“We purchased a new construction home with a small back-yard that we wanted to exploit to maximize our out-door living space whilst avoiding having to look into a neighbours yard from a raised deck. We decided the best approach was a large stone patio that incorporated a stone staircase and planting beds into an overall landscape plan that gave us solid and low maintenance alternative to wooden decks. We also wanted the job done correctly from the beginning and not have to worry about a major ‘re-do’ after a few ‘hard Ottawa winters’ – in short, we wanted a quality long term job, at a reasonable price, from a reputed contractor. After significant research, we were taken by the testimonials and the time-lapse photo sequence on Chris’ website, as it shows exactly how they are going to do the job – no shortcuts. For us, this was the deciding factor and we asked Chris for a job quote. Again, understanding that he and his team are busy (which is a good sign) we arranged a meeting to scope out the work and he then went away to calculate a detailed estimate for the job. This was important for us, as we did not want an ‘off-the-cuff’ quote that would change as the job progressed. We received a detailed quote that covered the job in it’s entirety and while he and his team remained flexible in minor details during construction, there were no changes in price. We scheduled a time for work to commence and his team arrived on-time and fully prepared.
We were extremely pleased with the professional nature of his team as they are enthusiastic, absolutely meticulous in job-site cleanliness (they completely clean-up at the end of everyday) and are totally self contained. The standard of work is very high and significantly better than other contractors we saw in the local area doing the same job. Yes, Chris and his team may be a bit more expensive than other contractors, but you can really see the difference. Specifically, the site preparation prior to laying stone is extensive and thorough. Not only did his team dig down deep, the grading and drainage work, prior to one stone being laid, was impressive – of note, he uses quality products (with a large selection). Our neighbours have all commented on how good it looks and we know we have a long term, no maintenance, outdoor living and entertaining space.
We remain extremely pleased with our back patio and have asked him to come back in the Spring to do the front entrance and footpath. We have, and continue to, strongly recommend him and his team, as the quality of their work speaks volumes. They are committed to a first class project, on-time and on-budget.”