Waterfall/pond Feasibility

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by jax, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. jax

    jax LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a question (actually many) about the feasibility of building (DIY) a waterfall and pond in the area pictured below. Hopefully you can read the dimensions and estimating about 3' deep. My initial thought is to have two 8wide shoulders stairsteped 8" to anchor the liner. This would only give me around 23" wide chanel, If need be I could get another 16" by sawing it off the patio as chalk marked. I am retired so I have the time but this would be my first attempt at a project like this and my skills, plumbing - electrical, are basic at best. I would appreciate any feedback you might have.


  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That is a tough area to build a WF. The problem is all of the glass on the left. You would need to build up for the waterfall and in doing so you would most likely end up covering one of the panes.I would just dig the whole area out and make a nice little pond w/ maybe a fountain or one of those frogs that spit water. You may be able to do a small WF, but is that the desired effect? or do you want something a little more grand?

  3. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    you'd never be able to hit 3' depth in that area unless you did a Koi pond style build with vertical walls, not steps. You could maybe get away with a small 12" waterfall but it would be extremely difficult to make it look good with those windows there. If you're set on a WF there I would skip the falls and just use an aerator or mini fountain.

    Out here if it is >24" deep it is considered a pool and needs a fence around it (unless the area is fenced in itself.) I have no idea about CA, but I would guess they have something similar on the books.
  5. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just got your email. I tried to PM you, but you're not set up to accept them. Check your email. I left my number for you in my message. Instead of giving you a short answer here, I'll be able to more accurately answer those questions on the phone. Talk to you then.
  6. jax

    jax LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Having gone to school on the many posts in this forum and an acqascape micropond kit here are the results





  7. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    looks to me like you did a pretty good job making that work into a very difficult space.

    Nice job
  8. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 601

    man very cool waterfall how long did it take you. how much did it cost?
  9. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    nice install for the space provided!. The sound must really echo under that roof. Are you planning on any fish?

    The only small problem might be a slight dead spot in the "L" section by the window with the red flower. Ideally the skimmer should have been in there so it would draw the water around the corner. Right now the skimmer will pull the water from the falls and circulate that leaving the "L" section almost stagnant. The pump might be able to draw it out of the corner if it's large enough.
  10. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Looks nice :)

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