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Case Studies: Water Feature Installation

Water feature in West Vail

Before Construction

Before Construction

Wow! This water feature was fun! The client wanted a water feature to awe his guests while on their back deck. We worked with Scott Sones, a local landscape architect, to create this awesome vision.

We wanted the water feature to look like it had been shaped by nature and always been there.

Construction Begins

Construction Begins

This is the view from above as we begin our construction.

We overcame many challenges to construct this water feature.

We had to be extremely cautious that no boulders ran down the hill into our clients deck. The slope was steep and hard to navigate. We had to shuttle materials from the front driveway to the back yard without negatively impacting their existing landscape. Also, there was a gas line running underneath where the water feature was to go so we had to relocate that line.

Origination of the Water

Origination of the Water

Shaped by Nature

We wanted the water feature to appear as though it originated from a spring in the side of the mountain.  We placed pinon pines as a focal point for the origination of the water feature.

We wanted the water feature to start with a smaller flow at the top and increase as it cascaded down the side of the mountain. To do this, we placed a second pump halfway down the feature to multiply the flow of water.

Nine falls in this water feature.

Nine falls in this water feature.

There are nine falls in this water feature.  Six of them are three to four feet high. At times the noise from the crashing water could make it difficult to have a conversation or listen to music.

The waterfall cascades down the hill.

The waterfall cascades down the hill.

We placed the pumps on a remote switch to regulate the volume of water and decrease the sound if necessary.

Seventy-two tons of moss sandstone boulders were installed to create natural pools and waterfalls.

The waterfall cascades down the hill and then wraps around to hug the patio.  Tiered planting beds were made to enhance the water feature.

The Completed Project

Looking at the lower portion of the water feature two years after completion!

Looking at the lower portion of the water feature two years after completion!

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