Is Your Property An Irregular Shape?

If your backyard is not the regular square or rectangular shape, fear not!. There are several tips for landscape design in your irregularly designed areas!

Not every home includes the normal square or oblong backyard. If you have something of an awkwardly shaped back yard, you should feel privileged. You have the potential for adding much more intricate landscape designs, more effortlessly compared to those monotonous, regular backyards that are sometimes just plain boring. At Creative Rock and Waterscapes, much initiative is committed to “flow” and with obscure angles and shapes to work with, this can be executed nicely. We can introduce artificial rock features, walls, and sculptures that will soften off corners and angles to ensure that the yard really feels comfortable and merged. In Feng Shui, sharp corners experiencing toward the passerby deliver bad “chi” or bad electricity.

Having pointed out the uniqueness of designing an irregular shaped property, there can still be difficulties, however, you still have options. You may opt to boost and accentuate the various shapes of your property or cover it and design accent rock features to hide its origins. There will certainly a conversations to be had to address different shapes and ways to “go with the flow.” At the same time, there will be struggles as to how you can incorporate the difficult shape of your yard.

The very first method to treat irregularity is to develop a particular niche containing a centrepiece such as a man made rock fountain or waterfall to create a central fountain or waterfeature. Add an artificial rock water feature, a gazing ball, a water component of some type or any number of other centralised decorations. The irregular area will instantly begin to look like a structure for the feature and start to provide a continuity that has all the makings of a top notch design.

Another method to deal with an area of difficult shape is to make a secret garden. Develop the parts of your property that jags out awkwardly as a sort of segregated area or “room. You can use tiered rock gardens and artificial rock retaining walls that block the area off without having to use ugly and imposing fencing structures. Leave an entry that can not be seen until you have wandered down along the garden path. You can utilise such a location, screened from view, for storage, garbage cans, woodpiles or various other utilitarian things.

Different spaces have different functions. One “area” could be the barbecue/entertaining area and contain lounges, tables, chairs, fire pit, spa, bar or anything you can imagine for entertaining guests. Another “space” could be the sitting room. A smaller area to get away from the world and relax on your own or with a good book. Creative Rock specialises in creating beautiful private grottos that can give a very tranquil feeling to your surrounds. There can also be play areas designed for the kids on imitation rock slabs that are great for climbing, sitting and playing on. The concept is to separate and utilize each area for a different activity.

If your backyard leans more towards a triangular shape, exactly how it is treated hinges on the location of the entry to the area. If you enter at or near the point of the triangle, you can view an very natural looking expanse because you are looking at a whole side of the triangular and seeing it from a slender area. If you like that look, attempt to accentuate to feel of an expanding natural vista but incorporating tiered rock gardens or perhaps a koi pond or other natural accents. This will allow for a layering of plants and gardens which will lend itself more to a natural feel and diminish the actual borders of the area. If not, you can cut the far edges off using raised artificial rock walls and gardens. If the entry is via the broad side of the triangle, you will be faced with a narrowing field of vision. In this case you should always try to highlight a singular feature in the yard. This could be a formal water fountain, or even a central rock patio with stepping stones leading onto it. You should separate the narrow corners of you yard with large sculpted trees and dress with garden lighting to ensure that the yard appears much more shallow and contained.

An obscure shaped backyard is quite simple to divide into areas and pleads for the secret garden and water feature concept. If you have a strange and unusual spot that has thus far been a bit of a frustration to you, Creative Rock and Waterscapes can utilize it to be the centre of attention for a naturally defined space that will be a pleasure and a joy to behold.

Determine what shape your backyard is. Analyze its various usages and think of spaces. Think of what you want to see: a long vista, or a pleasant enclosed area. The choice is all yours!

Man Made Rock

Imagine strolling into your backyard everyday and seeing a breathtaking landscape complete with miniature water falls, and lush vegetation spilling over stacked rock walls. Thinking of such a scene might remind you of a favorite place in the country or in the mountains, yet you can enjoy it every day, whether your home is in the suburbs or the center of a city.

Man made rock is perfect for creating landscapes that mimic the most beautiful natural rock formations anywhere. Whether you call it man-made or artificial rock, there is nothing artificial looking about the rock walls, rock ponds, waterfalls, caves and fountains we can create for you. You can design your own style of waterfall by selecting from our vast range of designs, and we will design one specifically for you. With our creative waterfall construction, you can choose a waterfall that spills over rocks, into a small pond or one that flows from up high down into a swimming pool, creating an old-fashioned swimming hole that feels just like a favorite swimming spot in a country creek.

Our goal is to help you make the best of your backyard or any other area. When you choose artificial rock for your landscaping needs, you can be sure of getting rock that is consistent in quality and built to last. Neither you, nor your family or friends will be able to distinguish our high-quality man-made rock from natural rock formations. We can build rocks of any size–from huge boulders to smaller rocks and stones. We can design rocks with color variations that blend well with the overall aesthetic of your property.

Whether you are seeking a backyard oasis, a rock retaining wall, waterfall design or a path with stepping stones in a random flowing pattern, we can put it together for you and the best thing about it is that you will enjoy all of this natural beauty at an affordable price that only man-made rock can provide.

artificial rock waterfall
artificial rock waterfall

 

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.

artificial rock retaining wall
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.

Rock garden lighting
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.

indoor waterfall with rock fountain
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.