Mr. & Mrs. John Mitton (Sugar Land) "Blair Michener of UpCountry is an exceptionally gifted and talented designer, possessing the highest professional integrity. Blair’s comprehension of architecture and its relevance to our project was stunning. His ability as a pool designer proved to be a godsend as we struggled with the myriad of pool companies stuck on plan A, B or C as their solution. His comprehensive approach is long-term and with a skillful hand that seeks to enhance rather than impress and overpower. As a result, when his plans were followed the result far exceeded our expectations.I would not hesitate for one moment to recommend Blair and his firm UpCountry!!"
Mr. & Mrs. Brooke and Scott Staples (Katy) "Awesome", "Outstanding", "Resort-style", "Gorgeous", and "Breath-taking" are just a few of the many compliments we have received from friends, family, and mere acquaintances of our property, thanks to UpCountry. Every time we have contacted Blair for his vision, expertise, and advice on our various level projects, he has come through with more we could have ever imagined. Blair acutely listens to what his customer wants, needs, and desires, and then he presents a vivid plan with all requests included to which you can add or subtract as you so wish. His easy-going nature, customer partnership and camaraderie, and frequent and timely communication allow for the best possible outcomes. With many years of experience in the Houston area, Blair's passion for the artistic landscape shines. He does not over-commit to projects, have too many going at once to be distracting, nor has he over-promised and under-delivered. Expectations are set appropriately and timely, and we have not run into any unwanted surprises. Blair turned our lifeless backyard and typical "builder" front yard into an oasis that we will enjoy for many years as our family grows. We will definitely contact Blair for our future projects.
Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Steve Kempe (Rosenberg)
Mr. & Mrs. Lana & Eric Grossman (Katy) After five horrible experiences with pool companies "designing" pool plans/backyard redo's and never calling me back, I searched for true professionals who were educated, experienced landscape/pool architects in the true sense. after interviewing 3 individuals, we chose Blair Michener, of UpCountry, Inc. I felt that I knew he was the one when we finished the interview (he was the first interview). He was on time for the meeting; he was prepared with photos and suggested that he might need to make multiple visits to the site to insure a perfectly laid out plan ; he had all the answers to all our questions; and he had priceless suggestions to help us make decisions for the future plan. We were not in a rush and he did not rush us. the resulting plan was exactly what we had envisioned and was hand drawn in color. It is a work of art and the plan is so intuitive that I can say we are truly delighted. Looking forward to a brand new start with what will be a gorgeous paradise that fits us to a T.
Mr. & Mrs. Lauren & Frank Lusk (Sugar Land)
Mr. & Mrs. Jules & Lee Benner (Sugar Land)
Mr. & Mrs. Zohra & Taseer Badar (West University)
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Boyd (Spring) "My wife and I had Blair design our backyard remodel. We are more than pleased with what he came up with. His attention to detail and unique ideas has made our backyard a pleasure to be in.
Thanks again Blair.”
Mr. & Mrs. Deena & Greg Sargent (Arcola) "The time finally arrived and we were able to build our dream home on two acres with 150 year old oak trees. We decided on UpCountry and Blair for his creative thoughts, his knowledge of the vendors in our area, his down to earth attitude, and his ability to understand and develop a landscaping design that was overwhelmingly stunning without being over the top. Believe me, he has the creativeness to go to the extremes but he understood our dream, kept in mind the style of our home, developed a unique pool and spa design to compliment our home, plus, personally picked our plant material. His landscaping ideas included inviting walkways with beautiful retaining walls, sloping walkways while giving you views from all angles of your yard. Even our driveway is a work of art. We gave him a budget and he has performed well within it.
He takes pride in his work and it definitely shows because he has walked our two acres over and and over. He works very well with our builder and other contractors on our property.
We would highly recommend UpCountry to be anyone's choice for exceptional landscaping, property beautification, pool design that includes specialty features, such as, out of the ordinary foundations and fire elements".
Mr. Keith Crappell (Houston Heights) "We have had work done by Blair a few years ago (2010) and are totally satisfied with the completed product. Blair is a very detailed person and takes pride in all of his work. He designed our outdoor kitchen, landscaping, patio and our future pool..”
Mr. & Mrs. Alison & John Hernandez (Fort Bend County)
Mr. John Leonard & Mrs. Laura Thompson, ASID (Houston Heights)
Mr. Gary Chandler, AIA (Southside Place)
Mr. & Mrs. Kamal Sharma (Oakville)
Mrs. Saima Sayer, ASID (Sugar Land) "Blair is a very creative designer. His designs and ideas are innovative and unique. He goes above and beyond to make sure his clients are taken care of. It is a pleasure working with him. He works within budget and meets deadlines.”
Mrs. Ofelia Rodriguez (Houston) "Blair is extremely professional and knowledgeable working with him was always a pleasure. Not only is Blair extremely talented and creative he also understands every aspect of a project and especially the financial aspect. His work is breathtaking and I would highly recommend him on any type of project."
Mr. David Jewell (Southside Place) "Blair's design and implementation of our pool landscape has created just what we were hoping for. He listens, has creative ideas and does what he says he will. He's great."
Mr. & Ms. Janice Merson & John Gundy (Toronto)
Mrs. Jacqueline Foster (Spring)
Mr. & Mrs. Jennifer Gulley (Spring)
Dr. & Mrs. Honey & Roy Agar (Toronto)
Mr. Robert Samen, AIA (Houston)
Mr. Timothy Reed (Dallas) "I do not think that I can adequately describe how much of a quality individual Blair is or praise his design skills highly enough. Through the years Blair has shown time and time again superior design skills, enlightened customer care and integrity beyond compare. I would not hesitate for even a moment to recommend Blair for your project, not matter what it entails."
Mrs. Doranne Frugoni-Baker (Houston) "I first met Blair in 2008. He had a very challenging design project that he was hitting head on and with his dedication, creativity, budgeting skills and attention to detail he was able to complete the project and give his client’s exactly what they wanted and then some. Since then Blair and I have worked together on several projects and he always sees each one as an extension of himself. Blair truly is a business partner with integrity who can be trusted to bring to the table the type of qualities and imagination that make him a stand out in his field."