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After a great experience working with Chris and the team at Outdoor Craftsmen we highly recommend Chris Holthouser as a landscape designer and project manager. We had the pleasure of working with Chris over the past several months of a major renovation of our outdoor space/landscape. Chris exceeded our expectations in the design proposal and implementation of the project.
Throughout the renovation, Chris was professional, attentive, and thoughtful in his approach to designing our landscape. Outdoor Craftsmen added additional patios, re-graded existing space, and created brand new stone spaces and privacy. The trees and plants were chosen carefully and creatively placed. He envisioned a much more elegant, useful, and enjoyable space that is an extension of our home aesthetically, and befitting our taste and needs.
Chris obviously has great rapport with the work crew and other colleagues who were extremely valuable to the final outcome. While this kind of project takes time, Chris has taken the additional time to follow up, check up on final details, the well-being of our new trees and plants, and our overall satisfaction with the project. One can see his goal is to make sure his clients are satisfied and to maintain long term relationships with them.
We look forward to working with Chris and the whole team at Outdoor Craftsmen in the future and highly recommend their expertise. We love our new outdoor space.
Mary and Tom Nelson
Thank you so much for the beautiful landscaping craftsmanship in the creation of our backyard and front yard space. This was a very educational process for us, and I am sure that at times we might have been difficult because we didn’t understand every detail that goes into the planning and execution of a project like this.
We were treated with the utmost respect from everyone that you employ from your project manager, to the men who worked on sight, as well as the owner. They took care of every detail and thoroughly explained the process to us along the way, all along while being available at any time to answer the numerous questions or concerns that we had.
We have been more than pleased with the landscaping that was done and feel it was worth every penny we put into it. Our family of 5 richly enjoys the backyard and we are out there all the time with each other, which was our goal. It has been awesome to watch the changes occur even as the grasses and plants mature. The front yard went from hated to loved and we are pleased with the ambiance it creates for the entrance of our home. Your suggestions along the way were thoroughly thought out and planned beyond what we would have thought of. Thank you for all of your expertise.
The aftercare has been wonderful too. We’ve had Paula come out to see us and teach us what to pull as weeds and what not (as we do not have this general knowledge), she was very helpful. We have felt like anytime we have a concern, someone is there to help us out.”
Your service and staff are bar none. We would recommend your services to anyone looking to enhance the appearance and enjoyment of their home. Thank you.
Brandyn and Cindy Hohs
We contracted with Outdoor Craftsmen in early 2014 to create a Colorado landscape in our small backyard. Our one request was that guests on their first visit would say “wow”. We wanted numerous elevations with appropriate landscape materials.
Lead Designer Chris Holthauser exceeded our design expectations, attending to our smallest wishes and created an outstanding design. The landscape crew from Outdoor Craftsmen worked well as a team and was attentive to the smallest details. Chris’s professional skills and knowledge is evident in the finished product. He and the crew were adaptable to making improvements to the design and materials onsite. He stuck to our budget and delivered more than we expected.
Even to this day when opening the morning drapes, we say “wow”. Chris and the crew are indeed Outdoor Craftsmen.
Bob and Carolyn Bouck
We worked with Chris Holthauser over a period of 18 months on a complete renovation of our yard. The project involved removing all of the grass, putting in pathways, building a large new front stoop, extensive paver work, installation of trees and large shrubs, and replacing the irrigation system.
While the project is now nearly complete, we plan to work with Chris and Outdoor Craftsmen next spring on smaller aspects of the renovation. Our expectations for the project have been far exceeded in every way – the design, installation, plant selection and quality, the skill of the crews, and the quality of service. Unlike some of the other companies that we interviewed, Outdoor Craftsmen really listened to what we wanted rather than trying to sell us a standard design.
We have been particularly impressed with their willingness to stand behind all of their work whether it involves a minor adjustment or replacing a tree or shrub. Chris, in addition to designing the project and providing overall management, was closely involved in all phases of the work. He was always available if we had questions, and if something needed his attention, he responded quickly. No detail was too small to escape his attention or interest, and his knowledge of all aspects of landscaping is extensive.
Based on our experience with Chris, we have recommended Outdoor Craftsmen to friends and neighbors and will continue to do so in the future. At the outset of the project, Chris told us that his goal was for us to love it – and we do!
Alan and Stephanie Greenberg
The team at Outdoor Craftsmen is a group of talented professionals who envisioned and executed an incredible landscape for our home that went beyond our expectations. Chris designed a plan that creatively solved our issues of poor drainage and lack of privacy with extensive boulder hardscapes, large berms, and amazing plant specimens. During the two phases of our job (almost 5 months total) the crew maintained a clean and safe job site, kept open communication, and dealt with many last-minute requests and changes from us with ease and flexibility. We now have a beautiful, private oasis that we love - and spend much of our time in! We would not hesitate to recommend Outdoor Craftsmen to anyone. Their commitment to excellence is evidenced in their outstanding work.
Mike and Lisa Dickinson
We contacted Outdoor Craftsmen after accidentally pulling into our neighbor’s driveway in the suburbs (twice!). We wanted something that would make our house unique, and that would draw attention to the front door, rather than the three-car garage. We also needed help fixing inherited drainage issues that were sinking our front path.
Outdoor Craftsmen exceeded our expectations, drafting a plan of an open porch, a more natural path, and a landscaping overhaul. The design process was collaborative, with a nice mix of our own ideas and theirs when we needed inspiration. They modified their drafts to meet our aesthetic tastes and were able to break down their plans into smaller projects that we could implement as our budget allowed.
They also exceeded our expectations during the actual construction work. The crews were consistent and courteous. They were even willing to schedule construction around our then-toddler’s naps. The crew took pride in their work and their expertise was obvious as they seamlessly integrated natural boulders, concrete pavers, and stone masonry with a delightful array of interesting flora. Subcontractors were highly skilled and did beautiful woodwork over our porch.
Like every project, our project was unique, and Outdoor Craftsmen approached each stage with flexibility and creativity as challenges were encountered and overcome. For instance, Outdoor Craftsmen tirelessly applied a variety of stains to the path to get the look that we wanted. When the steep incline of our front walk caused some of the floating pavers to flex, Outdoor Craftsmen came back immediately to make adjustments.
Likewise, when we realized that the incline caused the pavers to be slick when wet; Outdoor Craftsmen quickly researched options and found a special grip that they applied in order to provide additional traction in the winter.
When some of the plants did not make it through their first winter (which is to be expected), they not only replaced what hadn’t survived, but also added a whole assortment of new plants to give us a palette of spring color. And last, but not least, Chris even personally escorted us to the tree farm to select our front centerpiece.
Outdoor Craftsman produced superior work for us. They transformed the front of our house into something beautiful, a space that we enjoy spending time in, and a place we look forward to returning home to.
Rodney and Steph Thomas
Outdoor Craftsmen is an absolute gem of a landscaping company. This is a company that really listens to what you want and then delivers. Our designer, Chris, did a spectacular job giving our front yard a touch of Europe in Colorado. His design was spot on and when we needed minor adjustments, he was always there to walk through it with us. His communication was outstanding; we could always count on him to do what he said he was going to do. The crew showed up on time, was always courteous and made a point to clean the worksite every single day. Outdoor Craftsmen transformed our home. It went from absolutely no curb appeal to what a neighbor of described as a Tuscan Villa, all within our budget! If you are looking for quality, value and professionalism, this is the landscaping company to choose. I highly recommend Chris and the entire Outdoor Craftsmen team.
Donna C.H. Gilbert
I want to express our gratitude for such a magnificent completion for our landscape project. We have received many comments regarding your work and how beautifully it complements the house. I love the natural scope and feel of the yard and we have had the pleasure of passing along referrals for Outdoor Craftsmen. Additionally, we appreciate the group of workers that perform the weekly maintenance. They have done a fine job thus far and are always professional and courteous. Again, thank you for your guidance in designing our yard and we look forward to evolving the backyard next summer. Your team is top notch and very thorough.
Amy and Jim Smith
We engaged with Outdoor Craftsmen for a huge project to completely landscape our 1.3 acres including all the trees, shrubberies and plants. They installed a large deck, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, stone patio, new driveway and entryway and so many other projects that I cannot even begin to list.
We have remodeled and built several of our homes and there are always issues that arise - always, be it overruns, miscommunication, follow through etc., but with Outdoor Craftsmen, there were no issues and that is due to the amazing hands on approach taken by Chris Holthouser and his team and by the complete support of the owner, Scott Deemer.
The attention to detail was quite extraordinary and the commitment by the team to get it just right made it a very easy project for us as the homeowners. Chris would be out late at night placing plants in just the right spot.
Elaine and Daniel Berg
A structurally unsafe deck and a backyard that lacked a needed tranquil sanctuary led us to Outdoor Craftsmen and landscape artist extraordinaire, Scott Deemer.
Our deck/landscape project required imaginative problem solving. Outdoor Craftsmen's well-planned structure of the new garden is evident when viewed from the raised deck. Earth provides the matrix for the basic garden elements: water, stone, and plants. A plain backyard was transformed into a serene world through the skillful choice and placement of stones in the landscape, construction of a dry stream and a wooden bridge, and appropriate plant and lighting selections.
Our wishes and dreams for a backyard that would be harmonious with the house were fulfilled by the Outdoor Craftsmen team! Orchids to Outdoor Craftsmen!
Don Thompson and Teresa McCue
From the initial creative design through the masterful construction, the Outdoor Craftsman team was professional and responsive to our vision of creating an outdoor oasis. Truly an award winning team!
Kevin and Kim Nanke
(Winner of 2011 Excellence in Landscape Award)
We have contracted Outdoor Craftsmen for two projects and are pleased with the outcome and enjoyed the process.
In comparison to other landscape contractors that we have used, we found Outdoor Craftsmen outstanding in getting what we wanted at the cost we wanted to pay. They are very easy to work with and are able to adjust the project to fit the needs and budget. We appreciate their design sense, their horticultural knowledge and workmanship. The association we have had with Outdoor Craftsmen over the last three years has been rewarding.
Dan Johnson and Star Waring
"I loved my hillside yard but felt it needed a ‘refresh’ after 10 years. Scott listened, designed in a way that worked with the existing hardscape and major plantings (unlike like many other landscape designers who might say– “we should scrape it as it’s not how I would have done it”).
He challenged my thinking and then listened some more. I could not have imagined the result when we started. It is the most natural and artistic landscape design that works throughout the seasons. His crews are dependable, friendly and work well with ‘perfectionists’ like me. They are meticulous in end of day clean up. I continue to use Outdoor Craftsmen to enhance our property and recommend them to neighbors and friends."
We looked at several different companies to complete our backyard project and Outdoor Craftsman had by far the most thought out plan with unique style and features. Chris had the vision from the beginning and the project turned out above and beyond our expectations. The project was 3 months long, with a crew here every weekday. The crew and project supervisor were extremely polite and respectful. Their attention to detail and strive for perfection was impressive. We are looking forward to spring to enjoy it up close again!
Ken and Tracey Patrick
(Fort Collins Colorado)
Scott and Chris and the team at Outdoor Craftsmen have done wonderful work for us, transforming our home and garden into a beautiful, inviting space. Our project was comprehensive and multi-faceted, and further complicated by our absence while work was in progress. Nevertheless, Chris managed the work professionally and reliably; and with his regular progress reports, we were always kept informed. We could not be more pleased with our home and garden and recommend Outdoor Craftsmen unconditionally.
We hired Outdoor Craftsmen to update our existing landscaping. We originally wanted to add some color, but were intrigued with Scott's unique approach to landscaping. A new landscape plan was proposed and we toured Outdoor Craftsmen's own supply of landscape plants and materials. We were impressed with the variety of interesting trees, shrubs, and plants. They have a large selection of beautiful plants - much different than we'd seen before. The end result to phase 1 of our update is incredible. It fits our desire to have a mountain style landscape and is so much more. Scott has a vision for our yard and it is apparent in the placement of each boulder, tree, and plant. He was hands on throughout the project. Every member of his team is invested in the end result. I appreciate how available they are and how incredibly talented each and every person is. We have used them to plant our flower pots, outdoor maintenance as well as our Christmas lights and are absolutely pleased with each project.
Jeff and Cayle Townsend