5 Ways To Use Artificial Rock That You’ve Never Thought Of

Artificial rock, from the very early days of being used to create Hollywood movie sets has seen a constant rise in popularity and notoriety as the go-to method for creating unique man made environments. As the styles and processes for making artificial rock have grown, so to have the number of applications that man mad rock can be applied to. For many years, the concept of man made mountains was confined to large theme parks and expensive holiday resorts. Over the last 15-20 years however, more and more rock companies have been catering to a more private and residential market. These projects would generally include things like backyard waterfalls and ponds, some basic rock structures, or possible some type of swimming pool water feature. We at Creative Rock have been building waterfalls, pool features and creating rock concepts for many years but here are a few other ways that artificial rock can be utilised that you probably haven’t considered.

ROCK CLADDING ON WALLS
Man made rock can be used to easily cover an unsightly wall or retaining structure. An old garden wall that is falling down, or rotting away can be easily replaced with a beautiful rock wall that will easily conform to any angle, size or contour that a site may require. Creative Rock can also sculpt a natural looking rock feature onto a brick or block wall ranging from a small garden wall to an entire brick house turned to stone.

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Creative Rock hand sculpted concrete rock wall.

 

AQUARIUMS AND ANIMAL ENCLOSURES
We have built a number of rock features for zoos, large municipal aquariums, and reptile enclosures. Of course these large scale projects have an important objective to create a natural looking habitat for these animals to thrive in but consider a smaller and more practical application. Often times people are looking to build their own unique environment for a pet lizard of fish tank. This may entail a simple rock aquarium background or may involve a very complex and unique custom designed rock aquarium stand or enclosure.

Custom made artificial rock aquarium stand.
Sculpted rock aquarium stand and rock fish tank background.

 

UNIQUE GARDEN LIGHTS
Having been in the landscaping world for many years, I can definitely appreciate how difficult it can be to find unique and beautiful garden lights. Of course, if you’re looking for a cheap and mostly ineffective light then you will certainly find them in abundance, but if you are looking for lighting that is more dramatic and elegant that will add personality and an individual statement to the atmosphere of your home and garden, artificial rock can offer a unique solution that can be incorporated into any lighting infrastructure.

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Unique garden lighting made with concrete rock design.

 

THAT AWKWARD SPACE UNDER THE STAIRS
Over the years, I have been in countless custom built designer homes where every last element has been considered, selected, and built with a keen eye on detail and quality. With the exception of one area… the awkward spot under a staircase. I can never understand how a builder, architect and/or home owner can simply neglect one of the most immediately visible areas of the home. This difficult enclave of empty space created when a large staircase (often the first thing seen when entering the front door) ascends to the second floor is an excellent opportunity if used correctly. Due to the versatility of artificial rock to be designed to accommodate any space or shape, Creative Rock features offer an elegant choice for bringing a unique water feature or fountain into this often abandoned space. There are always a number of ways to bring the outdoors in.

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A unique waterfall built inside a house. The entry foyer is crucial to the design of the waterfall.

 

WALKWAYS
These days there are endless options when deciding how to finish an outdoor floor area, footpath or patio. A myriad of paving, tile, and concrete finishes are all available solutions at a wide range of costs. However, if you’re looking to make a unique impression on a particular area, sometimes you have to think outside of conventional methods and materials. Artificial rock sculpted from steel reinforced concrete provides a beautiful and natural finish to any walkway or seating area. Stepping stones made from fake rock can also provide a truly unique way to navigate through a designer garden. Often a landscape design that has amazing potential to be truly fantastic is let down by a completely bland and unimaginitive garden pathway design.

Concrete rock stepping stones by Creative Rock
Stepping stones leading through the garden.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Rock

What is Artificial Rock?
There are many types of artificial rock. Sometimes fake rock can be made of a light weight polyurethane which is usually cast into a mould and pressed out into various shapes and styles. Secondly is fibreglass rock which is a more rigid medium but is also a remarkably light weight rock with practical purposes when building indoor ponds and waterfalls or on even a second floor where weight limits are a concern. Finally, there is concrete artificial rock which is the most durable and customisable type of artificial rock. Concrete artificial rock is made by first designing a steel frame infrastructure, then covering the framework with concrete. This is a very specialised concrete mix with colour,bonding,hardening and waterproofing additives put into the mix. The concrete is then hand sculpted and finished to a beautiful natural looking finish. This concrete artificial rock is what Creative Rock most often uses when we build a pond, waterfall, or fountain.

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Cave design artificial rom on a pool

 
Is Artificial Rock Strong Enough To Stand On?
The structural strength of our our concrete rock features is such that it can easily withstand enormous weight loads without any risk of collapse or damage. This allows us to build magnificent rock structures over swimming pools that kids or adults can feel safe climbing onto and jumping off. Because our rock is steel reinforced and built to the highest standards, it can be used to make rock walkways/patios and stepping stones, or rock retaining walls or fake rock wall cladding. The landscape design potential is limitless when using artificial rock. When building man made rock ponds, you can always be confident that there will be no way to compromise the waterproofing as is often the case with rubber pond liners.

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structural retaining wall built out of concrete rock

 
How Do You Build A Waterfall To Fit A Small Area?
These days, people often don’t have a lot of space to incorporate a large landscape design. Sometimes, a property may only have a small courtyard or patio and without proper consideration, these areas are often left underdeveloped and therefore not utilised the way they could be. Creative Rock can design and build a waterfall, feature or fountain to make a huge impression with very little space. After many years of landscape design specialising in artificial rock and waterfall construction, we have many tricks to help create amazing concepts to bring elegance and vitality to areas of any size.

indoor waterfall with rock fountain
A unique waterfall built inside a house. The entry foyer is crucial to the design of the waterfall.

 
What Other Things Can Artificial Rock Be Used For?
Artificial rock has many standard applications that are familiar to everyone. Things such as rock fountains, Koi Ponds, rock waterfall construction,and waterfalls on swimming pools, rock garden edging and retaining walls. Sometimes, however there can be some really interesting ways to incorporate artificial rock that most have never even considered. Often, swimming pools will be carefully designed inso far as the shape, style and colouring of the pool, however what is often overlooked is the positioning and design to deal with the vast amount of functional pool equipment. Pool pumps, sand filters, lighting/transformers, chlorinators, and general pipes, valves and electrical set ups all take up quite a large amount of space and are completely unattractive. I have seen many swimming pool landscape designs that are completely ruined by the fact that no thought has been given to covering these unsightly mechanics. This is where artificial rock can be a saving grace. Many times we will build a waterfall on the side of a pool so that a beautiful cascade with flowing water and strategically placed lighting showcases a wonderful feature. What some people fail to recognise it that ofter we cave built the waterfall over top of the filters and equipment so that is completely out of view. We can create an artificial rock door which is removed when servicing is needed but when running normally, all of the pool equipment is hidden inside the rock. This also helps to keep the sound of pumps and equipment much more contained so that only the tranquil sound of the waterfall is heard and not the bringing of pumps.

Artificial rock waterfall added to pool
Artificial rock covering pumps and filters

 
We Have An Old/Broken Waterfall. Do You Do Waterfall Repairs?
We have extensive experience in regards to all types of water features, artificial rock repairs, pond repairs and all elements of waterfall construction. Call us if you require a waterfall or pond to be repaired or replaced. Too often a waterfall is left empty and not functioning. This is sad and unsightly and can easily be fixed so that any water feature can be properly restored to it’s former glory.

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Rock fountain used in a formal foyer design

 
Is Artificial Rock Expensive?
Obviously, the price of our artificial rock features is dependant on many factors. Size, scope and design are always very individual, and will require individual pricing. If you would like to get a no obligation quote, give us a ring. That said, generally concrete artificial rock is very competitive when comparing pricing with factory made plastic waterfalls. When you factor in the value of having a custom made concrete feature with the strength a durability that comes with it, we believe that the cost of a well built Creative Rock waterfall far outweighs any comparable alternatives.

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Big or small, Creative Rock can build an artificial rock feature to suit any situation.

 

Artificial Rock Repairs Sydney

Creative Rock of is often called upon to fix man made rock that over the years has become worn away or perhaps even started to fall apart. Sometimes imitation rock just needs to be recoloured and sealed, and other times it will require a full re design and rebuild of the existing waterfall or pond.

We can repair your rocks or waterfall regardless of it’s age, position, or state of disrepair. Often a pond may become compromised or begin to leak due to natural ground settling or invasive tree roots that can be extremely aggressive and can push through just about anything it comes across including a concrete pond or rubber liner. Backyard waterfalls can sometime require an expert to understand real underlying problems with water containment, plumbing, or a million other problems that can sometimes befall an otherwise beautiful landscape and water feature.

Waterfalls on pools can also become damaged from use over the years, and Creative Rock can rescue your old swimming pool water feature and bring new life to what should always be a breath taking feature. With man made rock you also have the option to design a waterside on a pool with artificial rock surrounding it. A tired old water slide soon becomes a resort style pool just by adding some fake rock around the original structure to look as though the slide was carved out of your very own natural pool rock surround.

Because all of our artificial rock is built from steel reinforced concrete, you can be sure that the structure is secure enough for kids and adults alike to safely climb on and jump off for endless hours of fun and refreshment. Having a beautiful working waterfall on your pool will give it the wow factor you would expect from a pool and adds a delightful water feature around your pool that you can once again be proud of.

Call us anytime for an obligation free quote to install a new waterfall, build a wonderful fish pond in the backyard, or repair a waterfall or pond so that it is the feature it deserves to be and star of your landscape design.