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It’s All About Your View

Everyone deserves a good view – no matter where you live! 

Good views do something to us. They evoke wonder and relaxation that creates headspace to contemplate, dream, ideate. They actually help facilitate clarity so we can see (and believe) possibilities in and for ourselves.

In urban locations where nature may appear to be scarce, there’s always a way to make it present at one’s home. For proof take a look at these solid examples. Possibilities abound!

View from kitchen table. Artificial green wall with summe annuals planted in containers.
View from den. Artificial green wall.
View from den. Custom pieces of art flanked by summer annuals and containers.
View from office. Nome and planting in window well.
View from workout room. Artificial plants with up-lighting in window well.
View from bedroom. Window well redesigned with bluestone steps, garden, and water feature.
View from home office. Balcony with additional screening and summer annuals in window boxes.
View from outdoor rooftop with summer annuals and containers.
View from den. Ipe screen wall with CNC backlit panel and summer annuals in a container.

Top 5 Favorite Local Gardens

Here are our top 5 favorite local gardens that are must visits. From Rockford, IL to Niles, MI. Friends, get outdoors and take in the beauty!

Photo: CBG

Chicago Botanic Garden

Glencoe, IL

Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Garden is open every day of the year; hours change seasonally.

Entrance: Garden members do not need to preregister—they are invited to visit at any time. Nonmembers must preregister for a timed entry. Per CDC guidelines: Wear a mask indoors if you’re not vaccinated for COVID-19.

About: “Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.”

Photo: Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum

Lisle, IL

Hours: The Arboretum grounds are open 365 days a year from 7 a.m. to sunset. Buildings are open daily, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Entrance: Timed-entry tickets are required for all guests.

About: “The Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre living museum, champions trees throughout the world through science and conservation, education and outreach, and plant collections. Conveniently located approximately 25 miles from Chicago, the Arboretum features an award-winning Children’s Garden, Maze Garden, and 16 miles of hiking trails. Whether you seek a quiet stroll or an active family adventure, the Arboretum offers a variety of exhibitionsactivitiesevents, and classes for all ages to enjoy.”

New Exhibit: “The Morton Arboretum’s outdoor art exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), inspires awe and wonder as it  connects people and trees. Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world.”

Photo: AJG

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Rockford, IL

Hours: The gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – last entry time is 4 p.m. 

Entrance: Timed-entry tickets are required for all guests. Garden members are no longer required to make a reservation.

About: “The Anderson Japanese Gardens is a beautiful, outdoor setting that inspires the mind and energizes the soul. [A] twelve-acre landscape of streams, waterfalls, winding pathways and koi-filled ponds has been rated one of North America’s highest quality Japanese gardens for more than a decade.” Designed by Hoichi Kurisu. 

Photo: Friendship Botanic Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens

Michigan City, IN

Hours: May 1 through October 31, Tuesday – Sunday  9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Central Time) CLOSED to the public on Mondays. In November, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Central Time) – (Weather permitting: 45 degrees or above and NO precipitation). Members have 365 day access.

Entrance: Pre-registration not required.

About: “Friendship Botanic Gardens (a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization) is a community treasure and an oasis of formal gardens and wooded nature trails tucked in an old-growth forest surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana.”

Their history is worth the quick read!

Photo: Fernwood Botanical Garden

Fernwood Botanical Garden

Niles, MI

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm

Entrance: While no longer a requirement, visitors can pre-register prior to their visit.

About: “Fernwood comprises 105 acres and protects at least 10 ecosystems and is a birder’s paradise. Visitors may enjoy natural areas with miles of walking and hiking trails, a reconstructed prairie, an arboretum, and cultivated public gardens that include an herb garden, Japanese garden, perennial border, rain garden, railway garden, nature adventure garden, hardy fern collection, and other special collections and gardens.”

Permits. Worth Asking For.

Imagine this Friend,


You are so close to your finalized landscape design and your contract is almost signed. You’re ready to get it going. You want to see progress made in your back yard or on your rooftop. I mean get the dumpster dropped off and let’s see some debris!

I totally get this.

But . . . pump, pump the breaks. (Not the jam! LOL) Why? Because it’s time for permits! YAAAAY!!

We are asked this all the time. “Do I need to have a permit?”

The short answer is yes for major renovations.

At least in Chicago, it is NOT easier to ask forgiveness after the fact when you are caught without a permit. And yes, homeowners, you can get caught.

Let’s say your neighbor doesn’t like what they see happening, what’s the first thing they’re going to do? They’re going to look for posted permits or contact the city to find out if you have one (or report you). (True – not all neighbors are this way, but there seems to be that person in every neighborhood, right?)

Permit acquisition may be frustrating because it costs money and additional time. But since it is an important step, just consider it all part of the process. Anticipate that this will be part of the whole kit and caboodle. If you know what the rules are (and permits are dem rules) it’s much easier to play the game.

In our world of landscape design and construction, permits in Chicago are generally needed for planting parkway trees, building any kind of structure on a rooftop (e.g., pergola, screen walls), irrigation, concrete work, driveways, city sidewalks, or electrical upgrades.

In special landmark districts the permitting process can take longer because there may be other components that need to be considered such as setbacks or site lines.

Here’s the deal: When working with us, we partner with an architectural firm that handles the permitting process which is typically done quickly and in conjunction with the start of your job. Our goal is to make this process as painless as possible for you (and your neighbors).

We want to get you living beautifully outdoors ASAP!

Pump up the jam . . . 

Sara J-S

P.S. Over June, I’ve laid out some major solutions to various questions we get all the time. Check out our blog for the full run-down. Irrigation. BudgetCodesRats.

P.S.S. For a comprehensive explanation about permits please refer to Chicago’s city code.

Rats!

I want to talk with you today about one of the sexiest topics I know about. (Irony is dripping off me like a waterfall.)

Rats.

In 2020, Chicago held the title of the rattiest city in the US for the 6th straight year. (I mean if that’s not the ultimate title, add to it that in 2021 Chicago made it to the number one spot for bed bugs too!)

So, friends, suffice it to say rats are here and in your yards and in our yard. Just ask Craig about the nest in his sweet potato bed a few years ago.

Okay then . . . what can we do about them because we want you to live beautifully outdoors?

The name of the game is to make your yard inhospitable. If anyone promises an 100% guarantee that they can keep rats out of your yard, they’re lying, particularly if you live near restaurants. But don’t be dismayed, there a few things that can be done to help.

  1. Make sure you have a clean and tidy yard. Not only because this looks better, but because you will have a better chance of seeing any holes underground or in raised planters. These guys like to burrow. And holes can be filled!
  2. Keep your trash can lids closed, especially if your bags are filled with food. Rats are master dumpster divers.
  3. Dog poop. Seems the jury is still out on this urban myth. According to Steve Dale, pet expert, he says that “Steve Sullivan, senior curator of Urban Ecology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum… [has] never seen a peer reviewed study to confirm that rats relish dog feces.” But either way, just pick up your dog’s poop. Right?
  4. Rats have a hard time finding consistent water sources. So if you have a water feature like a pond at grade or lower (i.e., same height or lower than your soil line), you will attract rats especially if it is not properly maintained. Instead make sure the basin of water has an edge and sits above grade. Or even better use a water feature that has a covered basin that can be installed below or above grade. Consistent cleaning and monitoring are key!
  5. Install an underground barrier deterrent. And this is where we come in.

Underground barriers work like this:

  • Along a fence or a foundation, we will excavate down 18″ – 24″, install galvanized ¼” wire mesh (hardware cloth), back fill the trench with lava rock, and cover with soil.

Like I said there are no guaranteed solutions, these steps can definitely make living beautifully outdoors in Chicago a fact and reality.

Sara “there’s always a solution” J-S

P.S. I’ve provided you with free plans to see exactly what a below-grade rat barrier is and what it looks like. (I know . . . I told you . . . real sexy.)

P.S.S. To our friends who don’t live in Chicago, please don’t be grossed out and not come visit. While we may have these two titles, we’re actually quite clean and beautiful. Pinky swear.

Top 4 City Landscape Codes

If you’re planning on building out a rooftop or updating your landscaping in the city of Chicago, then these are the top 4 codes you should know.

But to put this into perspective, I suggest we think about codes as something to embrace rather than be amazingly annoyed by them.

This is not an out-of-the-box thinking kind of conversation. This is about codes. We all live with codes. We all agree in the US to drive in the right lane, stop at red lights, walk through an intersection at appropriate signals (most of the time), park in designated spots, etc. You get the point, right?

We use codes because we need to have ways to operate with each other; we need best practices to keep ourselves and others safe.

Just like homebuilders have codes to follow, so do we in landscape design/construction. And these codes are set by the city / municipality in which you dwell.

For Chicago city dwellers (i.e., residential properties), there are 4 key codes that are worth knowing about when you’re planning for landscape construction.

Since 2016 . . .

ONE: Rooftop Structures

On a private residential roof deck any structure above the parapet wall that is within 3’ feet of a property line or 6’ off a neighboring building has to be noncombustible. If this applies to you, then your pergola needs to be made of a metal and any screening needs to be made of metal, glass, or cement board.

TWO: Backflow Preventer

Irrigation systems require a backflow preventer installed by a licensed plumber and they need to be inspected yearly. The inspection is typically done by your irrigation company which has proper certification.

THREE: Fence Height

Anything less than 5 feet tall does not require a permit when built with typical materials (e.g., wood, vinyl, steel). But fencing can be up to 6 feet for solid panels and up to 8 feet for open slats. These heights may require a permit and a variance request. The takeaway is to follow neighborhood fencing heights, always talk to your neighbors, and hire professionals who know the codes!

FOUR: Parkway Trees

All trees in parkways are city property (no matter who plants them). Technically you’re supposed to get a permit to do any work in/on parkways, but functionally the city is fine with homeowners making improvements. However, existing trees cannot be removed! THIS IS HUGE! The fine is $1,000 per caliper inch. This means if you remove a 20” diameter tree you will be fined $20,000!

In order to plant a tree in a parkway, you must hire a company that is licensed by the city of Chicago to plant parkway trees, and you are going to be limited to 4 – 5 options. The city determines which options you have by what other trees are planted in your neighborhood. The city’s goal is to diversify plantings.

Major take away: When you’re contracting with a company (like Topiarius) to work on / at your home make sure you find and use a reputable firm that has up to date knowledge of codes. And don’t ever be discouraged by these codes . . . design solutions abound so that you can live beautifully outdoors.

P.S. This list is simply an overview of codes we encounter on a regular basis. It is not intended to replace city code documentation.

P.S.S. To see a pergola system that fits within city code, click here.

Spring Is Coming

Here’s why you should love nature and experience it regularly.

Nature, specifically spring, teaches us how to move forward.

This past year has been FULL of anticipation about moving forward.

Wikipedia has the best definition: “Anticipation is an emotion involving pleasure or anxiety in considering or awaiting an expected event.”  (I mean seriously, this could not sum up the last year for me more articulately!)

Because we’re still in vaccination land limbo – some vaccinated and some not – Craig and my solution this past weekend was to meet up with some friends at Chicago Botanic Garden for a walk.

We completely forgot you had to make reservations, so we were the cars pulled off to the side of the road trying to navigate the CBG website on our phones.

I chuckled because it seemed like a lot of effort to make an appointment for a walk through a garden that is totally spring brown with nothing blooming. (P.S. I get the reason for the appointments. I just like being snarky . . . a spiritual gift of mine.)

My only goal was to catch up with my friend Jill as we walked, but something else also happened.

I was reminded of the pace with which spring enters center stage.

As expected, there wasn’t much in bloom. But when we passed the Witch Hazel I maybe hollered with glee. Loudly. (This is what it’s like to be in a garden with the J-S’s.)

And then probably a ½ hour later we saw the brilliant blues, purples, and whites of Snowdrops, Scilia, miniature Iris, and Crocus peeking through the brown ground. Yup, I hollered again.

Is it because Witch Hazel is so magnificent that it deserves such a response? Are these miniature flowers so gorgeous that I should feel such pleasure?

No. Not really. Even though I love their beauty and uniqueness, I recognized something bigger taking shape.

In “normal times” seasonal change is a pleasurable anticipation. Winter has been cold, wet, muddy, snowy, and while that may be novel in the beginning, we’ve begun to anticipate the coming change. We look forward with pleasure to all the spring blooms and green growth. It’s just the cycle we’ve grown accustomed to.

But in Covid world, there’s an added anxiety to this anticipation. The how and when of what life will be like when the pandemic is “over” is still TBD. I’m a glass half full gal, despite my snark, so I’m very very hopeful.

But check this out. As my awareness was heightened at the garden this weekend, I’m really respecting how spring shows itself slowly and doesn’t hurry. It takes its time. It literally starts small and then grows larger. It’s as if it can’t come all at once otherwise it’d be too much to handle.

Despite the winter, spring is reliable. It’s still going to show up. Yes, the change of season will happen.

And isn’t this like how our world is unfolding now? If we embrace taking the new normal slowly, we’ll actually be able to handle it and thrive at full capacity again.

This is why you should love nature. This is why I love nature. She’s got more wisdom in her little pinky than I know what to do with.

Nature . . . she’s just essential for you and me.

Who’s Who in Landscaping

Roof Top

Let’s pass Enneagrams and Myers-Briggs and just head straight to the punchline.

I’m what you call a “disagreeable giver.”

I heard the term when I listened to an interview with Adam Grant, author of Give and Take. A Revolutionary Approach to Success. (Have you heard of this book?)

To quote him in an Inc. article: “Disagreeable givers are the people who, on the surface, are rough and tough, but ultimately have others’ best interests at heart,” Grant said. “They are the people who are willing to give you the critical feedback that you don’t want to hear–but you need to hear.”

(P.S. The term “critical” is not the equivalent of antagonistic, disagreeable, nor being negative. Pinky swear.)

In order for me to give critical/discerning feedback I like to know as much as possible about what I’m providing feedback on. Thus I ask lots of questions until I’m satisfied that I have a good grasp on the topic at hand.

Okay . . .  let me tell you why this applies to what I’m about to lay down.

In order for YOU to make the very best decision you can about who you choose to work with for your luxury outdoor space, you need to know your options – the whole picture.

You need to know ALL the information before you can begin to give the best critical/discerning direction to yourself.

I welcome you to the life of a disagreeable giver!

Let’s get started.

It goes like this, there are

  1. Companies that only do design work.
  2. Companies that only do the installation.
  3. Companies that do both.
  4. Companies that do both and then some.

Each type of company or person has an area(s) of expertise and that is how they will design your experience for you.

(Note: these do not include any home builders or architects. These are companies that specifically focus on landscaping.)

Companies that do the design place a high value and premium on the design they will create for you. You will be buying your design from them. Because you own it, you can then take that design to whomever you want to do the installation. Often times, these companies will offer you their management services as well. You pay them to facilitate the multitude of subcontractors needed to implement your project. These subs operate on their own timeline because they are working for many clients at the same time, which can cause management headaches and longer timelines.

Companies that do the installation will work with a plan that is provided to them. (These are often the companies subcontracted with by the first category.) Depending on the scope of work needed, there may be need for multiple companies to complete your project, and then you become the project manager. Quality companies that do the installation will not have any issue reading plans to complete the work, but if there are any changes with design or construction, you also take on the responsibility of making these decisions.

Companies that do both the design and the installation are a perfect combination. Not only are the designs of high quality, but they are also implemented by teams under the same roof. These companies know their staffs’ skills and manage their timelines. If there are any issues that come up with design or with construction, the designers are immediately accessible.

Companies that do both the design and the installation and then some are the crème de la crème. At Topiarius we not only provide in-house design and installation, but we continue our service with fine gardening/maintenance and seasonal rotations. So once the project is complete, we will continue to provide care and annual color through all seasons.

Clearly we’re biased. Can’t hide that. But that’s not my point. Remember I have your best interest at heart.

We always want to work with clients that are great fits. So, it is my hope that with these factoids, you’ve been equipped with the information you need to make the best decision for yourself.

We can’t wait to get the conversation started with you!

Your lovely disagreeable giver,

Preeminent Chicago Designers

Dear Enthusiasts of Creativity and Beauty,

May I have your attention?

Today we’re celebrating and sharing with you our very favorite Chicago designers, architects, and builders. Not only do you get to meet them, you get to see a favorite title they recommend. (Shall we say . . . a peek behind their thought curtain.) P.S. We’re including ourselves. Yup.

Not only have these respective individuals had an incredible impact on Chicago’s design scene, they have worked with our clients as well. WHICH MEANS . . . we are biased.

But seriously, it’s so justifiable. Preeminent professionals should receive attention and be known. I mean, that’s who you want to work with, right?


Without further adieu . . . 

Above: Craig J-S, President and Co-Owner of Topiarius (in case you don’t recognize him). He says, “I love craft – not crafting, but craft. I like things that take time and effort. This is reflected in my hobbies – gardening, cooking low and slow, woodworking. There is something to the equation Time + Effort = Understanding.”
 
In the Company of Stone by Dan Snow is this equation in craggy perfection. Snow is part Master Stone Mason, part artist and fully a philosopher.

Above: Yup this is me. Sara J-S, CEO and Co-Owner of Topiarius. Garden History by Tom Turner was the first book that concisely portrayed the necessity of gardens throughout history and the world in all their various shapes and sizes. It was the a-ha moment that we are part of something larger.

Above: Travel by Design presented by The Design Leadership Network is close to Jessica’s heart. Jessica, owner of Jessica LaGrange Interiors,  was asked to contribute some pictures and commentary from her favorite places to travel. All the contributors are architects, designers, landscapers, lighting designers. Jessica couldn’t help but suggest a second book called Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar Cookbook, which allows her to make one of her favorites – their flourless chocolate cookie. YUM!

Above: Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005 – 2016 by Annie Leibovitz is a classic and a favorite of Sarah Vaile owner of Sarah Vaile Design. Leibovitz’ images from this decade are compelling and some serious eye candy. Sarah asks a valid question, does the work of a photography master of our generation really ever go out of style? My answer . . . nope. 

Above: Now this book COLORSTROLOGY by Michele Bernhardt is fascinating. Aimee Wertepny, visionary and owner of PROjECT, brings some light-hearted fun to the table this season. Not only can we learn about ourselves, but learn about color too. Definitely!

Above: Kevin Toukoumidis the Founding Principal of dSPACE Stuido recommends Urban Oasis: Tranquil Outdoor Spaces at Home by Rebecca Gross. He’s correct in saying that it’s a very timely read during this pandemic. Spending time at home, especially outdoors, is the name of the game. Why not do it in your very own oasis?

Above: We all need a great reference book, especially in home design. Kevin Klinger, partner and senior manager at Savăne Properties, keeps A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester on his shelf because it is a great guide for styles, aesthetic, roof lines, materials, etc. Never ever hurts to be solid with the basics. 

Above: Eric Kraus, owner of 88 Construction, has learned quite a bit about building from Why Buildings Fall Down by Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori. Kraus says that the authors use structural disasters as a teaching tool to make engineering interesting and relatable.  When it comes to building, he finds it’s always better to learn from other people’s mistakes when he can. (True.)

I Had No Idea. Green Roofs.

Sarah S. was one of the coolest girls in 7th grade. She had the most amazing bob haircut and knew how to wear eye makeup. She could peg her pants and knew how to wear her Forenza sweater backwards! 

I had no idea what she wanted when she said hello to me for the first time in our French class. I knew it wasn’t cuz she wanted to know where I got my turtleneck with strawberries all over it. (It was 1984, they were amazingly practical for a girl like me in New England!)

Turns out she was looking for a friend as much as I was. I quickly learned in addition to all her coolness, she was really fun and generous.

It wasn’t uncommon for us to beg one of our parents to drop us off at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside on a weekend night. Three floors with curvy glass railings and lights that guided us to all the stores. One whole floor was a food court, a movie theater, and games!

And, on the top floor, next to G. Fox department store was . . . Benetton!

Back then the store was a small, refined boutique. Huge pictures lined the walls portraying female and male models from around the world of every skin color. (Radical!) The colors just exploded through the clothing. It was breath-taking. The United Colors of Benetton! (I can hear the angels singing.)

Sarah gave me a tour as one of the most experienced docents of Benetton. She told me about the sweaters, shirts, and pants. And, then . . . she pointed to the prized possession of all 7th grade girls: the Benetton rugby.

She already had one but wanted to make sure I knew this is where I should bring my parents to buy me my very own. Friends, I’d just been given the key to cool town.

Benetton Rugby

I will freely admit that my 12 year-old self knew nothing other than coveting that damn rugby and that I could only be a fulfilled junior higher if I owned one.

But, I also learned a valuable lesson. That my small world could/should/would expand. To some it may have just been clothing and a foolish adolescent’s endeavor, but to me it was learning what I didn’t know AND how much more I wanted to know what I didn’t know.

We want to help you, our trusted clients and fans, be exposed to all kinds of possibilities for you to live beautifully outdoors. (We’re also a bit biased and want it to be luxurious as well.)

So hold tight  . . .  I’m going to share with you what could be your Benetton rugby.

GREEN ROOFS. (full stop.)

I’m sure you’re familiar with them, enough so that I don’t need to get technical.

I want to make sure you know they don’t just make a corporate office building LEED certified.

Green roofs are incorporated into private residential designs – as well they should be!

They can be added for their plantings, for texture, and for design elements.

Topiarius Green Roof
Topiarius Green Roof

They can be used as most of the design for an impressive makeover. The planting provides interest all year with a lovely contrast between spring and fall.

Topiarius Green Roof
Topiarius Green Roof
Topiarius Green Roof
Before Topiarius Green Roof

And, they can be installed in spaces that won’t be used, just seen.

Topiarius Green Roof
Topiarius Green Roof

The options with green roofs are endless, which is (of course) where Topiarius comes in.

We have yet to tap into all the creative ways we can incorporate green roofs into designs.

We’d sure like to take on that challenge and . . .  be your docent through this whole new world. 

Winter is the perfect time for us to begin your design.

Contact us, but only if you’re serious about learning what you don’t yet know. 

P.S.  My begging paid off and my self-esteem was saved. My parents bought me a green Benetton rugby off the slightly damaged rack.

And, Sarah and I are still good friends to this day.

Triple Win

Winter Branch with Snow

Hippy Anniversary to me!

It has been just over a year since I (Craig) had my right hip replaced. 

Its made me reflect on how things have changed for me, and I’ve got myself a win-win-win:

Win # 1: Without the constant pain I have been able to move again! By moving, and managing what I eat better, I have lost 40 pounds this year. 

Win #2:  I am no longer a miserable person to others. The pain made me quite the curmudgeon, which I didn’t realize until people kept commenting on how much “happier” (i.e. less grumpy) I was after the hip replacement. (My wife confirms this.)

Win #3: It has been fun to come to work again! To all my clients over the last few years, I am sorry, you did not get the best version of me. The team had to pick up my slack (which they did magnificently) as I limped (literally and figuratively) my way through the work week. But this year I have had the most energy and clarity I have had for years and I have rediscovered that I love what I do!

I love the triple win!

As we move into winter, we have a triple win for you!
Winter landscape installations!

Chicago Downtown winter

Win # 1You get a major project completed during the time of year you are using the space the least. (Yess!)

2020 has shown us how important having a comfortable outdoor retreat is. Having that outdoor space to escape to has never been so meaningful. Getting the bulk of the project completed over the cold months is the best way to get back to that outdoor retreat as soon as spring arrives.

Win # 2You’re guaranteed excellent craftpersonship (Only the best, thank you.)

Laying down a bit of truth here: Winter work for our excellent team means that they do not get laid off.

For a small business like ours, with seasonal employees, the benefits of winter work means employee retention, satisfaction, and recruitment. With consistent work for staff (and their families) we are able to employ the highest quality employees, in both attitude and skill, that have proven they care about your home throughout the construction process.

Win # 3You benefit from savings! (A no brainer.)

Winter projects mean big coats, thick gloves, and less hours of daylight. Crews move slowly and work shorter days. But . . . on winter projects we do not pass along the additional labor costs to clients. 

What can be done? Almost everything except plantings!
If you have any above ground buildouts or paving projects (until the ground freezes) we can continue to work. 

If your project is one that cannot be completed over the winter, we still want to to get the ball rolling as we schedule our installations based on signed contracts.

Because our calendar is booked into January already, contact us NOW if you want in on this win-win-win with us.

Oh, don’t forget this incentive . . . I’ll show you how high I can kick my bionic hip!