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Our Road To Becoming A Paver Contractor

It all started for Elegant Estates in 1996 when I graduated from our local Lansing High School. During my high school years, I had a job working for the well known Rose Inn just minutes from my house. It was a groundskeeping gig that included installing landscaping, paver patios, and walkways. It was then that I realized what I wanted to pursue as a career. After high school, I went on to further my education at the State University of New York at Morrisville where I studied landscape design and construction. I continued that education back home at Cornell University where I majored in Plant Science and minored in Business.

I received a ton of practical and book knowledge from college. While attending Cornell, I founded Elegant Estates and received plenty of hands-on experience.  I also learned what the industry was lacking; a reliable paver patio and paver sidewalk contractor.

Why Specialize In Pavers?

Funny story - When I first founded Elegant Estates I wanted NOTHING to do with paver patio or paver sidewalk installations. It wasn’t until I noticed something very disturbing. Everywhere that our crews went for property maintenance, we found that there was a tremendous need for paver and flagstone repair. Our landscape clients mentioned the need for periodic paver repair on their walkways and patios. My perspective was that if it was done right to start, then there shouldn’t be such a need for repair! Unfortunately, this continues to be a problem in the Central New York area.

Industry Certification -

So, I set out to do some research. I located certification courses that were offered by ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute), and NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Association). These organizations taught contractors and staff how to properly install pavers and retaining wall systems. This was the tipping point for Elegant Estates as a company.

I quickly realized that our niche in the local industry would be to design and install paver projects the correct way. With our staff quickly onboard we learned that the installation of these systems was a strict science. Who knew that in order to install a paver sidewalk you needed to know such specifics?  Variables like soil structure, base gradation, moisture content, setting bed grade, aspect ratio and density of your pavers became common to us.  We also became experts at analyzing site conditions in order to deal with issues like grade and water concerns.

After realizing our niche, our company committed to certifying all our foremen through ICPI and NCMA who installed stonework. We've reached a level of accreditation that very few paver contractors can, or have, achieved. We have secured certifications in standard paver, permeable paver, and segmental retaining wall installations. Maintaining these certifications require many hours of class time each year. This keeps our crews ahead of the curve when it comes to paver trends, installation methods and product availability. All to the benefit of our clients!

Our Value To Clients-

Clients have enjoyed coming to us since 1999.  They know we will navigate all of their site challenges while providing a beautiful paver design that is functional and durable. They also enjoy the fact that they can use one company for all of their hardscaping components. This often includes the design and installation of decking, paver surfaces, retaining walls, water features, stone tile, and veneer elements. We also offer interior home improvements such as flooring and remodeling projects that include veneer and stone tile elements. Our clients appreciate our ability to maintain the projects we install for them if they so desire.

We have also invested time and money into state of the art equipment and training for our staff.  We send our crews all over the United States to receive the latest skills required to properly design, install, and maintain all of our client's paver work. When contracting with Elegant Estates, be assured that you will benefit from a knowledgeable crew working on your paver project.

We also have invested in the equipment and staff training required to do small and large scale paver repair and paver restoration projects.  By offering this for existing aging projects, we are able to breathe new life into them and save our clients money. This is a huge value added for homeowners since it allows them to possibly save the cost of a complete project replacement.

Learning More About Us-

I want to thank you for visiting us online, and we look forward to meeting you in person! If you would like to know more about us, please consider following us on our social media platforms. Please take some time to visit our service pages or view our videos and learn how we can bring our unique value to your property. Also, please consider subscribing to our GPS Blog, Get Property Smart! This is a great way to get free tips on how to become a better property owner and add value or maintain your biggest investment, your home.

Sincerely,
Chris Negley, President
Elegant Estates Of The Fingerlakes, Inc.

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