I'm so excited about our front & back yards so pardon me for rambling on but feel free to skip halfway down the post to read about the AMAZING StoneMark Hardscapes: We bought our home 4 years ago in foreclosure and the backyard was literally rotting and the eyesore of the neighborhood. My husband and I served as GCs for the entire interior and exterior work, and neighbors loved it, when we got to the back and front yards, we were financially depleted yet wanted our yard to be a show-stopper and had no idea where to turn. We called random companies throughout the city, some drew images of what they could do, others told us what they could do but the key attributes we wanted like, a fire pit, some sort of a water feature etc carried a hefty price at least by the standard of most of the contractors. We were so exasperated, frustrated and had lost all hope because by the time we finished rebuilding the house itself, we did not have enough money to work the yard of our dreams (and we didn't think having a fire pit should be that unattainable). One day the light bulb went off to go to Lurvey (google it if you don't know, yes they seem pricey but mind you we went in pretty well informed because we have already talked to to many contractors), they helped us come up with designs at a cost and recommended a couple of companies- I just thought "I'm sure we cannot afford a Lurvey-recommended contractor, no way in ****" We spoke with both companies; met one company that we weren't so sure about and then met with the owner of StoneMark Hardscapes, Inc (Pete). My husband and I were immediately taken aback, he just stood out. You could tell he has enough jobs and he is at the point where his goal is to make the client exceptionally happy. He was pleasant, laid back, jovial, positive and just genuinely excited to work with us. We discussed the yards, showed him our designs, he added some suggestions, provided paver and cost saving options and we knew without a doubt, this was our guy. His cost estimate was very fair and although I was still worried about a few added feature here and there after his estimate, he kept saying "don't worry about it, we will figure it out" which gave me a lot of comfort and we did figure it out. I had a great vibe about Pete and I was right (remember, we GC'd our entire home build-out talking to 2-3 contractors for each scope so we know when the right guy is around). Pete met us at Lurvey and we spent a lot of time selecting every single type of stone; from the pavers, seat wall, fire pit, paver trim, water feature, flagstone for the front etc. I mean, he took a lot of time out for us without rushing us. On the first day of work, him and his crew showed up on time and it felt like magic (not kidding) it felt so great seeing the bobcat, trucks and equipment ready to haul out our rotting yard. The energy between Pete and his guys was exceptional, you can tell they are happy and love working with him. One of his guys, Jose, is in my mind, The visual artist; great, amazing guy with a laser-sharp eye for precision and design. The guys were all great, worked hard and gave their all to us and our house. We have had several fires in our backyard, soooo many compliments from neighbors and knowing that we were not taken to the cleaners on price is SUCH a heartwarming feeling and I cannot recommend this company enough. I urge you, just call Pete, you will be pleased, doesn't matter how small or large your space is. Great service, great work, great prices and fair all around.