Kent Wallace was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kent spent most of his adult life in the automobile industry at independent shops and dealerships, along with working at his own shop as a race car fabricator at age 24. Then, in 2001 a neighbor asked Kent if he could build her a koi pond like the one Kent's father had. From that point on pond building became his new passion. This first pond he built was submitted to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and won Best Courtyard Nationwide in their special interest publication.
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Pond Product Evolution … the Road to Innovation

By Kent Wallace / February 25, 2023 / 0 Comments

Publisher’s Note: A previous version of this article was originally published in January 2020 . Kent Wallace has updated the original piece with additional information and photos. Enjoy this “updated flashback!” After over 20 years in this industry, I have found that many products manufactured for pond construction are just new versions of components and […]

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Courtyard Koi Pond Build in Desert Community

By Kent Wallace / December 28, 2022 / 0 Comments

In 2021, I met with architect Michael Gardner, owner of Studio G Architecture, to discuss an upcoming courtyard koi pond build in a development called Ascaya here in Las Vegas. The plans were for a contemporary home with a courtyard pond just inside the front entry gate. The original plans were for a pond of […]

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Best Pond Practices | Outdoor Entertainment Area with Formal Koi Pond

By Kent Wallace / August 31, 2022 / 0 Comments

A few months ago, I was browsing a local pond and water garden site and answered a question asked by a woman named Sheila. She got back to me and asked if I could help with their new pond, which was part of a backyard makeover. Sheila and her husband Kelly wanted a formal raised […]

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Best Practices | Formal Pond Build in Japanese Tea Garden

By Kent Wallace / June 26, 2022 / 0 Comments

About a year and a half ago, I received a call from interior designer Lisa Bozak of Design Therapy here in Las Vegas. Her client was doing a backyard makeover that surrounded the back side of his swimming pool, and the new addition included a pool house with a Japanese-style tea house incorporated into the […]

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Best Practices | Desert Quarantine for Fish and Two Turtles

By Kent Wallace / December 25, 2021 / 0 Comments

Three months ago, I received a call from a previous client who said he needed to quarantine his fish and two turtles off-site for a year. This was unexpected, because he had just built his dream home — and his dream pond — in 2016. He had decided to build a new home and pond, […]

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Waterscape Design and Pond Construction in the Desert

By Kent Wallace / October 29, 2021 / 0 Comments

Just over two years ago, a former client contacted me about a new pond construction and design project. I had designed a 20,000-gallon pond for him and his wife about 10 years prior, and I figured he was calling about a pond issue. To my surprise, he had a new project coming up and asked […]

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Best Practices | Prefiltration System for Tortoise Pond

By Kent Wallace / June 30, 2021 / 0 Comments

I’ve had calls in the past about turtles and turtle ponds, and I always try my best to advise people on any related construction needs. But I have to say that desert tortoises are a little different. A rule of thumb is that ponds built near a tortoise habitat should be raised or securely fenced […]

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Best Practices | Indoor Water Wall and Koi Pond with Air-Lift Technology

By Kent Wallace / April 30, 2021 / 0 Comments

When the new owner of a yet-to-be-built home wants a koi pond and the house gets built around it, the pond shell is often the first concrete to be installed. This project started in late 2019 and finished in the spring of 2021. The pond is a trapezoid-shaped interior koi pond inside the home’s entrance […]

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How to Build an Island in a Water Feature

By Kent Wallace / August 29, 2020 / 1 Comment

The aesthetic aspect of pond design incorporates many characteristics, such as edge treatment, spill or waterfall type, bridges and, sometimes, islands. Island construction can come in various forms depending on the technique, but the visual impact and the portion above the water line are usually all the customer is interested in. The designer or contractor […]

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Using Concrete in Pond Construction

By Kent Wallace / June 25, 2020 / 0 Comments

When it comes to pond concrete construction methods, there are several types to consider. One of the most common methods is using a rubber liner or other flexible sheet over dirt. This is by far the easiest, and when used in an area with very stable earth, it can work well over a long period […]

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