ED Magedson – Founder
Aaron C. KalmarP.O. Box 870 Highland, Michigan USA
Aaron C. Kalmar Aaron C. Kalmar Landscape, Habitat Landscape Changing names doesn't change the service Highland Michigan
So, apparently Habitat Landscape is no more. Aaron Kalmar now simply uses his name rather than the business name under which he worked for us. We originally filed a report with Ripoff Report back in 2009 about the work he did for us, You can see that report on here by clicking on http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/habitat-landscape/highland-michigan-48356/habitat-landscape-aaron-kalmar-landscaping-horrible-pond-installation-highland-michiga-466506
A few things we would caution you to do when hiring him to make certain you don't wind up with the same situation we did:
Ask if his employees are here legally. At the time, he mentioned several times to both myself and my wife that they weren't, and even used that as an excuse as to why he couldn't get out to service the poor construction on the pond. (He said that not all of his guys were able to make it back across the border and that he was backed up because of this.) Later, when he found out I had published the report, he denied this. All I know is that he was either lying at the time, or lying when he later denied it.
As I have said before in my other post, esthetically we couldn't have asked for more. His work at the home and garden show was what attracted us in the first place. It was a beautiful LOOKING pond. The problem was that it was a horribly functioning pond which ultimately could not possibly have served the purpose we asked for (keeping koi.) Lack of proper filtration, over sized pumps,poor structural design all lead to huge problems, extra costs, and a start up and shut down process for the season that nobody in the Michigan Koi and Pond Guild could believe we had to go through.
Hopefully, since the time he installed our pond, he has learned more. I think if he gets a good grasp of what he's going, he could be an amazing designer. But go into this with your eyes open. You are contracting a man who (at the time we knew him) lived on a lake and didn't have a pond of his own, so I don't believe he gave much consideration to the long term effects of his work.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/18/2013 03:16 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Aaron-C-Kalmar/Highland-Michigan-48357/Aaron-C-Kalmar-Aaron-C-Kalmar-Landscape-Habitat-Landscape-Changing-names-doesnt-chang-1068187. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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