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!

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.

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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.

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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.


Water Slide with Artificial Rock Waterfall

Quite often the landscaping around a swimming pool requires a special water feature to turn an ordinary pool into a natural resort style pool. In this rock waterfall you can see an artificial rock waterfall built in Sydney where an existing fibreglass water slide was incorporated into the rock and waterfall. A project such as this swimming pool renovation will provide endless enjoyment for kids and adults alike and will be a key feature in the impact of the back yard garden design. An artificial rock wall and large rock gardens also play an important role in the planting and softening of the water feature. Of course providing the appropriate underwater lighting and garden lights is also crucial. With this particular landscape design, we considered the overall finish of the entire project before we began building the waterfall and slide onto the pool. All elements must work well in conjunction with one another to ensure a stunning an cohesive final result. Creative Rock can design and build to any design or budget and specialise in natural swimming pool designs with rock pool surrounds and pool waterfalls of all shapes and styles.

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