Action Home Services did this job as it should be done - professional from the quote with details including pressure to be applied (settling the foundation) and possible additional costs depending on their findings to the final product where they refilled the dirt, added good planting soil and grass seed along the edges.
While the weather was extremely hot the crew kept at it and were very meticulous. They offered good advise as to a recommended additional brick wall layer (since we had to excavate the original driveway foundation out resulting in the lower but perfectly slanted driveway) and even on how to design the stone placement, etc.
Only caution around getting a quote, ensure that one understands the full ramifications of any possible change as last minute changes requiring quick stone delivery will cost more. In this case it was fully justified and it looks great!
General comments from neighbors is that the house now looks like a 'rich person's' home with the driveway.
I fully expect it to last with no issues for a long time and continue to enhance the property compared to the old cracked asphalt (with no side walls).