The Pond Gnome is Not the Contractor for You if:
You want something “cheap,” and are not concerned with great customer service, nor the level of quality and artistry going into your new water feature. In other words, price is more important than quality and service.
You are a do-it-yourselfer, and planning to build a pond yourself. While we have many great blog posts that may help out, we are a full-service pond contractor, not a retail center or consulting service.
You want an existing concrete feature/rigid system “patched up,” and are not willing to discuss replacement. Over the years, we have found that “patching up” a concrete system is not a permanent fix by any stretch of the imagination. And it never results in a beautiful water feature. We do not want to take responsibility for these kinds of systems.
You want a “cement pond,” and are unwilling to discuss other options. Unless you’re planning to go after bullfrogs with a trident, we don’t believe that any type of concrete system is appropriate for the kinds of ponds and water features that we want to be associated with. We will, however, convert your existing swimming pool into a Koi pond, but that’s another discussion.
You want a waterfall attached to your existing swimming pool. This requires “pool” licensing in Arizona. We have built several features close to or behind the pool to enhance the ambience of the area.
What you want is a bunch of techy bells & whistles on your water feature. We use Mother Nature’s system of simplicity with an ecosystem pond. Bells and whistles simply add more maintenance to the project, which is something we try to avoid. It’s also a list of things to go wrong, and we prefer the K.I.S.S. method.
You insist on a “formal pond,” bottom drain, concrete shell, or an external pump & pressure filter system. These can be classified under both rigid systems and bells & whistles.
You want to make the investment and raise show-quality Koi. If the goal of your pond is to raise show Koi, we are not the contractor for you. You need someone whose first goal is the fish themselves. In our ponds, the fish are lovely, too, but are part of the ecosystem. So, sometimes, they may scratch a scale off on a rock, but still be perfectly happy and healthy. This would be extremely detrimental to a show Koi.
You don’t tend to treat others with respect. We respect our clients’ time and budget, and expect the same courtesy in return. If “God” meant us to be doormats, he/she would have printed “Welcome” across our foreheads.
Disappearing Pondless Waterfall or Stream