The team at Evergreen recently completed one of the most impressive stone water features we’ve been tasked with: and the resulting waterfall structure was outstanding! We’ve worked a lot with stonework over the years, and we’ve developed a true feel for the material, the colours, the unique edges and surfaces. We love the texture stonework features add to an entrance way or outdoor setting, from fireplace surrounds to seating, or as in this case – an absolutely stunning water feature. In this instance, our clients had engaged an architectural firm to design a robust stone outdoor water feature, with a large volume of falling water which would come from fixed internal plumbing, embedded tastefully within the surrounds. We were on this job for a total of 6 months, culminating in the construction of this water feature – so we were well prepared for the required design look and feel. This was a big job, involving a concrete foundation, stonework and a lot of plumbing to achieve that high volume of water.
Our team liaised with the stonemasons to build the surround, while we constructed and installed the steel lintel, the U-shape feature visible on the completed structure.
Our team followed a concept plan, which had been drawn up and approved by the architects and the clients together. The clients had been heavily involved in the process and the outcome of this project, and we assisted by guiding them to a result they were really 100% happy with. We had meetings with the clients and the architects to ensure we were always working on the same page, and we ensured that the colours worked with the main entrance design scheme. We ensured that the stone remained the hero of the project, not letting it become overwhelmed with other colours or textures within the environment.
The water flow and the sound of the fountain was very important for these clients, as they had their office directly facing this feature. Their desire was to have the relaxing sound effects of the fountain trickle through into their living and working spaces. The wide volume of water involved a lot of construction management, especially with the built-in pump and plumbing. This took a lot of forethought, and was one area we spent a lot of energy to complete to satisfaction.
Our team designed the cavity for the oversized pump, we reworked the existing designs to ensure the flow of the feature would not be compromised. We also adjusted the designs to create space for the manifold and cover for the pump.
We did return at the completion of the project, to alter a slight imperfection in the water feature which was causing the water to splash out from the fountain. We removed the stone and replaced the entire fitting, replumbing the feature to achieve a perfect result. This was something we felt required extra time and effort, to achieve complete satisfaction for our clients.
Our clients we absolutely overjoyed with the results after our final adjustments. The stone water feature can be clearly seen and heard from the adjacent office, and the look offsets the existing design perfectly. This was a first for our team – this kind of fully constructed, self-draining, self-filling water feature with hidden plumbing – and we are really impressed with the outcome. We’ll be excited to use these particular skills with new clients, as the water fountain has proven itself to be a very low-maintenance, modern and stylish option.