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.

Building a Turtle Pond

By Kent Wallace / October 25, 2023 / 0 Comments

After a two-year quarantine period, the turtles finally have their own new habitat! The turtles’ owners sold their house, and over the last two years of construction on the new home, their fish and turtles were living in my quarantine facilities. At the old house, the turtles lived in the koi pond. However, this time […]

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Repeat Business – Formal Turtle and Koi Pond

By Kent Wallace / August 29, 2023 / 1 Comment

Second time around for formal turtle and koi pond It’s not often that you get a chance to design more than one formal turtle and koi pond for a customer. I’ve been fortunate enough to have that happen a handful of times. The client will move, or in one instance, just jump from one general […]

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How to Gracefully Conceal Your Filtration Equipment

By Kent Wallace / June 27, 2023 / 0 Comments

This story was originally posted in January 2016.  To be efficient, pond filtration equipment is usually installed as close to the pond as possible. Gracefully concealing your filtration equipment takes as much creativity as building the pond itself. Many times the ability to hide equipment in plain sight aesthetically makes or breaks a pond’s appearance. […]

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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 / 1 Comment

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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Building a Formal Koi Pond & Outdoor Area

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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