Contact Information

G & R Landscaping Construction
125 Larkspur Street, Ste. 101
San Rafael, CA 94901

O: 415.455.8933
C: 415.519.4608
F: 415.456.8941

License #: 928354


Testimonial List

I have been a repeat client of Gonzalo Melendez and G&R Construction for over 20 years. He has done 5 major projects on my residences in San Anselmo and San Rafael. I have lived with his work for decades and have continued to enjoy the aesthetics of our collaborations and have had no problems develop with any of the projects, despite steep hillside sites, difficult clay soils, and years of Marin rain.

Gonzalo was initially recommended to me by the owner of a building materials company as his top choice for a mason to deal with difficult sites. My house was 60 stairs up from a one-lane road with no parking!

After a mud slide Gonzalo stabilizied the hillside, he is obsessed with drainage and strong foundations, and built a beautiful rock retaining wall. He created a garden room where before there was only mud. This space is now 20 years old, strong, stable, and beautiful.

Since that time he has designed and built a terraced garden with extensive rock walls and flagstone walkways, an outdoor kitchen built into the hillside and a flagstone entry with structural rock retaining walls and handmade iron railings.

Gonzalo is amaster mason with a sophisticated sense of line, scale and proportion. He has a particularly good eye for blending his hardscapes into natural settings. His knowledge of aesthetics, structural techniques and materials is very impressive. He keeps abreast of the most current advances in his field and is also certified in them.

He is a pleasure to work with, an excellent listener and he always takes the time to really understand the eneds and desires of his client. He is endlessly patient.

G&R is extremely well equipped with tools, amchinery, vehicles, etc. I have not experienced a delay having to do with equipment.

Gonzalo is extremely adept at keeping good relations with neighbors. He accomodates them and respects their needs, understanding that the smooth running of any project depends on harmony. He is equally adept in dealing with inspectors, municipalities and suppliers. At the end of a recent major project that involved structure, landscape, pool and planting I did not experience any reaction from my neighbors except praise for Gonzalo's and his staff's accomodation.

Lastly, Gonzalo's qualities of professionalism, good management and social skills are reflected in his fine staff of craftsmen. To a man they are a pleasure to work with and to be in the company of. Many of the men working on my recent project have worked on my projects over the years. They work more as a highly trained and coordinated sports team than as a work crew. They are polite, cheerful and charming, again a testament to the quality and professionalist of G&R Construction and Gonzalo Melendez.

  • Roger Van Craeynest
  • Homeowner
  • San Rafael, CA

I’ve used G&R Construction for two separate jobs now around my home – a 200-foot retaining wall faced with natural rock, and a large sandstone patio. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The retaining wall is a thing of beauty.

As a retired contractor, I look for two things when I hire a company to work on or around my home. I continually inspect the quality of the work of course, but I also observe the care and respect of the workers towards my home and property. The workers excelled on all accounts – from the Supervisor on down.

Gonzalo Melendez is likeable, trustworthy, and always made me feel as if my satisfaction was his highest priority. His workers are the same way.

The highest praise I can give a company is to recommend them to my friends and neighbors, both of which I have done with fantastic results.

  • Steve McKenzie
  • Homeowner
  • San Rafel, CA

I have been in the landscape business for nearly thirty five years, first as a student, next as a contractor and for the last twenty five years a Landscape Architect. A have known Gonzalo and had the pleasure of working with him and G & R for almost fifteen years.

G & R is a well run company with skilled workers and talented artisans. They work well with design professionals as well as other contractors. They have good attention to detail and are very respectful of their clientele. I have come across very few contractors that can give more value for your dollar.

I would recommend them highly for any landscape project.

  • Randolph Ford
  • Landscape Architect
  • San Rafael, CA

I have been a licensed landscape architect for nearly 20 years and a practicing landscape professional with a combined experience exceeding thirty years.

I have seen all kinds of landscape construction companies and I have worked with some of the best in the California.

Gonzalo Melendez/G and R Construction is the consummate professional landscape contractor offering a complete and comprehensive application of the trade.

He very carefully assesses each job and plans his crew size, job duties and sequence of construction in a very efficient manner, maximizing the work accomplished per man hour.

Initially, the demolition effort is very well executed with precision layout that follows. Gonzalo pays particularly close attention to drainage and grading and will not hesitate to offer suggestions to strengthen a plan or point out deficiencies. He is always looking to protect the client and to promote the best construction practices possible.

His masonry skills and structural concrete work are quite accomplished and his work in both quality and aesthetics stand out on their own.

He is capable in managing complex remodels and has quite a specialty in pool renovation work. Being both extremely knowledgeable and amazingly personable, Gonzalo mixes in with subcontractors and other trades quite will on the job site. He is both a scholar in his field and a true gentleman.

Unconditionally, Gonzalo is one of the best landscape contractors I have had the pleasure of working with and I never hesitate to refer him to my clients.

  • Jim Catlin
  • Landscape Architect
  • San Rafael, CA