Rick & Brandi – Edwardsville, IL
We appreciate all the ideas, energy and work you put into our project. From design through construction you were very professional, easy to work with, and committed to giving us what we wanted…
We appreciate all the ideas, energy and work you put into our project. From design through construction you were very professional, easy to work with, and committed to giving us what we wanted. We are very pleased with the result and in knowing we chose the right company to create our backyard experience.
– Rick & Brandi – Edwardsville, IL
Larry & Kris – Maryville, IL
We purchased or new Ranch style home nearly four years ago after living in a two-story for 20 plus years. This was the type of home and style of home my wife and I were searching for once we decided…
We purchased or new Ranch style home nearly four years ago after living in a two-story for 20 plus years. This was the type of home and style of home my wife and I were searching for once we decided to move. We found our dream home sitting on 2 difficult acres. Once in the backyard, it sloped heavily down to a 1 Acre retention pond that was really in awful condition. We did see potential for something very special if we could find the right company to partner with. We met the entire staff at Envisioning green through an invitation to one of their Wine Open Houses. While there, we were able to see their many outdoor exhibits and view their picture portfolios and well as speak with some of their current and past customers.
Late last summer and we had their owner and designer over to discuss the entire project; both pond remediation and backyard creation. We wanted a pool, gas fire pit and an outdoor bar and as usually happens....once we got going, we added a little more!
The process was quite impressive as we gave them a list of must haves and a budget for the project. We did have change orders for things we elected to add but once we signed, it couldn't have gone smoother. The project turned out amazingly like the electronic design plan they initially presented us with no unwanted surprises. They worked through the winter, around the early spring rains and we are now enjoying our backyard immensely.
With our property, there was so much more complexity than what I'm able to describe here and we knew we couldn't turn this over to just any company based solely on price or promise. For the reasonable budget we gave them we received an "HGTV"" backyard in return. Great job Envisioning Green!
Larry & Kris – Maryville, IL
Mike Lawrence – Collinsville IL
From project design to coordination to implementation, the personnel at Envisioning Green come together more as a family than as workers simply given orders to complete. I could relate to you several …
Don’t Want To Write This Review … Seriously
Having read the title, it would be understandable if your mind jumped to the assumption that I am preparing to present a plethora of faults with the company, the crew, the work … whatever. But nothing could be further from my thoughts. The reason for my not wanting to write this review is because reviews mark the end of something and I find it hard to meet this particular end; the people involved here, the ones leaving because their work is finished, are people I’ve come to so admire and care about.
I’m 63 years old. I’ve hired contractors throughout my life for big jobs, small jobs and all of those in between. Too often I’ve been profoundly amazed at the level of incompetence displayed by self-proclaimed professionals; their work so shoddy that one simply had to accept the entirety of their training must have come from watching YouTube videos or that some had perhaps once made a wooden letter holder for their mother and, having completed that arduous task, then decided they were skilled enough to build houses. After experiencing so many contractor related disappointments through the years, I finally came to often expect the worst as the new normal.
At 62, I bought my retirement home and soon decided it needed some updates that were far beyond my own ability to complete. I began with a clear vision of what I wanted and began seeking out a company, a partner, that could bring my ideas to life. I called or visited companies large and not-so-large and even approached recommended individuals. Most all of these I asked said they couldn’t do what I wanted and those few that said they could really didn’t have the quality materials, proper experience or share vision that I was looking for. In that I would be spending my retirement money on one-time projects, I could no longer afford to have contractors that were only going to provide me with “good-enough” or less. In driving around through southern Illinois and Missouri, I’d seen some beautiful places with completed projects similar to what I wanted but couldn’t bring myself to go up and ask any of the home owners who it was had done the work for them. My bad.
Then I began searching the internet with key terms like outdoor fireplace, stone staircase, outdoor kitchen, etc.; began searching images of such projects that closely matched what I had imagined. Clicking on an image would sometimes provide a link to the company that had built the project. And that’s how it was I came to find an image, clicked on it and discovered a link to Envisioning Green. I thought it an odd name but, hey, the image was all that and so I was willing to reach out this one more time.
Lindsey Bigham answered the phone when I rang Envisioning Green. I was in a mood and immediately launched into a rather loud and semi-accusatory rant the second she finished saying hello. ”Look”, I nearly shouted at her, “I have some projects in mind and I’ve been looking everywhere for someone to put it all together and I know exactly what I want but no one out there seems willing or able to do it and I found you by searching images on the internet but I’ve never heard of you and I just need some decent people who can be on the same page with me and …” Lindsey, taking advantage of my having to take a breath before going on with the rant, broke in. “OK, OK, calm down. It’ll be fine ...” She then went on to describe the company, the services, the personnel and then added that they were hosting a get-together for past, present and possibly future customers at their Caseyville facility later that evening; something they do several times a year; and that I was welcome to join them.
My first thought was an unenthusiastic, “Yeah, sure” as I’d been to more than a few landscaping facilities and could clearly picture arriving guests being herded into a small showroom; the walls lined with samples of pavers and retaining wall stones where we would find a plate of cookies and paper cups half filled with punch sitting next to stacks of brochures laid out for us to peruse and learn all about the wonders of driveways and decking.
But Lindsey had been kind and Caseyville was only a few miles down the road so I set my sour expectations aside and decided to attend.
Upon parking and exiting the car, I was blown away; could immediately see this was not your typical landscaping facility as full scale examples of their work were everywhere; an outdoor fireplace, one story pizza oven, outdoor kitchen and bar, various stone pathways and boulders, firepits, even a putting green; all of it functional and now being used to entertain their arriving guests outdoors.
Fast forward to a year later. All six of my major projects are completed and the end results are so much better than I had ever envisioned they could be. Any bumps encountered along the way came strictly from my end; my occasionally asking to change a project in part or all together; to delete something here or add something there and never once did anyone respond with a “No, Mike” or “We can’t do that, Mike”.
From project design to coordination to implementation, the personnel at Envisioning Green come together more as a family than as workers simply given orders to complete. I could relate to you several times when I was absolutely floored at their persistence, at their attention to detail, and I could easily see at every step along the way they were actually doing the quality of work for my projects the very same as if they had been doing the work at their own homes. I can honestly say that I have never had a better group of people on my side or been more pleased with the outcome of projects proposed and then completed. Each person at Envisioning Green embodies the truer meaning of the word Professional; not only bringing skill and competence to the table but serving up pride in their work as well.
I will note that my various projects were substantial and, altogether, took almost a year to complete. The crew worked in all kinds of weather; through stifling heat in the summer and on through much of the freezing, wet mess we had this last winter. I never asked they hurry but rather mentioned many times I would rather they take their time, do it once, do it right.
Keep in mind the old adage that reads “You get what you pay for”. Almost any project I can think of that you would ask Envisioning Green to build for you is likely to be a one-time thing and will likely outlive you; could easily be something that several generations might get to enjoy. I promise you won’t get that by trying to save a few dollars and submitting your dream to the lowest bidder. Just saying.
So, am sorry for the long review but it simply couldn’t have been a short one. While I feel personally fortunate to have found these guys, in truth, it is they who are fortunate to get to work with each other on a daily basis. Forced to leave their families each morning and head out to work, they are yet blessed to then be able to spend the day with their second family; one that cares about them just as much.
Mike Lawrence – Collinsville IL
Please feel free to call me if you would like to discuss my projects and/or have me personally verify this review. My number: 217-836-2573
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Brian – O’Fallon IL
Envisioning Green is an excellent company to do business with! Charles did a superlative job of planning our project and took our vision of creating a ‘Dog Dream Park’ and enhanced it beyond our…
Envisioning Green is an excellent company to do business with! Charles did a superlative job of planning our project and took our vision of creating a ‘Dog Dream Park’ and enhanced it beyond our expectations! Our rescue dog ‘Maggie’ is having such a great time in her new dream park.
Justin, Brian, and their teammates were incredibly detailed, meticulous in their work, and made the entire experience very memorable. Our family is overly grateful for the professionalism, attention to detail, and expertise from the guys.
We have been with the company for 10 years and they always go above and beyond!
Brian – O’Fallon IL
Mary Beth – Maryville, IL
We now have our backyard oasis!!! Absolutely love how everything turned out. Brian and his crew were wonderful and paid very close attention to detail!! Any unexpected issues that came up, they…
We now have our backyard oasis!!! Absolutely love how everything turned out. Brian and his crew were wonderful and paid very close attention to detail!! Any unexpected issues that came up, they were able to quickly fix and when we wanted to add on to the project we were able to get the supplies needed quickly. Overall job well done and can’t wait for future projects with Envisioning Green!! 🙂 big thanks to Charles for the vision, Justin and Steven for keeping it all together and Brian and his crew for making it happen! Time to enjoy some backyard parties!
Mary Beth – Maryville, IL
Jim & Anita - Lebanon, IL
Envisioning Green last Fall for a patio project and highly recommend them!! We first learned of this talented company after just moving to the area from out of state in mid- June 2019 and received a mailer…
Envisioning Green last Fall for a patio project and highly recommend them!! We first learned of this talented company after just moving to the area from out of state in mid- June 2019 and received a mailer/ invitation to a September Patio BBQ open house to showcase their work. Their marketing flyer caught our attention so we went and were impressed with the quality and array of patio features they utilized to host their "Backyard BBQ" event. We were not completely sure what we wanted, but the down to earth people we spoke to like Pete Stewart spent a great deal of time with us showing us around and ultimately - worked with us to design our patio/ fire pit and swing project. We ended up booking an appointment to meet with Pete a week later and were impressed with his designs incorporating some of our ideas and thus broke ground approximately a month or so later in order to complete the project in time for our extended family Thanksgiving gathering at our new home.
Our work crew of Justin and Cole were fantastic and not only provided quality work daily, but were courteous and pleasant to work with. Justin briefed us daily during the duration of the project and managed our expectations so we knew what would happen each day. He was receptive to our feedback and ensued the site was tidy each night before departing. They made it fun to watch and see the daily progress - even during the frigid temperature days this past November provided. We were tickled with the final result. Of note: When a feature of our swing needed to be adjusted after project completion, Justin's supervisor and his team were back as soon as weather permitted and fixed the issue to our satisfaction.
This company provides talented professionals that understand that customer satisfaction is their center of gravity! We will call Envisioning Green again this Spring and ask for Justin and Cole to return to plant the shrubbery Pete recommended in his design plans to finish our phased project. We highly recommend this team and company for your patio, design and outdoor needs. Looking forward to seeing their booth at the St Louis Expo this month as well !!
Jim & Anita - Lebanon, IL