Exterior Design Studio

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You gotta love the design that Mark kicks out. Too bad he doesn't pay more attention to customer service and what really grows where, especially in Minnesota. He does replace after 1st year if it fails, but is reluctant so be certain to

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You gotta love the design that Mark kicks out. Too bad he doesn't pay more attention to customer service and what really grows where, especially in Minnesota. He does replace after 1st year if it fails, but is reluctant so be certain to

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EDS, Mark & his Crew are highly recommended.\r
Mark has an amazing vision on designing beautiful landscapes designs. After trial and error with other landscapers there is no comparisons to what Mark brings to what a landscape design

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EDS, Mark & his Crew are highly recommended.\r
Mark has an amazing vision on designing beautiful landscapes designs. After trial and error with other landscapers there is no comparisons to what Mark brings to what a landscape design

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Thank you Mark for the extraordinary vision. After seeing several landscape designers, we chose Exterior Design Studio and are very happy . Mark you blew them away with your creativity and professionalism. We would highly recommend you

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Thank you Mark for the extraordinary vision. After seeing several landscape designers, we chose Exterior Design Studio and are very happy . Mark you blew them away with your creativity and professionalism. We would highly recommend you

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Three years ago, we chose EDS for our backyard landscape. They transformed our barren suburban yard into a north woods style oasis, with unique and colorful plantings and year-round interest. We now have enough privacy to comfortably

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Three years ago, we chose EDS for our backyard landscape. They transformed our barren suburban yard into a north woods style oasis, with unique and colorful plantings and year-round interest. We now have enough privacy to comfortably

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Mark thinks he is gods gift to landscaping. He claims other landscapers use a cookie cutter. When I looked at all his plants he uses I noticed he uses all the same ones in his designs. I was told he was coming out to the property to

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Mark thinks he is gods gift to landscaping. He claims other landscapers use a cookie cutter. When I looked at all his plants he uses I noticed he uses all the same ones in his designs. I was told he was coming out to the property to

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We decided to go with EDS 5+ years ago after we put in a pool. We interviewed and got designs from 3 other landscape companies. Every other design besides EDS was boring and very expected. Mark Ritter came up with a beautiful and unique

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We decided to go with EDS 5+ years ago after we put in a pool. We interviewed and got designs from 3 other landscape companies. Every other design besides EDS was boring and very expected. Mark Ritter came up with a beautiful and unique

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EDS is top notch in every aspect of our experience with them. Their design was creative, very competitively priced and very well executed, After a winter that saw unprecedented damage to our plants from deer, voles and harsh weather, they stepped up and replaced every stressed our damaged tree , over twenty in all. Our garden is back to its spectacular initial look and we are very pleased. EDS work is outstanding and their commitment to us as a customer is over the top.

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EDS is top notch in every aspect of our experience with them. Their design was creative, very competitively priced and very well executed, After a winter that saw unprecedented damage to our plants from deer, voles and harsh weather, they stepped up and replaced every stressed our damaged tree , over twenty in all. Our garden is back to its spectacular initial look and we are very pleased. EDS work is outstanding and their commitment to us as a customer is over the top.

Pros: Excellent design and execution; great followup

Cons: Not a one

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Good sub contractors and nice people to deal with, however the work does not hold year after year. Next time I would just use them in design, but not implementation of the design as many of our trees we purchased from them did not make it through the first year.

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Good sub contractors and nice people to deal with, however the work does not hold year after year. Next time I would just use them in design, but not implementation of the design as many of our trees we purchased from them did not make it through the first year.

Pros: Looked great year one, nice process

Cons: Not sustainable, many trees/features are gone

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Mark and his staff have done all of our landscaping over the years and we consistently receive compliments from our neighbors and friends, and not just in summer--we still get them in the dead of winter! We're excited for our annual spring meeting to see what he has in store for us this year! Thanks again for all the great work, look forward to seeing you soon Mark!

5
★★★★★

Mark and his staff have done all of our landscaping over the years and we consistently receive compliments from our neighbors and friends, and not just in summer--we still get them in the dead of winter! We're excited for our annual spring meeting to see what he has in store for us this year! Thanks again for all the great work, look forward to seeing you soon Mark!

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Before we met Exterior Design Studio we had been through 3 different landscapers and spent $$$$$$$ and did not like anything we got. We met with Mark and in a week he came back with a design that was far superior than anything else. He reused the plant material from the other 3 landscapers, brought in a few new items and created a landscape using 80% of existing plants and totally changed the look while being sensative to the money we had already spent. OUR LANDSCAPE NOW IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN. We receive compliments daily.

5
★★★★★

Before we met Exterior Design Studio we had been through 3 different landscapers and spent $$$$$$$ and did not like anything we got. We met with Mark and in a week he came back with a design that was far superior than anything else. He reused the plant material from the other 3 landscapers, brought in a few new items and created a landscape using 80% of existing plants and totally changed the look while being sensative to the money we had already spent. OUR LANDSCAPE NOW IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN. We receive compliments daily.

Pros: Very Talented

Cons: You pay for the best, but best value overall

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Mark, Thanks for all the years of excellent service. From day one to present, you have provided us with many creative and awe inspiring designs and landscapes. We certainly appreciate your talents and over all passion you have for the landscape industry you are involved in. From your office staff, to the incredible sub-contractors you utilize, it sure makes us look forward to spring 2010 to see what the additional areas to be completed bring. See you soon!!

5
★★★★★

Mark, Thanks for all the years of excellent service. From day one to present, you have provided us with many creative and awe inspiring designs and landscapes. We certainly appreciate your talents and over all passion you have for the landscape industry you are involved in. From your office staff, to the incredible sub-contractors you utilize, it sure makes us look forward to spring 2010 to see what the additional areas to be completed bring. See you soon!!

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I just wanted to give Exterior Design Studios some well deserved kudos for an outstanding job. Our house went from having some of the worst landscaping on the block to a master piece that far exceeded our expectations. The stone fire place is a focal point of the back yard and is absolutely beautiful! - glad we added that in. Thanks again for meeting our deadline, your landscape design was the talk of the party. Minneapolis Magazine was right?you truly are ??the best of the best?!

Dan,
Eden Prairie

5
★★★★★

I just wanted to give Exterior Design Studios some well deserved kudos for an outstanding job. Our house went from having some of the worst landscaping on the block to a master piece that far exceeded our expectations. The stone fire place is a focal point of the back yard and is absolutely beautiful! - glad we added that in. Thanks again for meeting our deadline, your landscape design was the talk of the party. Minneapolis Magazine was right?you truly are ??the best of the best?!

Dan,
Eden Prairie

Pros: Beautiful designs, very professional

Cons: None

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I found this company to be exceptional on all fronts. I had great service from the time they answered my first phone call. Thanks Mark, and your guys for making the outside of my house, look EXACTLY how I wanted it! FOR LESS than other places wants BY FAR. A+++
BEAUTIFUL~!

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★★★★★

I found this company to be exceptional on all fronts. I had great service from the time they answered my first phone call. Thanks Mark, and your guys for making the outside of my house, look EXACTLY how I wanted it! FOR LESS than other places wants BY FAR. A+++
BEAUTIFUL~!

Pros: RELIABLE!!

Cons: ummm, weather?

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Hi Mark,

You may or may not know this but I feel that I can share with you a little background information about how we came about selecting your landscape company now that our job was finished up last Thursday.

As you can imagine in today??s uncertain economy we want to assure our money is being well invested so we invited five other landscape firms to draw up a design for us and prepare a quote. Of course everyone had there own ideas but your professionalism, knowledge of the plant materials and of course the creativity of the design is why we elected to go with Exterior Design Studio.

Mark, we actually got more than we expected as the finished landscape is spectacular and compared to the four other quotes we received your plants are bigger, the perennial beds are stunning and the pavers are installed in some pretty intricate patterns that are the new center of attraction during our family??s outdoor grilling every night.

Thanks again Mark for a wonderful job.

RMR

5
★★★★★

Hi Mark,

You may or may not know this but I feel that I can share with you a little background information about how we came about selecting your landscape company now that our job was finished up last Thursday.

As you can imagine in today??s uncertain economy we want to assure our money is being well invested so we invited five other landscape firms to draw up a design for us and prepare a quote. Of course everyone had there own ideas but your professionalism, knowledge of the plant materials and of course the creativity of the design is why we elected to go with Exterior Design Studio.

Mark, we actually got more than we expected as the finished landscape is spectacular and compared to the four other quotes we received your plants are bigger, the perennial beds are stunning and the pavers are installed in some pretty intricate patterns that are the new center of attraction during our family??s outdoor grilling every night.

Thanks again Mark for a wonderful job.

RMR

Pros: Professional & Knowledgeable

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All I can say is that EDS has created and masterfully delivered what can only be described as a life changing event for me and my family.
Who would have thought that a new landscape design and installation by Exterior Design Studio would have had such a positive impact that goes above and beyond the breathtaking curb appeal. We knew from the moment we saw the design you had planned for our home that you were going to be the landscape contractor that we had been looking for. The reality is the new landscape design and installation has created rejuvenating outdoor living spaces that invite my family and friends to gather on what I have to believe is the coolest paver patio, with its intricate designs. In addition the use of the perennials, plants, boulders, and trees is done with such expertise that I truly think your only competition is Mother Nature herself!
Mark, the bottom line is you and your crew have greatly exceeded our highest expectations and not surprisingly your new landscape is the talk of the neighborhood!
If you ever need a referral please let us know! Enjoy your summer.

5
★★★★★

All I can say is that EDS has created and masterfully delivered what can only be described as a life changing event for me and my family.
Who would have thought that a new landscape design and installation by Exterior Design Studio would have had such a positive impact that goes above and beyond the breathtaking curb appeal. We knew from the moment we saw the design you had planned for our home that you were going to be the landscape contractor that we had been looking for. The reality is the new landscape design and installation has created rejuvenating outdoor living spaces that invite my family and friends to gather on what I have to believe is the coolest paver patio, with its intricate designs. In addition the use of the perennials, plants, boulders, and trees is done with such expertise that I truly think your only competition is Mother Nature herself!
Mark, the bottom line is you and your crew have greatly exceeded our highest expectations and not surprisingly your new landscape is the talk of the neighborhood!
If you ever need a referral please let us know! Enjoy your summer.

Pros: Very thorough & professional

Cons: None

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We have worked with Mark from EDS many times on several projects over 15 years. His attention to detail and quality is outstanding. He only uses the best plants and products on all of his projects. We appreciate his services and has become a friend to our family, do to his commitment to our home.

5
★★★★★

We have worked with Mark from EDS many times on several projects over 15 years. His attention to detail and quality is outstanding. He only uses the best plants and products on all of his projects. We appreciate his services and has become a friend to our family, do to his commitment to our home.

Pros: details, design and quality

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We are over joyed with the final landscape look we have at our home. We hired EDS/Mark with a few ideas in mind and with his few soft changes, the project turned out absolutely beautiful. EDS came highly recommended to us and they leave highly recommended. The project was very well coordinated and was finished within the projected time frame.
Thanks again EDS, well done!!
Chaska

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We are over joyed with the final landscape look we have at our home. We hired EDS/Mark with a few ideas in mind and with his few soft changes, the project turned out absolutely beautiful. EDS came highly recommended to us and they leave highly recommended. The project was very well coordinated and was finished within the projected time frame.
Thanks again EDS, well done!!
Chaska

Pros: Artistic landscape design ability

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I loved how the design accentuated all the areas of my yard, I am very pleased with the different plant varieties, Evergreens, deciduous, and perennials. The boulder outcropping was an added touch to my landscape, I am very pleased with the outcome. Exterior Design Studio is very professional, from their sales people, office staff, and there landscape crew. I will definitely use EDS again!

5
★★★★★

I loved how the design accentuated all the areas of my yard, I am very pleased with the different plant varieties, Evergreens, deciduous, and perennials. The boulder outcropping was an added touch to my landscape, I am very pleased with the outcome. Exterior Design Studio is very professional, from their sales people, office staff, and there landscape crew. I will definitely use EDS again!

Pros: Unique Landscape

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Met with the designer and was impressed with his ideas. He was a complete professional throughout the project and really knew his product. I was shown a complete, colorized landscape design, drawn to scale for my specific house. He worked within my budget and I was very pleased with the end result. I get many comments from neighbors, friends and even strangers on my unique and beautiful landscape. I will continue to refer people to this company.

5
★★★★★

Met with the designer and was impressed with his ideas. He was a complete professional throughout the project and really knew his product. I was shown a complete, colorized landscape design, drawn to scale for my specific house. He worked within my budget and I was very pleased with the end result. I get many comments from neighbors, friends and even strangers on my unique and beautiful landscape. I will continue to refer people to this company.

Pros: Professional, very creative with design & installation

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I just had to comment on how wonderful our landscape looks even in the dead of winter! It is now mid february and while our nieghbors yards are nothing but vast seas of snow, ours is full of life with flush evergreens and rugged boulder outcroppings popping through the frozen ground. Thank you mark for giving us a landscape we truly enjoy year round!!

5
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I just had to comment on how wonderful our landscape looks even in the dead of winter! It is now mid february and while our nieghbors yards are nothing but vast seas of snow, ours is full of life with flush evergreens and rugged boulder outcroppings popping through the frozen ground. Thank you mark for giving us a landscape we truly enjoy year round!!

Pros: Unique, eye catching landscape

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We had a great experience with EDS. Our project was a back yard patio garden with a Japanese feel. We absolutely love it and enjoy it every day. We appreciate very much Mark's extrordinary effort to not only design a truly unique space but to follow through and make sure we got the best plants and materials possible. The crews were also awesome, and the end result is more than we ever imagined- a great value and a priceless garden. We highly recommend this company and will be using EDS again next year for the front yard.

5
★★★★★

We had a great experience with EDS. Our project was a back yard patio garden with a Japanese feel. We absolutely love it and enjoy it every day. We appreciate very much Mark's extrordinary effort to not only design a truly unique space but to follow through and make sure we got the best plants and materials possible. The crews were also awesome, and the end result is more than we ever imagined- a great value and a priceless garden. We highly recommend this company and will be using EDS again next year for the front yard.

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Mark came out and looked at the yard, I told him what we had in mind, and then I went to his office for the consult. He walked me through his whole design for the yard - and only then shared what this would cost, which was 3 times higher than what we had discussed. His design also didn't include certain features we had discussed - he just wanted his design to be implemented. When I told him we were going to use someone else, he was very aggressive toward me, calling back 3 times to discuss it and even accusing me of "stealing" his design. I like his work (you can pick out houses that have used him) but obviously he does his thing, even when the homeowners want something else.

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Mark came out and looked at the yard, I told him what we had in mind, and then I went to his office for the consult. He walked me through his whole design for the yard - and only then shared what this would cost, which was 3 times higher than what we had discussed. His design also didn't include certain features we had discussed - he just wanted his design to be implemented. When I told him we were going to use someone else, he was very aggressive toward me, calling back 3 times to discuss it and even accusing me of "stealing" his design. I like his work (you can pick out houses that have used him) but obviously he does his thing, even when the homeowners want something else.

Cons: Ignored our budget and our desires for the yard

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If you want dead landscaping that won't be replaced under their contract then this is the place for you. All of the same bushes have had winter burn so bad that I had to replace all of them - but it's not their fault - even though they say they give you winter hearty plants.

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If you want dead landscaping that won't be replaced under their contract then this is the place for you. All of the same bushes have had winter burn so bad that I had to replace all of them - but it's not their fault - even though they say they give you winter hearty plants.

Pros: looks good until 4 weeks later

Cons: sleazy salespeople

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We met with a polished designer. Just looking at the greed in his eyes, I knew we should have looked elsewhere. He wouldn't take no for an answer and raised his voice as if he was going to threaten us to agree to his overpriced services. No thanks crazy man.

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We met with a polished designer. Just looking at the greed in his eyes, I knew we should have looked elsewhere. He wouldn't take no for an answer and raised his voice as if he was going to threaten us to agree to his overpriced services. No thanks crazy man.

Pros: Flashy photo's in the "studio"

Cons: I thought a studio would have designers, it's was just a place to sign contracts.

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We had used selected Exterior Design to do our yard 5+ years ago. It is fabulous and by far it is the best landscaped yard in the neighborhood. Time tells a good design. All plants were healthy and have developed/grown perfectly with each other. I still am getting compliments all the time on how nice our yard is. The best part--Exterior Design uses low maintenance and MN tolerant plants to work with. I love their work!

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★★★★★

We had used selected Exterior Design to do our yard 5+ years ago. It is fabulous and by far it is the best landscaped yard in the neighborhood. Time tells a good design. All plants were healthy and have developed/grown perfectly with each other. I still am getting compliments all the time on how nice our yard is. The best part--Exterior Design uses low maintenance and MN tolerant plants to work with. I love their work!

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I had a consultation with a gentleman from the company and after seeing examples of his work I realized that I knew exactly which landscapes around my neighborhood in Edina they had done because every single one of them looks the same. Obviously this designer has found his formula for success and uses it over and over! Must be why he seemed more interested in telling us what we want rather than listening to our ideas. We are glad we caught on to this before we paid $500 for a design!

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★★☆☆☆

I had a consultation with a gentleman from the company and after seeing examples of his work I realized that I knew exactly which landscapes around my neighborhood in Edina they had done because every single one of them looks the same. Obviously this designer has found his formula for success and uses it over and over! Must be why he seemed more interested in telling us what we want rather than listening to our ideas. We are glad we caught on to this before we paid $500 for a design!

Pros: The work that I have seen is obviously well executed

Cons: All of the work that I have seen looks identical and we were put off by this

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Good Creative Talent! One of the Best in the Industry!
After meeting with several landscaping companies we decided on Exterior Design Studio for the creative talent and the design work. We got top notch quality materials, supplies, plants, shrubs, & trees installed and they backed there work. The crew did a nice job cleaning up after themselves everyday also. We were very satisfied and would highly recommend them.

5
★★★★★

Good Creative Talent! One of the Best in the Industry!
After meeting with several landscaping companies we decided on Exterior Design Studio for the creative talent and the design work. We got top notch quality materials, supplies, plants, shrubs, & trees installed and they backed there work. The crew did a nice job cleaning up after themselves everyday also. We were very satisfied and would highly recommend them.

Pros: Creative Talent outstanding, Super installation

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We decided not to use this company because we felt that the designer was more interested in His ideas for our yard rather then working with our desires.

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We decided not to use this company because we felt that the designer was more interested in His ideas for our yard rather then working with our desires.

Cons: Design cost high