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.

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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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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