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.

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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Best Pond Practices | Two Ponds, Two Ways

By Kent Wallace / October 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

The most common pond size across the country is 2,000 gallons. Potential customers often call me asking, “How much will it cost to build a 2,000-gallon pond?” Unfortunately, this question can never be answered over the phone without further consultation. So many factors are involved in making individual decisions about a specific design, including location, […]

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Best Pond Practices | Naturalistic Pond Edge Treatments

By Kent Wallace / August 28, 2019 / 1 Comment

A living pond is an artificial body of water with the functional capability of supporting aquatic life. The proper function of a living pond has little to nothing to do with its aesthetic makeup. The visual appearance of a pond relies upon a combination of how well it fits into the surrounding space and what […]

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Best Practices | Formal Courtyard Pond Design

By Kent Wallace / July 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Zombie projects like this one are projects that come back to life after a long period of disappearance. The general contractor, Blue Heron, originally contacted me three years ago to provide the design and supply the equipment instead of coming in after the infrastructure was finished. The good thing about this project is that I […]

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Best Practices | Glass-Paneled, Raised-Pond Construction

By Kent Wallace / April 25, 2019 / 1 Comment

In early 2018, I received a call from Anthony in Aliso Viejo, California, who needed assistance designing his pond. Anthony was in construction and had acquired some glass panels. He wanted to build a pond with windows on the sides. Anthony and his wife Linda’s backyard was small, so a raised pond would be a […]

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Best Practices | Collaborative Formal Pond Design

By Kent Wallace / February 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

In the past couple of years, I have been fortunate enough to help design and supply equipment for clients who are interested working with both their pool and landscape contractors to build a formal pond. Occasionally a client will retain me and then go from contractor to contractor. The contractor-client relationship can be a delicate […]

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Best Practices | Raised, Formal Backyard Pond Design

By Kent Wallace / December 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

A few months ago, I received a call from a couple relocating from California to Las Vegas. They had just purchased a new home and needed to move and quarantine their fish while a pond was built. Not only did they need help moving their fish and temporarily housing them, but they also needed assistance […]

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Best Practices | Part 2, Drain and Filtration Design for a ‘Still-Pond’ Look

By Kent Wallace / October 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

Welcome back to the second half of the story of Chad’s dream pond. As I mentioned in the previous article, which appeared in the September/October 2018 issue [link here], Chad’s formal, “still” pond is mostly gravity flow with only the upflow sand and gravel filter operated with a traditional pump. I was attempting to create […]

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Best Pond Practices | Drain & Filtration Design for a ‘Still-Pond’ Look

By Kent Wallace / August 28, 2018 / 1 Comment

Over time, I have been drawn to the “still-pond” look. Being able to view fish through an undisturbed surface is the main attraction. I’m partial to formal ponds, but this doesn’t mean a garden pond can’t have the same still-pond effect, with a few adjustments. Part 2 of the Series | Drain and Filtration Design […]

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