Our home was built in 1966, and still had some of the original hardscape, with each owner before us adding their personal take. Lol! Our project was in our head for several years, and although we knew what we wanted and had funds, we were a little hesitant to proceed. We had several projects done inside our home the last 3 years that had contractor issues, and we were a little gun shy. One day, tripping over cracked patio, and raised pavers, with rotted patio covers and support beams ,I looked Red Roots up. I did consultation with Memo, and just went with it. What I liked is that they have their own crews, they were local, and reviews were good. Other than that, it was gut instinct. We didn't even get another bid. We had Cammie Brown design the back yard project, and proceeded! It was a detailed project that took 3 months. The crews worked every day m-f, 7am-5pm and some saturdays. They faithfully showed up and worked almost non stop. This was though the hot july and August months when sometimes along the side yard the temps reached 115! They were the hardest working men I have ever hired, and we have been here 35 years
Backyard is normal size for a tract home of its age, but the challenges were many. There were 4 levels including raised deck off dining room with 5 steps landing on a patio, there was a lower side yard, and a raised yard with lawn area. It was like a booby-trapped maze getting from one area to another.
Incorporationg these four levels into usuable property and providing drainage, with retaining walls, was a challenge. Red Roots was up the job, and although they battled an issue or two, they got it right. The workmen are incredible
I wanted an accessable yard, lots of trees, plants and a riot of color all seasons!! It had to be artistic, with natural landscaping and patio. It had to have a long curvy lawn in back. steps had to look natural and flow, and I was set on ledge stone steps. Most of all it had to have a pond with waterfall. Got ot all now!
Our project included the following . Gutting entire back yard, (save 3 small trees along back fence line.), installing french drains, new lines to sewer, irrigation lines, sprinkler systems for back and front yard, electrical for pond, patio, fan,and landscape lighting. .
Red Roots built large patio cover off roof line with shingles, matching what we have on our roof. It is a smooth transition from house roof to patio arbor. They supported the arbor with large column supports. They did the most gorgeous curved stone retaining walls (5 of them) that double as seating, they put down a round upper patio from pavers with lawn area. The crowning glory of this project is the recirculating, 800 gallon pond with waterfall. The pond is surrounded by boulders and stones, with one of retaining walls providing seating in front off patio. The pond was designed for a view from both family room, dining and living room, and is surrounded by small Japanese maples, and two planted areas. The lighting in the pond and backyard at night is breathtaking. Each light placed perfectly to guide us at night, and accent the landscaping.
Red Roots also brought in ledge stone for wide steps from bottom patio to upper level. The pitch at 6" is perfect for me. These are about 1-ton a step, and were hand chisled to exactly fit with each other. One access on each side of yard. Both step areas are flanked by huge boulders. This is the talent and artistry of the men they hire, with direction of the lead men! The ledge stone steps and the curved retaining walls were a feat in themselves. Hundreds of stone pieces were integrated artistically by hand to cover the retaining walls.
A few extras are the rotating fan in patio, and lighting we can work from a phone., as well as the timer boxes. The guy who did electrocal was great.
Red roots constructed a side redwood fence with retaining wall as our neighbors yard is higher than ours. I think they dug down several feet to install a retaining wall, before doing fence with triple lattice The fence was quite a surprise. It is more of a masterpiece.
Red Roots brought in about 20 boulders, 10 trees and about 60 plants. Not including the yards of creek rock and stones for the pond.
I would like to add that my husband and I are highly demanding of perfection, and can be quite picky and persistant. We will pay what it takes to get there. But getting there might drive workmen and management crazy. Lol! Quality and durability are also a priority. We retired last year. Spend most of our time out back, love to garden and we want everything to last with no problems until the kids inherit it all. I also have a disability balancing so the yard had to be accessable and seniorized. It is now!!
If I had one complaint it was the mess at times, but one word to project manager or owner and it was cleaned asap.
We are ecstatic with the results and highly recommend Red Roots. They have many attributes but one thing stands out. The management, employees and customer service. Most of the workers have been there for years, they are all seasoned, qualified for the job and genuinely nice people who go the extra mile to get the job done right, and to the customers satisfaction. The owner and managers are accessible, honest and so knowledgable. Thanks!! We have the living space dreams are made of.