Customer Testimonials

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I don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am that I hired Hans. His vision for my front entrance was spectacular! He and his crew created something so beautiful and inviting it takes my breath away. The craftsmanship, attention to detail, and work ethic were incredible. I would highly recommend Hans,

Thanks to Hans and the crew for all their hard work on my backyard. From design to ( almost) completion they were extremely professional with attention to detail. If you are looking for quality work to completion, they are your crew, worth the extra cost!

Comment by Owner:
We are looking forward to coming back in spring for sod and planting. Sorry that winter got in the way  🙂


Martin Lajeunesse

The HDVS team is amazing, professional and meticulous. They were able to work with our clay and rock yard to implement our architect’s design. They found creative solutions to all the challenges that the site through at them, and stayed until the job was done, working through a few surprises that came up while excavating. If you are looking at starting a significant landscaping project, we would definitely recommend Hans and his team.
Dave & Lisa Zuliani 
17. Nov. 2019
We hired Hans to design and build our backyard oasis which was a complete blank slate. Our property was a particularly tough design as our yard had a 6 ft tall swale against the house he had to build into his design. Hans developed an outstanding concept for us that consisted of two large patios and 2 – 6 ft tall by 25 ft long retaining walls and several raised gardens. He chose to use Brown’s Rosetta line for the majority of the material and the colour he chose matched our house perfectly! During construction he and his crew worked extremely hard and efficiently to complete the project within budget and on time. When he started the construction phase we found countless massive boulders that we had not anticipated to be that close to surface! Hans worked with us to still meet the original design of the project but managed to incorporate the largest boulders that could not be moved into the final product. Once he started laying out the wall and patio that was when you could tell how focused he and his guys were on details and getting everything exactly perfect! The final product is outstanding and my wife and I can’t wait to use it next summer! The workmanship and speed that they completed the work was amazing! Hans and his crew are top notch and I would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for landscaping work. From a simple patio to a full landscaping design and construction for an entire backyard he can do it all! Thanks Hans for your hard work and keen eye for the details!

We love our new landscape! Hans and his skillful team were great to work with in bringing landscape architect, Jennifer Harvey’s design to life. After watching the daily progress of these guys, it is obvious that this work is as much an art as it is a science. It was such a pleasure to see the pride that they take in a job well-done. They clearly love what they do. Their attention to detail and excellent work ethic are so refreshing in a time where this is no longer the norm. The time and effort that they have dedicated to our yard mean that we will be able to enjoy it for many years to come. We are so thankful to have such experienced and skilled people in the area. Thanks for all your hard work!

06. September 2019
Wayne and Debbie Breau in Elliot Lake
We had Hans and his crew design retaining walls with steps and a patio for our log home on Dunlop Lake. His work is second to none and he was a pleasure to work with.
His suggestions were incorporated into our design and look terrific.
He is fair and honest in his pricing and I highly recommend him for all landscaping projects. Thanks Hans!!

Gary & Midge Denault
12. August 2019
We hired HDVS to replace our old paved driveway and walkway with interlocking pavers. Hans and his team were here every morning on time, worked well together, were pleasant and very hard working. The front yard was left very tidy with new top soil and grass seed.
We are more than happy with the results. Hans attention to detail makes all the difference between a good job and an excellent one.
We highly recommend HDVS

Yves & Claire
Thursday, 11/1/18, 8:01 PM
We first met Hans in March 2018 when he came to assess our landscaping projects. After talking for a few minutes we could tell this guy knew his work and that he was also very personable. It was a large undertaking which included 10,000 square feet of cobble stone for the driveway and 5,000 square feet of patio stone but this did not seem to be an issue for Hans. We gave him the contract because his price was fair and he came highly recommended. He started in August 2018 and worked every day, weather permitting. His crew is very polite and hard working men. Hans is a professional with extreme work ethics to get the jog done as best as he can. The bottom line is the job was not good, it was EXCELLENT !! – it’s all in the details. We highly recommend Hans and his crew at HDVS Landscaping & Custom Design in Massey, Ontario. Yves and Claire
From: North Shore

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Paulette Sokoloski
Sunday, 8/12/18, 4:57 PM
Hans is certainly a genius in his craft. His artistic talent in landscaping is like no other. From the moment you contact Hans, all the way through is a great experience. He will work with you keeping your budget in mind. He and is team are punctual, conscientious, and take great pride in their work. Cannot praise he and his teams work enough. We are very delighted with beautiful finished yard! Kudos to Hans and his team!
From: Espanola


Dexter Adams
Saturday, 8/11/18, 11:35 AM
Hans and his crew recently completed a 150 foot retainer wall for us. We have already received numerous compliments from friends and neighbours.The pride and workmanship shown by the crew was very impressive. I have no hesitation in recommending HDVS to anyone looking for for quality landscaping at a reasonable cost.
From: Whitefish Falls



Monday, 9/25/17, 9:14 PM
We absolutely love the front entrance Hans designed for our home – he is truly a landscaping artist. Hans and his crew are very professional, and you can tell they truly care about the quality of the product they deliver. It was wonderful working with such a dedicated, hardworking crew!
From: Espanola

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Peter jacklin
Friday, 9/22/17, 8:36 AM
Hats off to hans and his crew for another successful project on my property.last year,2016,my asphalt driveway was replaced with beautiful stonework as well as 2 raised beds a retaining wall and flagstone pathway.This year an extension of the pathway and another large raised bed topped off with a pergola(a first for Hans.) As usual his work ethic and precision for detail are outstanding. I would recommend Hans to anyone with an outdoor project in mind. Money well spent!
From: Espanola



Denise Duhamel
Friday, 9/8/17, 6:49 PM
Hans and his crew just finished our beautiful landscaping project at our cottage and we couldn’t be happier!! The workmanship of this crew is outstanding and very professional!!! Hans was able to produce exactly what we wanted but only even more beautiful then we had imagined!! Thank you so much we love it and we can’t wait to start enjoying our new waterfront yard!!
From: Whitefish Falls
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Monday, 7/24/17, 3:33 PM
HDVS completed a project for us a few weeks ago. The transformation it made in our driveway and yard is unbelievable. Trees and shrubs perfectly placed flank our laneway turning it from blah to stunning. The back yard is an oasis. We have greenery, retaining walls, bigger sundeck, fire pit, flowing ponds and exquisite stone work to meander around. when I saw the drawings I was anxious to see the finished project. I was definitely not disappointed. It’s absolutely beautiful. Hans and his crew were professional all the way. This is a company that can make your dream paradise come true. Thanks guys 👍
From: Walford



Liane and Paul Ainslie
Tuesday, 11/15/16, 5:47 PM
We are so pleased with HDVS’ work on our fire pit, patio, fence and deck extension. Hans is a true artist and came up with an incredible design. Hans and his team are efficient and professional. Hans would often check in with us to make sure we were happy with the progress of our project. He would come to us with new and creative ideas and would be open to changes as the project came along. Hans has a lot of pride in his work. He is easy to talk to and very responsive. He took care of all the extra details like adding grass seed and cleaning up after the job. After they were done, the yard and shed were even cleaner than before they started! We highly recommend HDVS and we cannot wait to work with them on future projects!
From: Espanola



Peter Jacklin
Saturday, 10/22/16, 9:08 PM
After seeing all the stonework projects in Espanola and area completed by Hans and his team,I decided to contact him to redesign the front of my home.He designed a landscape plan that was exactly what I had envisioned for my property. Hans and his workers did a masterful job of my driveway,new front steps,three retaining walls (two of which are large planting areas)and flagstone pathway.With all the new stonework and beds to be filled with shrubs and flowers next spring,I look to a more inviting first impression of my home.Hans is a pleasure to work with,he is a hardworking,dedicated perfectionist and I would highly recommend him for any landscaping project…..Peter Jacklin



DJ and Heather Hare
Wednesday, 8/10/16, 5:38 PM
We couldn’t be more pleased with the project that Hans and his crew completed for us. We worked with Jennifer Harvey, a landscape architect to develop an environmentally friendly plan for out outdoor space to minimize lawn and maximize indigenous trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. We were extremely happy with the comprehensive plan she presented to us. Hans worked closely with Jen to bring her vision and plan into reality. It was a complicated job involving our driveway, patios, walkways, stone walls and planting – lots of planting. Hans ensured every step of the project was done with such care and attention to every detail; no shortcuts were considered. Hans and his crew are professional, courteous and hardworking. I have never experienced a group with such a strong work ethic and who are so pleasant to work with. It has only been a month since the project was completed and already our property feels like an oasis; the plants are taking root and thriving. We are so excited to watch it change with the seasons and mature over the next couple of years. Hans, Jason, Rob and Pascal, we can’t thank you enough! We have no hesitation in recommending your work to anyone who values quality.
From: Sudbury, Ontario


Jim and Julie Roszell
Sunday, 9/20/15, 11:26 AM
We are extatic with Hans design and transformation of our front entrance. His crew has respect and work ethic second to none that we have seen or have worked with. You will over his approach. We highly recommend that you give him a try if you are considering a lockstone project…anywhere!
From: Whitefish Falls, Ontario



John & Karen Wilcox
Tuesday, 9/15/15, 11:04 PM
We have recently had this crew over to the house to have our backyard done. We have been more then happy with the results. Hans and his team did a splendid job and kept us informed of every step. The workmanship is matched by the talent. I know is should always be like this but here is a contractor who returns calls in a timely fashion and shows up a the job site when promised. We would not hesitate to recommend the work done with this team.
From: Espanola



Bernd & Nicole Wittke
Wednesday, 7/1/15, 10:28 AM
We are extremely pleased with the excellent work performed by Hans, Jason and the rest of his team in laying down the lock stone in our back yard. Because of the existing clay soil, Hans took the necessary steps to ensure that a proper base was prepared to prevent future heaving. His professionalism, experience, dedication, enthusiasm and pride in his work was evident in his day to day work. He and his team were punctual, productive and very hard working. His artistic and functional ideas produced a final lock stone design that blended well with our existing deck and natural garden environment. I would highly recommend HDVS for the excellent workmanship and creative design. Thank you Hans!
From: Sudbury



Heln Armstrong
Tuesday, 10/21/14, 7:18 AM
Thanks Hans for a great job on my driveway and front entrances. Your passion for landscaping shows through in every step from the design to the installation. You and your crew were a pleasure to work with.



Charles and Joan McClare
Monday, 7/28/14, 7:31 AM
After thirty-five years in our house we decided that our sidewalk and shrubbery desperately needed to be renewed. We had already had a design prepared and, based on his reputation, hired HDVS to do the work. It was a pleasure to watch the new front yard take shape. Hans is very particular in his work to make sure it is done correctly and with precision. The careful preparation before the stonework is laid will ensure that the walkways will stay straight and level for many years. Hans, Jim, and Jason were always pleasant and ready to answer questions, and were considerate that we were living there and left the site as tidy as possible at the end of each day. Hans sticks to each job until it is complete, so the duration of the project is as short as it can be, and having him always on site ensures that any questions can be dealt with right away. His formal education and years of experience in his field combined with enthusiasm and integrity make it a pleasure to do business with him.



Carol Bell
Thursday, 7/17/14, 3:18 PM
Wow! Another splendid job done. Thanks go out to Hans and his crew for their hard work, dedication and excellent clean up. Your still at the top of my “Quality for money” list! Well done guys! Carol

Art & Laura Shannon
Tuesday, 6/24/14, 7:26 AM
We found Hans and his crew to be very efficient, hard working and always pleasant. Their work was that of professionals with every effort to be perfect. We were kept informed of every detail and Hans was always mindful of our wishes, although sometimes he was a little reluctant and explained why. In the end we were very pleased, especially with a reduced rate then estimated. Thanks.
From: Espanola



Larry Smith
Saturday, 3/8/14, 9:39 AM
Larry Smith <> Sep 27 ​ Finally we are getting around to sending our thanks for the beautiful driveway. You may add this to your testimonials if you wish. What a talented team Hans and his dedicated workers are. Their work ethics are amazing and the results are flawless and superb. Hans pays attention to every minute detail and shows pride in the finished project. We would be happy to recommend HDVS for any landscaping work. Larry & Mary Smith Little Current
From: Little Current​



Livingstone Family
Monday, 5/13/13, 2:46 PM
Our new front yard has exceeded our expectations. As we saw what Hans and his team could do, new possibilities that we had not considered, and Hans adding his own ideas, made it better at every step. What started as a sod and driveway replacement became a driveway with a curving front entrance, a new oval flower bed with decorative stone, a true flower bed below our front window, and a new tree where one had been missing for many years. Reusing some of the old driveway paving stones, Hans also created a tidy fenced storage area behind our backyard work shop. Hans came in under his initial estimates for budget and for time. His weekly work statements with detailed breakdowns of materials and labour meant we knew where the project was at all times. Thank you Hans, The Livingstone Family



Charline Smith
Tuesday, 12/4/12, 10:40 AM
Hans and his crew completed an amazing landscaping project for us in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011. He suggested unique designs and has a wonderful eye for detail. In addition to a new lockstone patio and driveway, we have beautiful new flowerbeds and thriving plants which were re-purposed from my existing beds. Hans is one of the best contractors we have ever dealt with. He is honest, reliable and has a great sense of humour. His quote was reasonable and he stuck to it. I can’t wait to have him and his crew back to work on our back yard next!
From: Whitefish
Web Site: Charline Smith


Don & Donna Porter​
We are extremely pleased with the job yourself, Jim and Jason at HDVS Landscaping have done for us. We especially appreciate that you were able to squeeze this job into your schedule this fall. Your professionalism, and attention to detail are exceptional, as shown by the perfection in the preparation of the base and finishing details displayed in your workmanship. We are very much looking forward to next spring when you will be back to do further landscaping by laying the sod in our front and back yard.
Please feel free to use this information on your website, and invite future clients to contact us for recommendations.
Thanks again for such a fine job.
Don & Donna Porter​

Ted and Irene Granger
Tuesday, 10/23/12, 5:39 PM
Usually any big renovation job involves a great deal of planning along with stress and anxiety. In our particular project, however, Hans quickly alleviated these fears by expressing a keen professional interest in our plan and suggesting various ways of enhancing the aesthetic layout of the project. Once the job started his assistants Jason, Jim and Kim worked very efficiently as a team to complete the project on schedule. The required materials and machinery always arrived on time, as scheduled, with no delays experienced. The men all shared Hans’s sense of humour, enthusiasm and his professional care for detail. The guys started each day with a smile and approached each new challenge with an air of confidence. It was an exciting experience to observe the speedy progress of the project with a team of men who worked steadily with minimum breaks to deliver a beautiful interlock driveway, walkway and steps.
From: Espanola

Mario Mascioli
Sunday, 8/19/12, 10:29 AM
I was Extremely pleased with the design and absolutely expert workmanship from Hans and his company HDVS Landscaping. I left most of the design work to Hans’ imagination and talent and it is as if he read my mind what I had envisioned for my property. There were no surprises and he put a full days work in until the job was completed. This is a rare individual who is very proud of his work and very conscience of his company’s reputation. I’ve had so many compliments on the final product and I couldn’t be happier with the end result, so happy that I have hired him for another job solely based on his talent and superior workmanship.
From: Espanola, Ontario



Sunday, 8/12/12, 4:20 PM
We contacted Hans to work on the front of our house. I was fed up with my landing as it was so small, and could only have 1 person stand on it at a time. I asked Hans to draw me a plan with what I had in mind, and he came through with flying colors. My landing is so big, I can fit 3-4 people, and he fixed by flower beds on each side of the steps which are very easy to go up and down. He also put stone around my 2 trees in he front yard. I have had people stop and stare at the front yard and has many compliments and want the same thing. I tell them to call Hans. He will beautify your front yard for you. We are very happy, and I’m glad I called him. See my pictures
From: Espanola
Web Site: Claire J Cormier​


Stacey Wagler
Friday, 9/2/11, 7:01 AM
A big thank-you to Hans and his crew. We love the work they did for us. Our home has received many compliments since they rebuilt our flower beds, front steps, and walkway. Hans and his crew were dedicated and hardworking; true craftsmen with unique talent. We will be having HDVS back to do more jobs for us in the future. From: Massey



Elvira Bratfisch
Tuesday, 7/26/11, 3:34 PM
Hans and his assistant Jason did a brilliant job remodelling the front entrance way to the office of Great Minds Tutor & Life Coach in Chelmsford, ON. His passion for designing, creative ability and willingness to change a design in the middle of construction was inspiring. It’s all about pleasing the customer as well creating something pleasing to theeye. A challenge to him is only an opportunity to create something individual and unique. Han’s attention to detail and high work standards and excellent workmanship turned the entranceway from bland to glamourous! Danke Hans and Jason! Now I HAVE to change the front door and put in some plant material…:) Elvira 

From: Chelmsford, ON



Crystal and Stephane Coulombe
Tuesday, 7/6/10, 4:52 AM
We are very pleased with the end result of our driveway that Hans and his crew has done this June. We had simple told Hans “do what you need to do to make it look nice and durable”. As a result his ideals and his accurate workmanship as changed the look and the value of our home. His and his crew’s hard and dedicated work has payed off in a big way. We would and we are recommending his work to others that want perfection and a job well worth the money. Excellent work Hans hope we can get you to do more work for us in the future. Crystal & Stephane
From: Massey Ontario



Carol Bell
Sunday, 6/6/10, 5:04 PM
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Hans and his crew. For eight years, since my husband passed away, I have been trying to find someone: who won’t take advantage of you, do what you want also who is trustworthy. He is a very reliable and dependable person. Well in Hans I have found that someone. He is very trustworthy, honest, and takes great pride in his work. His price is well worth the outcome;as far as I am concerned. He is certainly FIRST on my list for future reference. I have many compliments on the work he did for me, and seeing as I am a very fussy person, it was definitely a job of excellence. Thanks, Hans.
From: Espanola, Ontario



Vance & Sue McAfee
Thursday, 8/19/10, 10:48 AM
Hans and Crew, Jason & Andre; A special “Thank You” doesn’t seem enough for what you have accomplished at out place in our neck of the woods. It is beyond our expectation! Every other day coming from our camp I would stop by to see the wonderful progress happening at our house. It actually brought tears to my eyes. It took me awhile to convince my husband to get a landscaper. He always did the work around our house and I knew that he was far too busy to tackle such a project. IT WAS MONEY WELL SPENT. My husband asked, after seeing the beautiful end result of Hans work, to add new stairs to the front of the house. Although the project was nearly completed, Hans agreed and tackled the job professionally and in 2 days the new stairs were in and everyone was happy. My Priority for getting this done was to have a maintenance free yard so I would enjoy our camp without worrying about the weeds growing at our house. All through the work, Hans kept reminding me of that. And the outcome of his work proved it. I like it, like it. I was lucky to get your business card at John’s Flowers in Webbwood. After browsing the website, I liked what I saw and called Hans for an estimate and the rest is history. Please be known that Hans is a conscientious and proud “Business Man”, always on time, friendly and above all a good listener and adviser and very organized. We, Vance & Sue highly recommend HDVS LANDSCAPING. Our above testimonial says it all. Excellent Work Hans! Project No. 2….. Retaining wall next year.
From: 1427 Penage Rd, Whitefish On

Ken Naples
Friday, 12/11/09, 10:46 AM
Testimonial for HDVS Landscaping For is fears I have been writing for the right reason to come and do my driveway and front step. I am delighted to say I have found an expert who is a master at his crafts, Hans van Schayck. Thanks to Hans, I have the piece of mind that my driveway and step is going to last for a very long time! I highly recommend Hans and his diligent stuff to anyone who wants a superb and aesthetic job done in stone! Thanks again, Hans, for a job ‘well done’
Ken Naples
436 Haig St.
From: Espanola, Ontario


Tim Gallagher
Saturday, 4/4/09, 7:04 AM
Hans and crew have played a major part in constructing the Espanola Heritage Park which is situated at the maain north entrance into Espanola. Their workmanship is of great quality and they are professional in every way. We have truly enjoyed having them work and are very proud of what they have done for us in order to celebrate Espanola’s 50th Anniversary since Incorporation 1958-2008.
From: Espanola


Peter and Janet Schmitz
Monday, 5/4/09, 4:53 PM
Hans has done several projects for us. Firepit, Patio work around pool and decorative patio cirle. His enthusiasm with his work and ideas is contagious and it is a real pleasure dealing with such a professional who truly loves what they do for a living.
From: Walford


Everett eadie 
Wednesday, 9/30/09, 8:37 AM 
We had Hans and his crew construct our driveway and back patio. We are extremely pleased with the stunning results. He takes pride in his workmanship and is matriculate in seeing that the end product is up to his high standards. Once all the work was done our step seemed dated and he returned and placed porcelain tile on it. What a difference! Everything seems to flow together and is visually stunning. Thanks.
From: Espanola



Roger & Jody Pilon
Saturday, 3/28/09, 7:10 AM 
Hans and his team create things of beauty, He has a passion for what he does and it is evident in his work. We are very pleased with the work he has done for us. We plan to have him return to do more landscaping. If you want something unique and done impeccably this is your man. We highly recommend him. Thanks Hans
From: Española


Garnet &Cathy Beer
Friday, 3/13/09, 7:01 AM
From: Espanola



Dawn & Tim Dowdall
Tuesday, 3/24/09, 5:36 AM
We would highly recommend Hans and his crew for any landscaping needs you may have. Hans is very imaginative and goes with the flow. The Stone Patio he completed for us is stunning. Our yard was completed as promised with the crew on site each day weather permitting. Can’t wait for Spring to start on the back yard!!
From: McKerrow



Joanne Lauzon
Monday, 3/23/09, 6:08 PM
HANS is PASSIONATE about LANDSCAPING. Need I say more. Joanne Lauzon certified Landscape Designer
From: Sudbury
Email: joanne_lauzon_8@hotmail

Lee Peters
Monday, 2/23/09, 4:05 PM
We were very pleased with the finished work done by Hans. His ideas were excellent as was the quality of work and outcome. Very much appreciated was the fact that once he started the job he stayed with it until it was completed. We would recommend Hans “hands down” for any landscaping project! Thanks, Hans.
From: Massey

Chloe Kneer
Monday, 1/26/09, 10:15 AM
Hans is the best! You will not be disappointed. Don’t be tempted to go with the lowest estimate. You definitely get what you pay for with HDVS!!!!!
From: Espanola

4 Comments on “Review

  1. Hans made our brick front entrance to our hotel and he did exactly what we had asked for and more. We were very pleased with the result and our guests had only nice comments about it too. Thanks Hans


  2. The HDVS team is amazing, professional and meticulous. They were able to work with our clay and rock yard to implement our architect’s design. They found creative solutions to all the challenges that the site through at them, and stayed until the job was done, working through a few surprises that came up while excavating. If you are looking at starting a significant landscaping project, we would definitely recommend Hans and his team.


  3. Thanks to Hans and the crew for all their hard work on my backyard. From design to ( almost) completion they were extremely professional with attention to detail. If you are looking for quality work to completion, they are your crew, worth the extra cost!


  4. I don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am that I hired Hans. His vision for my front entrance was spectacular! He and his crew created something so beautiful and inviting it takes my breath away. The craftsmanship, attention to detail, and work ethic were incredible. I would highly recommend Hans,


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