By: Alex H.
Stillo Construction
Stillo did a very lengthy series of repairs on our house. What started as a seemingly small job mushroomed into a much larger job very quickly as a serious amount of underlying wood rot was discovered. All work included, Stillo performed about 6 months worth of intensive work, stripping off a significant amount of improperly installed stucco. The poor initial install had caused some walls to be so severely rotten that the old studs looked like pulp. As a former contractor myself, I was very discerning and thorough in the selection process leading up to selecting Stillo Construction for this job. Stillo was 1 of 5 contractors allowed the opportunity to bid out this job. With all factors considered, I decided Stillo was the most fair price given their extensive knowledge, experience, large crews, and attention to detail.Being a 6 month job, a few issues did come up. At one point, during the repairs, a tarp blew loose during a rainstorm, and some leaking resulted. Stillo repaired all of the minor damage without any argument, free of charge, and made it look as if nothing had ever happened.In the end, Stillo was contracted for numerous jobs. Every bit of work, or change to any work was very professionally handled through detailed, and itemized contracts. Stillo also provided their proof of insurance without me even requesting it. They provided a $1 million liability policy.Stillo did an excellent job with clean up, and considering that they virtually rebuilt the house, we could not be happier. All the paint was matched perfectly, tile work looks amazing, the stucco looks great, and was done to code, and built to last. Every step of the way, Frank was happy to show me the underlying rot, and justify any work that needed to be done. Fantastic work overall. Without a doubt, Stillo has to be the best Stucco contractor in the Houston area, if not in all of Texas. I would give this job a 6 our of 5 stars. Excellent work.
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By: Jennifer majors K.
Laird Landscaping
Five years ago we hired Laird Landscaping for a total redo of our front yard; new beds, landscaping, lighting, walkways, removal of old trees and planting of a new live oak in the front and red oaks in the back, cedar accent fencing and cedar posts on the front porch. Otis Laird provided us with a layout of the design, costs, etc. and when the job was complete, it was exactly as proposed. Our front yard was transformed and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome or with the quality of the work performed. We constantly receive compliments. Over the years we have hired Laird Landscaping in the spring to clean up our existing landscaping in both the front and back yards. This year, in addition to the annual clean up, we hired Laird to redo our backyard, complete with patio cover, new fencing, clearing out existing beds and putting in all new plantings. Laird Landscaping completely transformed our back yard. It is a beautiful oasis and we love the patio cover! The team at Laird Landscaping can be relied upon to provide professional, dependable and quality workmanship. We would recommend Laird Landscaping to anyone who is looking for a reliable, professional, landscaping company.
By: Becky N.
Laird Landscaping
After five years of neglecting my landscaping, I called Laird Landscaping, which was recommended to me by my neighborhood "Best" book. Mark Corley came out and spent two hours here, walking the property and showing me what he planned to do. He was a total pleasure to work with and left me with both a price and a plan. Today he and his crew have completed the job, and I couldn't be happier. Jose and his crew were professionals, fast and neat. They pulled up trees, reused what they could, and planted what would give me exactly the look I wanted. Mark was the true visionary. He explained step by step what was to be done and how long it would take. They cleaned up everything before they left, even hauling off some old patio furniture I no longer wanted. The outside of my house has been completely transformed, and I love it!!! Thank you to everyone from Laird Landscape... they are the BEST?Happy happy,Becky Newberry
By: Barbara B.
Laird Landscaping
Laird Landscaping recently completed a major redo of our backyard. The job included demolition and redesign of walkway and patio, as well as complete resign of the green scape. From the initial meeting to the final walk through, each step along the way we were informed and educated about the process. We were impressed daily by the professional work of each member of the team. Each is respectful of and respected by the other. The landscape architect and supervisor , the planting crew, the crew in charge of hard scape, all worked in a very coordinated way. I was home during the day and was able to see the skill involved with the transformation of our backyard. This was not an inexpensive project, but we feel we got great value from Laird. It was a job well and expertly done. The result is beyond what we could have imagined and we will enjoy the new space for many years to come.
By: maryincypress
Laird Landscaping
We had a very bad experience with a contractor who took our money and deserted the job. That is where Laird Landscaping came in. The resumed our project and restored our faith that it could be completed and to our satisfaction. They brought integrity, respect and punctuality to our project. They respected our property and maintained a clean job site. Every employee whether mason or landscape crew was professional and extremely skilled. In addition Mr. Laird as well as Trey Laird oversaw the work and made sure it was going as planned. Now we have an amazing patio and fireplace to enjoy, not to mention a killer drainage system! I cannot more highly recommend them if you have landscaping, hardscaping or drainage needs. They are truly a great group of people to work with and i would call them in a heartbeat for another job.!!
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By: Deborah E.
NB Contractors, Inc.
I hired N B contractors to find a leak and fix after 3 other contractors failed. Everyone else had address issue through the flashing the outside deck and caulking. Bob the owner was the only one that took the time to take the floor inside the house up to see that it was coming from the outside underneath and through the wall. There of been no leaks since he worked on it. You cannot even tell the floor had been pulled up . NB contractors created an outside patio area and solved a drainage issue. Bob has always been professional. His crew shows up in a timely manner and cleans up after themselves. Bob comes and checks on all of the work. I'm about to remodel two bathrooms and NB contractors are the contractors I will use because I trust them. Deborah
By: Dana H.
Laird Landscaping
I am convinced we have found the best lanscaping company in the Houston and Katy area. We hired Laird landscaping to completely redesign our front and side yard. They removed large bushes, planted new trees, redesigned flower beds and resodded. In the backyard they resolved longstanding drainage problems & designed stone & flagstone patios. Mark and his crew were very reliable, skilled, and very approachable. They welcomed our feedback and adapted plans as necessary. Mark and Jose provided daily updates keeping us informed throughout the project. Mark worked with our family regarding budget and project time line. We are completely happy and satisfied with the finished project. We would highly recommend working with Laird landscaping. Dana H
By: Jeff G.
ARI Construction
I had work done on my house due to damage from Hurricane Ike. Work was great and fine until last night during the rain. My new roof sprung a leak. Since I'm under warranty, I don't anticipate any problems getting it patched/fixed. However, they don't show any good business sense when a past customer, or anyone for that matter, is trying to contact them through the office phone system. First, your only option is to leave a voicemail. Second, 3 of the 4 voicemail choices are full so you can't leave a message anyway. I see a trend. They are not being responsible by reviewing and archiving old voicemails. I am very disappointed trying to contact them for a very simple problem...very disappointed.
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By: Michelle B.
Earth Ideas Landscaping and Drainage
CORRECTED REVIEW DATES For (NEVER SHOWED UP and What a Joke) .......( I'm the type of person who believes in telling the public the truth !----- While surfing the net reading reviews I noticed on this site .. These (-) reviews claim to have been updated 5 days ago.. which is INCORRECT !! Those Reviews are from 2010 & 2009 I've included a screen shot of the ORG reviews and the Dates they were ACTUALLY posted!!! ---- not sure WHY. Or How this SITE has old post REPOSTING .. but that's very misleading ! Btw today is July 22,2016 for the record
By: nottingham
Laird Landscaping
The guys at Laird did an outstanding job on our yard. They were interested, engaged and professional. The crews were hard working and punctual, and their worksite (aka our yard) was cleaned up every night when they were finished. We had solid lines of communication throughout. Pricing was not cheap - but we have hired bargain suppliers before, and it ended up costing more in the end to fix poor work. I would say that they are as strong on design as they are on execution, and are very creative. Five stars.
Tips & Advices
If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered.
Absolutely ask. Paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. Include this payment plan in the contract, as well.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work and all costs are listed in the contract, including details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Yes. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.

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