Diverse riverfront property offers unique landscaping opportunities B y D o n n a M i n k us
When Rob and Susan Small decided to develop their River Edge Estates property in West St. Paul, Rob knew the project would take three phases to complete. The Small’s home is on a river bend, so while they have a beautiful view, they wanted to use the river front property as well.
“Our property runs about 200 feet from the house, with a 12 foot slope to the river bank, so the problem was finding a usable way to transition our yard to the river bank area,” says Rob. “I had definite ideas about what the phases of the project needed
to accomplish,” he explains. “And I wanted a contractor who would bring new ideas to the table, as well as have the experience to know what would work.” Rob also wanted to find a landscape contractor that would work with him through all the phases
to provide continuity in design and workmanship. After receiving proposals from a few contractors, the Smalls opted to work with Hardscapes Inc., owned and operated by Doug Loeppky. With more than 20 years in a landscaping/construction business that specializes in paving stone and retaining walls, Rob was convinced that Hardscapes was the right contractor for his project. “We hired them initially for the first phase, which involved installing a paving stone patio and decorative walls around our sunroom and hot tub,” Rob says. Doug proposed an integrated plan for the project phases and was very competitively priced. “That was in 2011, and we were so happy, we’ve been working with him ever since,” Rob adds. Personal service Doug is involved in all aspects of his company’s projects – from initial contact with the client to providing detailed quotes to ideas and drawings. This is unique in the industry as many contractors
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