There are many low-cost methods available to people who want to create their own water feature.

WaterfallNow specializes in a blend of natural and synthetic materials such as fiberglass, and other natural minerals to create a long-lasting exterior.

For the everyday handyman however, the beauty of using natural pond rocks and stone slabs is that they are so easy to use that anyone can create their own water features just the way they want. You just need a shovel, variety of different shapes of rocks, spray foam, pond liner, hose or tube for plumbing, pump, and you can create your own water sheer if you like. This is very simple to do and almost anyone can create a smaller waterfall in their own garden. You might also want to incorporate some pond lighting, remote switch, mist/fog machines and so forth. The possibilities are endless. Contact us

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Indoor Water Features

WaterfallNow has created many indoor water features for clients throughout Surrey, Burnaby, Vancouver and surrounding areas.

When we started out searching for ways to create custom works of art that could be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors we did what most people do which is learn traditional methods. Concrete, styrofoam, natural rock formations, sprays, and paneling systems were all a part of the learning experience. As we began working with builders we began to notice that there was an untapped market for custom indoor water features in Vancouver and for the rest of BC in general.

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That realization resulted in a search for less traditional and uncommon methods of creating outdoor and indoor water features. Many of the strategies learned from some of the largest global producers of artificial rock waterfalls in South Korea and abroad are employed by WaterfallNow. It is simple, cost-effective, and generally a good idea. The real challenge lies in the ability to solve problems and create works of art that are visually appealing as well as pleasing to the ear. Our natural ability and experience which was honed over the years has enabled us to create 100% custom created water features that can go virtually anywhere.

We believe the attractions that people will talk about most are those that are not just beautiful but also rare, uncommon, unique, and something that almost everyone wishes they had. While the fact remains that not everyone will be able to partner with us, WaterfallNow does attempt to cater to as wide a client base as it can. Whether you enjoy the white noise provided by a waterfall to drown out the sound of traffic or the trickling sounds of water just know that everything we do is 100% custom hand-made. You can choose the colors, lighting effects, fog, mist, plantation and so forth. Perhaps you just want something that most people will enjoy? We got you covered.

Are you planning for something unique to enhance your next renovation project? Why not learn how you can partner with us to create a beautiful indoor water feature or custom outdoor garden waterfall? BBQ season is just around the corner and it would be unfortunate if we were too busy to serve you in time. Call 604-724-4008 or 778-788-8603 for a FREE estimate and to book a date for your own custom indoor water feature.

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Garden Waterfalls

Are you looking for ideas for your garden waterfall project? WaterfallNow provides artificial rock garden waterfalls and water features for ponds and virtually anywhere you can imagine.

backyard pond ideasDoes your project currently look something like this?

Here are some ideas to help visualize the potential of what it could be. You too can enjoy a staycation in the comfort of your own backyard with one of our garden waterfalls.

You don’t need to own a multi-million dollar property to be accepted as our client. We can create beautiful artificial garden waterfalls that will get people wondering what it is that you do for a living. Some people can’t even tell they aren’t made from real rock nor figure out how you managed to get something so big into such a small area.

Call WaterfallNow for consultation on the construction of your new pond. We specialize in the creation of custom water features for all clients. Whether you have a small project in your backyard, inside your home, or on the rooftop of your multi-million dollar penthouse suite look no further than WaterfallNow. Our goal is to cater to a wider range of clients with the benefits of our services.

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We have spent thousands of hours and have failed numerous times when we were developing the system that we currently employ. Had we given up or stopped many years ago there would be virtually no company in the Lower Mainland that could cater to those looking for 100% unique customization and availability to a wider-range of clients. What we do is simple, cost-effective, and ultimately benefits you as the consumers who can enjoy the customization and low-maintenance setups that we provide. Our creativity and vision has enabled us to turn our passion into more than just another darned project. We look forward to what 2014 has in store not just for our own sake but also for the mutual partnerships that we have created thus far.

Do you simply need some consultation and guidance for your renovation project? Feel free to give us a call. We know the stress that sometimes accompanies renovation projects. We don’t want you to be blindsided by forgetting one or two critical components to your next project. Garden waterfalls are in high demand because they are beautiful. But what if you could have one designed by professionals? That is what we do at WaterfallNow.

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