Working with Matthew is a fantastic experience. We knew we wanted to hire him when he walked past some existing mountain laurels that were slated for removal and said, "These specimens are beautiful and worth a fortune. Even if you don't keep them, make sure you sell them." Matthew was the only consultant we interviewed who was thinking ahead, not only about ways to spend funds wisely, but also about ways to creative re-purpose and reuse as much of the existing palette as possible.
Matthew's excitement bubbles throughout the project and shines all the way through construction. With a camera in tow, he documents progress, gives frequent updates, and removes a lot of the associated construction worry from our minds.
We requested a low-maintenance native plant palette; Matthew delivered. When we go to local state parks, we're able to identify plants that we see in our own front yard and we get a big kick out of that. Part of our enthusiasm comes from working with Matthew and seeing how the landscape has quickly grown to be an integral part of our home.
At each step of the way, Matthew provided beautiful landscape plans, thumbnail images of proposed plants and emailed us links to articles which might be of interest to us.
We also worked with Matthew to present our design for approval to our neighbors and to the local conservation commission because we were making changes within 100 ft of a lake. He prepped us for the meeting, gave helpful hints, and eased the process for us.
Matthew assembled an initial cost estimate so that we would have an alternate basis from which to make design decisions, if we wanted to. He also identified three possible landscape contractors, leveled the bids and then reviewed the pros and cons of each bid with us, He also helped to coordinate the initial meetings between our general contractor and the landscape contractor.
Without hesitation, I highly recommend working with Matthew. He worked with us to find budget friendly ways to achieve our design goals.
I don't think my husband and I were as aware of the changing seasons as we are now. Each season there's something new to appreciate around our home and in our garden. We look for the ferns to pop up. We point out when the witch hazel is blooming. We get excited when the raspberries, currants and gooseberries are close to harvest.
The best part of the project? Every time I come home I get to experience a dynamic and ever-evolving work of art: the landscape he created with us.
(Note about the photos... we took these on our own very quickly to share with out-of-state family. Please speak with Matthew if you would like to see more images of our home.)