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Courtyard Koi Pond Build in Desert Community

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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Pond Project Management in the Pandemic Age

It was early 2020, and the pandemic was raging. Not only was there an uncontrolled, contagious disease, but a wave of uncertainty was also looming. What did this mean for our future? There were lockdowns, isolations and workforces made non-essential by daily decree. Debates over stimulus money were dominating the news, as many folks were …

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Best Pond Practices | Outdoor Entertainment Area with Formal Koi Pond

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

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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Pond Planning and Building | Things to Consider Before You Start

Most pond builders who have built even one pond have probably wondered, “If only I had checked ‘X,’ I would have saved so much time and money!” I have gone through this thought process so many times myself that I have created a checklist of things to consider before I even take my shovel out …

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Pond Construction | Recreational Ecosystem Pond Build in Northern California 

As a design-build company based in Southern California and with the state being so large, Mystic Water Gardens often get opportunities to travel up north to do large-scale projects. This time, we were presented the opportunity to do a project nestled in the foothills of Wine Country, close to Lake Tahoe.    During my first …

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Best Practices | Desert Quarantine for Fish and Two Turtles

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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How to Avoid the Top 10 Pond-Building Mistakes

Much to the delight of pond builders everywhere, the water feature industry is experiencing a boon that hasn’t been seen for several years. People are traveling less and tend to prefer creating an oasis in their own backyard that can be appreciated all year long. It can be tough keeping up with the demand for …

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