We are thrilled with the amazing transformation that Don and his team designed and delivered for our backyard and pool renovation project! Our home is in a typical suburban neighborhood, but this was not a small project. For three months, Don and his team were working on our yard every day, on time and 100% focused on our project. Don was completely transparent, updating us daily about what they were doing and what to expect next. The results are beautiful: a gorgeous pool with new plumbing, a new concrete deck, a new pergola, and new landscaping. Thank you Don, for making our home a resort we can enjoy year-round.

Gordon Engel


I cannot thank Don and team enough for my paradise of a back yard. I have no vision so I trusted Don's advice and my yard is even better than I could have imagined. We had a rough winter and these guys worked nonstop. Nothing kept them from working. The biggest compliment I received from friends was that my yard looks like a resort. So happy to have worked with Don and Gillian! Can't recommend enough!

Ashley B.


Whoa! -- Is what most people, including us, say about our new backyard. Don worked with an extremely terraced yard, adding concrete steps, rock work, an oversized and simply fabulous arbor, a BBQ, and fountain/fire pit area. We feel like we live on our own winery. Why go anywhere else? One of Don's gifts is of listening to his clients closely, getting a picture of what they want, and working to achieve those goals--and very often improving on the original idea. We have spent a year and a half enjoying our yard, and it just keeps getting better!

Dana Swain


I can't wait to work with Don and his team on the next project. I hired the Alder Group to turn my sophomoric landscape ideas into a polished reality and they hit it out of the park. Working on just under half an acre they transformed my ideas for a fire pit, bocce court, and vineyard into stunning reality. The attention to detail by Don and his crew were second to none and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

Stewart Hallett

Wow! Its been 1 year and we love our new backyard more than ever. Don spent the time to get to know us, how we planned on using the yard and helped guide us to exactly what we wanted. It truly is our dream backyard and a beautiful extension of our house. Don and his team were extremely professional and a joy to work with. If you are looking to transform your backyard into the space of your dreams, contact Don at Alder Group!

Brent Bounds


I'm just completing a project with Don & his excellent team at Alder Group. My project was incredibly complex and the Alder team brought the expertise, hard work and craftsmanship necessary to complete it in a timely and extremely high quality fashion. After interviewing a couple other contractors that I didn't believe were up to the task, I turned to Houzz to find a group with great reviews and the necessary experience to complete our project. I'm really happy I found Alder and detailed examples of their work on Houzz. Our house has a large hill behind our existing swimming pool. The Alder team installed a 100+ foot pre-fabricated water slide that runs down the hill and into the pool. In addition, on top of the hill, they graded out a flat spot to build a bocce court with beautiful arbors on either side of the court. Lastly, they added landscaping across the hillside to make everything blend together with the landscaping that existed on all sides of the construction project. Throughout the job, Don and his excellent foreman, Jose, were very responsive, customer focused and professional. I've done a lot of construction projects in my life and was prepared for the typical over-budget, past-due project on this one, especially given the complexity of it. I experienced the exact opposite with Alder. Everything was done on time and within the agreed budget with extremely high-quality workmanship. Don was on-site multiple times a week to review progress and ensure quality and client satisfaction. The crew was very respectful of our property and always cleaned up at the end of the day. In summary, we are thrilled with the awesome job Alder performed and would have no hesitation recommending them for any project you are considering.

Tony B.


We have just completed a major renovation of our backyard, thanks to Don Vivatson of Alder Group. Don was on top of the project from concept and design to final walk-through. He was enormously collaborative, listening to our ideas and preferences, providing his interpretation and expertise, and educating us on new styles, products, and technique. This was particularly useful for us since our yard was over 30 years old! Due to the age of the yard, we did have a few surprise structural issues (i.e. old clogged drains, gas and electric line corrosion), but Don was out in front of all "challenges" with solutions and costs in a timely fashion, keeping us on track, and ensuring any repair was done properly. He has been readily available to us at all times as well as had a project manager on hand on a daily basis. His crew was hard-working, tidy, efficient and courteous. We would not hesitate to recommend Alder Group--and we're already having fun showing off the yard to family and neighbors.