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.

Garden Water Features: Can They Save Your Life?

Can a water feature save your life? Well… Maybe not, but they may help.

Imagine coming home from a hard working day and relaxing by the patio next to a soothing garden water fountain waterfall.

The soothing sounds of running water helps to relax the mind, providing a sense of calm.

Have you ever experienced the joy of having a water feature in your yard? Having a beautiful water feature will not only increase the property value (if properly maintained) but will also create a harmonious environment.

There are health benefits of having water features as well.

Stress is the number one killer of human beings in the world. The compounded effect of stress from our everyday lives causes major health issues which can unnecessarily shorten ones lifespan.

So what can we do? Having a water feature can be part of the solution to reducing stress levels. There are many other things you can do to further reduce your stress levels.

1. One effective method that has worked for thousands of years is meditation. It is never too late to learn how to do this or take a local class.

2. Breathe deeply. Did you know that most people either take shallow breaths or breathe incorrectly through their mouth? Diaphragmatic (belly) breathing is a simple way to ensure that you are getting the correct flow of oxygen through your body.

3. Being more present. Slowing down for at a few intervals can actually help you be more productive throughout the day. Being more conscientious about where you are in the world, relaxing tense muscles can all help to improve your health.

4. Fad diets are just that ‘fads’. Take a long-term approach to your health by making healthy eating a habit. Things such as eating more omega 3 fatty oils than omega 6 or trans fats, eating less processed foods, more vegetables, getting enough vitamins and minerals through natural food sources, drinking lots of water, and doing a detox every now and then are all going to help you feel better.

By being more self aware about your health you can extend your life by 10-20 years. Good health doesn’t start at the mouth, rather it starts in the mind. A healthy mind is far more likely to take measures to care for the body and avoid self-destructive behaviour.

Enough stress can cause heart attacks. The relaxation benefits offered by garden water features can in a way help to reduce the stresses that surrounds everyday life.

Garden Water Feature Fountain Waterfall

You don’t need to call WaterfallNow to get a big luxury custom waterfall fountain but we still recommend getting something that you can enjoy everyday – even if it is just a small tabletop fountain made in China.

Water Features For The Garden

Do you feel the need to spend more time outdoors? In just a month or two from now, the weather should be hitting high 30’s. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a water feature in your backyard that you can enjoy in the early mornings or evenings when you are back from work? After scouring the web in search of the perfect water features for the garden, our customers came across WaterfallNow. They now love to invite friends over for barbeques, drinks, and sitting out in the evenings by their beautiful water features.

Many people are starting to look for the best ways to decorate their gardens for the summer of 2014, which is ‘likely’ to be the hottest on record – at least in the UK. But let’s just pretend it will also be the same case in BC, Canada just so that I don’t have to figure out the El Nino patterns and other weather related information. If you feel the need to educate me please do.

Here are some ideas of water features for the garden ideas that you can implement this summer. 

1. Drop by the nearest pond and water garden nursery in your area. Once at the store you can browse determine the types of flowers, plants, and designs that you like best. If you are unsure of what plants to buy, ask the staff if they can assist you. Certain plants thrive better in the shade or in damp areas. These are the types of plants that you would want to incorporate into your water garden. Man-made water features look great when combined with the right plants. The plants add greenery and help to provide a more realistic looking water feature as you would find in nature.

2. Do you want a pond? Ponds are undoubtedly beautiful but only if maintained. They can require a lot of manual labour from taking the rocks out, cleaning the basin, putting the rocks back in, so on so forth. Without this maintenance the pond will eventually turn into green pea soup which I’ve seen a lot of. How deep do you want the pond to go? Before you dig, call http://www.bconecall.bc.ca/. It is free to call. Don’t do any digging without calling to avoid causing damage to any pipelines, telecommunication cables, sewage lines, and electrical wires.

Back in our landscaping days we used to get calls to do maintenance on ponds – something that we often didn’t look forward to. You may be familiar with a TV show called dirty jobs. That’s what cleaning these ponds resembled. It was a dirty, disease ridden mess. Eventually some of them called us in after they’d had enough maintaining the ponds and asked us to fill the pond with dirt and lay fresh turf over top. Problem solved. The racoons on the other hand weren’t as happy because there was no longer any fish to eat.

Some people don’t realize that having a pond requires continual maintenance. (Slap my head). It DOES. But, some people actually enjoy working on their ponds on a daily basis. If not, then a pond might not be your best choice.

All ponds require some level of maintenance. When you are looking to care for koi fish you must keep the water clean otherwise the fish will develop diseases and die. Using a variety of water plants such as water lilies or water cress can help to naturally clean the water. There are different schools of thought on whether or not you should have a gravel or dirt bed. I prefer to go without the gravel basin. If you are going to make a pond, don’t make a small pond because the fish will grow. It is also an addicting hobby and you may wish you had a bigger pond.

If you already have a pond then you probably have a grasp by now of how they need constant cleaning. We prefer the pondless or invisible waterfall water feature designs to minimize maintenance and maximize the time spent enjoying the project. Ponds are undoubtedly an excellent addition but unkempt ponds harbour diseases, mosquitoes, and are unattractive. Make sure you know what you are getting into.

20 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Build a Koi Pond – Watch this very informative video

3. Decide on how much space you have to allocate to a water feature for your garden. For smaller gardens, focus on height to maximize horizontal space. WaterfallNow is fairly good at doing this as our lightweight artificial rock panels can be stacked to any height. Natural rocks typically require more horizontal space to achieve the desired cascading effects of mini waterfalls.

4. Pondless features are gaining in popularity. WaterfallNow’s pondless water feature system means that you can run these rock fountains in all 4 seasons with no maintenance. Just add water and let it run. To clean our rocks simply spray them with a pressure washer. You can even change the colour of the rocks from one year to the next using a special paint. They can be set to run on a timer or set up to a remote control switch. This would allows you to switch on the rock waterfall sitting in your backyard at night from inside your home.

These look spectacular at night when the floodlights are shining on them. The occasional sweeping of leaves and other debris that might otherwise clog the water pump and ensuring that the water level does not get too low is the majority of the maintenance requirements. Should you decide to not run the waterfall in the winter we advise to drain the water basin, disconnect the water pump, give it a rinse, and store it indoors to prevent cracking or damage to the internal parts from freeze-thaw. They can be set up again simply by connecting the water pump back to the hose, adding water to the mini pond and turning the water feature back on.

The majority of WaterfallNow’s rock fountains are pondless meaning the size of the pond is built to hold just enough water for the water feature to operate.

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Water Features For The Garden

5. Determine the type of sound that you want to achieve. Taller water features often produce more of the crashing sounds of water. The amount of water pressure or the size of the pump used plays a significant role in the sounds. There are low-sound water pumps that can reduce sound coming directly from the pumps motor. If you prefer a smaller trickling sound consider a cascading waterfall feature. The horizontal movement of water followed by small overhangs produces very relaxing sounds. WaterfallNow can adjust all of these sounds by adjusting the angle and speed of water flow.

6. Do you want something permanent or moveable? This is one of the decisions that one must make when working with concrete which is permanent. WaterfallNow used to use concrete until we realized how little our customers could use their water features. The damage from weathering over the years meant multiple leaks and cracks which can cost a lot of money to constantly repair. But that was back in the day. GFRC concrete employed today is much more durable. WaterfallNow no longer employs concrete but uses fibreglass instead. It can be as strong as steel while remaining flexible enough to avoid cracking. Should something crack we can easily repair it. Sometimes our customers will call us a year later to come and add another section to their rock waterfall. Other times our customers will sell their home and call us to help them move the rock fountain to their new home. It is all about your personal preference. WaterfallNow caters to a wide-variety of requests.

7. What kind of lighting do you want to use? Many of our customers enjoy the backyard paradises that we’ve created for them. Some of the pool waterfalls which we don’t have any pictures of look amazing at night. The white floodlights shine on the waterfall spillway while purple, blue, and green lights all create a unique ambiance. We are very proud of some of the projects that we’ve created because of how happy our customers are. It is only a matter of time until more people can experience the joy of enjoying their own backyard paradise with a water feature built the way they had in mind.

Rock waterfalls not your thing? Then check out articles from popular sites for other ideas:

Visit Houzz to brainstorm some visual ideas of water features for the garden. It won’t be long until you find yourself sitting outside in the summer with a cold drink glad about the choices that you made.

HGTV – 15 unique garden water features: outdoors home & garden television

Pinterest – This is currently the most popular and fastest growing social media website to view photos and get ideas for  garden water features.

For updates and free stuff head on over to our Facebook page and let us know what you like best about garden water features.

Water Features For The Garden – Just Add Water

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)

custom artificial rock wallA rock wall starting to take shape.

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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Outdoor Living Designs [WaterfallNow]

Do you want to go all out with your next project? That is exactly what we do at WaterfallNow. We provide our clients with anything and everything they need to go above and beyond their expectations. Look no further than WaterfallNow to enhance any outdoor living designs you have in 2014.

WaterfallNow offers 100% unique hand-made rock features. Take it a step further and we can create a stunning, if not, mind-blowing custom water wall.

“Custom: A traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time.”

What WaterfallNow can accomplish in a much quicker period of time than most is not just something ‘custom’ under the ordinary definition of the term but something rarely seen.

 

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The photo below is just an idea of what the actual finished product will resemble

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Using our fake rock panels that can be cut, bent, shaped, folded, to any size or dimension we feel as if there are no limits to what we can create. We hand-make these and they can be made using a blend of natural and synthetic materials. Our rock panels DO NOT crack and are unaffected by the weather here in beautiful British Columbia.

Our realistic rock panels are second to none. Imitating the actual dips and grooves of real rock faces we re-create faux rock panels that look like the real thing. After an estimate and some planning we then bring these panels and build on-site what will in the end be a stunning rock wall or waterfall.

We generally leave our rocks hollow on the inside as it makes little difference to the structure but should you want a more permanent fixture we can apply a spray foam to fill the insides for you.

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Backyard waterfall built along the fence beside a beautiful putting green.

WaterfallNow’s rock panels can be used along walkways, on interior and exterior walls, and anywhere else you can imagine. We don’t carve our rocks. They are already pre-formed by our artists/designers. We simply cut and patch these pieces together as seamlessly as possible to create a final piece that looks like an actual rock. The shine that previously came off some of our rocks is no longer an issue using various painting/sanding techniques.

We suggest taking a look at your outdoor living area and visualize a good location for one of our rock water features. Keep in mind that we can not only use a certain color of pigmentation for our rocks but we can also paint them as well. Year after year these rocks begin to look more natural.

Have a blueprint idea in mind and contact WaterfallNow for the absolute best in unique outdoor living designs.

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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.

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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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