SJ Doubleday

To Whom It May Concern:

I am pleased to have the opportunity to write this letter of reference for Darren Sweet and his very capable employees. Darren was contracted to build a patio and retaining wall in our backyard.

To put it quite plainly his company did a superior job with both projects surpassing our expectations. Darren ensured that we were consistently “in the picture” in all stages and explained building options in such a way that we could make informed decisions on direction and changes as the need arose.

Upon project completion, Darren and his crew did a total clean up and removal of all debris, ensured the grounds were clean and most importantly, left our grounds in the same (actually better) condition that they were found in.

I recommend Darren and his company without reservation, the work ethic and customer service that they provided was second to none. In fact the service was so good we are already booking dates for home renovation this fall!

Dave Wright, P.Eng.

To Whom It May Concern,

This letter is to provide reference for Darren Sweet. Mr. Darren Sweet and his crew were hired to do a complete landscaping job in my yard including the construction of a 73′ long retaining wall, paving stone patio & fire pit, walkways and a deck with oval stone steps up to the house.

The construction was started on schedule and progressed without interruption to be completed on schedule. I was very impressed with quality of the work and the work ethic of the crew. The job was done properly and completed without shortcuts. The estimates were accurate to the penny. Darren provided some excellent input into a creative design and provided suggestions to design to budget. Minor add-ons (at my request) after the work had begun were accepted without complaint and priced fairly.

It is my pleasure to provided Mr. Sweet with this letter of reference for a job well done.

Carol Solomon

To Whom It May Concern,

I want to say that I was and am very impressed with the professionalism and workmanship of Darren and his crew.

For starters Darren promised to do my job on a certain date, kept in touch by phone and kept his scheduled date. That is rare in this industry of trades who are overbooked during the summer months and it was great that I didn’t have to chase him down.

The job was done uninterrupted, on time and kept within the quote. Darren gave me some good ideas and did an excellent job with my backyard patio and front yard rock garden. A few weeks after when I had a little area of water accumulation, nothing to do with his work, Darren came by promptly and advised me on how to easily fix it.

I enjoyed my experience with this crew. The human aspect and the ethics here are outstanding and it is a pleasure to provide this letter of reference.

Rod & Laurel MacLeod

We wish to let you know that we are very pleased with our “new” yard. We’ve had many compliments from neighbors and friends about how nice the brick patios and sidewalk turned out.

We appreciate you and your crew for doing such a professional job. You worked quickly and efficiently and the surrounding areas were cleared of debris each evening. We feel you were most willing to discuss changes and make helpful suggestions. We feel we received excellent value and we would certainly recommend your services to others.

Chris & Carla Homynyk

Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the excellent service we received when we had our lot regrading, steps, walkway and stone patio installed in late September 2004. The job estimate was very reasonable and Darren started and finished right on time.

I was extremely pleased with the professional manner in which Darren and his crew completed the work and the end result was beautiful. The brick work has improved the looks of my home and has certainly increased the value. I would recommend Darren and his team to anybody wanting good old-fashioned, reliable customer service and quality workmanship.

Darrell Schwab

It is my pleasure to write this letter of reference for Darren Sweet. Recently, I employed Darren and his crew for landscaping to my personal residence. They were easy to consult with and had great ideas and suggestions. They delivered quality workmanship with quality materials and left the job site uncluttered and free of debris.

The work was completed in the time promised and the cost remained within a reasonable amount of the estimate. I would recommend Darren Sweet for hire in the future.

Many thanks, to you and your team.

Mr. & Mrs. E. Gerhardt

To Whom It May Concern;

Over two years ago we bought an older home in Thorsby. Our sidewalks were in bad shape, crumbled and tilting dangerously. Last fall we hired Darren and his crew to replace the walkway and steps with brick. Mr. Sweet quickly removed the old blocks, setting them in the backyard for us. He broke up the old cement steps, which was a difficult job, and hauled away the debris. Then he efficiently laid out a new walk and steps, which greatly improved the look of our yard, and made snow pushing much easier. The job was done neatly and quickly and we have had many compliments on it.

Anyone wishing to see it can drive by the below address to view it.

4909 – 51 Street, Thorsby, Alberta

Dave & Meghan Thesen

We met Darren at the Home & Garden Show in Edmonton last year. We were instantly impressed by the workmanship demonstrated at his exhibit. Dave explained to Darren that we were experiencing drainage problems due to the poor workmanship of our new home. Darren came out to our house numerous times and gave us great advice on what he could do to solve all of our drainage issues. He informed us that paving stone was quite costly but assured us it would be worth every penny spent once they completed the job (he was right).

When Darren and his crew began construction we found them to be very professional and highly experienced in their trade. We have been dealing with trades people for well over 2 years now and can honestly say that Darren and his crew were by far the most reliable and hardworking individuals that we have ever had the pleasure to encounter not to mention the great workmanship they displayed. Darren was also able to stick to the original quote, we added an extra flower bed and window well to this project and found Darren’s price to be very reasonable for that work as well.

Overall, Dave & I would highly recommend Darren and his crew to anyone who is looking for quality workmanship in their home or workplace. “Hats off” to Darren and his crew, we look forward to seeing you next year as we have already made plans for our 2008 project!

Julie Hoffman — Summit Equities, Inc.

To Whom It May Concern,

It is my pleasure to describe our experience with Darren Sweet. My husband describes him as a “hard working farm boy from Saskatchewan”. I think that sums it up.

Our company owns several rental properties in Edmonton and surrounding area. That is where we have worked with Darren. He was very professional. He got the work done quickly and for a reasonable price. He takes a lot of pride in his work and it is always done meticulously. We have worked with numerous contractors. He has a work ethic that we have NEVER seen in a contractor. We won’t use anyone else for important renovations and landscaping if we don’t have to.

I think one of the most important qualities about Darren is that he is a really good communicator. I always know what is going on with a project – good news and bad. He would phone frequently to keep me updated and to confirm decisions made. I appreciate this about him because there are no surprises when it comes to a job such as cost or service. At the same time, he is able to delegate and use initiative appropriately. This is an important quality in a business man.

We would definitely recommend Darren Sweet. Please do not hesitate to phone us with questions of concerns.