Latitude Land Effects

Landscape Contractors & Designers
Cambridge ON N3C4H7
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Lee in Kitchener
Lee in Kitchener
1 review Waterloo, ON
0/10

Backyard Pool Landscaping

LLE was recommended to us by our pool company (since they do not handle the landscaping), and was the less expensive of 2 quotes we received (in hindsight, this should have been our first red flag). The pool company assured us that they had worked with Shawn for several years and that he did good work, so we were confident in our decision. Initially, Shawn was great to deal with: eager, responsive, confident. He worked with us to develop a plan for the backyard, and there are aspects of the early work that we are quite happy with today.

We had expected Shawn to be present for the entirety of the job, but he contracted some guys that he had previously worked with to install the pool coping. The work was passable at best, and we had to have them adjust many of the stones because they were not laid carefully. They also placed them too high, leaving a huge gap between the pool shell and the coping that was later filled with mortar (and is constantly chipping away to this day). As the weather turned cold, the work got sloppier. It was clear that they were rushing and the patio itself had large gaps (finger width or more) and sloppy cuts, along with uneven heights from one paver to another. My wife was home when he hit the house with the equipment he was using, but he didn’t mention it to us, and there is clear damage to the parging on the foundation to this day. Shawn had taken on too much work and was having to split his time (poorly) between several jobs, and wasn’t able to dedicate enough of his time or attention to completing the project properly and on time. When the patio was complete, they brushed in the polymeric sand but never tamped the patio so the sand did not fully penetrate the gaps and, in many areas, never hardened. The photos show just a few of the problem areas that I (the homeowner) ripped up and re-did properly because I couldn’t stand the look at it anymore and I knew that even if Shawn did stand behind his work, he was incapable of the level of detail that was required.

Our yard had drainage issues before the pool went in, and I communicated my concerns to Shawn. He assured me that he could fix it, and installed some big-o pipe to collect and re-direct the water. Unfortunately, in his infinite wisdom, he ran a perforated pipe over the gravel filled hole for the pool, which did absolutely nothing to address the drainage. I ended up running my own drainage line across the back of the yard to direct the water the other way, and installing a sump pump with buried discharge line to manage the water.

The waterfall feature turned out to be a beautiful showpiece, but Shawn made a stupid decision to bury the water line connection below the ground and I’m fairly certain it has leaked since day one. I haven’t yet dug down to find the connection, but I plan to when time permits. In the mean time, we try to minimize our use of the waterfall because of the volume of water we lose. The patio stairs (photo included) is another story. In an attempt to save me money, Shawn bought a large stone and cut it up in order to build the stairs. I trusted that he knew what he was doing, but his first attempt was a disaster. One of the stones cracked down the middle and had a huge chunk missing. I asked him to replace it, but I was never happy with the results (both from a cosmetic and practicality standpoint). He said he’d fill the gaps with mortar and we’d never see them, but they look horrible (mortar is cracked and a different colour than the rocks). My concerns that they would be painful on the feet went unanswered, but someone hurts themselves on the stairs multiple times per week. Also, they are SO large that they take up much of our seating area. Eventually, I plan to rent a piece of equipment and replace them myself with something smoother and more attractive.

I would NEVER recommend LLE to anyone, unless they want to save a little money the first time around and re-do the entire project later.

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chris in
chris in
1 review Cambridge, ON
10/10

Lanscaping

Latitude really helped me last year design and build a beautiful custom look to my backyard. I was impressed with professionalism and the owner, Shawn. He personally took time with me and made sure everything was done right. Well done guys! I'm so impressed and this has incredibly added so much value to my home, Chris

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Jay in Milton
Jay in Milton
2 reviews Milton, ON
1/10

Pool Patio, waterfall and landscaping

Short version, Shawn designed and installed an 1800 square foot two tier patio surrounding our pool in 2015. He was actually great to work with and did a decent job. There were some problems but he tried hard to fix them. The biggest disappointment was the top copping on the waterfall wall feature. We weren't happy with the look (too many cut pieces) so we wanted it replaced. We agreed to pay for new slate slabs and he would install them. the slabs took forever to ship and when they finally arrived in 2016, Shawn stopped returning my calls and text. I say stopped returning my calls because we hired him to plow our driveway in the winter of 2016, and he did some carpentry and drywall in our garage that winter as well. And he did some yard clean up and grass cutting in the early part of summer 2016.....only once the slabs arrived did he stop returning my calls ( i was tracking the stone from the company directly). Disappointing.

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K Collins from Cambridge
K Collins from Cambridge
3 reviews Cambridge, ON

First Review

9/10

Project Backyard Landscaping

My wife and I decided to completely renovate our backyard. Our home is new and we wanted a backyard oasis. We found Latitude Land Effects. LLE is an upstart company run by Shawn Dunn out of Guelph, ON. My wife and I talked to a number of company’s but no one was able to build a custom deck and do the landscaping that Shawn’s company was willing to do. Shawn drew up our plans and we painstakingly made change after change until we had a design that fit our idea of a backyard oasis.
The only negative we experienced is, Shawn missed his deadline by 2 weeks but otherwise, everything Shawn promised he delivered. We love the deck and the landscaping Shawn designed is fantastic. We will be recommending Latitude Land Effects to all of our friends and family.
Great job LLE. Thank you.

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