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  • Element Construction's crews do excellent work.  The breaking up of the old concrete and creating the new paved area was very labor intensive, and the crew was very professional and clearly proud of their skills.  The worked for several days breaking up the concrete pieces to create attractive pavers, and making a level installation.  They installed each paver on its own pad of concrete/grout, for stability, but cleared the areas between the pavers, for installation of gravel that allows rain to percolate into the soil, which was one of my main goals. They also made a raised bed for planting vegetables, again using the pre-existing concrete. 
    Andrew Aparicio, the owner of Element Construction, created the wooden pergola design.  He worked for several days with the City of Long Beach to meet all the permit requirements in the design.  During a rainy week when they could not do installation, Element purchased and stained all the beams for the pergola, and then installed it the next week.  It is a heavy duty, large construction, and very sturdily built, as well as being very attractive.
    Andrew consulted with me and the landscape designer throughout the process, to be sure we were getting the details we wanted.  His crews are very skilled and very nice to work with.  They showed up on time and worked long days.  When I asked for some "finishing details" to be done - - removing paint from some of the urbanite pavers, drilling weep holes into the raised bed, and smoothing up the neighbor's side of a walkway - - they did them promptly and well.
    I have worked with many contractors over the past two years, and would rate Element Construction highly. 

    - Peggy B.
  • The process was straight forward. You make an appointment to meet with Kathy Alford and discuss your ideas. She takes your to her office backyard garden to get a feel for your particular style. She requests a $750 deposit to begin the design process. A draftsman comes to your home to take thorough measurements and photographs shortly thereafter. She asks you to visit and select designs that appeal to you and forward them to her. In a few weeks the design is complete. She goes over the design and corresponding price list and asks that you take it home and review it before making the final payment. You make a second appointment and discuss any needed revisions. We asked for a list of current projects that we could visit, which she immediately supplied. Then you have the option to sign a contract and begin the project.

    We did have some communication issues responding back and forth via the company website, but when given a specific number to call and personal office email, the problem was resolved.

    We did not start our project due to the $40K + sticker shock. We got other quotes to verify that Alford's English Gardens pricing was not unrealistic. It is just more expensive because she is fully licensed, insured, and pays her workers a living wage. We did tell Kathy that our budget was $25K and she revised the plan by reducing plant sizes and limiting the hardscape walkway to a sunken patio and changing the patio from flagstone to cement. The price still came in at $29K+ without lighting, sound, and other accessories.

    We are not opposed to Alford's English Gardens doing the project, we just need to prepare financially or accept a less lush landscape. We have not decided our course yet.

    - Susan D.
  • The first job Louie Perez did for me was to repair broken masonry walls around flower beds. Three other contractors had turned down the job because they wanted to replace, rather than repair, the existing walls. Louie was willing to do the work to chip off the old mortar so the existing bricks/blocks could be reused. He rebuilt one wall that had collapsed, and repaired two that had loose or missing blocks. To repair the collapsed wall, he also had to move dirt and realign the wall. In addition, he removed one wall that I did not want, and saved the blocks so they could be reused in a different configuration. The quality of the work was excellent - three neighbors have stopped to compliment me on how good it looks. Louis was prompt and professional every time I dealt with him. I mentioned that I was thinking of creating a small patio area in the front, and adding another low wall along the sidewalk. Louie offered good suggestions of optional designs. I was pleased with his work, so I then hired him to build a low wall out of the blocks he had saved from the demolition, and to create a small seating area using stone pavers and decomposed granite as the fill material. He had not used decomposed granite (d.g.) before, but was willing to do so because it was the material I wanted. He and his small crew did both these projects in one day, and he returned 2 days later to do some finish work to settle the d.g. Again, the finished product looks excellent, Louie was prompt and professional. He and his crew cleaned up before leaving the site each day, and when there was a temporary trip hazard where blocks had been removed, he put up caution tape overnight. I need to have similar work done in my backyard, which needs a total make-over, and I will definitely use Louie Perez for the stone (patio) and masonry work.
    - Peggy B.
  • Very well! Very responsive and professional.
    - Amy T.
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    - Henry B.
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