WHAT our clients are saying:
"I just want you to be happy in the space," Matt Ewert said to me after walking the 20 x 30 foot space in our backyard that we deemed our first ever real home improvement project. We were always do it yourselfers but regarding a backyard and building a patio was outside of our area of expertise. Matt's comment about the end result, being happy in our space, stuck in my mind as I considered what company would take on this job. In the scheme of landscaping projects this one was not going to make anyone rich, nevertheless it was important to us. Matt knew that, appreciated that, worked with us over the summer and after an initial build out of the patio, then an extension and finally the plants, we had the sacred and serene space that we were looking for just in time to enjoy for the fall.
I contacted 7 different companies. I used a combination of resources from online reviews, including Yelp, to the Better Business Bureau. I don't recall how I was directed to Escapes, but I did appreciate the client reviews and liked working with a small business. Many of the companies never even produced a proposal, others never followed up, and others did not respect our budget parameters.
This was the first time we ever contracted with a project of this size. Matt was fair, honest and the crew that worked with him was as well. They were always courteous and cleaned up after themselves, something that our neighbor and we were both grateful for and impressed by.
At the end of the day you want someone who respects that a landscaping project is an extension of your home and reflection of your personality. Matt built us a warm and engaging space that we will appreciate for years to come. We would hire him again and recommend him without reservation.
- Karen C. (Glen Ellyn, IL)
My company's aircraft maintenance hangar was in dire need of landscaping, which we had been putting off for years, and finally decided now is the time (I couldn't take it any more & quite honestly, after all the years we have been in business, it was extremely embarrassing, like we didn't care what our hangar looked like on the outside).
I found Matt's company through Yelp, and after several meetings/discussions with him, we knew he was the one that would bring our hangar to life and make it an inviting, pleasing and welcoming facility, especially for our customers, and also, that my company actually does care what our hangar exterior looks like.
Matt has an incredible work ethic, and his knowledge and passion for plants and good design is obvious in talking to him and watching him work. We were directly involved from the design process through installation. Matt wanted to make sure that we were happy with the plants and plant arrangements. Everything we were looking for him to give us from the vision we had for our hangar was "nailed it right on the head," including our major drainage issues.
It has been a few days since Matt finished our installation, and we are still in awe at the transformation from weed-ridden grass to what it is now is so very amazing, and we couldn't be happier . The trees, shrubs, perennials, stone work ... he made it all come together and make sense ... the compliments and WOW's keep coming. We look forward to watching the hangar's new landscape "grow up."
Matt is very accommodating, friendly, hard working, polite, and professional and it was such a pleasure working with him on my hangar project, and I look forward to working with him again soon on my home landscape projects.
MidAmerica Jet Works, LLC
Aurora Municipal Airport
We had been putting off a landscaping makeover for about a year and finally decided to call Escapes for a consultation. Matt came out and truly wowed us with his knowledge! After careful planning, he made our vision a reality and transformed our "hidden" house into welcoming home with beautiful plants that are easy to maintain. Matt and Randy were honest, timely, and extremely polite. We would recommend them to anyone who is looking revamp their landscaping!
- Lindsey J. (Geneva, IL)
Since you're reading this you are looking for a landscape company to come in a do some work at your home or business. You have found the most amazing landscape designer (Matt) you could ever hope to find. A few years ago my family moved into my parent's home, and inherited a yard (front and back) that was about 20 years overgrown. We tried to thin out, weed out, keep up, but it was far beyond our capabilities. I found Matt via Yelp, and knew he was the one at our first meeting. The scope of our project was huge, we were completely overwhelmed with what to do first, but Matt so confident in what to do, how to do it, that I knew our yard was in good hands.
The entire experience was amazing. Matt completely understood our budget, and worked with us every step of the way to preserve many of the original plantings and add in new material. His design is incredible (if you could have seen the before and after!), and again, he worked with our budget to allow us to do the work in phases. It's a 2-summer project, but his planning and design gave us the flexibility to do this project without having to rack up a huge credit card bill. I did have 2 other companies come in to bid out the project, and they were NOWHERE close to Matt's pricing or his willingness to work with our budget.
After the first two phases were completed this summer, Matt has come out to our house to check up on the plants (and yes, they ALL survived even with the terrible drought this summer), and he is always available for a consult (how often should I water, what's wrong with this bush, should I cut this back?), and PATIENTLY dealing with all of my questions! We are looking forward to next summer and the completion of our project, and in the meantime enjoying our beautiful landscaping.
- Sarah B. (Downers Grove, IL)
When you love what you do, it shows in every phase of the project -- and Matt (owner/designer) truly loves what he does. My husband and I could not be more pleased with how he transformed our overgrown, tired front yard into a beautiful space that is turning heads in our neighborhood. Matt enthusiastically worked on our yard as if it was his own, and didn't stop until it was perfect. We can't wait to see what he does to our back yard in the spring!
-Renea B. (Streamwood, IL)
We originally had Matt out for a quote on a retaining wall the length of the side of our home. He then offered us suggestions for the front and backyard, per our request. He was able to produce a quote for the wall and front yard work in a very timely fashion and was very reasonably priced. We liked that he listened to what we wanted, worked within our budget, and didn't totally scrap what we already had. In fact, he transplanted and reconfigured existing plants to help them thrive and add to his design.
Matt is a dedicated and hard worker. He came when promised (even in the pouring rain and light snow) just so we could have it done in time for our son's first communion party! Even as we wait for our new design to grow and bloom this spring/summer it already looks a MILLION times better than what we had!!! We are also planning on using him again when we are ready to tackle our mess of a back yard! :)
Thank you Matt!!!!
- Stephanie N. (Aurora, IL)
Matt (owner/ designer) is amazing!!! He transformed our yard from a DIY project gone oh so very wrong into an "Escape" pun intended ;)
We seriously had plants dying or dead, weeds everywhere and basically a huge mess of plants I planted myself without any knowledge of where to actually put them. I can not explain to you how much better our yard looks now that Matt has worked his magic!
Everything went very smooth and professional he gave us a plan of what he could do for our yard and it was awesome. He is very reasonably priced as well. We decided to work with him and he was out to our house a few days later already working! Everything was finished in a very timely fashion as well.
I should probably mention to keep your moms away from him (I'm pretty sure my mom has a crush on him!). We were out of town and my mom was around while Matt was doing our landscaping and every time I talked to her on the phone she kept saying "oh he is so nice" "Matt is such a great guy, and a really hard worker" She also went out and decided she wanted to "help" him but I really think she just wanted to be around him more!
Needless to say we already have plans on using Escapes Landscape design for more projects and not only do they do the landscape design they also provide maintenance, this is a huge plus for me because I hate taking care of my plants. Bottom line, Escapes Design is pretty awesome!
-Niki M. (North Aurora, IL)
Matt just completed our landscape project. We called him a few weeks ago and showed him our yard which was in disrepair. Matt suggested changes and improvements, provided a written quote with a competitive price, and carried out the work expeditiously and with great care. We are planning on bringing him back for our next project. We love the work he did in our yard and cannot thank him enough.
- Sabine B. (Elgin, IL)
We just put an addition on our home, so our front and back yards have become giant mud pits. We first called very cheap landscaping contractors in our area. I got the impression that they would dig some holes and stick in some plants. I knew I wanted more than that. So we called Escapes.
I am really happy with Matt’s work. He listened to what we wanted, was thoughtful and thorough in his design of plans. I really liked the way he presented his designs, with full color pictures of the plants and easy to understand architectural drawings. He had lots of new ideas for both plant designs and hardscapes that we hadn’t thought of. I have showed our neighbors and family the plans and everyone who knows anything about landscaping said they were well done. Matt is passionate about his business and it shows.
I really appreciated Matt’s flexibility. He came with quotes for the work, but was also willing to work with a contractor I found through a family member. He continues to serve as a consultant for us and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
- Michelle S. (La Grange, IL)
Matt helped us rerouting our downspouts and sump pump outlet, and provided a wonderful landscape design for our yard. We were very picky on our yard and asked the job to be done in certain way, but Matt was always nice and patient to us, and made the project perfect for us. Thanks Matt!
We strongly recommend Escapes Landscape Design, and looking forward to work with them again.
- Yingchun H. (Oak Brook, IL)
Escapes has provided a wonderful experience and a much improved front yard to our newly bought home in Plainfield. I have been extremely happy with the service and connection with Matt from Escapes. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to plants that fit best in our area and designing based upon our potential ideas that we had for how we imagined our new and improved front yard.
I would recommend Escapes to anyone who would like a landscape project done with quality and friendly service. Matt was wonderful to work with and we are ecstatic with how our house now stands out from the rest since this transformation that Escapes provided. We will be contacting that company again in the future for further business and I have already made multiple recommendations to others about our absolute satisfaction with the whole process.
- Randy D. (Plainfield, IL)
We could not be happier with our landscaping! We needed privacy and a major yard cleanup. Matt listened to our needs and provided us with a beautiful and functional yard, all while staying within our budget. All of the trees and bushes brought in were high quality and gorgeous, definitely not something you could buy from home depot. Anyone that walks by our house asks who did the landscaping. We have already referred friends, neighbors, and coworkers to escapes.
- Kelly H. (Sugar Grove, IL)
My husband and I worked with Escapes Landscape Design in fall of 2010. We sat down and talked to Matt about what plants I liked and didn’t like. He was able to incorporate all of my favorite plants in the landscape design that has beautiful colors throughout the year!
Matt (owner/designer) was very reasonably priced and professional. We chose to do a DIY project in the front of our house. Matt was awesome! He was more than happy to help us with all of our questions and even stopped in to see how things were going while we were planting. His plans were easy to read and we felt confident it his choice of plants and shrubs. Everything is low maintenance which is wonderful with having 2 small children.
This spring everything is still looking spectacular! Some of the plants doubled in size after the first year! We can’t wait to finally put in our rock garden.
- Christy G. (Plano, IL)