Remodeling and Home Design

Remodeling and Home Design

We had a great experience with Lazar, and would hire them again in a second!  We wanted a complete renovation of our Oakland backyard to include an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, deck with hot tub, raised planting beds, and a new fence and gate. Low-maintenance and drought-resistant plants were a must. Pam, our designer, got it immediately, and created a plan for a functional, beautiful, and inviting extension of our mid-century modern house. The Lazar crew really delivered, with stonework of the highest quality and a beautifully made deck. The one hiccup involved finding the right stone slab for our giant counter-top, which took a few weeks longer and was more expensive than budgeted.  In the end, we went with a matte black granite, which looks great, and Lazar was very reasonable about splitting the extra cost with us. They even refunded money when the fence cost was lower than budgeted.  I highly recommend Lazar without reservations.

-Kala R


Karissa A.There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe how much we enjoy our yard these days! That said, we often use the phrases “paradise”, “private park”, “little slice of heaven” and “best investment we’ve made” when talking to each other about it. 🙂 Our little girl could not be happier spending hours out there.


gravel and raised beds

My experience with Lazar Landscape was everything I hoped for. Before they started, my back yard looked like an overgrown vacant lot. Now it is a beautiful and natural extension of my home as well as a place I enjoy every day. Barry really listened to my ideas and needs for how I wanted to use my backyard. She came back with multiple creative designs that truly reflected what I was looking for within my budget constraints. Once we finalized the plan, Barry walked me through the entire process so their would be no surprises. Once we moved from concept to execution, Barry brought in her crew. They came in on time and on budget. They even went beyond the original plans including some additional work without charging me any extra. Throughout it all Barry and her crew were wonderful to work with. Barry was responsive via both phone and email, was a great listener and had a wonderful array of creative ideas and solutions to offer. She takes a lot of pride and care in her work and it shows in the finished product. I now have an amazing backyard that I enjoy with my friends and family. It is incredibly low maintenance which was one of my key requirements, drought tolerant, beautiful and has lots of different spaces to enjoy. I get compliments on it every time someone sees it. I would highly recommend Barry and Lazar Landscape.

Michelle S.


DSC_0616Our back yard was a total wreck—the retaining walls of the hillside were crumbling, a patio was so cracked it was useless, there was no proper drainage anywhere, and a 75-foot Cedar had fallen across the yard, crushing the deck and two large trees.
Lazar saw past these ruins, and designed a garden that not only met our practical needs, but utterly enchanted us, and is the envy of our neighbors. They transformed the chaos by building rock retaining walls with skill and artistry. They constructed a stunning redwood deck with a quality that gets compliments from every worker we’ve hired since. They replaced the old, crushed deck with a charming flagstone patio, surrounded by woodland trees and plants.
They literally created a world out there, an extension to our home that doubles our living space. We now spend crisp mornings and sunny afternoons outside, entertaining family and friends, or simply lounging among the flowers and the hummingbirds.

Patty L.


Lazar Landscape Design redid our backyard. The project scope involved demolishing an old brick fireplace and concrete patio. Lazar designed and installed a new stone fireplace 5 ft tall x13 ft wide x 4 ft deep, a new stone patio, new planting with lighting and irrigation for the space involved. The project was completed in less than 60 days.
The project team was very professional. The designer was attentive in addressing my concerns. The project manager made sure there is quality control. The crew was prompt and meticulous. Lazar brought in an arborist and structural engineer to make sure the installation was safe for us as well as a specimen tree nearby.
They did a follow-up several months after the completion of the project to make sure all performed as it should.
I am very impressed with the level of professionalism of this company. I will use them again for other landscaping projects in the future.

Rose T.


DSC06555I have contracted twice with Lazar and both times have been very happy with the design and installation and overall service provided. The first contract was over 20 years ago and the most recent was late fall of 2011.
The recent work done was a thorough makeover of my back yard and it went from ugly to gorgeous. The designer who worked with me listened and clearly understood what I wanted in my dream garden. She came back in a week’s time and produced designs any one of which I could have selected as they were each a lovely reflection of what I expressed I wanted.
The work commenced exactly when agreed upon and everyone who came to work on my yard was professional and patient with my last minute change of mind on things. I have to admit I was a bit obsessive about the details of the design and we had a lot of communication about the colors of plants and all my input was accepted courteously and implemented in the installation. One of the other aspects of the work that I appreciated is that they cleaned up the job every day. I did not have unsightly debris left behind each day.
I appreciated knowing who was in charge of the installation and who I needed to talk to if I had a question as the work progressed. During the follow-up meetings I told the Lazar employees I have spent more time in my garden in the first month it was installed then I ever spent in the entire 19 years I’ve lived here. I love being in my garden and so do my guests.

Janice C.


I had a great experience with Lazar. I had them design, plant and do the work for a major backyard overhaul. It was a challenging project as the area is terraced with varying degrees of sun. The work included installation of a retaining wall, irrigation system, as well as a significant amount of planting. I found the designer, Barry, to be professional and thoroughly knowledgeable. She listened to what I wanted and provided suggestions that I ultimately used. The work was completed quickly and I am extremely pleased with the end result.

Chris B.


IMG_4944Lazar executes! I worked with a Lazar designer to transform the front of my house. The plans were well executed and the implementation looks terrific. The installation included new bluestone walls and front steps, a paver driveway, sidewalk cutouts, irrigation and all plant material. My neighbors complement me regularly on the attractiveness the front of my house – a year later. I highly recommend these folks for their professionalism and attention to detail.

Kip D.




Having had two disappointing attempts with landscape companies we were ready to give up and do it ourselves when we met with the people from Lazar. They were knowledgeable and kept every appointment that they set up. They spent a great deal of time finding quality and appropriate plants for our yard make over.
You can spend a bit less for a landscaper but in the long run Lazar would have cost us less had we started with them in the first place. They finished the job on time and their associate,Barry, even showed up weeks after the job was done to help us plant the bulbs we had ordered and which are now coming up in the wake of our late winter rains. She did this on her own time and made good on replacement of any of the plants that didn’t make it well past the 90 day warranty period. We felt we definitely got what we paid for with Lazar Landscape.

Chris H.


IMG_5477We just recently finished a large project in our back yard with the crew at Lazar Landscape, involving a new flagstone patio, ipe deck, curved stone staircase, terraced gardens and rock wall. Our designer, Lisa, was terrific to work with. She has a great eye for design, knows plants and captured exactly what we had in mind (to tie in with our craftsman “look”). The crew, overseen by Maribel, was very hard working, dependable and skilled. The amazing thing is that we left for a 3 week vacation out of the country while they did the work. They communicated with us regularly, were very trustworthy and there were absolutely NO problems during our absence. Both Lisa and Maribel were very responsive to any questions or issues we had along the way. We are also pleased that all the plants are warranteed. The crew is coming back (four months later) to check on the plants and replace any that have not “taken”. The project was completed right on schedule and we are enjoying the beautiful results. We would highly recommend this company to anyone who appreciates quality.

Kathy F.


IMG_6813We have done two projects with Lazar, and it was a most satisfying experience. The landscape plan was exactly what we wanted, and then the whole construction process, both hard and softscape, was done to a high standard. The crew came everyday, on time, put in a full day, cleaned up and went home. It was very professional from beginning to end- any concerns were handled, and the follow up- even two years later, was taken care of immediately. We highly recommend Lazar Landscaping.

Mary W.




Lazar did a good job revitalizing our backyard. We live on a hillside home and the backyard was not very usable. They took us through a process that created a very usable space within our budget and they executed the plan without a single change order. The results exceeded our expectations. If you have a landscaping project and want it done professionally and within budget, I would recommend Lazar.



Lazar Landscape performed a comprehensive overhaul of our entire yard, including removal of most of the plants and trees, complete re-planting based on their professional design (as approved by us), custom irrigation (their knowledge will save us a considerable amount of water in the future) and even high-end outdoor lighting (flood lights, up-lighting and down-lighting). The mulch they put down at the end of the project makes everything look so great; in areas such as this, and the way they arranged the climbers on a side fence, exceeded our expectations. It was amazing how good, smart, professional, efficient, quick and courteous the whole staff was through the entire process! We are totally pleased with the results, and highly recommend this great business.

Greg S.

Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design