"We are delighted with the results...his design fits perfectly into the lay of our land and is visually stunning. He did all the construction work himself; it is solidly and beautifully built. The project cost was fair and his work rate was very high. He coordinated well with the men working on our house remodel and the young woman who helps me with our garden- everyone liked him and appreciated his work...My only hesitation recommending him is that he will have less time for our next project." -Valerie and George
"We really enjoyed working with Joel -- he listened carefully to our goals, came up with some great ideas, and then adapted them exactly to our needs. The end result was something we knew we wanted, but could never have figured out on our own. And he did the installation work quickly, sensitively, and with attention to detail. We recommend him highly!"
-Jen and Owen
"We cannot say enough good things about the landscaping job Haven did for our home in Sellwood/West Moreland, Portland. The entire experience was positive, and the end result surpassed our expectations. Joel was fabulous from start to finish- his attention to detail, his craftmanship, his work ethic, and his professionalism on the job were all top notch. Plus he was fun. Our kids enjoyed watching him work and he was patient with their inquisitive nature. We love our new front yard, side yard, and parking strip and have now started spending time on our front porch so it has really added to our enjoyment of our home." -Stephani and Merlyn
"Joel Port took an overgrown jumble of a yard and made it an oasis. He met with us and completely understood what we wanted in creating the design for our garden. His workmanship was meticulous and the result is outstanding!"
"We recently undertook a complete re-design of our front yard and backyard as part of constructing our new home. Joel collaborated with us on the design, and then stepped up to the plate and executed his vision with a careful eye for detail and evident pride in his work. Working with Joel was definitely the single best decision that we made on this project.
Joel’s impressive level of expertise across a wide range of skills – from drafting the initial design to hands-on site preparation, and from plantings and irrigation to hardscaping and woodworking – greatly streamlined the whole process and gave us confidence that all aspects of the project were completed to the same high standards.
Building a new house from the ground up, we worked with countless contractors. Joel stood out with his tirelessness, flexibility, professionalism, and meticulousness. We thoroughly enjoyed his company and look forward to working with him again in the future. We highly recommend Joel for both landscaping design and construction projects."
-Kayu and Sara
"Joel was such a pleasure to be able to work with in the design of our personal home and accessory dwelling (ADU) landscape. We worked with him from start to finish - prior to breaking ground and upon completion of the ADU to create a beautiful space that is magazine cover worthy! He carefully considered the close proximity of the new structure's placement on our property and presented several options for working with the space to provide privacy between the two homes and a unique setting for each area that would blend the two architecture styles with ease. Our project was given such careful consideration and the implementation of the project was tended to with the same soulful approach he provided in the design. Joel and Haven Garden Design & Construction are top notch through and through."
-Keely and Josh
"Our experience working with Joel was absolutely top notch. He designed and executed a complete tear down and redesign of the landscape (plants and hardscape) for our entire property. He listened to our wants and ideas, and brought his own expert ideas and vision to the table. The project was huge (it took pretty much all summer) and Joel managed every aspect, including connecting us with some amazing subcontractors to really make the project shine, with a knowledgeable, humble, and friendly can-do attitude (even in the 95+ degree heat). He laid stone salvaged from the property, designed and built a fence with an amazing gate, suggested ripping up our driveway (never would have thought to do that and we love the living space we gained back), and of course chose and planted all the plants and landscape lighting. We have recommended Joel time and again to our friends and neighbors who still comment on how wonderful our yard looks. We wholeheartedly recommend Joel and Haven.!"
-Robert and Laura