After interviewing 3 different landscape designers, we chose Liz Duer at Red Berm Design, for the re-design of our front and backyard. Our project was quite extensive and included the removal of over 5,000 square feet of grass & plants in the front and backyard, removal of a concrete patio and installation of a new flagstone patio on a very limited budget. With the exception of Liz, all designs were so suburban and commonplace. Liz was wonderful to work with - she asked us about our taste, lifestyle, tolerance for plant maintenance and also was directive regarding what she felt would be the best decisions. Liz was skilled at formulating concepts based on our preferences, drew up a plan that incorporated softscapes and hardscapes with the results being stunning!
Liz transformed our largely unused, grassy backyard into a water-wise wonderland with distinct areas for socializing, dinning, and spaces for the kids to play. We use our back yard so much more now that we've had Liz design the space. We worried that removing the lawn in our yard would make the yard look harsh and less inviting, but in reality our new dining area, winding hardscape paths, interesting plantings, just beckon you to come outside and explore.
Like any project there were a few bumps along the way, but Liz offered several interesting, and creative, proposals for my consideration, while still emphasizing the practical aspects, such as plant maintenance (high vs. low), water conservation, and weather conditions. Liz was always available to us to answer any questions. Any concerns we had during the process Liz and the team at Compass Landscaping resolved right away.
We love the space that Liz created. I cannot say enough about the work-artistry she does, her plant knowledge and her ability to work within a tight budget. To top it off she is very lovely to deal with and is reliable. We have no hesitation recommending her.