Sawyer Waterscaping

Flagstone Steppers

Prentice-Surbrugg Refurbish (2017)

Here is a list of the items we refurbished on this pond that we originally installed in 2008

 Pond & Flagstone Refurbish           

  • Remove existing flagstone steppers and cobble stone
    • Use some for the floating steppers
  • Build new walls with thinner flagstone.
    • 6 pallets of Colorado Buff Flagstone
    • Buff Breeze will be used in between the flagstone.
    • Also adding large moss boulders for a more robust and natural wall
    • Natural moss outcroppings
    • Concrete backfill
    • All stones hand cut and placed
  • Floating Buff Steppers to cross the pond
    • Includes concrete bases
  • Includes small flagstone sitting pad on East end of pond.

Moss Boulders – 26 additional ton

  • Placing boulders on the North end of the pond – to balance out the pond
  • Creating moss outcroppings around flagstone and North end of the pond
    • Create a better habitat for fish to hide
  • Concrete in some of the existing waterfall boulders

Suction Filtration System 

  • Using Stacked Slate Urns to return the water

Upgrade lighting System to LED Lights 

Creel Residence (Pond-less)

We had a blank canvas with the Creel’s backyard.  They wanted their patio larger while enjoying the peaceful sounds of a small water feature.  In addition, we essentially landscaped their entire backyard..with the excellent work of Danny and his crew from Green Lawn Care, who completed the irrigation lines and the sod.

The biggest challenge for us on this project was adding additional living space while raising the elevation of the steeply sloping yard. All in all we added a large flagstone patio with a gas fire pit and a 7′ pond-less waterfall.



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Joannides Residence (Pond-less)

The Joannides Pond-less Waterfall was built in the Spring of 2014.  It consists of over a 50′ stream that twists and turns through large moss boulders as it drops more the 15 vertical feet.  The use of over 30 tons of boulders and buff flagstone treads, allows this natural water feature to blend right into the hillside of lodgepole pines.  The large steppers wind and cross the stream in two places allowing for very close access to the feature.

The following materials were used:

  1.  26″ Profalls Spillway from Atlantic Watergardens
  2. 15′ x 60 of EPDM pond liner and underlayment
  3. 2300 Large Pond Vault by Altantic Watergardens
  4. PAF 75 TidalWave Pond Pump
  5. 20 ton of Moss Boulders
  6. 20 ton of Colorado Buff Flagstone Treads (10-15″ thick)
  7. Auto-Fill
  8. Complete Low Voltage Lighting System

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Crock Residence (Pond-less)

12Crock-PondlessConstructed in 2014, the Crock’s Pond-less Waterfall consists of a 12′ stream and waterfall.  The original design had the waterfall lower in the yard.  So when it was moved up on the higher side, we left the large flagstone steppers essentially in the same location.  By moving the waterfall up, it made it much more visible from the deck and living space.  Here are a list of the materials we used in the project.


  1.  26″ Profalls spillway
  2. 15′ x 25′ of EPDM liner & Underlayment
  3. 1800 Small Pond Vault
  4. PAF – 40 TidalWave Pond Pump
  5. 25′ of Flexible PVC Piping
  6. Auto-fill Adaptor
  7. 16 ton of Fractured Granite Boulders
  8. 4 ton of Colorado Red Flagstone (1.5″ thick)
  9. 6 ton of Colorado Red “Steppers” Flagstone (10-12″ thick)

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Long Residence (Pond Rebuild – 2015)

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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