Retaining Wall And Patio


Established in 1997, Cornerstone Landscaping set its intentions on creating professional quality landscape designs. Over 20 years later, it’s doing just that, according to your votes. Cornerstone offers landscaping services to meet each individual need and budget, from butterfly gardens to waterfalls, patios to ponds.

Cornerstone Landscaping refers to itself as a, “design-build-maintain company” and this is the perfect way to describe what it does. It offers endless possibilities, because each design is made specifically for each client based on lifestyle, budget, and personal taste. Whether it be phased installations or full installations, Cornerstone is there to do as little or as much as you want.

Owner Terri Aufmuth is well-loved by all her clients, and is known for not only her warm and accommodating personality, but also for the amazing designs she creates for every client that walks through her door. She personally manages every project, along with an experienced and qualified crew, so you know your landscape is in good hands. She says the most important quality in any worker is a commitment to learning new techniques and improvements in the industry, which makes sense, as especially in the design world trends are always changing.

So how does the process work?  Well, according to Terri, “I begin each design after a careful question and answer session with the client about their likes, dislikes, color and texture preferences, maintenance expectations, site conditions and their ultimate expectations.”  After she figures out what the client is looking for, she adds, “I take all the information gathered at the  initial appointment and carefully put together a plan that meets the client’s needs, expectations, and budget, and create a phased approach of the work to be installed as it makes the most sense for the project.”

Projects can take anywhere from 5 to twelve days, depending upon the elements involved.  However, Terri’s favorite ones to do are the simple patios with seat walls and fire pits, “because we know within a 5-7 day time frame a family will be making memories with a space we created.”

Cornerstone Landscaping is also a proud member of several professional associations, such as the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association and the local Chamber of Commerce.  On her community involvement, Aufmuth says, “We are members of the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association, whose tagline is ‘where business meets community’ and we firmly believe this. We support local swim teams, such as the Braemar Blasters. We are members of 100 Women Who Care in Gainesville, and the IMPACT Club of Northern Virginia. We support PACE WEST, and our founder is a member of the Gainesville Haymarket Rotary Club, Keep Prince William Beautiful, and The Novant/UVA Foundation Hospital Board. Cornerstone Landscaping supports these and other non-profits in all its activities.”

Cornerstone Landscaping can be contacted at (703) 754-2843, and you can find them online at or on Facebook at

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