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Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Can't Go To Hawaii? Build A Waterfall In Your Backyard

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you love the sights and sounds of a relaxing waterfall, but you just can't seem to find the time to take a trip to an exotic island, building your very own backyard landscape waterfall is an excellent solution. This project will make your backyard look beautiful and will provide an impressive focal point. Building a waterfall might sound a bit daunting, but with a few supplies, you can create your own personal outdoor oasis.

Before You Start

Before you decide to tackle this project, think about where you'll want to place the water feature. Draw out the shape of your yard and think about which corner you want to place it; or if you prefer, you can put it in the center of the yard. It will need to be near an outdoor electrical outlet so you can plug the pump in. Draw out a few designs in terms of how you want the shape of the pool to look where the water will gather, as well as any distinguishing features like rocks and plants.

Gathering Material

First, find a large rock or two that will serve as the main portion of the waterfall. This will be where the beginning of the water trickles down and into the pool. You might be able to gather a couple of large rocks on your own or look around at your local quarry or home and garden store. You will also need a high quality liner to install in order to prevent water from seeping into the dirt. A submersible pump with a long cord and plenty of tubing will be the heart of the waterfall and this is where the water will be pumped and directed through. Several more rocks will be needed to add onto the whole project when it's completed. Flat rocks are best since they're easiest to stack and will remain more stable.

Building Your Waterfall

Once you've decided on a spot, begin digging the pool. Make sure it is an area where there are no tree roots and the ground is fairly level. It does not have to be extremely large or deep, just enough for the water to run into and then pump through again. Insert the waterproof liner into the hole you dug, and then begin stacking a few rocks around the edges and at the bottom. This will keep the liner in place. Place your pump at the bottom of the pond. Be sure you have a safe GCFI outlet nearby where you can plug the pump into. Place the very large rocks at the top, which be up higher than the pool itself. Insert the tube discreetly in between the rocks. Attach the tube to the pump, and fill the pool with water. Turn the pump on, and watch the water flow! You can always add more accents as you go like plants and more rocks to suit the aesthetic you want for your backyard.

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29 June 2015