Almac Landscapes Ltd

Landscape Contractors & Designers
51 Midland Crescent SE Calgary AB T2X 1N8
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Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Calgary, AB
10/10

Landscaping

We first worked with Almac Landscapes over 10 years ago when we wanted to not only improve the look of the older house we’d moved into, but also to solve a number of problems the lot presented. After discussions with several firms, Almac stood out as the only one that we felt both fully understood the problems and offered solid yet straightforward solutions to them. Alan’s engineering background and surveying skills gave us a great deal of confidence.

We were and still are extremely happy with the work they did then – their expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to high quality work resulted in long-lasting and elegant solutions to our tricky problems.

So, when we needed some expert advice after an uncharacteristically heavy downpour in June led to water in our basement (and many, many others in the neighbourhood), we, of course, turned to Almac.

Alan came out immediately to evaluate the situation and offer ideas for improving the grading (where some areas had heaved and others sunk over the years) and for channelling water safely past a spot where our neighbour’s house is both close to and lower than ours (as we wanted to move water away from our house, without moving it across the property line to theirs). It was a real relief to have a trusted expert to advise us after a stressful event, and we are so grateful for the time and attention he gave us, as his schedule was no doubt already fully booked!

During all our discussions, Alan made every effort to come up with a plan that would balance his desire to keep our costs down with our desire to have every conceivable protection against flooding in place. We are, again, very happy with the results.

When the work crew arrived, we were impressed by how many of them we recognized from over 10 years ago – it is so reassuring to have that level of experience at work! They are a great crew, extremely professional, a real pleasure to have around, and they always had time and patience for our questions, curiosity and requests for clarification as the work proceeded.

The result is beautiful, neat, and functional. Thank you all so much for coming to our rescue!

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Jo-Anne in Calgary
Jo-Anne in Calgary
2 reviews Calgary, AB
10/10

Landscaping

We recently completed our 3rd project by Almac, this one being by far the most ambitious. (Our first was 26 years ago)
We met with Alan numerous times before and after during the collaborative design phase. Once construction began, Alan checked in almost daily.
The Almac team is professional, friendly and courteous. Their results are proof of pride in workmanship.
From start to finish Alan and his team make every effort to ensure customer satisfaction.
We highly recommend Almac Landscaping without reservation. You will not be disappointed

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Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Calgary, AB
10/10

Backyard Renovation

Almac Landscape did an awesome job on my backyard. Very helpful from start to finish on design. Very knowledgeable. Very reliable. Always showed up early. I wanted it done before my daughters wedding. Having been a very wet spring he did manage to have it done on time. So many compliments. I couldn't be happier with the work he and his crew did.

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Kim and Brad Jennings in Calgary
Kim and Brad Jennings in Calgary
1 review Calgary, AB
10/10

Backyard renovation

We moved into a new home and were looking for full landscaping services. We spoke with several companies and ultimately landed on Almac as our first choice. The owner Alan is knowledgeable, easy to deal with and listened to what we were looking for. He went over potential designs with us several times until it was exactly what we wanted. When it was time to execute, his crews worked on our house and finished before moving onto to another. There was no downtime in between trades, it was finished quickly and efficiently. The folks working in our yard were respectful, happy to talk to us about what they were doing and kept the yard spotless and safe. The final product is beautiful and top quality. We've gone through our first winter with the new yard and don't have a single issue. We are thrilled with the result and would gladly recommend Almac to anyone.

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David
David
1 review Nanton, AB
10/10

Landscaping and hardscaping

Could not have asked for better service and reliability. The owner of Almac was very helpful in advise us in the design of the project and made multiple visits to our home to go over the plans as they were being developed. The design he produced was clear, specific and highly detailed so that we knew exactly what we would be getting. His knowledge and experience, both practical and in terms of design suggestions, proved valuable in helping us formulate our wishes. Costs associated with the agreed upon design were also detailed and given up front before commiting to the project with Almac. Almac was on site at the time promised and completed the project in within the estimated time. Everything was on budget as agreed to with no surprises. We were kept in that loop throughout the project. Almac's crew was extremely friendly and approachable, very helpful and extremely skilled in all they did. The team worked well as a unit, with each person (5 in total) knowing and doing their role without wasting time waiting upon instruction. Throughout the job, they made suggestions for our consideration as the project developed on better ways to accomplish our aims. In most cases, we followed those suggestions to our satisfaction. We were particularly impressed with their attention to absolute care and accuracy in measuring, construction and attention to details. From our perspective, they certainly went above and beyond what we feel would have normally been expected. Even though we live out in a rural area a fair ways outside of Calgary, yet the crew was there and working every morning at the agreed upon time. They put in a full day's work, even when temperatures were exceptionally hot (which was the case for at least half the project timeline). The owner was onsite daily to ensure that we were satisfied and that the designed plan was being followed exactly and the project was on track. Throughout the project, the owner checked in with us to get our input, listened to our questions and suggestions and acted on them where applicable, usually without extra added costs. Throughout the work, the site was kept very clean and safe. They never left for the day without ensuring that everything was properly put away or organized, etc. so that the site was safe. Bottom line - it was a real pleasure to work with Almac and we can easily recommend them, without qualification, for anyone's landscaping and hardscaping projects. They have the experience, the skills, the imagination and the work ethic not to mention a guarantee of their work to properly handle all your landscaping and hardscaping needs and will readily incorporate any individual wishes into their designs.

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Company Response

Hello David, thank you for the amazing review. The project looks fantastic and the crew passes on their regards. Your hospitality was wonderful, the crew loved, loved, loved the breakfast sandwiches and coffee. All the best for the year !!!

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Kitchener, ON
1/10

Cost for a quote was likely to cost more than $1000

Based on HomeStars’ ratings and reviews, we contacted 2 very highly rated companies for a quote to remove an existing wood deck and replace it with a stone patio. Alan said that they don’t do free quotes and charge $100 for a consultation, which we agreed to. Although the project is very straight-forward, I removed 2 boards from the deck so that Alan would be able to see the sub-structure of the deck, ground level, etc but he did not look at them. Alan seemed more interested in increasing the scope of the job rather than discussing the stone patio. When Alan was ready to leave, I asked about the quote. He said that they would need to do a design in order to prepare the quote, and that would cost approximately $1000 with the cost would be credited to the job if we worked with him. When pressed for a quote, he provided an estimate of $40-50,000 without doing any measurements. We live in an older house and have had extensive work done over the years. This is the first time we were asked for a consultation fee, and we were remiss in assuming that it included a proper quote.

The 2nd company contacted was very professional, understood the project, did not try to increase scope, took measurements and provided a detailed quote that was roughly half of the low end of Alan’s estimate.

Based on the reviews in HomeStar, it looks like AlMac does good work. However, be aware that a quote will cost over $1000 (for a straight-forward design) because a design will be required, they will charge significantly more than their competitors, and they will try to increase the scope of the project.

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Company Response

Dear Joe & Joanne Morin,

We are sorry to read about your experience. Your stone patio request could not have been determined by a simple onsite estimate. Our high standards and warranty could not be guaranteed with your stone patio request. The technical nature of this elevated patio required additional structure (retaining wall) to the project. Therefore, a design was recommended to establish an accurate and firm price. This design fee benefits the client and the contractor. Those costs are refunded back during construction.

We wish you both the best in your new project.

Curb Appeal Plus in Calgary
Curb Appeal Plus in Calgary
1 review Calgary, AB
8/10

Major curb apeal

Our front walk way and steps entering into the home were in dire need of an upgrade not just curb appeal but safety issues as well. Now our entry way is something that we can be proud of. The work speaks for itself. George and Christian did a fantastic job of the entry way ,Adam, Robert and Dennis made my walk way look incredible. And of course Alan for the design. The work was completed on time efficiently and with great care. The team was very approachable and all issues were addressed quickly. Thank you Almac it was a very pleasant experience. To be sure we will call if in need of anything else

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Company Response

Thank you Mr & Mrs. Mahar for the glowing review. You were a great customer to work for and the crew was very appreciative of the cookies and rice krispies squares.

John/Ann
John/Ann
1 review Calgary, AB
10/10

Front Yard Landscaping

Alan and his crew did an amazing job. They worked extremely hard and completed the job on time. They were respectful, knowledgeable and communicated well. We highly recommend Almac Landscaping.

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Company Response

Thank you John and Ann for the review.

jontemme in Calgary
jontemme in Calgary
5 reviews Calgary, AB
10/10

A Job Exceedingly Well Done

We have used Almac twice in the past two years for a major upgrade to our landscaping and we couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. From design to completion everything was done with quality and craftmanship as the highest priority. Alan offered many great ideas to upgrade our front and back yards. The stairs and new paving stone walkway and patio were great, and the added fence and pisa wall garden made our house look the best in the neighbourhood. George and his crew were excellent to work with and did many small "extras" that were greatly appreciated. I'm sure Almac is not the least expensive landscape contractor but we felt their work was worth everything they fairly charged. We would not hesitate for a moment to use them again.

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Company Response

Hello Jon, thank you for posting your experience with Almac. We have enjoyed working with you over the last two years for phases one & two. The pop and pizza at the end of the project was fantastic, thank you for the hospitality. All the best from Almac.

A Calgarian in Calgary
A Calgarian in Calgary
1 review Calgary, AB
10/10

I'm a repeat client because Almac Landscapes does excellent work

Almac Landscapes did an excellent job on our major landscaping project in 2007. So when I needed some upgrading work done on the landscaping, I called Almac Landscapes again. Alan came out promptly to look over the work I required and gave me an estimate within a few days. His team started on the promised date, the work was done on schedule, for the agreed price and the workmanship was once again excellent. All mess was cleaned up and my yard looks beautiful. Thank you to Alan, George and the rest of the team.

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Company Response

Hello Mr. Jordan, thank you for the review and thank you for choosing Almac for your continued landscaping needs.

The reviews on this page are the subjective opinion of the Author and not of HomeStars Inc.

More about Almac Landscapes Ltd

Almac Landscapes has been landscaping in Calgary since 1985. Providing landscape design, construction and maintenance services for our clients. We are a licensed company that is bonded and carries complete insurance. Almac is registered with the Better Business Bureau of Calgary, Alberta Safety and Construction Association, and Alberta WCB. Almac is an ASET member with ICPI and CLP certification. We offer a 3 year warranty on our hardscape services and are approved installers for Expocrete, Burnco, Totem and the Cedar Shop.

Please visit our website to learn more about Almac Landscapes.
www.almaclandscapes.com

CATEGORIES
Landscape Contractors & Designers and Interlocking Stone
SERVICES
Almac can provide complete turn key services or if required, individualized landscape services. Landscape design - Consultations and CAD rendered designs Landscape construction - Patios, Driveways, Planters, Retaining Walls, Decks, Fences, Arbors, Water features, Landscape maintenance - Planting, weeding and pruning. Please note: If a site visit is required to provide a quote/price. A refundable charge of $100 is applicable. The cost is refunded back to the customer if Almac is hired to perform design work or construction.
WEBSITE
http://www.almaclandscapes.com
YEAR ESTABLISHED
1985
RETURN POLICY
Warranty provided, see warranty information.
PAYMENT METHOD
Cheque
LICENSES
Licensed business
MEMBERSHIPS
BBB, ACSA, CNLA, ASET
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
BONDED
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
WARRANTY TERMS
3yr waranty on all hardscape installations
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