Once we purchased the Angie's List big deal to have landscaping plans created, Dave Ewell, owner of Outdoor Advantage, contacted us immediately, and made an appointment with us almost right away. He came to our house at the scheduled appointment time, and he engaged in very thoughtful discussion with us about what we were looking for. Right away, we were impressed with how Dave thought about and approached the problems we were trying to solve. When we started, we were not committed to tackling the job right away--we knew it would be a big job and we were not sure we were ready. But we were so impressed with Dave that we felt compelled to go forward and felt like we were in good hands (and once we talked with several other people who had work done by Outdoor Advantage, we were sure). Dave and his team thought through the difficulties of our landscape very carefully and came up with plans that suited our needs and setting perfectly. They worked through the permitting process (which was complicated by the requirements of being in a historical district), did a HUGE demolition job, and built us really beautiful stairs, retaining walls, and walkways. We had the steps replaced because our old steps were way too steep and the risers were way too high--the steps were painful for everyone who had to go up or down, and they were dangerous. Our house is below street level at the bottom of a steep slope, so no heavy equipment could be gotten down the slope. That made the job more complicated and difficult than usual. They problem solved and handled it all beautifully. The steps and walls that Dave and crew built are concrete with stone veneer and blue stone caps. The design fits perfectly with our setting, as do the materials and finish. Dave's crew showed up when they said they were going to, took great care with their work, and completed everything with impressive skill and workmanship. And every single person who worked at our house was as nice as he could be. As the job progressed, the design required adjustments that could not have been foreseen. The mason and Dave were incredibly responsive and wise in their judgments and suggestions all along. Everything turned out even better than we could have imagined (may have turned out better than they imagined too!). There is not one thing we would change about the process, the work, or the outcome. There is just nothing that would make it better. We are very, very pleased with the work that was done and very pleased with how Dave does business. We cannot recommend him and his crew highly enough.