When we needed to replace our aging outdoor steps, we appreciated Dana’s helpful and timely suggestions during the design stage. The resulting work was completed professionally and on time. Throughout the process, Dana spent time to make sure we were satisfied. We are very pleased and would wholeheartedly recommend Dana’s expert services.

K. Slater

Our landscaping company focuses on small rock and patio jobs, driveways, and garden design, planting and maintenance. When our clients ask for large scale jobs including rock stairways, retaining walls, large flagstone patios, inuksuk, and other decorative features, we have had the pleasure of always recommending Dana.

Our clients are always completely satisfied and very happy. His workmanship is excellent and his suggestions on style, detail and the best product for the job are ‘worth their weight in gold’. Furthermore, he is the stone landscaper we have chosen to enhance the landscape with large flagstone and stone block at our own home. We would highly recommend Dana for any stone landscaping project you may be considering.

Brenda Maitland, Second Nature Gardening
Bob Maitland, bobMaitlandCO

I have been intrigued with “Inukshuks” since my trip to the Arctic a few years ago. Inukshuks are structures of unworked stones used as hunting and navigational aids by the Inuit for purposes of communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the Inukshuk is “You are on the right path” or “Someone was here.” I like to be reminded that I am on the right path.

Dana presented me with an opportunity to have an Inukshuk of my own in the front yard as a focal point for a garden. I provided him with a sketch and Dana made it happen. To ensure that the Inukshuk was safe, he established a concrete base, “pinned” and then cemented the joints. The quality of his work was excellent. Dana performed the work on time and on budget. Thanks, Dana!

I have received several positive comments about the Inukshuk from neighbours and family members. If I need additional stonework to be done, I would not hesitate to contact Dana to do it.

Don H. Chevalier

We had the pleasure of having Dana do a stepped stone walkway from the house to the lake for us. We were totally pleased with the result. Dana’s eye for design, his choice of individual pieces of flag to highlight landing areas and his attention to final detail—finishing each stone to make the steps as even as flag can be, were totally professional, and artful.

Guests continue to remark on our lovely “stairway to heaven” and we are pleased with how the work has endured over the last 4 years. Dana and Scott provided invaluable assistance, as well, in helping us to imagine the finishing of the job. Their timing for the job was spot on, as was the budget. There is nothing like flagstone in Muskoka, made natural and fitting to the landscape. Dana Shay can do it for you!

Ron and Cathi Baker
Walker Lake

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