Recent Review: My wife and I recently moved in to our "30 year home" - the backyard was what we immediately fell in love with when home shopping! The home is an older home and we knew we wanted a different outdoor space in order to fully enjoy the yard/outdoor space we loved. We researched Angie's List and identified a few different contractors to contact - after speaking with John (Garden of the Carolinas) we were immediately more excited with both the Garden of the Carolinas process (described later) and with John's charismatic enthusiasm for our potential project. Garden of the Carolina process - we completed a questionnaire describing what we intended for the project and met with Diana (designer) several times to discuss. She did an amazing job of including us in the design process all while educating us on several design considerations. Her "eye" for potential design was very impressive! The final design did an amazing job of incorporating some of the items we discussed (grilling/patio area with bench seats and arbor while also having an area for recreational activities aka basketball goal; low maintenance plants that also added character to the space). In addition to a great plan, John presented a very detailed budget and cost per line item that was INCREDIBLE...my wife and I had a budget we wanted to maintain and the level of detail in the cost estimate allowed us to pick-and-choose what we wanted. In addition, he had detailed recommendations on how to accomplish certain tasks at a lower cost in order for us to fit all we wanted into the project. Install - as other reviewers have mentioned, Garden of the Carolinas is a local small business and are (rightfully) in demand. We scheduled our project a few months in advance. Between agreeing to a project timeline and the project getting started, we were volunteered to host a family Christmas event. Once this was brought to John's attention, he started the project and also completed it prior to this event. Johns was EXTREMELY responsive throughout the process and not only answered questions we had, but also proactively contacted us with the most detailed of questions to ensure we were comfortable with any changes in plans (see below for summary). I can't imagine John's attention to detail or enthusiasm being surpassed by a different contractor - he maintains a standard for quality that we certainly appreciated and will continue to appreciate given the quality of the final product! Last, he left our home in better condition than he found it, being mindful of the natural wear-and-tear that will occur with a project like this. Final product (including changes): Concrete removal that spanned the length of the back of our home (think 1970's concrete that had cracked and become un-level over time), Removal of three large and two smaller trees, Install of Paver Patio (recommended removing pavers originally planned to be installed beneath a small shed due to lack of functionality and decreased project cost), Install of concrete pad for rec/basketball activities (recommended dying the concrete to remain consistent with quality of paver patio), Installed two drainage solutions to ensure proper exit of water, Install of two bench/seat walls around patio, Install of two arbors...lastly, the item my wife and I were both on the fence about was lighting around the patio. John did not pressure us to include lighting in the project but did describe what it would add to our new space...we ultimately decided to incorporate lighting and we are so glad we did! It truly makes the space a completely different space when we enjoy in the evenings...the ambient light and additional "feel" it gives the space was well worth the investment. We have not used any other landscape contractor - but after using Garden of the Carolinas we do not intend on doing so! The quality of work combined with attention-to detail, enthusiasm, and standard for quality would certainly be hard to beat! Thanks John and team!