Most of our streams begin with design. At Brookside, we examine the length, width, and height beforehand in order to determine if your location is ideal. In most cases we are creating the channel. It does not already exist in the landscape. However, we have also taken natural water courses and upgraded them through boulder placement and other methods to create beauty as well as function. The real trick to making a stream look like it belongs is building it into the landscape, not on top of the landscape. The water level inside the stream should be visible from most vantage points. A mistake amateurs make is having the water in a deep channel where you have to be standing right on top of it to see anything. Many manmade streams have this problem.
We build all of our streams into the landscape, giving them a look of belonging there. We build both flowing streams and dry streams. Most of our stream beds are lined with Meramec gravel, a native to the area. On a personal note, my wife has always been partial to our streams over everything else we do, particularly the stream work we have done to enhance natural courses of water. Some of our most prominent streams are located at the O’Fallon Skate Park in O’Fallon, Missouri, Koeneman Park in Jennings, Missouri and Bellefontaine Cemetery in the City of St. Louis.