Taking inspiration from nature’s design
When you have finished reading this article today, you will likely be ready to get out your tape measure, pencil and paper to prepare for a home or garden transformation. It doesn’t take a lot of money to make a big difference to the way your place looks or feels.
There is usually an area somewhere on your property that you wish was somehow improved — perhaps in the yard, or an entryway or a wall that needs a facelift. Fortunately, there is a business here on Oahu that you can go to for ideas, or if you live on one of the outer islands, just pick up the phone and send some photos and measurements for personal assistance via email.
The place to go is called Big Rock, a company started on Oahu in 1983 by Bonnie Cooper and Brian Joy, who had the idea of manufacturing Hawaiian cast stone veneer such as Moss Rock, Lava and Coral. They searched for and handpicked natural stones, and made molds to pour lightweight concrete into, to create stone that looked identical to natural rock.
The business grew to include cast stone for the garden, such as Moss Rock pavers, lightweight boulders, above-ground ponds, waterfalls, Japanese garden stones and more. Every year new ideas and new products emerged. The beauty of Big Rock is not only visual, but also practical, as it lasts ‘forever’ and only improves with age, as nature adds its own patina of earth and time.
Big Rock has been in business for 32 years, and the company is known for its excellent customer service, and quality products made with attention to detail. The owners have always encouraged people to take a stab at do-it-yourself projects if possible, not only to save money, but also for the feeling of pride that comes from completing the project. With many years of experience, the owners enjoy helping customers turn dreams into reality.
So, whether you already have an idea, or just know you want to make improvements, why not start with a visit to Big Rock? The showroom is a garden with waterfalls, koi ponds as well as Hawaiian and Japanese accents, and the walls are covered with various Hawaiian stone veneers. All in all, Big Rock is a unique home-garden business you’ll want to get to know.
address // 1050 Kikowaena Place
web // www.bigrockhawaii.com