Despite the fact property values across Canada and the U.S. have been on the rise over the past few years, many homeowners are still searching for affordable ways in which to increase the resale value of their homes. In reality there are a number of things you can do that are sure to improve the value of your home, but as many realtors are sure to tell, curb appeal may be one of the most important issues you should consider. With this in mind you may find that adding certain water features for the garden can be of great benefit if you are trying to sell your home.
A Well-Maintained Yard May Not Be Enough
If you are fortunate enough to have owned your home for a few years, you have probably spent a fair amount of time and money maintaining your yard. Most of us are quite proud of our well-kept lawns and flower beds, but when the time comes to put your home on the market or you are simply looking for a way to make your yard more enjoyable, you might want to consider adding an outdoor water garden.
In today’s market it takes a lot to ensure your home stands out from the crowd once you put it up for sale or even if you are only considering selling it. A manicured lawn may look good enough to you, but in today’s market you will find that it is the more complex landscaping that increases property value. Neatly laid out gardens, wide paths, and plenty of mood lighting are all great ideas, but quickly pale in comparison to a similar home that has its own backyard waterfall and stream.
Moreover, it only makes sense that a ‘luxury home’ comes with a luxury landscaping job to boot. The outside of a home can pre-frame the home buyers decision whether or not to make a purchase. Those who purchase luxury homes have more options when it comes to location. So make your garden stand out with an attention grabbing unique waterfall feature.
Making Good Use of Water Features for the Garden
If you really want to raise the value of your home to the next level, consider adding one or more water features to both the front and back yards. It is a well-known fact that the sound of flowing water is one of the most relaxing sounds in the world. If you were to add an outdoor water garden that featured its own tiered waterfall and a bench or two to sit on, this could significantly increase the value of your property.
While it can be tempting to hire a professional landscaping company that specializes in water features for the garden, there is no need to do so as there are a number of do-it-yourself kits and products available. It should only take a few hours to install an outdoor water garden or your own backyard waterfall and stream.
Keep in mind that despite the popularity of this type of landscaping, it still remains relatively uncommon in today’s homes. Those that take the time to invest in adding one or more water features in their garden or yard are sure to realize a significant return on their investment. Even if you decide not to sell your home, you and your family are sure to enjoy the relaxing environment these features will add to your home.
The landscape is usually one of the most important aspects of a home renovation project. This is because it is usually one of the first things that people will notice. In landscape architecture and garden design, a water feature may include one or multiple items ranging from ponds, to pools, fountains, waterfalls and streams. Water features have been around for many centuries. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (1 of the 7 wonders of the world located in Mahaweel, Iraq) is an example of one of the most famous landscapes of all times – not that you need to start building one in your house!
Water features are more than just aesthetics; the sounds of running water soothes your mind and soul. Studies have shown that the sound of running water subconsciously slows down your breathing, which in turn lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. Furthermore, water reduces your stress levels. When you come home from a hectic and stressful day, having a glass of wine while sitting near a water feature can help you to unwind. Five minutes of time spent by the sounds of flowing water can help reduce stress hormones. Who knows, this could end up saving your life down the road.
In addition to relieving of stress, there are other benefits to installing a water feature within your landscape design. Here are five reasons to add a water feature to your garden.
Anyone that has owned a water feature in the past knows that they attract wildlife – but not the dangerous type. Flowing water attracts birds, rabbits, squirrels and other adorable animals. There is nothing like waking up to the sounds of singing birds. Crows on the other hand don’t sound as good but you take the good with the bad sometimes. Anyways, if you are a nature lover, your water feature will become the most important aspect of your garden and where you will find yourself spending most of your time. You can enjoy nature without having to leave the comfort of your own backyard. Of course if you live in Vancouver you only need to take a stroll down to Stanley Park to visit one of the most beautiful wilderness parks in the world.
A well designed water feature adds a lot of curb appeal to your home. If you want the most beautiful landscape and be the envy of the neighborhood, plan on adding a water feature to your garden. There are different types of water features for different homes. Contemporary home designs will look better with clean water walls, waterfall spillways, laminar water jets, flat concrete walls, and sleek looking statue fountains. Luxury homes looking to design a resort-like setting in their backyard almost always have a pool with an artificial rock waterfall, cave, grotto, bbq pit, and outdoor kitchen. Having a staycation can be just as fun as going on a vacation without the hassle of airports and jet lag.
Water Features Increase A Homes Value
Homes featuring water features have been known to have higher property values than those with little or no landscape design. This is important in the event you ever want to sell your home. When you add a well designed and aesthetically appealing water feature to your property, the value increases instantly and your home becomes more attractive to potential buyers, giving your property a competitive property market. Well designed water features will operate in most seasons without ongoing maintenance costs. Like pools, a poorly designed water feature that requires constant maintenance may actually deter some people from investing in the home. One important factor to consider is whether or not the materials used to make the water feature will withstand cracking from freeze-thaw action. This is especially important in Vancouver which gets much rain, rust, and freezing temperatures in the winters.
Drown Out Noise Pollution
A fountain or a waterfall diminishes the noise pollution in your surroundings. Noise machines commonly use ocean waves, the sounds of falling water, and river noises, and there is a reason for that. Sounds of water are soothing and block out annoying noises like traffic or construction. Does your neighbor talk too loud? Are you are tired of hearing them talk about how bad their day was. Is your house is situated next to a busy street or the passing by cars have high music on? You can suppress those undesirable noises by adding a water feature with enough white noise to solve the problem. In addition, you have unlimited access to a peaceful area to enjoy the outdoors.
Flowing water releases negative ions. These negative ions are tasteless, odorless and invisible molecules that we inhale. Water features such as water walls, waterfall spillways, and cascading waterfalls help toimprove air quality, which is obviously better for your health. Negative ions have mood bosting and stress relieving effects on humans. Maybe even on your pets as well. Falling water also acts as a filter for dust, pollen, and even collects animal hairs floating in the air. This is a beneficial feature to those suffering from asthma or allergies. Just make sure to clean out the water once in a while.
Think back to the feeling of peace and tranquility when going to beaches, lakes or rivers. You can add a little of that to your life by adding a water feature in your garden. A garden water feature can be heard from inside your home through your bedroom window or beside your office desk if you have an indoor waterfall.
It is recommended to opt for a professional landscape designer to install the water feature, so that it is done right the first time. A landscape designer can install your water feature at the most suitable location so that it feels like a natural extension of your landscape. Depending on your needs, your landscaper can also recommend the best low maintenance system to install or custom design a unique water feature that has never been done before. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be the creative type, working directly with the artist him/herself means that you helped design and build the water feature.
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5 Reasons To Add A Water Feature To Your Landscape February 4th, 2015WaterfallNow
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
Featuring award winning pond waterfall and water garden designs by landscaping companies around the world
Thinking of renovating your yard this summer? WaterfallNow can bring any backyard water feature idea to life no matter what you have in mind. Here are some ideas for garden landscaping renovation projects using natural stone or concrete that home owners in Metro Vancouver have access to with contractors throughout the area.
This is a traditional style pondless water feature using the Aquascapes technology. It is a popular choice for many homeowners that are looking for a natural look and beautiful sound. It is also a popular choice for those wanting a Koi pond. Overall I would say that this is the most popular and recommended design. You can add a fountain, custom waterfall and even change the look simply by adding or rearranging the stones. Maintenance is only a hassle if you don’t have the budget to hire an experienced professional. If you like this design, call WaterfallNow and we will draw something up for you.
Here is one of my favourite videos from The Pond Digger a CAC with Aquascapes.
It is a rewarding feeling to have the skills and experience to do any project right the first time. Of course it will require many years of experience and the ability to properly quote a project before this can be achieved. When you consider how many variables there are when offering full-service landscaping it is no wonder most businesses struggle in their beginning stages. I personally believe that specializing in one thing and doing it better than anyone else is the best decision you can make from a business building perspective.
A cool contemporary design created with concrete rock (GFRC). A great idea for a koi pond. You can see the pond is properly constructed as it is not so small that it can’t sustain itself. Larger ponds require less maintenance because they develop a natural balanced ecosystem within.
Somewhat hard to see but this is a small project made in the front yard of a home in Surrey. As you may know, WaterfallNow often uses an artificial rock compound panel that is very durable and looks like the real thing. This is used when the client wants a large rock that looks like one large piece. It is difficult or even impossible even using modern machinery to create something similar so we build it from scratch, piece by piece. LED lighting is just an additional tool that can be used to create a certain effect.
Faux rock panels are what make larger resort-style waterfalls and water features possible. WaterfallNow has made a countless number of smaller projects using this method and has the ability to create larger ones as well depending on the clients budget. We can work out a design that suits your needs for larger projects in any height, width, or design. The colour and lighting add-ons can also closely match whatever you have in mind.
Book your complimentary design consultation with a landscaping contractor in Vancouver or your local market today and start brainstorming some ideas. While word of mouth is great for the contractor, you as the home-owner should get at least 3 different quotes from different contractors to get the best value, service, ideas, and designs. The garden is after all your private sanctuary so you want to get it made right the first time.
Houzz.com is a great resource that is highly recommended for getting ideas.
Pond Waterfall And Water Garden Designs: Vancouver Edition September 24th, 2014WaterfallNow
Are you making plans to renovate your yard this summer?
The Lower Mainland, BC is expected to have very nice weather this summer. As the weather gets nicer more people start making plans for their garden or outdoor living renovation projects. One of the most popular ways to revamp a yard (once everything else is taken care of) is to add a water feature to the garden.
Why hire the right waterfall contractors?
Many people are attracted to the idea of do-it-yourself projects. Some aren’t. Hiring professionals that are dedicated to their craft and not doing it as a hobby will save you time. Not only will you have time more time to relax after a long day but you will also enjoy a quality product. There are risks in doing things yourself and these risks grow with the complexity of the project. There are also risks in hiring the wrong contractors who only get the job because they were the cheapest.
Hiring a landscape waterfall contractor can be an easy process.
Depending on the style of waterfall that you like you can simply do a local search on Google for contractors in your area. You should first determine the type of water feature that you want or imagine already owning it and reverse engineer the process from there.
Here is a checklist you can use when deciding on which waterfall contractors to hire.
2. Browse through photos online to get an idea of what you like and then do a local search for contractors that provide those services.
3. Ask about maintenance fees. Cost per call and per hour. Do this because regular maintenance requirements can cost more money in the long-term than those that cost more initially.
4. Determine how long you plan to use the water feature for.
5. How much space is there in your yard?
6. Do you want a pond or no pond? Pondless waterfalls are growing in popularity due to low maintenance requirements.
7. Determine how much the water feature will increase your property value. If you plan to sell the home consider that most homeowners are now seeking low maintenance (which is why pools are in decreasing demand). High end homes don’t mind maintenance but the opposite is true for the average home.
8. How often are you outdoors? Is it in your budget to buy something you won’t get much use out of?
9. Do you want lots of sound or just a little coming from the waterfall? Ask about adjustable water pressure to vary the sound.
10. Determine the type of lighting to be used.
11. Determine the types of plants and landscaping that will be employed around the waterfall
12.. Cheapest isn’t necessarily the best. That is a trap that you should avoid. If you want quality then the last thing that should be on your mind is to lowball waterfall contractors and take the lowest bidder. That is a recipe for disaster. When your mind is focused on finding the cheapest prices you will more often than not find the cheapest quality as well. There are other ways to get a better deal which includes providing a referral, written testimonial, video testimonial, or online review for the waterfall contractor.
Check the contractors portfolio and ask the right questions
Ask for references, ensure the photos of their work are actually of projects they’ve done. Use Tineye and upload one of their photos to see if it appears anywhere else online. Avoid contractors that haven’t taken the time to get a website. Write out an agreement of the work you want done and when it is expected to be completed by. Most contractors ask a 25% or 33% deposit upfront and the rest as the projects moves along. If a contractor asks for 50% upfront there is a good chance that they are still working on another project and will be using a chunk of your deposit to finish that one up. For that reason you should determine an end-by date and not have to pay for work beyond that deadline.
WaterfallNow’s landscaping waterfall contractors specialize in creating custom waterfalls for commercial and residential locations. Give us a call today for a free no obligation estimate at your earliest convenience.
Waterfall Contractors: Finding The Right One For You July 11th, 2014WaterfallNow
WaterfallNow has been in the business of creating or distributing pre-made hand-made indoor water wall fountains for many years.
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The wide-range of experience having worked with many clients throughout the Lower Mainland helps us to seamlessly tackle any challenges in design.
New houses are springing up everywhere and more people are looking for that ‘thing’ to make their home extra special. After all, what is a luxury home without a beautiful showcase water feature?
There are many different types of indoor water fountains and water features in the marketplace. Many of these can be purchased online at a considerable rate from Ebay or Amazon. Some choices include: Table-top, stand-alone, wall-mounted, rain curtain, horizontal waterway spillovers, vertical water walls. There are also a wide range of materials ranging from marble, concrete, fiberglass, glass, or even aluminium.
These stunning features are a focal point of every interior design renovation. They add ambiance to the room as well as and help to reduce stress. These low-maintenance water features can be added to virtually any room in the house and take up very little space.
WaterfallNow keeps its hands in the production aspect of things by collaborating directly with all clients from start to finish. The idea is to stand out from the competition and in a sense create a new trade in itself. With some creativity, and a special fiberglass rock paneling system that is easy to to handle and versatile, WaterfallNow creates works of art that are unique and can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Our fiberglass artificial rock panels will last indefinitely. Maintenance consists of ensuring that the water level does not fall too low. This is often a set it and leave it scenario handled during the design of the indoor waterfall. All of our realistic hand-made fake rock panels are unaffected by the seasons and are not prone to cracking from freeze-thaw action.
WaterfallNow has many years of experience in creating custom artificial rock water walls that span entire walls. This experience enables WaterfallNow to customize any indoor waterfall interior design project specifically for the clients needs. Our design team can build nearly any waterfall feature, indoors or outdoors, to any size, shape, or colour.
Each of our indoor water wall fountains are specially designed to add instant value and leave a lasting impression on your guests. WaterfallNow creates each of the indoor water wall fountains and water features with just as much attention to detail from one to the next. With an unlimited number of custom options to choose from, there is no limit to what you can have done.
From concept to completion WaterfallNow works efficiently (weather permitting) and creatively to design the perfect water feature for each client’s unique wants. WaterfallNow’s artists are not satisfied until each of the indoor water wall fountains are visually appealing works of art. From good, better, to best, WaterfallNow will work with your budget offering very competitive pricing.
Space permitting, opting for WaterfallNow’s rock waterfalls and rock panels yields improved long-term value, service, and customer satisfaction than the alternatives. You can buy a pre-made water wall fountain for more or less the same price or have one that is larger, custom-made, and will not lose its appeal with WaterfallNow.
Thinking about installing an indoor water feature and want to go all out? You will find that it is well worth the investment to have something custom-designed just for you.
Indoor Water Wall Fountains April 15th, 2016WaterfallNow
WaterfallNow creates custom landscape waterfalls in the Lower Mainland, BC.
Xcalibur closed – “Aria” a new banquet hall & convention center to take its place. Expected open date sometime in April. We are helping out with the renovations. Updates to follow.
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.