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Dan W. Freeman

August 1, 2008

Dear Jose,

I want to thank you for your professional and personal handling on our major re-landscaping of our property after the Witch Creek Fire last October. From the very beginning, I was impressed by you tact, thoroughness and calm approach to "getting the job done" in reasonable time (considering the circumstances). You made us feel good that our eventual outcome would be strongly positive and then proved it at each step of the way. While we were confident that we would enjoy the finished product, I knew that you would be there if any real problems came along. We realize that major re-landscaping projects can sometimes include real challenges, but we also realized you were up to that kind of challenge, and we were right! Thanks for a professional and considerate job and for your tactful manor in making alterations to the basic plan when they became appropriate. Your crew members were also helpful and considerate. Their work was professional and responsive. You can be sure I would call you again when and if the need arises. I consider you a friend, as well.

I'd be pleased to refer friends to you in the future. You made this experience as positive as was possible, under less than great circumstances.

Thank you, very much.

Sincerely,
Dan W. Freeman

Dan W. Freeman

August 1, 2008

Dear Jose,

I want to thank you for your professional and personal handling on our major re-landscaping of our property after the Witch Creek Fire last October. From the very beginning, I was impressed by you tact, thoroughness and calm approach to "getting the job done" in reasonable time (considering the circumstances). You made us feel good that our eventual outcome would be strongly positive and then proved it at each step of the way. While we were confident that we would enjoy the finished product, I knew that you would be there if any real problems came along. We realize that major re-landscaping projects can sometimes include real challenges, but we also realized you were up to that kind of challenge, and we were right! Thanks for a professional and considerate job and for your tactful manor in making alterations to the basic plan when they became appropriate. Your crew members were also helpful and considerate. Their work was professional and responsive. You can be sure I would call you again when and if the need arises. I consider you a friend, as well.

I'd be pleased to refer friends to you in the future. You made this experience as positive as was possible, under less than great circumstances.

Thank you, very much.

Sincerely,
Dan W. Freeman

Bill and Terrie Bacon

March 14, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Jose Castro of Exterior Designs and to provide this letter of recommendation.

Jose and his crew did a major re-landscaping job at my home consisting of demolition of existing structures, new colored concrete with stone inlays, several new walls, stucco and natural stone, a fire pit, concrete pavers, new sprinkler system, exterior lighting, new sod and numerous trees, shrubs and other plantings.

Jose provided a reasonably accurate quote for his services and saw to it that his crew was always on the job site and working so that there were no gaps in activity. In addition Jose consulted with me constantly to make sure we were both clear and in agreement with what the plans called out or, where there was ambiguity or uncertainty in the plans, that we both agreed on what was to be implemented. As with any project this size, there were instances where things did not go exactly to plan. In these cases, Jose was generally the first to bring these to my attention and suggest corrective action. In addition, Jose made suggestions along the way to improve upon the plans, almost all of which were accepted. Also included in the renovations was the addition of a pool and hot tub. Jose did not do these, but in hindsight, I wished I'd asked him to oversee the effort as I think this would have allowed the project to go much smoother. As it was, Jose did a lot of direct coordination with the pool company to make sure there were no conflicts or delays.

Most importantly, Jose was very professional. I always felt he was being up front and honest with me. What impressed me the most, was that Jose called me on an almost daily basis throughout the project (and several times since!) to let me know what was going on and to see if there were any questions or concerns that I had. If there were, he was right on it.

Jose has my contact information and has my permission to provide this information to perspective clients at his discretion. Furthermore, he is welcome to use photos in his portfolio or on his website.

Again, thank you Jose,

Bill and Terrie Bacon

March 14, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Jose Castro of Exterior Designs and to provide this letter of recommendation.

Jose and his crew did a major re-landscaping job at my home consisting of demolition of existing structures, new colored concrete with stone inlays, several new walls, stucco and natural stone, a fire pit, concrete pavers, new sprinkler system, exterior lighting, new sod and numerous trees, shrubs and other plantings.

Jose provided a reasonably accurate quote for his services and saw to it that his crew was always on the job site and working so that there were no gaps in activity. In addition Jose consulted with me constantly to make sure we were both clear and in agreement with what the plans called out or, where there was ambiguity or uncertainty in the plans, that we both agreed on what was to be implemented. As with any project this size, there were instances where things did not go exactly to plan. In these cases, Jose was generally the first to bring these to my attention and suggest corrective action. In addition, Jose made suggestions along the way to improve upon the plans, almost all of which were accepted. Also included in the renovations was the addition of a pool and hot tub. Jose did not do these, but in hindsight, I wished I'd asked him to oversee the effort as I think this would have allowed the project to go much smoother. As it was, Jose did a lot of direct coordination with the pool company to make sure there were no conflicts or delays.

Most importantly, Jose was very professional. I always felt he was being up front and honest with me. What impressed me the most, was that Jose called me on an almost daily basis throughout the project (and several times since!) to let me know what was going on and to see if there were any questions or concerns that I had. If there were, he was right on it.

Jose has my contact information and has my permission to provide this information to perspective clients at his discretion. Furthermore, he is welcome to use photos in his portfolio or on his website.

Again, thank you Jose,

Tami and David Borecky

June 5, 2009

Dear Jose:

Thank you for transforming our half-acre of dirt into a beautiful yard! It was pleasant working with you and your crew! We are happy to have our yard to enjoy now, but we are a little sad to say good-bye to you and your crew! We are very pleased to give Exterior Designs our highest recommendation!

We moved into our home in November, 2008. Although our home was four years old, no landscaping had been done except for a wall built around most of the property. We hired Nick Martin, landscape architect, to help us make a plan for a pool and yard. He recommended Exterior Design to do the work. We decided to interview several companies for the job. We were impressed with you from the beginning, Jose! You were always on time to our meetings and very positive about our job. You brought many pictures of work you had done, and gave us quotes for the work in a prompt manner. We had to revise our landscaping plan many times to make it fit into our budget. You never complained about coming back to see the changed plans and having to revise your quotes many times for us. Thank you for sticking with us. We are very happy we made the decision to choose you and your company to do all our hardscape and softscape work.

You started immediately after we signed the contract and you and your crew were here every weekday until the job was completed. You called us at least once a day to see if we had any questions. Your men were polite and really picked up after themselves, never leaving trash or equipment in disarray. It was a nice surprise to have our walkway and driveway cleaned before the men went home in the afternoons. You finished our project almost a month ahead of schedule.

Thank you for working so closely with our pool company, Sundancer Pools. Having you help coordinate your schedule with theirs made things easy for us. Your knowledge and experience were amazingly helpful to us throughout this entire project.

We appreciate your policy of showing us the pavers, flagstone, cement, boulder, and decomposed granite designs for our approval before placing them permanently. It felt like we were in on every decision. Thank you for letting us know ahead of time when a decision about something was coming up.

Thank you for being gracious when we asked for a few changes to be made. You always made it clear that you wanted us to be completely satisfied, and we certainly are!

It was a pleasure getting to know you. You are very warm, friendly, and easy to talk to. I don't think we will ever forget you. We wish you all the best!

With warm regard and thanks,
Tami and David Borecky
Escondido, CA

Tami and David Borecky

June 5, 2009

Dear Jose:

Thank you for transforming our half-acre of dirt into a beautiful yard! It was pleasant working with you and your crew! We are happy to have our yard to enjoy now, but we are a little sad to say good-bye to you and your crew! We are very pleased to give Exterior Designs our highest recommendation!

We moved into our home in November, 2008. Although our home was four years old, no landscaping had been done except for a wall built around most of the property. We hired Nick Martin, landscape architect, to help us make a plan for a pool and yard. He recommended Exterior Design to do the work. We decided to interview several companies for the job. We were impressed with you from the beginning, Jose! You were always on time to our meetings and very positive about our job. You brought many pictures of work you had done, and gave us quotes for the work in a prompt manner. We had to revise our landscaping plan many times to make it fit into our budget. You never complained about coming back to see the changed plans and having to revise your quotes many times for us. Thank you for sticking with us. We are very happy we made the decision to choose you and your company to do all our hardscape and softscape work.

You started immediately after we signed the contract and you and your crew were here every weekday until the job was completed. You called us at least once a day to see if we had any questions. Your men were polite and really picked up after themselves, never leaving trash or equipment in disarray. It was a nice surprise to have our walkway and driveway cleaned before the men went home in the afternoons. You finished our project almost a month ahead of schedule.

Thank you for working so closely with our pool company, Sundancer Pools. Having you help coordinate your schedule with theirs made things easy for us. Your knowledge and experience were amazingly helpful to us throughout this entire project.

We appreciate your policy of showing us the pavers, flagstone, cement, boulder, and decomposed granite designs for our approval before placing them permanently. It felt like we were in on every decision. Thank you for letting us know ahead of time when a decision about something was coming up.

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Patricia Westbrook

May 1, 2007

Jose Castro
Exterior Designs
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Dear Jose,

Thank you for turning my worn out back yard into something beautiful again!

The stone and concrete work you did is absolutely gorgeous. I was impressed, and somewhat surprised, by the care and attention to detail the crew used in installing the stone wall, patio and steps. Their efforts truly paid off - the stone work is a work of art! And with the new lighting installation, my beautiful back yard is even more spectacular by night!

I really appreciate your thoughtfulness in keeping my property as tidy and organized as possible during what is always a messy process. The fact that the guys always put things away and cleaned the walks and driveway before leaving for the weekend was truly an extra touch I had not expected.

I am so glad that I chose you as the contractor for my project. Your daily visits and phone calls, your constant monitoring of progress on the project, and the fact that you were not only were open to my suggestions, but actually solicited them, made the entire process very enjoyable. And the result couldn't be better!

Many thanks and best regards,

Patricia Westbrook

Patricia Westbrook

May 1, 2007

Jose Castro
Exterior Designs
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Dear Jose,

Thank you for turning my worn out back yard into something beautiful again!

The stone and concrete work you did is absolutely gorgeous. I was impressed, and somewhat surprised, by the care and attention to detail the crew used in installing the stone wall, patio and steps. Their efforts truly paid off - the stone work is a work of art! And with the new lighting installation, my beautiful back yard is even more spectacular by night!

I really appreciate your thoughtfulness in keeping my property as tidy and organized as possible during what is always a messy process. The fact that the guys always put things away and cleaned the walks and driveway before leaving for the weekend was truly an extra touch I had not expected.

I am so glad that I chose you as the contractor for my project. Your daily visits and phone calls, your constant monitoring of progress on the project, and the fact that you were not only were open to my suggestions, but actually solicited them, made the entire process very enjoyable. And the result couldn't be better!

Many thanks and best regards,

Patricia Westbrook

Romeo H. Camozzi

September 25, 2007

I have client of Jose Castro for over 30 years, during which time he performed large and moderate landscape and structural projects and three properties, a horse ranch, condominium, and currently on my single family residence in Ranch Bernardo. Projects have included landscaping, brick work, extensive patio (brick) work, fixed awning shade, patio enclosure, fencing, sprinkler system installation, retaining walls, drainage systems, fountain installation, outdoor electrical work, etc.

Jose Castro has demonstrated outstanding skills in landscape and structural design of various projects and the execution and completion of the projects had always been accomplished in an exemplary manner. His extensive portfolio illustrates the wide range and superb
quality of work which he has successfully undertaken in all areas of San Diego County.

Jose's staff of skilled craftsmen and artisans are courteous and most conscientious toward the work and they are always responsive to clients. Jose Castro continuously checks on the quality and progress of projects, inviting timely reactions and suggestions from clients. He guarantees his work 100% and has demonstrated high integrity in ensuring the satisfactory completion of all projects. Jose's prices are fair reasonable and commensurate with the highest quality of work which he offers. I recommend Jose Castro without reservation to anyone interested in exemplary design, efficient delivery of service, and the highest quality of work completion. He is A real professional!

Sincerely,

Romeo H. Camozzi
San Diego, CA
rcamozzi@earthlink.net

Romeo H. Camozzi

September 25, 2007

I have client of Jose Castro for over 30 years, during which time he performed large and moderate landscape and structural projects and three properties, a horse ranch, condominium, and currently on my single family residence in Ranch Bernardo. Projects have included landscaping, brick work, extensive patio (brick) work, fixed awning shade, patio enclosure, fencing, sprinkler system installation, retaining walls, drainage systems, fountain installation, outdoor electrical work, etc.

Jose Castro has demonstrated outstanding skills in landscape and structural design of various projects and the execution and completion of the projects had always been accomplished in an exemplary manner. His extensive portfolio illustrates the wide range and superb
quality of work which he has successfully undertaken in all areas of San Diego County.

Jose's staff of skilled craftsmen and artisans are courteous and most conscientious toward the work and they are always responsive to clients. Jose Castro continuously checks on the quality and progress of projects, inviting timely reactions and suggestions from clients. He guarantees his work 100% and has demonstrated high integrity in ensuring the satisfactory completion of all projects. Jose's prices are fair reasonable and commensurate with the highest quality of work which he offers. I recommend Jose Castro without reservation to anyone interested in exemplary design, efficient delivery of service, and the highest quality of work completion. He is A real professional!

Sincerely,

Romeo H. Camozzi
San Diego, CA
rcamozzi@earthlink.net

The Roach's

Dear Interested Homeowner,

We are extraordinarily pleased with our home and its character has been enhanced greatly with the overall design and beauty of the work that was completed. Significant resources were committed to our project and the quality of the workmanship is without question, Superior.

Many factors need to be evaluated in making this critical decision including time, money, design, construction, communication and flexibility. It has been a pleasure to work with this team of exceptionally professional, experienced and talented craftsmen at Exterior Designs.

We wish you well in your decision making process.

Sincerely,

The Roach's
RSF, CA

"Exterior Designs Customers"

The Roach's

Dear Interested Homeowner,

We are extraordinarily pleased with our home and its character has been enhanced greatly with the overall design and beauty of the work that was completed. Significant resources were committed to our project and the quality of the workmanship is without question, Superior.

Many factors need to be evaluated in making this critical decision including time, money, design, construction, communication and flexibility. It has been a pleasure to work with this team of exceptionally professional, experienced and talented craftsmen at Exterior Designs.

We wish you well in your decision making process.

Sincerely,

The Roach's
RSF, CA

"Exterior Designs Customers"

Mathew A. Lipski

May 12, 2007

Exterior Designs,

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to Jose Castro along with his entire honest and trustworthy staff. I did a major remodel of my home and the entire yard, pool area, and perimeter walls. Jose was on top of things daily, even beyond the many tasks of his responsibility. This diligence was a key factor in the completion of the project in a reasonable time. I waited for 6 months after the completion of my project to write this letter. I wanted to give the irrigation, soil amendment and drainage an opportunity to stand the test of time, and it has. He followed the plans by the architect in detail. Jose was also helpful in sourcing a fountain, tile and 2 very large Canary Island Palms. I thought a letter of recommendation is deserving.

Jose, please display this letter on your website.

Sincerely,

Mathew A. Lipski
Del Mar, CA

Mathew A. Lipski

May 12, 2007

Exterior Designs,

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to Jose Castro along with his entire honest and trustworthy staff. I did a major remodel of my home and the entire yard, pool area, and perimeter walls. Jose was on top of things daily, even beyond the many tasks of his responsibility. This diligence was a key factor in the completion of the project in a reasonable time. I waited for 6 months after the completion of my project to write this letter. I wanted to give the irrigation, soil amendment and drainage an opportunity to stand the test of time, and it has. He followed the plans by the architect in detail. Jose was also helpful in sourcing a fountain, tile and 2 very large Canary Island Palms. I thought a letter of recommendation is deserving.

Jose, please display this letter on your website.

Sincerely,

Mathew A. Lipski
Del Mar, CA

Pamela Howell

Mr. Castro
Exterior Designs

Client: Mr. and Mrs. James Howell

In January 2007, we hired Exterior Designs for our landscape and installation. Mr. Castro provided plans with a tropical theme for submittal to our HOA, which were quickly and easily approved. Exterior Design's crew promptly began working in our yard and smoothly coordinated the job with our pool contractor, Sundancer Pools. Mr. Castro was courteous, very professional and most of all reachable by cell phone to address questions.

Within just a few months, our project was complete. Exterior Designs landscaped a gorgeous medallion fescue yard, with meandering curbed accents and installed beautiful palm trees, fruit trees, shrubs and flora-culture. Around the pool area Exterior Designs constructed a custom outdoor kitchen, with granite countertop, Cal Spa accessories and overhead pergola for shade and privacy. We appreciated the attention to detail, assistance with concrete patio color selections and many other thoughtful change orders, such as built-in lighting in the pool area cantilevered stairways.

Along with our recommendation, we would like to thank Mr. Castro and everyone at Exterior Designs for a job well done.

Thank You,

Pamela Howell

Pamela Howell

Mr. Castro
Exterior Designs

Client: Mr. and Mrs. James Howell

In January 2007, we hired Exterior Designs for our landscape and installation. Mr. Castro provided plans with a tropical theme for submittal to our HOA, which were quickly and easily approved. Exterior Design's crew promptly began working in our yard and smoothly coordinated the job with our pool contractor, Sundancer Pools. Mr. Castro was courteous, very professional and most of all reachable by cell phone to address questions.

Within just a few months, our project was complete. Exterior Designs landscaped a gorgeous medallion fescue yard, with meandering curbed accents and installed beautiful palm trees, fruit trees, shrubs and flora-culture. Around the pool area Exterior Designs constructed a custom outdoor kitchen, with granite countertop, Cal Spa accessories and overhead pergola for shade and privacy. We appreciated the attention to detail, assistance with concrete patio color selections and many other thoughtful change orders, such as built-in lighting in the pool area cantilevered stairways.

Along with our recommendation, we would like to thank Mr. Castro and everyone at Exterior Designs for a job well done.

Thank You,

Pamela Howell

Tim and Diane Connolly

April 2007

Jose Castro,

I just want to take a moment to tell you how pleased we both are with our new patio and BBQ, plus all the new walls, plantings, and the many other features constructed by your Exterior Designs. Your attention to detail and experience gained through many years of landscape construction really helped make this project a success. Our neighbors have commented on how nice the slate walls and brickwork looks; hardscape construction is really Exterior Design's forte!

The many suggestions you offered of how best to implement the landscape plan really helped us with all the small but significant detail decisions that need to be made throughout the course of the project. Your willingness to accommodate design changes as the work progressed is appreciated. And the daily communications greatly helped to keep us informed of the progress - I do miss the cheerful and perennially optimistic morning phone calls! We look forward to working with you again in the future to make other areas of the property as beautiful as our new patio.

As you always like to say - Have a great day!

Tim and Diane Connolly

Tim and Diane Connolly

April 2007

Jose Castro,

I just want to take a moment to tell you how pleased we both are with our new patio and BBQ, plus all the new walls, plantings, and the many other features constructed by your Exterior Designs. Your attention to detail and experience gained through many years of landscape construction really helped make this project a success. Our neighbors have commented on how nice the slate walls and brickwork looks; hardscape construction is really Exterior Design's forte!

The many suggestions you offered of how best to implement the landscape plan really helped us with all the small but significant detail decisions that need to be made throughout the course of the project. Your willingness to accommodate design changes as the work progressed is appreciated. And the daily communications greatly helped to keep us informed of the progress - I do miss the cheerful and perennially optimistic morning phone calls! We look forward to working with you again in the future to make other areas of the property as beautiful as our new patio.

As you always like to say - Have a great day!

Tim and Diane Connolly

Mr. Bills

To Exterior Designs:

Your Company is certainly a credit to your industry and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone interested in Landscaping.

Sincerely, Mr. Bills

Mr. Bills

To Exterior Designs:

Your Company is certainly a credit to your industry and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone interested in Landscaping.

Sincerely, Mr. Bills

Kay and Bon Namkoong

REF: TO ANYONE WHO WANTS A GREAT BUILDER / LANDSCAPER

Dear Jose Castro / Exterior Designs

Thank you so much for the excellent job you did constructing our new landscaping.

This was both a fun and rewarding experience thanks to you.

You said this process would run smoothly because of your experience and knowledge and you were right!

You guys said you would spend time with us through out the whole process and you did!

Your great ideas and problem solving abilities were a great comfort to us.

If you have a potential client that needs some encouragement, just ask them to call us.

The Best to You,

Kay and Bon Namkoong

Kay and Bon Namkoong

REF: TO ANYONE WHO WANTS A GREAT BUILDER / LANDSCAPER

Dear Jose Castro / Exterior Designs

Thank you so much for the excellent job you did constructing our new landscaping.

This was both a fun and rewarding experience thanks to you.

You said this process would run smoothly because of your experience and knowledge and you were right!

You guys said you would spend time with us through out the whole process and you did!

Your great ideas and problem solving abilities were a great comfort to us.

If you have a potential client that needs some encouragement, just ask them to call us.

The Best to You,

Kay and Bon Namkoong

Phil & Sharon Poirier

February 20, 2011

To whom it may concern:

We seldom write recommendations for contractors, but we’re pleased to highly recommend
Jose Castro of Exterior Designs.

Simply put, Jose transformed our yard over the past several months in a major re-landscaping
job at our home that included demolishing and removing existing concrete patios and retainer
walls, pouring new patios including building one into a hillside, installing new patio covers, a
fireplace and a BBQ, running new irrigation, installing lighting, and much more.

Here are some of the things we appreciated about Jose:

1. Professional and Fair.
Jose keeps his word and, if you have any concerns or issues, will
work with you to resolve them. And, in any large landscaping project, things will come up -
there are always gaps in plans, and decisions to make - especially colors…unbelievable. If
we didn’t like some element of finishing work, for example, we’d talk with Jose and it was
fixed - sometimes it was a change from the plans we wanted (our expense), and other times
it was something he needed to correct (his expense). That’s why you must stay involved in
the project. If we had a question or concern, we were on it right away…and I think that
helped keep things on track. It also helped that Jose was so engaged - more on that below.

2. Reliable.
Ever have contractors that seem to disappear or you have trouble getting a hold of
them? That never happened to us. You call Jose, he’ll call you. Heck, he calls you even if
you don’t call him.

3. Engaged.
When Jose says he’ll be personally involved in your project, he means it. He was
almost always on our job site in the morning to kick off the work, and would call every night
asking us if we had “any questions or suggestions.” He might as well have been part of our
family - in a good way.

4. Easy to work with.
We never had a situation where Jose resisted making a change…there
might be a cost, but he worked with us to incorporate the change. Part of it is Jose’s
incredibly positive perspective on work and his life - everything is “easy” and “no problem,”
even if it’s a challenge. He and his team get it done.

5. Great crews.
Jose’s team was great to work with…very respectful, hardworking, friendly,
etc. They showed up when expected, they worked, they always cleaned up and they left.
Honestly, even in the middle of the demo, I was surprised how the guys tried to clean things
up. We really liked them. Jose is hard working too…making calls early morning and at
night to keep things going.

6. Creative.
Jose has a good eye for things. The way he used all the rock from our demo and
foundation work to create new rock terraces on our hillsides is really nice. But, he won’t
force his views on you…he might wince or caution, but that’s because he has a pretty good
idea how it will work out.

7. Subcontractors.
Jose did a great job working with the subcontractors - electrical, plumbing,
fencing, painters, roofers, etc. Oftentimes, he engaged them directly, but sometimes they
were hired by us - but, even in those cases, he was great at coordinating. He also
recommends some great subs. Don’t underestimate the value of his engagement with subs
- some contractors want nothing to do with “your subs”…have a conflict between them, it’s
up to you to work it out. Not pretty. That didn’t happen with Jose…he’d work with us and
the sub to figure it out and keep the project going.

Another quick point. Big landscaping projects are moving targets. I’ll be surprised if you don’t
find things you want to change. It’s very important that you and Jose be clear on what you
want, and get complete estimates up front. The costs for materials and equipment can be high.
If Jose says “I can do that” or “no problem,” that doesn’t mean it’s free. Just make sure you
know what he’s going to charge or not. I never felt taken, but there were a couple of
misunderstandings. Over a 10 month project (we had delays due to permits - NOT Jose’s
fault), they were not significant and we never felt that Jose was trying to pull a fast one. When
we had those situations, we resolved them to our mutual satisfaction.

We also think there are lots of things that Jose does that are overlooked - for example, he puts
in a LOT of time that you don’t see, like coordinating permits, getting materials and working with
subs. That’s all work that Jose deserves to be compensated for. That’s why we believe we got
a fair shake.

We also got a great result - we LOVE our new yard.

Jose has our contact information and permission to provide this information to prospective
clients at his discretion. Furthermore, he is welcome to use photos in his portfolio or on his
website.

In closing, let me reinforce what we opened with…we highly recommend Jose without
hesitation, and would use him again in a heartbeat.

Thanks Jose.

Phil & Sharon Poirier

Phil & Sharon Poirier

February 20, 2011

To whom it may concern:

We seldom write recommendations for contractors, but we’re pleased to highly recommend
Jose Castro of Exterior Designs.

Simply put, Jose transformed our yard over the past several months in a major re-landscaping
job at our home that included demolishing and removing existing concrete patios and retainer
walls, pouring new patios including building one into a hillside, installing new patio covers, a
fireplace and a BBQ, running new irrigation, installing lighting, and much more.

Here are some of the things we appreciated about Jose:

1. Professional and Fair.
Jose keeps his word and, if you have any concerns or issues, will
work with you to resolve them. And, in any large landscaping project, things will come up -
there are always gaps in plans, and decisions to make - especially colors…unbelievable. If
we didn’t like some element of finishing work, for example, we’d talk with Jose and it was
fixed - sometimes it was a change from the plans we wanted (our expense), and other times
it was something he needed to correct (his expense). That’s why you must stay involved in
the project. If we had a question or concern, we were on it right away…and I think that
helped keep things on track. It also helped that Jose was so engaged - more on that below.

2. Reliable.
Ever have contractors that seem to disappear or you have trouble getting a hold of
them? That never happened to us. You call Jose, he’ll call you. Heck, he calls you even if
you don’t call him.

3. Engaged.
When Jose says he’ll be personally involved in your project, he means it. He was
almost always on our job site in the morning to kick off the work, and would call every night
asking us if we had “any questions or suggestions.” He might as well have been part of our
family - in a good way.

4. Easy to work with.
We never had a situation where Jose resisted making a change…there
might be a cost, but he worked with us to incorporate the change. Part of it is Jose’s
incredibly positive perspective on work and his life - everything is “easy” and “no problem,”
even if it’s a challenge.

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B. Staab

June 6, 2009

Exterior Designs completed my front and back yard remodel just last month.Jose and his crew were very diligent and respectful of my wishes and went out of their way to make sure I was a satisfied client. The communication between Jose and myself was near perfection. I felt very confident in his follow-up each and every day.

The crew was here in mass numbers each day of the week. Every detail was addressed and attended to in prompt fashion. Thanks to the successful preparation and development of: Nick Martin and Exterior Designs and Sundancer Pools , I received an extraordinary Pool, Fireplace, BBQ, and new tropical environment.

I would not hesitate to call upon Exterior Designs again for any further construction needs. They do business like business is intended: Customer first, along with good communication, and customer happiness, and complete satisfaction.

Sincerely,

B. Staab

Pacific Beach Homeowner

B. Staab

June 6, 2009

Exterior Designs completed my front and back yard remodel just last month.Jose and his crew were very diligent and respectful of my wishes and went out of their way to make sure I was a satisfied client. The communication between Jose and myself was near perfection. I felt very confident in his follow-up each and every day.

The crew was here in mass numbers each day of the week. Every detail was addressed and attended to in prompt fashion. Thanks to the successful preparation and development of: Nick Martin and Exterior Designs and Sundancer Pools , I received an extraordinary Pool, Fireplace, BBQ, and new tropical environment.

I would not hesitate to call upon Exterior Designs again for any further construction needs. They do business like business is intended: Customer first, along with good communication, and customer happiness, and complete satisfaction.

Sincerely,

B. Staab

Pacific Beach Homeowner

Rich Spinelli

To Whom It May Concern:

I have known Jose Castro for over Thirty years. We started building custom homes in the Lake Hodges area in the mid 70's. I have been a professional carpenter and home builder since the 60's and Jose is the most reliable and conscientious man I have ever met. We recently hired his company to landscape our multi-million dollar home in Rancho Santa Fe. He did all of the retaining walls, stone work, marble work, planting, built a beautiful BBQ and wet bar by the pool, etc, etc. Along with this, his crew was invaluable in constantly helping us with our construction work. I am not the type who gives references but in Jose's case I make an exception.

Rich Spinelli
Construction Superintendent
Herk Alcaraz Consulting and Developement

Rich Spinelli

To Whom It May Concern:

I have known Jose Castro for over Thirty years. We started building custom homes in the Lake Hodges area in the mid 70's. I have been a professional carpenter and home builder since the 60's and Jose is the most reliable and conscientious man I have ever met. We recently hired his company to landscape our multi-million dollar home in Rancho Santa Fe. He did all of the retaining walls, stone work, marble work, planting, built a beautiful BBQ and wet bar by the pool, etc, etc. Along with this, his crew was invaluable in constantly helping us with our construction work. I am not the type who gives references but in Jose's case I make an exception.

Rich Spinelli
Construction Superintendent
Herk Alcaraz Consulting and Developement

Jonathan and Kim Zupnik

Jose Castro
Exterior Designs
PO Box 3008
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-3008

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Exterior Designs to anyone. Jose's customer service is top notch.

We searched out the right person to do the landscaping for our house. Being new to the area we did some research and were happy with Jose's honesty and great craftsmanship. He definitely takes pride in every job that he does. The professional touch was great, but his personal involvement with our project was outstanding. We always felt completely informed about the job's progress.

It was important to us to also have the job done in a timely manner and done well. Jose's teams of workers were pleasant, professional and finished the project ahead of the projected date. They exceeded our expectation. We are very happy with the results. We get compliments all the time from our neighbors and friends. We will enjoy sitting in our backyard thanks to Jose. Exterior Design is a wonderful company to do business with, and I am happy to give my wholehearted endorsement.

Sincerely,

Jonathan and Kim Zupnik
San Diego, CA

Jonathan and Kim Zupnik

Jose Castro
Exterior Designs
PO Box 3008
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-3008

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Exterior Designs to anyone. Jose's customer service is top notch.

We searched out the right person to do the landscaping for our house. Being new to the area we did some research and were happy with Jose's honesty and great craftsmanship. He definitely takes pride in every job that he does. The professional touch was great, but his personal involvement with our project was outstanding. We always felt completely informed about the job's progress.

It was important to us to also have the job done in a timely manner and done well. Jose's teams of workers were pleasant, professional and finished the project ahead of the projected date. They exceeded our expectation. We are very happy with the results. We get compliments all the time from our neighbors and friends. We will enjoy sitting in our backyard thanks to Jose. Exterior Design is a wonderful company to do business with, and I am happy to give my wholehearted endorsement.

Sincerely,

Jonathan and Kim Zupnik
San Diego, CA

Edward J. Kikta and Janice Chiu-Kikta

November 7, 2008

Dear Jose,

In early 2008, we were interviewing prospective contractor candidates to execute a scope of work that included demolition of an existing backyard landscape, relocation of several mature specimen palms and implementation of a new landscape design per detailed drawings from our landscape architect.

Multiple contractors were interviewed and submitted proposals. Jose distinguished himself from the get-go with his personable demeanor and his immediate and genuine interest in our project. Prior to contract award, Jose met with us on several occasions to discuss the project and review his past experience. He brought with him hundreds of pictures from past projects that, in addition to demonstrating impressive workmanship and quality, actually inspired improvements to our own landscaping plans.

Our decision was made based on personal impressions of Jose, the overwhelmingly positive reference feedback and a competitive proposal. Jose and Exterior Designs was the clear choice for us, and we kicked-off the project in late March 2008.

Communication & Meetings -

Communication is vital in any project, and Jose excelled in this area. Jose was prompt in the majority of meeting times and when delayed, called ahead to inform us of his estimated time of arrival. When we think of Jose, we think "proactive" and "responsive".

Work Crew -

We were very impressed with the work crew. They were timely for their daily shifts. They were very courteous, performed high quality work, and cleaned up the grounds at the end of each day.

Measure Three Times, Cut Once -

This technique was applied throughout the project, be it for the size and shape of new structure, the location of a tree, the height of arbors and spacing of structural members, the layout of flooring, the size and location of accent pieces, lighting, etc.

When Things Don't Go As Expected -

The true character of a contractor shows when things don't go exactly as planned. No project goes off without a hitch, and ours was no exception. During the build of the barbeque island, Jose brought to our attention that the structure was not safe. We agreed with Jose’s assessment and hired a structural engineer to redesign the structure to be safe. Jose was always working with us proactively to find a solution and never once quit on us.

Completion -

The work was completed in September 2008 and the transformation of our backyard exceeded our expectations. The craftsmanship is exquisite and everyone who has visited the site recognizes the quality and class it exudes. On a personal note, you can't help but get to know someone when you speak to them at least twice a day over the course of ~ 6 months and we feel Jose is a class act. We'll miss our daily chats.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Kikta and Janice Chiu-Kikta
Encinitas, CA

Edward J. Kikta and Janice Chiu-Kikta

November 7, 2008

Dear Jose,

In early 2008, we were interviewing prospective contractor candidates to execute a scope of work that included demolition of an existing backyard landscape, relocation of several mature specimen palms and implementation of a new landscape design per detailed drawings from our landscape architect.

Multiple contractors were interviewed and submitted proposals. Jose distinguished himself from the get-go with his personable demeanor and his immediate and genuine interest in our project. Prior to contract award, Jose met with us on several occasions to discuss the project and review his past experience. He brought with him hundreds of pictures from past projects that, in addition to demonstrating impressive workmanship and quality, actually inspired improvements to our own landscaping plans.

Our decision was made based on personal impressions of Jose, the overwhelmingly positive reference feedback and a competitive proposal. Jose and Exterior Designs was the clear choice for us, and we kicked-off the project in late March 2008.

Communication & Meetings -

Communication is vital in any project, and Jose excelled in this area. Jose was prompt in the majority of meeting times and when delayed, called ahead to inform us of his estimated time of arrival. When we think of Jose, we think "proactive" and "responsive".

Work Crew -

We were very impressed with the work crew. They were timely for their daily shifts. They were very courteous, performed high quality work, and cleaned up the grounds at the end of each day.

Measure Three Times, Cut Once -

This technique was applied throughout the project, be it for the size and shape of new structure, the location of a tree, the height of arbors and spacing of structural members, the layout of flooring, the size and location of accent pieces, lighting, etc.

When Things Don't Go As Expected -

The true character of a contractor shows when things don't go exactly as planned. No project goes off without a hitch, and ours was no exception. During the build of the barbeque island, Jose brought to our attention that the structure was not safe. We agreed with Jose’s assessment and hired a structural engineer to redesign the structure to be safe. Jose was always working with us proactively to find a solution and never once quit on us.

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Teri and Steve Argabright

Hello Jose!

Now that our landscape project is complete, Steve and I thought we’d take a moment to tell you how happy we are with the outcome! When we were first choosing a landscaper, we were, of course, evaluating experience, availability, reliability, and cost. Your firm, Exterior Designs Landscape, certainly met our qualifications, but your professionalism really set your firm apart. We were turning over a large amount of our money, our time, and our privacy to your firm and we did not do so lightly. You and your crew exceeded our expectations in all aspects! The landscape, BBQ, and fire pit are wonderful. We get compliments all the time from our neighbors and friends. In addition, we always felt completely informed about the job’s progress, about decisions that needed to be made, and about possible intrusions, You worked very well with us in following the plans, but also making experienced suggestions and modifications along the way that were good improvements.

To say we are satisfied customers is an understatement. Thanks for everything, Jose, and all the best to you as your business certainly grows!

Regards,

Teri and Steve Argabright

Teri and Steve Argabright

Hello Jose!

Now that our landscape project is complete, Steve and I thought we’d take a moment to tell you how happy we are with the outcome! When we were first choosing a landscaper, we were, of course, evaluating experience, availability, reliability, and cost. Your firm, Exterior Designs Landscape, certainly met our qualifications, but your professionalism really set your firm apart. We were turning over a large amount of our money, our time, and our privacy to your firm and we did not do so lightly. You and your crew exceeded our expectations in all aspects! The landscape, BBQ, and fire pit are wonderful. We get compliments all the time from our neighbors and friends. In addition, we always felt completely informed about the job’s progress, about decisions that needed to be made, and about possible intrusions, You worked very well with us in following the plans, but also making experienced suggestions and modifications along the way that were good improvements.

To say we are satisfied customers is an understatement. Thanks for everything, Jose, and all the best to you as your business certainly grows!

Regards,

Teri and Steve Argabright

Tony and Kathy Oliveira

Tony Oliveira
Escondido, CA

I contracted with Jose Castro, from Exterior Designs, to completely upgrade and remodel my pool, spa and pool deck. We are very happy with the final results and the professional and high quality work that was preformed. Mr. Castro did what he promised and his work crews were professional, considerate and knowledgeable.

Mr. Castro kept a daily and close eye on the project and was very responsive to making sure things got done correctly and according to contract. He kept us updated on his progress and went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied with the results.

We highly recommend Jose Castro for your next project.

Tony and Kathy Oliveira

Tony and Kathy Oliveira

Tony Oliveira
Escondido, CA

I contracted with Jose Castro, from Exterior Designs, to completely upgrade and remodel my pool, spa and pool deck. We are very happy with the final results and the professional and high quality work that was preformed. Mr. Castro did what he promised and his work crews were professional, considerate and knowledgeable.

Mr. Castro kept a daily and close eye on the project and was very responsive to making sure things got done correctly and according to contract. He kept us updated on his progress and went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied with the results.

We highly recommend Jose Castro for your next project.

Tony and Kathy Oliveira

Jay Lowery and Family

Dear Exterior Designs:

We just wanted to thank you.

You and your company were more than helpful during the entire process. You would listen to our ideas, talk us through some of yours, and we could always get a hold of you within a reasonable amount of time and you always kept us informed on the progress of work.

And although we are happy that the project is over for our own peace of mind, I must say that we miss working with you.

Again, Jose, thanks for everything.

Your friends,

Jay Lowery and Family

Jay Lowery and Family

Dear Exterior Designs:

We just wanted to thank you.

You and your company were more than helpful during the entire process. You would listen to our ideas, talk us through some of yours, and we could always get a hold of you within a reasonable amount of time and you always kept us informed on the progress of work.

And although we are happy that the project is over for our own peace of mind, I must say that we miss working with you.

Again, Jose, thanks for everything.

Your friends,

Jay Lowery and Family

Theresa Carter

August 11th, 2011

Dear Jose,

When my husband and I purchased our home this year, our first objective was to transform the yard intone that was more reflective of your design style and gave us the functionality we were seeking. The primary reason we selected this home was because we felt the yard had the potential to meet the varied needs of my husband and I and our four active children.

I went through a diligent screening process before selecting a contractor. I had previously interviewed five landscape design companies before selecting Exterior Designs. You quickly comprehended our vision for the yard and extended it into something even better. I was immediately impressed with your knowledge of all facets of landscape design. Most importantly, you were very easy to work with and took critique as well as you took compliments. Your attention to detail and your flexibility helped this major project get executed flawlessly. When they conducted their final inspection walk-thru, the Rancho Pacifica Design Review Committee was impressed with your work and commented that your improvements to the yard felt like they had been a part of the original landscape design.

Before you had made the improvements, the yard had no designated play area for kids, too many areas with no purpose and middle plantings all around. You created a basketball sports court, a soccer area with synthetic turf, new patio spaces, a fire pit, cohesive plantings all around, and much, much more. You truly maximized the functionality of our yard and beautified it in the process. Because of your adept work, we now feel like this home and this yard are truly ours now.

Thank you from the entire Carter family. We love our yard!!!

Sincerely,

Theresa Carter

Theresa Carter

August 11th, 2011

Dear Jose,

When my husband and I purchased our home this year, our first objective was to transform the yard intone that was more reflective of your design style and gave us the functionality we were seeking. The primary reason we selected this home was because we felt the yard had the potential to meet the varied needs of my husband and I and our four active children.

I went through a diligent screening process before selecting a contractor. I had previously interviewed five landscape design companies before selecting Exterior Designs. You quickly comprehended our vision for the yard and extended it into something even better. I was immediately impressed with your knowledge of all facets of landscape design. Most importantly, you were very easy to work with and took critique as well as you took compliments. Your attention to detail and your flexibility helped this major project get executed flawlessly. When they conducted their final inspection walk-thru, the Rancho Pacifica Design Review Committee was impressed with your work and commented that your improvements to the yard felt like they had been a part of the original landscape design.

Before you had made the improvements, the yard had no designated play area for kids, too many areas with no purpose and middle plantings all around. You created a basketball sports court, a soccer area with synthetic turf, new patio spaces, a fire pit, cohesive plantings all around, and much, much more. You truly maximized the functionality of our yard and beautified it in the process. Because of your adept work, we now feel like this home and this yard are truly ours now.

Thank you from the entire Carter family. We love our yard!!!

Sincerely,

Theresa Carter

Mike and Jody Burke

Dear Jose,

Jody and I want to thank you for the amazing transformation that has occurred to our front and back yard. We never imagined that our home would look this beautiful! Your attention to the small details has created an entertainment environment that we are proud to share with our friends and family.

Your project plan came in on time and right on budget. We were impressed with the way your team kept the property so clean during the construction.

The barbeque and fireplace were a perfect addition and the layout of both fits our backyard perfectly.

We are so pleased with the additional 6 ft of space in our backyard with your recommendation of straightening the fence line. No other contractor noticed that detail.

We would highly recommend your work to future customers.

Thank you,

Mike and Jody Burke

Mike and Jody Burke

Dear Jose,

Jody and I want to thank you for the amazing transformation that has occurred to our front and back yard. We never imagined that our home would look this beautiful! Your attention to the small details has created an entertainment environment that we are proud to share with our friends and family.

Your project plan came in on time and right on budget. We were impressed with the way your team kept the property so clean during the construction.

The barbeque and fireplace were a perfect addition and the layout of both fits our backyard perfectly.

We are so pleased with the additional 6 ft of space in our backyard with your recommendation of straightening the fence line. No other contractor noticed that detail.

We would highly recommend your work to future customers.

Thank you,

Mike and Jody Burke