The Pond Gnome is Not the Contractor for You if:
You want something “cheap,” and price is THE most important factor in your decision. We will never be the low priced leader because we are passionate about delivering more than promised, knocking people's socks off, and going the extra mile after the sale.
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.
You want an existing concrete feature/rigid system “patched up." Over the years, we have found that “patching up” a concrete system is not a permanent fix. And it rarely seems to result in a beautiful water feature, especially if you want a living ecosystem.
You want a “cement pond." We build our ecosystem water features using a flexible system. There is no concrete, mortar, or chemicals in our work. 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. In Arizona, this requires a structural “pool” license. We have built several features close to or behind the pool to enhance the ambiance of the area, though.
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. We feel that techno-doohikies 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” with bottom drain, concrete shell, or an external pump & pressure filter system. These can be classified under both rigid systems and bells & whistles. There are some great contractors that do this kind of thing, but we are not one of them.
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 ask the same courtesy in return. If “God” meant us to be doormats, he/she would have printed “Welcome” across our foreheads.