Douglas Hoover, with his wife Alice, has resided in San Diego, California, for twenty-five years. Previous to settling in California, he was a custom home builder and designed and built restaurants. He designed and built one in Michigan; he built the first two of a chain of Pony Express pizza stores in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah. In La Jolla, California he built two restaurants on Fay Avenue, The Bagatelle French Cuisine and Pizza La Jolla Italian Restaurant.
In 1982 Douglas designed and built Horton Café Garden Room restaurant in the Golden West Hotel in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego. He designed and built his first commercial waterfall in the southeast corner of the dining room of this restaurant. It was 16 feet tall. Shortly after the restaurant’s grand opening he was receiving an average of two telephone calls per week for requests to build waterfalls. The rest is history.
Twenty-six years later, Mr. Hoover has well over 2000 waterfalls to his credit. The largest of these is 135 feet high on Mt. Soledad in La Jolla. He has donated waterfalls to the San Diego Public Schools and to the charity group “Las Patronas” for their Jewel Ball. His experience includes dozens of waterfalls constructed to spill into existing swimming pools, waterfalls for pool contractors, the conversion of swimming pools into koi ponds, and more. His work stretches from California to the midwest and he plans to open up an operation in Hawaii in the near future.
Doug Hoover is also an inventor of several pond products such as Fountainlite, FountainPot, Aquafill, electronic float control system. There is now one available for new swimming pools and a retrofit model for existing pools. Also there are Aquafills for hot tubs, ponds and fountains of all types.
Doug Hoover’s work has appeared on the front cover of many magazines, including Ponds, Ponds USA, San Diego Living, San Diego Family, San Diego Home and Garden, Living in Style, and the May 2005 issue of Better Homes and Gardens “The Spring Planting Guide.” He was on the front cover of the October, 2003 issue of San Diego Home and Garden and that project won “Garden of the Year” award. Douglas currently is a free-lance writer for six magazines and is the author of a first-of-its-kind construction manual for contractors that teaches every aspect of professional waterfall and pond construction. He is a staunch advocate of professional construction techniques using concrete and rebar as opposed to undependable liners. In addition to writing, he is involved in public speaking and conducting seminars and training sessions. Doug is an expert author and his articles are widely published.
Doug’s vast experience and knowledge in this area has resulted in many requests for consulting contracts and expert witness requests. A lengthy article written by him for Ponds Magazine recently describes in detail a new service he offers to clients word wide to digitally design a water feature. A digital picture is taken of the area picked for the feature. Then this photograph is downloaded on the computer into a digital design program. Finally, a virtual waterfall and pond are digitally created in the picture. The client can now see exactly what the project will look like when it is finished. For distant clients he not only can provide a virtual photo, but also a construction manual allowing them or their contractor to learn how to construct it themselves, professionally. There is no one more knowledgeable on this subject than Douglas Hoover. He “wrote the book.”