Tim Krzeminski and Brian Helfrich have a couple of things in common. Both are among the leading builders of backyard water features in North America, capable of creating everything from custom koi ponds to cascading waterfalls that look as if they were transplanted straight from Yosemite or Yellowstone. And both began pursuing their particular passions when they were very young men, not even out of high school.
"I’ve always been interested in nature and the outdoors, from the time I was just a little kid," says Krzmenski, who grew up in Illinois but spent plenty of quality time on family vacations fishing in Colorado or hiking in Kauai. "It’s always been a big part of who I am"