Landscape Water Features for The Garden

Water Feature for Your Garden

Water features can be a great addition for any garden style and size. It creates a relaxing, natural and serene environment. It also brings many health benefits. The soothing sounds of flowing water is well known to be a good stress reliever and mood elevator. It helps take you away from your troubles to a different relaxed place. Water features also drowns out traffic noise which is beneficial to residents living in Vancouver, BC. It also purifies the air and adds humidity. Outdoor water features also attract small wildlife such as birds and frogs creating a natural environment. From a financial point of view, water features can increase the value of your property. If you are considering adding a water feature to your landscape, it is recommended to benefit from the following tips and guidelines.

Water Feature Sizes

Water features can add a lot of style and natural beauty to your environment when sized to fit your garden or space. If you are unsure whether or not to add one we recommend starting with something smaller such as a tabletop fountain with plants or a medium sized pond. Opting to construct a larger and bolder water feature might require too much maintenance. However, keep in mind that a larger pond can actually have less maintenance requirements than a smaller one. This is due to the forming of a natural ecosystem around the pond. You can always start small and then expand from there for a more natural and gradual transformation from year to year. Of course if you’ve done something like this before it is easiest to start with the largest size. Smaller  water features such as floor standing waterfalls can be perfect for a balcony, small decks and confined sitting areas.

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Unusually and uniquely designed water feature can be integrated effortlessly into a landscape, as long as it complements the texture, design and style of the garden. You can combine elements – basin, pedestal, spout, etc. – to create your own style. Focus on creating something you won’t find in your neighbors’ or friends’ backyard. You can explore materials and combine design ideas to create a purely unique water feature.

Using Water Features As A Focal Point

Landscape water features, especially ones with moving water, should be placed so as to serve as the focal point of your garden or any space. However, stationary water features such as pools can serve as focal point as well in any style of garden, structure formal garden, deck space, cottage garden, and all sorts of garden incarnations and plants. When you use a water feature as a focal point, the eye is drawn to it and the surrounding is relative to the water feature.

Natural Looking Water Features and water fountains

When you are deciding on a water feature, keep it simple yet natural and consider its appeal in all seasons. The material, placement and size of a water feature should be able to withstand the elements of weather, and appear natural, as if it belongs. Natural water features can help add beauty and structure to an outdoor space. Even if the water is drained in the winter, it can serve as a sculptural element.

There are many kinds of water features. ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, that you can choose for your landscape. You can construct it yourself or get professional help. These are just some of the points to consider.

1413 Sandhurst Place West Vancouver

1413 Sandhurst Place West Vancouver

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Project is complete.

WaterfallNow has been working away on a large custom rock wall in West Vancouver over the past few months. We would like to apologize for not being able to fulfill all requests. If you are planning on adding a water feature project for your yard in the new year you will want to contact us to begin brainstorming some ideas and putting a budgeting plan in place. We work with all budgets and provide virtually anything our customers need. With prices for custom work from $40-$400 per sq ft we have something for everyone.

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Custom add-ons such as waterfall spillways (LED), fountain units, fog/mist generators, and others should be requested sooner rather than later. Because we have negotiated deals with several of the largest manufacturers for pond and outdoor garden supplies, we are able to offer these at significant cost savings to our customers.

We have in stock all GPH waterfall and pond pumps to power each waterfall that are quiet and efficiently built to save energy. The major advantage of WaterfallNow’s rocks as our previous clients know is that the rock waterfalls require almost no maintenance and do not need to be operated 24/7. The significant savings in cost both before and after the project is completed makes these waterfalls a great choice for any garden renovation project.

We look forward to meeting our new clients as well as working on new and exciting projects in the new year.

Merry Christmas

1413 Sandhurst – Water Features Construction Underway

WaterfallNow was recently referred to construct multiple rock water features for this beautiful custom built home in West Vancouver  at 1413 Sandhurst Place intersecting at Chartwell Drive in West Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Sample Photos During Construction Process. The final product always looks completely different once attention to detail, water, lighting, touch ups, and coloring are added.


Completed – new photos to come. Custom fiberglass rock waterfall feature in Zero Ave, High Point, Langley, BC, Canada.

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Luxury Pool Water Features: Icing On The Cake

Today we will take a look at a few luxury pool water features commonly used in many backyard design projects. Keep in mind that many luxury pool contractors rates will typically range between $100,000 and $500,000.
The biggest economic crisis in modern history saw many great pool contractors throughout North America moving onto other things. Sadly, this opened the door for many inexperienced builders to build so-called luxury pools.
The amount of fine attention to detail that goes into building a custom pool to a high standard may go unnoticed to the average person but are easily detected by experienced pool builders.
As always, you want to ensure that you are hiring someone that is capable of carrying out a project. Don’t just take the contractors word for it. If possible, check their references. While it isn’t a foolproof way of avoiding problems later on, it does eliminate a lot of doubts.

Popular types of luxury pool water features

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Mediterranean Pool by Edmond Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers CAVINESS LANDSCAPE DESIGN, INC.

Custom Rock Waterfalls

High quality pools deserve quality water features. A common water feature for nature infused backyards is a custom rock waterfall. These are a staple in amusement parks around the world and for good reason. They look great, produce soothing sounds, and can transform a cold and boring yard into a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Rock water features are made in a variety of different ways.

1. Artificial GFRC Panels Tied To An Internal Steel Frame

One method utilizes an internal bracing system with concrete GFRC panels tied on making the inside hollow. A concrete mud is used to seal the joints. One company that comes to mind is Neptune Panels which is a distributor in the USA. While strong, the concrete/fiber panels will still split down the middle if struck hard enough with a hammer. Rock molds for this method are often flat surfaced making this the easiest method to scale for fast projects.
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Modern Pool by Manchester Stone, Pavers & Concrete Neptune Panels
2. Shotcrete And Hand-Carved Artificial Rock
Another method of creating rock waterfalls for pools is through the use of concrete forming and shotcrete. This method often costs the most simply due to the amount of preparation, labourers, and materials used not to mention the ongoing maintenance to repair cracks, chips, and leaks commonly caused during the winter. This is the most common method of creating artificial rock water features simply because concrete pool contractors already deal with shotcrete. It does have the potential to look very nice in the hands of expert artisans.
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3. Fiberglass Rock Panels
One method of creating a lightweight, cost-effective, and easily customizable custom rock waterfall or fountain is by using a blend of fiberglass and natural materials. This method is the least common for creating rock water features. WaterfallNow adopted this method simply because nobody else was doing it. The thickness can be adjusted depending on the application.
While similar to the GFRC panel method, this method is different due to the rock texture which is a clone of the original rock face capturing deep grooves, and edges of real cliffsides. Attempting to recreate these patterns carved out of concrete would produce less than appealing results.
Although it requires much more cutting, bending, shaping, and many hours of practice to get right, we find that it has the most potential. The cost can be 20-50% less than the other methods.
This gives you two options. Firstly you can expect a cost of 20-50% less than what you would normally pay. Secondly, you can spend the same amount yet get much more bang for your buck. An example would be the option to choose additional lighting, spillways, or a larger sized rock.
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Does your backyard look more like a jungle than a townhouse complex? If so, a custom rock waterfall just might be your next big project. The sooner you start planning, the sooner you can enjoy spending time in your private oasis.
Tropical Pool by Grapevine Landscape Contractors One Specialty Landscape Design, Pools & Hardscape

Laminar Water Jet Fountain

Laminar water jets are a commonly used water feature for modern pool designs. Some models can be programmed to change colors and turn on and off at different intervals creating a mini water show.
Contemporary Pool by Plano Pools & Spas Pool Environments, Inc.
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While these images do not properly show their effects, when a laminar water jet with LED lighting penetrates the pool surface, it also lights up the pool area with the same color of LED light used. A blue LED laminar jet would light up the pool surface and cast a blue glow. These water features can be used in conjunction with custom rock waterfalls or for clean modern pool designs as shown in the previous image above.

Sheer Descent Waterfall Spillways and Weirs

There are several types of spillways that go well with luxury pools

Acrylic Waterfall Spillway                                                              Stainless Steel Waterfall Weir

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Natural slate stone pieces combined with natural rock are sometimes used as well

The more common black plastic waterfall pond kits are not common with luxury backyard pool designs.

There are hundreds of different designs and even infinite possibilities if you contract a custom stainless steel fabricator.

One of the most important things to include is a high quality LED light strip. Ask any landscape designer what is the one easiest thing you can do to drastically improve the look and feel of a yard and they might mention lighting. At least from our own personal experience, proper lighting (underwater lights even) can make the biggest difference.

The following image is an example of what a waterfall sheer might look like. It does not appear to have any LED lighting installed near the outlet however you can see the use of an anti-splash mat where the rocks hit the base.

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Now that you have no excuse not to know what to look for, why not head over to Houzz, Pinterest, or your local luxury pool water features specialists website and browse further ideas?
Planning a custom-built luxury pool with water features and would like a quote? Get in touch with WaterfallNow and ask about our new offerings. We will send an inhouse designer to the site (not a salesperson) to provide you with a solid quote as early as the next day. Our prices are fair across the board and considered to be the most affordable.
Other worthy mentions: fountains, cobra stainless steel spillway, bubbler fountain, rain curtain (very ‘pretty’), rain effect water sheer, water overflow from basins.
Did we miss something? Feel free to make a recommendation.

Water Wall Sample In Vancouver, BC

WaterfallNow’s design team has always been fascinated with water wall designs. Simple yet fun to watch. One of the crews put together a neat water wall using our artificial rocks that was custom-built on-site. This feature will last many years and is something that starts to grow on you after a while. Your neighbours will wish they had one too but won’t because we only do a few projects per location. We’ve built many water features for private residences throughout the Lower Mainland, Vancouver, BC working with custom home builders and homeowners.

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To maintain our water walls (this one made in Vancouver) simply use a brush to scrub any algae from the water basin and then pump out the water. This can be done just a few times each year to keep things looking clean. WaterfallNow does not recommend using chemical treatments as the water basin can be kept clean naturally.

We install remote control settings for our clients so they can turn their waterfalls water and lighting on or off with a remote from inside their home. Our waterfalls and water walls can operate in all 4 seasons. As long as the pump is free of debris and the water basin does not freeze the pump can continually run without issue. We recommend installing autofillers or filters for most projects however this is a cost the client can determine whether or not they wish to include. Sometimes they are not necessary but generally help make the water features run much more efficiently when included into the projects. Our waterfalls look exceptional with icicles hanging off the water feature and LED/floodlights shining on them at night.

LED light strips under ordinary circumstances may last 11 years when used 12 hours a day. If outdoors the life of the LED may vary significantly depending on the conditions. Like all other parts of the water wall they can be replaced in very little time. Our rocks are versatile and we are also able to create indoor waterfalls without leaving a huge mess. The same goes for outdoor projects where we can leave virtually no damage to the surrounding landscape.

Any cosmetic damage to the rock is hardly noticeable and can be fixed in a jiffy. Want a different colour rock? WaterfallNow has a wide variety of concrete rock sprays to match any rock to your home.

Recent projects

Sample waterfall in Burnaby with a feng shui element

Sample waterfall project at 1413 Sandhurst Place in West Vancouver.
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