March 19


Long Residence (Pond Rebuild – 2015)

By Gregg Sawyer

March 19, 2016

design_consultationWe built the original pond back in 2002.  After twelve years of loving their pond, it was time for an upgrade.  Overgrown plants and upkeep were becoming more of a problem every summer.  So, an improved filtration system was on top of the list.  Not to mention, we were going to make it bigger and better!


LONG Pond Rebuild – July 2015 (Cheyenne, WY)



Overgrown with irises and cattails, the original pond was hard to see anymore!


Catching the Koi to place them in their temporary home!

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Lots of nasty organic material to remove.


Above: Removing all of the rock and sludge from the old pond.  The gazebo, which we also built back in 2002, will only be getting a mild modification that will allow for better viewing of the koi.

Below: The pond is filled in with new, fresh topsoil.  Primarily so we could re-shape the pond, but also for access to construct the new bigger and higher main waterfall.

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Below: A good height comparison of the main waterfall drop.  We had to start building the waterfall first, since there would not be any access once the pond was built.

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Above: As you can see the waterfall boulders are being concreted in for a solid structure.

Below: Now that the waterfall walkway is set, time to start excavating the pond.

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Building the walls of the pond with smaller hand sized granite that is being concreted in.


Below:  Notice the 2″ PVC piping…this is suction filtration system.  Much like what aquariums have, a non submersible pump will pull water through the bottom gravel and rock keeping the pond much cleaner.


Below:  Bottom level done and floating flagstone steppers almost complete.

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Below: Floating steps are concreted in and set, while we finishing up the stacked flagstone edge. This flagstone wall will be part of the patio.


Below:  The fish are enjoying their new home.  The water is murky, in large part to all of the dirty rock due to all the that we had.

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Above:  Gazebo is getting an extension

Below: Working on the lights and gazebo.

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Some final pics…water is still murky, but everything is operating smoothly.

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Below: The Long’s are big UW fans…so we added a little personalized touch!

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