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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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 / 0 Comments

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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Circulation Strategies for Pond Management

By Kent Wallace / April 29, 2020 / 1 Comment

Circulation for ponds is an aspect of design that needs to be addressed early on. Many of us have had to assess a poorly performing pond only to determine that, even with good equipment, one of the main problems is poor circulation. This can be in the form of debris that collects in some areas […]

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17 Steps to Empower Your Customer’s Pond Design Choices

By Kent Wallace / February 26, 2020 / 0 Comments

The water feature industry is relatively young when compared to most of the established trades within construction, so it’s not uncommon to see seminars at sales conferences that focus on the bidding of a project, selling a project and closing on a deal. No question, the initial pond project consultation should instill confidence in the […]

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Pond Construction | The Evolution of Invention, Part 1: The Koi Industry

By Kent Wallace / December 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

After 20 years in this industry, I have found that many products manufactured for pond construction are just new versions of components and methods that have been around for years. This begs the question, when did it all start? Who were the creators of our industry’s components? Most of us have no idea about the […]

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