Under The Sun Ecological Landscaping

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375-283 Danforth ave. Toronto ON M4K 1N2
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Bev
Bev
5 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Front walkway, back deck and shed

In 2008I bought a cute but neglected bungalow in Toronto. Since the initial complete main floor reno I have been improving a myriad of outdoor problems. I initially hired Sal to rebuild my back yard fences. He noticed my upper patio was migrating down a slope to the yard and needed a retaining wall, as did one side against the fence. I would never have known that and it made a huge difference. 

I recently had him replace my front walkway (which was much more work than expected) and build a deck and shed in my back yard. The walkway is very professionally done and will last even in a wet property such as mine where things tend to sink. As before, he was able to spot and offer solutions to issues I would never have thought of and we discussed various options for all the projects. He provides detailed and complete quotes for each project and is very efficient. Even with inevitable weather-related delays he kept me up to date with intended project dates and his crew managed to complete all the work in one week. He is easy to work with and communication is top notch. He also came up with a perfect solution to my crazy weed problem on the patio (now deck).

I can't wait for next spring when we will continue improving my yard and hopefully get some good planting suggestions. (Hint) Can't thank you enough Sal and crew!

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Bev,
Thank you for this great review! It has been a pleasure working with you over the course of a decade and helping you transform your landscape in stages. I do so appreciate your understanding with regards to the rain delay we had this summer in Toronto.
I do think you made the right choice by having us put in a deck in the backyard. It really opened up the space!
The front path compliments the house very nicely, and again I think you made the right choice to keep it nice and wide. It makes for easy access and a welcoming feeling.
I love that you chose to have us build a custom shed rather than go pre-fab. It looks great in all natural wood and with the transparent roof for lighting.
I'm looking forward to helping you tackle the last corner of the yard!
Have a good winter, looking forward to seeing you next spring!

- Sal.

AlexMB
AlexMB
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Hardscape and Landscape of a new build property.

I was recommended to Sal and his business by several people in my neighbourhood. After his first detailed consultation I decided to hire him. His planning, communication, project oversight and quality of the work were excellent. Out of every professional and trade I hired and worked with while building my new home over the course of nearly 2 years, Sal was the most honest and reliable. I will always recommend him and I plan on hiring him again for a phase 2 of our landscaping plan.

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Alex,
Thank you so much for this fantastic review.
I can honestly say it was a total pleasure working with you and R. You guys are so kind and hospitable! Your family deserves for the completion of your new home to go as smoothly and perfectly as possible.
I really appreciated your design sense and taste. Thank you for suggesting Modan wall for your sidewalk retaining wall, I had never worked with it before and I now suggest it when someone is looking for a clean and modern look such as your house's.
We got jostled back and forth a bit by the suppliers and their limitations in terms of matching colours and finishes across products, but you were patient throughout, taking your time to see samples and compare one option against another, and I think it really paid off as the final overall products looks amazing, the path, the wall and the parking pad are so nicely matched!
By the way never before has a client offered me a room in their house to rest in if needed!! Truly a first, and very generous and welcoming of you. If you want I can edit that out of this response!!! I just can't help but mention it as it stands out in my memory of working with you.
I was also impressed by how you guys are brave enough to take things on yourself when able, like the grading of the backyard and all the concrete you had to rip out by hand! Impressive.
Back to the project, the side path had to be laid to ensure water shedding away from both houses, and I thank you for taking my feedback in choosing a smaller unit paver that allowed for easier fine-tuned double grading in a trench like pattern. I think it turned out very elegant and modern, with your choice of a square unit throughout and in a dark charcoal colour.
When we had to figure out specific laying pattern variations on the fly, due to strict limitations in the pad footprint, brain storming with you was like working with a friend.
I remember fondly working with you guys and look forward to collaborating again next spring.
Take care,
Sal.

Zach in Peterborough
Zach in Peterborough
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Great Contractor

We had some drainage issues with water from our driveway collecting against our house causing some cracking. We had several different contractors offer up solutions with varying prices. Sal gave us options and outlined the cost. Out of all the quotes I got his was one of the most reasonable. His workmanship was great and he left the site afterwards clean without any debris. I could not be happier.

Thanks Sal

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Thank you Zach for your positive review, it really helps us continue to do good work for good people like yourself. It was a great experience working with you, I do appreciate your attentiveness and kindness. I wish you success with your new home and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or needs down the road.

10/10

Front Yard Landscaping

My front yard retaining wall had nearly collapsed when I reached out to Sal. The level of proffessional service I recieved right from the start was truly exceptional.
The transformation of my front yard post completion of this project was amazing. Sal was also able to wrap up the work quickly and work around my schedule without impacting the final quality.

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Sahir,

Thank you for this positive review. I really enjoyed installing your landscape. It's always nice when a client has the same taste and chooses natural materials, in this case the eramosa stone Retaining wall and steps are a thing of beauty.

I hope you will enjoy it for many years to come.

Thanks for your feedback and hospitality during the installation.

All the best,

Sal

Jenny Stimac in Toronto
Jenny Stimac in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Took up flagstones in backyard, regraded back yard, landscaped back yard with grass and beds, built new shed and walkway in back, used some of remaining flagstones to build new front walk.

Under the Sun Ecological Landscaping did some work for us in the spring of 2014 to regrade our backyard and replace a very unusual front walkway made of brick chips. The regrade of the backyard was a necessary follow-up to a basement waterproofing.

When we purchased our house, the backyard was covered in flagstones and graded towards the house, with water continuously infiltrating into the basement. We asked Sal and the crew at Ecological Landscaping to take up the flagstones in the back, regrade the yard away from the house, and use some of the flagstones to replace the "brick chips" walkway in the front. We also wanted a bit of grass, a small garden shed and a flower bed around the tree in the backyard.

The did all of this beautifully, adjusting their design in back to accommodate the roots of our maple tree with a lovely curve. The hid and buried the pipe from the basement sump pump so it waters this tree. They also used some of the flagstones to build a platform for our garbage and recycling containers and a path to our shed.

Our basement is dry. The front walkway and stone steps received many compliments from neighbours as they are much more functional and add curb appeal to our house. The shade plants we put in back around the tree filled in this spring. We love to sit on our deck or at our kitchen table and enjoy our beautiful green yard with its Solomon Seal and may apples.

We are very, very pleased with the finished job and give Under the Sun Ecological Landscaping a 10 out of 10. They were easy to work with, listened to what we wanted and thoughtful about all aspects of the work, such as situating the pipe from the sump pump and respecting the roots of the tree.

The work has also been approved by the local squirrels, raccoons and worms.

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Jenny,
I know you have been trying to get this review posted for some time now, Thank you for persisting and getting it submitted! It is a great review. The work was done with ease, you truly do have a serene spot on the planet. Very nice to help you bring it closer to its full potential. You guys were really good to us and easygoing, Thank you for that. I look forward to working with you both again on your front yard project which is in the works.

teresa nairne in Toronto
teresa nairne in Toronto
8 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

LANDSCAPING

It's so difficult to find a good contractor…A contractor that you can trust…

I had a "good" feeling from the start, when I met with Salvador ("Sal") and, for sure, he didn't let us down…

After going through a two story addition at the back, the backyard looked as if we would have landed in Mars…Very unwelcoming and hostile, more so because twice the basement got flooded trough the backyard…

The water came from the back alley and so, tackling the backyard's landscaping was not only matter of creating a place where we would enjoy and relax; we needed this backyard to "work with us"….

Salvador and his team (Patrick, Steven, Osvaldo and Kio) made our dream come true. They gave us solutions to all the challenges that this backyard presented to us in a very "ecological" manner…Meaning…I like nature,…I like trees,…I like "green"….and a "green" space that would protect us against "the elements" (rain…lots of it…) is what this team delivered. This backyard is also practical and a true extension of our home.

Not only we feel that the job has been done incredibly well (finishes included) but, it looks wonderful!!! It does provide so much pleasure to my eyes looking at it. It is serene…Birds are coming already into our backyard - saw a couple of Robins and Cardinals!

It's, obviously, not finished completely since the "greenery" has to be added …We want to plant a tree and some vines that would cover the pergola…but, with a bit of imagination whoever cares to take a look to these photos can "envision" the "secluded garden nook" that I always wanted…

I thank Salvador and his team SOOOOOO much for the work well done!
Dallas and Teresa

LINK TO PHOTOS:
https://picasaweb.google.com/nairne.teresa/BACKYARDBEFOREANDAFTER?authkey=Gv1sRgCP349eXg0YblLg

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Dallas and Teresa,
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. But more importantly, Thank you guys for being such nice people to work with!

I feel sorry for the many months (years) of renovations you've had to endure and at times negative experiences with contractors. I am happy and satisfied that you found us and that we were able to help you move into a new and exciting stage in your reno sagas!

Thank you for choosing us to bring your outdoor vision into reality, and for having the faith in us despite your past experiences. I'm very happy we came through for you! It does frustrate me to hear and see many people dealing with the consequences of rushed, poor quality work.

In terms of the landscape we've created with your vision and our installation, I love it. I love that it has that laid back, Spanish / Latin American hang out under shady vines feel - with a good balance of simplicity and formality in the pergola / Trellis design. And just in time for summer!

I love the trellises and how you chose to integrate them around the pergolas. I am excited to see what you will choose to plant and am looking forward to seeing more pictures down the road when the greenery takes off.

I think the custom built shed turned out great. Again, your preference for simple but character filled items like the recycled wood door and reclaimed windows is right up my alley. I think this is the way to go over factory stamped generic items that often all look the same.

I hope the screens and cedar hedge perimeter do a good job of creating privacy for you. We can always come back and add additional screen(s) for privacy if need be, so just let me know.

Thanks for everything!

Sal

Dave from Toronto
Dave from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Backyard Patio and Garden

"We are extremely happy with the work you and your crew have
done for us. From the initial design where you suggested
ideas we had not considered to the finishing touches of
ensuring that the site was clean of debris.

The result has turned out better than what we had imagined.
Definite 10 out of 10.

Thank you so much."

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Dave and T,

Thank you very much for this positive review. It was an easy process working with you both. I appreciate that you were decisive and at times flexible, when for example the stock available at the stone yard limited initial selection of imitation flagstone available.
In terms of the design, I love that you guys wanted to integrate the flagstone patio into the existing cedar tree. That's the way to do it! Use what's there if you can. Now you instantly have a beautiful shaded summer seating area.
The raised beds with curving walls really worked out well with the curving/round patio edge.
Thanks again for the review, and overall for being such easy going folks!
- Sal.

Marisa from Toronto
Marisa from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Landscaping

I contacted "Under the Sun" landscaping to help us with some much needed hardscaping in our dreary, unkempt backyard. I didn't know exactly what I wanted (deck vs. patio, new shed vs. refurbished shed) so I wanted an ecologically sensitive company which would work with me to hone my vision and to give me sound advice on what would and wouldn't work in terms of practicality and environmental impact. Well, "Under the Sun" did not disappoint! From the beginning Sal was very receptive to my ideas and had lots of suggestions of his own. He drafted a basic design which I quite liked and then we were able to go back and forth about the specifics. I had LOTS of questions and Sal answered all of them with patience and in-depth knowledge. Eventually we settled on a brand new cedar fence, a cedar deck and a refurbished shed with a living roof. But Sal didn't just concern himself with the aesthetics of the project; he ensured that things like water drainage and the underpinnings of the deck where it attached to the house were addressed as well.
We were excited to get home each evening to see the progress being made by the crew. And when the fence finally went up we were not disappointed! It's beautiful and gives us just the right level of privacy we were looking for. The deck is also lovely and Sal even came back to do a little sanding when he felt one of the boards wasn't quite smooth enough. The shed was transformed from a water-damaged, crumbling eyesore into a charming, cottage-like structure with a window, new wood cladding and a stunning living roof. We still get a kick out of showing it off to our friends!
Throughout the process Sal was very good about communication and about addressing all our niggling concerns. He even gave us advice on things that were out of his purview but of which he wanted us to be aware, like some possible foundation issues. And he has made suggestions for how we might want to go about installing native plants, trees, etc. And, even after the project was finished, Sal was available to answer questions. We were so satisfied with "Under the Sun's" work that we asked them back soon after to replace our front fence as well!
Considering the superior level of service and craftsmanship we thought the pricing was reasonable and were extremely pleased with the whole process. We would definitely recommend Under the Sun and would certainly use their services again.

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My whole hearted thanks for this wonderful review Marisa! You really went out of your way to list the details of the work done. And thank you for all your positive words. It was a true pleasure working with you. We were a great match I think, you were able to take a first sketch and really run with it. After some fine tuning, you were decisive and pulled together a plan of action. I love that you were after a truly organic aesthetic, certainly the highlights of this project for us was the curved deck cedar deck and the shed restoration with Green Living Roof to boot. I love that you were after details like a preferably salvaged/reclaimed window for the shed (in lieu of buying brand new materials). There is such a wealth of quality, character filled reclaimed building materials in this city, it is such a win win situation in my opinion when people choose to give new life to relics. Thank you for being a kind and easy going person. You even were sure to send project end gifts home with us! Much appreciated! (best wine I've had in a while too!)

David  from Toronto
David from Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Landscaping

We had Sal and his crew at Under the Sun completely transform our backyard last summer by putting in interlock, laying sod, and building a garden shed. Sal was extremely knowledgeable and gave us great advice on the design and maintenance of our new yard and his employees were also very helpful and professional. They were on time and on budget and we are very happy with their work. Definitely a 10 out of 10!

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Thank you David for this excellent review! We really enjoyed working with you and your wife. Very easy to dialogue with and very clear in your preferences, makes the process a whole lot smoother. Also happy that we could find a positive way forward when there were details that needed resolving, such as on the finishing touches of the shed. Now spring is around the corner, and hopefully soon enough you'll be enjoying your newly transformed backyard!

Len from Pickering
Len from Pickering
1 review Pickering, ON
10/10

COMPLETE LANDSCAPING SERVICE

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Thank you Under the Sun Ecological Landscaping, for a great job from myself and my neighbor for the work you did in our front yard, the side of our house and our backyard. The gentlemen working here were very courteous and professional.
I would definitely recommend you to anyone looking for any landscaping to be done. Here are some recent pictures I have taken.
Again thank you. I am looking forward to working with you in the future, I do have some more work to be done in the near future.
One last thing I have listened to stories from my friends that had contract work done. They have told me of situations where contractors would not show up on time, not have the work done when they said it would be done. I appreciate the fact that you were very professional, you showed up when you said you would and you finished the job in the amount of time you gave me.

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Thank you Len for a great review. You really treated us well while we were on the job, inviting the guys to beverages and the like day after day. We really appreciated it. It was an interesting job in that we were taking on the design and makeover of two different properties - your own, and your neighbours - as a unit. I'm surprised we don't see more people embracing this concept, where the front properties so connected and continuous - as in your case. It opens the door to a cleaner overall design and general curb appeal for both front properties and at the same time saves both home owners money by hiring a landscaper to do both projects as one! I love it. After 2 years from the installation you have brought to my attention now that there has been some settling of bedding around the house. This is due to the foundation often having air pockets from water proofing work or recent construction. We will be by to relevel this area under our warranty free of charge. See you shortly and thanks again for the positive review!

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More about Under The Sun Ecological Landscaping

Under the Sun Ecological Landscaping is a full service Landscape Contractor and Design company providing design, installation and maintenance to the Greater Toronto Area, Oshawa and Peterborough.
We specialize in ecological, chemical-free, organic landscaping including: organic gardens, carpentry and stone work.

CATEGORIES
Landscape Contractors & Designers and Landscape Architects
SERVICES
Full service Landscape design and installation. Stone work: flagstone patios, stone facing, retaining walls, water features. Interlock: driveways, paths, patios and more. Carpentry: decks, fences, screens, gates, gazebos, trellises, steps and more. Gardens: Vegetable gardens, edible landscaping, low maintenance gardens, native gardens, butterfly gardens, rain gardens and more. Irrigation: automatic irrigation systems, drip, spray and low flow irrigation. Organic Landscaping Toronto, Oshawa and Peterborough
SPECIALITIES
Ecological landscaping. Chemical-free gardens. Stone work, Carpentry and Organic Gardens Organic Landscaping
WEBSITE
http://www.ecologicallandscaping.ca
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2007
PAYMENT METHOD
E Transfer, Cash and Cheque.
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
WARRANTY TERMS
2 years
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