Recent Review: I worked with several landscaping companies to design a complete backyard patio renovation.? We started with an aging wood deck, tiny flagstone patio, and a poorly built pond.? Not to mention many, many feet of pink windsor block that is not our taste.? I shared my wish list with Joe and John from All Outdoors, and they were very honest in their opinions of what could/couldn't be done with our budget and scope of work.? Ultimately, though, their price and design beat all others. We began work in late February (demolition) and continued off and on as weather permitted through early May.? All Outdoors removed the old deck, patio, pond, retaining walls, and quite a bit of concrete/fill.? Somehow they did it without disturbing the rest of the yard.? From there they built it all back from the ground up.? Their crews worked hard, were very courteous, and did high quality work.? John, the project manager and foreman, reviewed progress any time I wanted or when they completed a milestone.? He was always open to feedback, good and bad, to ensure we got what we wanted. The project entailed an upper paver patio with stone stairs to the house, a lower paver patio separated by stone steps, a StoneAge stone firepit and seating wall on the lower patio, and retaining walls around a shed and the upper patio.? We selected materials at Earthworks from a list provided by All Outdoors, and their staff were very helpful in a cold, muddy stoneyard.? We always got samples to take, photos of other projects, and design advice.? I recommend Earthworks as well. All Outdoors finished on time and on budget (I requested one major change, was quoted, and accepted that quote).? I attribute this to ongoing dialog with John and Joe during which time I was told which tasks would be out of scope (and if so, agreed to a change order).? The project is a huge success.? The back of our house is transformed from a tired 1990's DIY project into a huge area for entertaining and enjoying the view.? All Outdoors exceeded my expectations and their team worked well with me to deliver a great patio. As with any big project, homeowners need to get multiple bids, research using Angie's List, and set up regular communication about the ongoing work.? Had John and I not spoken almost daily there would have been a lot of decisions made without my input or his experienced advice.? One final note:? All Outdoors does not have a true landscape designer on staff.? Designs use graph paper, correct measurements, and detailed drawings but it's not rendered on a computer as you see at other firms.? I recommend All Outdoors for hardscaping, pond install, and retaining walls.?