Transformed The House and Garden

Customer reference for Greenstone Landscapes as emailed to pickapro by Robert Cooper from Wicklow Town on 27-Jan-2014

When was the work done?
November/December 2013.

What was involved?
A transformation (and yes, it WAS a Transformation!) of our back, front and side gardens.

How did you choose Greenstone Landscapes?
Found Ross and Greenstone on PickaPro. We liked the look of some of his previous work. We had had a few ideas ourselves in terms of what we thought we might do but in the end, we didn't have the skills and expertise to do what was needed or what we wanted. I must admit, we were a little tentative when making the contact at first but fortunately we took the plunge.

Had you definite ideas in mind before you talked to Ross Farrell?
A few but as I said, we had neither the skills nor expertise to do what we wanted.

Did Ross introduce new ideas?
Absolutely. However, he took on board all of our own initial thoughts, ideas and wishes and turned into something far greater than we imagined. The process was very collaborative. And he was open to making some changes along the way which really benefited the final outcome.

How did the project run?
Ross and the team were extremely efficient. The project ran slightly over schedule due to the uncovering of a small spring which wasn't planned for. This was dealt with in excellent fashion (with Ross' engineering skills to the fore). There was an additional cost as a result but it would be hard to get upset about something as unforeseen as that. The team were extremely tidy (although it was effectively a building site for a few weeks).

What was the biggest benefit to you of using Greenstone Landscapes?
Ross took our ideas, turned them into something much better and brought it to reality. The initial plans Ross drafted were great - it gave a great sense of what the garden could become. And if we didn't like them, we could have just ended the process there and then.

What's your favourite part now?
No one thing: The garden is small but it looks great and much bigger than it did. The back area is great for relaxing. The side area now has a putting green and practice golf area and the front garden is far more usable from a parking perspective and looks far better than it did before. The work Ross and the team did has transformed the house - not just the garden.

Would you recommend Greenstone Landscapes to others?
Without hesitation.

Any tips for other people?
We spent a number of years playing around with a number of potential ideas. In the end, we realised we needed professional help. We spent a long time looking through the internet to find work we liked.

So Tip 1: Talk to a professional and preferably someone whose work you have seen and liked.

Tip 2: Know your budget and factor in a contingency (say 10%). We factored in our own contingency even though Ross stated that once he quotes a price, it is rarely exceeded but we needed that for the issue with the 'spring' as outlined before.

Tip 3: Changes to plans along the way will likely cost extra money - so try to have as much of the plan scoped out and agreed at the start. We made a number of changes (building an extra wall, etc) during the process and it cost money - but they were at our behest and we were delighted that we did them.

Tip 4: The garden can be a real extension of your home provided it is planned correctly. Previously, ours was an area purely for hanging out washing - now its an area of relaxation, an area for parties in the summer and an area for improving my golf! And it looks fantastic. We had originally considered building an extension just to utilise the space - but doing what we did has delivered a far better use of space for us.

. One final Tip - if you do get Ross and the team in, just make sure you have plenty of milk! (They drink a lot of tea and coffee):-)

Our Customers Say

Transformed The House and Garden

We had originally considered building an extension just to utilise the space - but doing what we did has delivered a far better use of space for us.

Robert Cooper from Wicklow Town talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Small Rathmines Garden

When the ideas of a design come together, you can really see the advantages of having a professional working for you.

A Delany from Rathmines, Dublin 6 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Garden For Entertaining

I love the whole thing, it's gorgeous....It was Ross's design that won him the job.

Mary Allen from Leopardstown, Dublin 18 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Designer Suntrap Garden

It's a designer garden but at the same time it's absolutely practical for our family which is what we really wanted.

Jean Long from Drumcondra talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Large Garden Landscaping

We now have an absolutely stunning back garden.

Eimear O' Broin from Terenure talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Garden With Parking

What Ross achieved looked every bit as good as I had hoped, in fact better.

Ethna Murakami from Killiney talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Garden Stonework

Ross's whole approach is excellent. He delivers on his promises and you definitely get what you pay for.

Joan from Templeogue, Dublin 16 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Professional From The Start

I could not recommend Greenstone highly enough as the finished product is fantastic.

Mark Walsh from Sandyford talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Brilliant Design Concept

We believe the value of our house without doubt has been increased by a significant amount.

George & Deirdre Milligan from Dundrum, Co. Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Good Design and Workmanship

The biggest benefit to working with Greenstone was clever design followed up by good workmanship.

Thomas and Roberta from Straffan, Co. Kildare talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Beautiful Dublin Garden

Ross took my plans and showed what could be done by a designer. There is no way I could have envisioned what we ended up with.

Marie C from Ranelagh talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Landscaping, Stonework in Blackrock

Ross was very engaged and immediately envisioned what we wanted

Magda and Eamonn from Blackrock talks to pickapro .. See full interview

A Garden Oasis

Give Ross the opportunity to produce a design first - his design just might include things you wouldn't have thought of yourself.

John & Ann Kavanagh from Glenageary talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Short, Wide Garden Redesign

It's such a pleasant place to go to now and it has drawn the rest of the family outside to participate in the garden.

Janet C from Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Steep Garden Makeover

We love our back garden and are really looking forward to next summer when we will be able to take full advantage of it!

Petra Ryan from Dalkey, Co Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Wow Factor Garden

We invited three landscapers ... to provide some ideas... Ross's design stood out and had a wow factor about it.

Aidan Kennedy from Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Garden Reshaping

With Ross you get a real professional who won't rip you off. He's also a really nice guy.

Craig Doyle from Co Wicklow talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Garden Landscaping

My mum, who's a great gardener said that everything he chose was fantastic, that they were very good quality plants.

Niamh McMorrough from Milltown, Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Front, Back Garden

We went to see Ross's work first. We liked what we saw and we liked what people said about Ross.

Claire from Blackrock, Co. Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Garden With Patio, Water

Ross Farrell was the main reason why I chose Greenstone Landscaping. I met with him and liked him very much.

Lorraine Lyons from Donnybrook, Dublin 4 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Low Maintenance Garden

Overall, I have to say that I never thought the garden could turn out so well. Ross worked with the shape of the garden

Fran Davern from Stillorgan, South County Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Sloping Garden

We got exactly what we'd wanted to get. The garden feels twice as big now because we can use every part of the garden.

Niamh from Stillorgan, South County Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Amazing Outdoor Room

Excellent workmanship, great ideas, very reliable and very nice team of guys.

Mark from Monkstown talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Design Presented in 3D Form

Ross and his team stripped back the garden and then implemented a fabulous new pre-agreed design. The design was originally developed and presented in 3D chart form by Ross.

Norton's from Rathfarnham talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Modern Garden, Dundrum

When Ross finished the back garden I asked him to do the front garden because we were so pleased with what they did...

James O' Keeffe from Dundum, Dublin 16 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

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