We are absolutely thrilled with our patio and front walk designed and installed by Elite Landscapes and Pavers. Rich Castaldi and his team designed something unique and beautiful and the plantings and placement look great even in the winter.
We completed this in October and got to use the patio for a few weeks in the Fall. Can’t wait for summer on the patio with all the blooming plants! It looks great just looking out from our back windows. A perfect installation. Thanks Rich.

Rhona Fiore

Just completed our installation and very happy with the work from Rich and Elite Landscapes. A beautiful design and great execution. Work performed quickly and efficiently. An extremely professional approach. I couldn’t imagine the process going any smoother than it did. Looking forward to making the most of our new backyard next summer.

Tom Dowd

My experience with Rich and Elite could not have been better. Rich is extremely patient with working with you to come up with the right plan. He is extremely responsive whenever you have a concern and is an absolute perfectionist. His crew works quickly and neatly. If you are considering a backyard project, give him a call. You will not regret it!

Miryam Bookman

We were very confused and concerned among all these contractor came and priced our project. Presentations by these fellows made us think to abort all we were thinking until Richie showed up. Very professional, knowledgeable young man. We decided to use him in our first meeting and we are happy to say that we were not wrong. He showed up as he promised, worked until he finished completely, no excuses, no beating around the bush. We can write a lot but without making this tedious, we can describe him honest, punctual, reasonable, responsive, knowledgeable, organized and above all a gentleman. Any time we called him he was available and provided all kind of assistance to satisfy us.
Richie thank you for hassle free and headache free job, our back yard looks amazing and we will be honored to recommend you to any one we know.

Raja Javed

Elite Landscapes and Pavers is a top of the line and professional company. They just put in an amazing pool, paver patio and incredible landscaping in my backyard Rich is the easiest person to work with. His professionalism and attention to detail are way beyond anything I have ever seen. He is creative in his approach and truly cares about the project as if it his own. Rich listens to what you want and helps to make it a one of a kind finished product. He and his crew are consistently on time and leave your property neat and clean. From beginning to end the process was seemless. Rich stands by his work and always keeps you updated on the status of the project. There is nobody better out there to create your dream backyard!

Stacey Rogers

Client focused, trustworthy, knowledgeable, high quality, professional, exceptional experience, effortless – words I use to describe my journey with Elite Landscapes and Pavers INC.
When my family and I decided to move forward with our large backyard project – pool, patio, fire pit, pavilion, and landscaping – I began looking at multiple contractors. Knowing how critical the construction of the pool is for a project like this, we targeted the big names in the industry. We contacted Elite when we saw the work they did for another house in our area. I am a person who performs A LOT of research when making big decisions. Needless to say, I did my homework when it came to landing on a contractor for our project. I spent time meeting with clients of other contractors to get feedback on their experience throughout the process as well as the quality, craftsmanship, and integrity of the contractors. Everyone I met with had at least one horror story about their experience. Regardless of how well the project may have turned out, there was always something along the process that caused headaches – delays in construction, broken underground pipe, site not built to specs, wrong tiles ordered…you name it. I prepared myself for the same. I am not exaggerating when I say, this was not the case with Elite.
We were immediately impressed during the initial design meeting with Rich Castaldi. Rich was able to take our vision and ideas and turn it into a very impressive design. From the initial design meeting to the turnover meeting at the end of the project, it was a delightful experience. Elite spearheaded the work of all other contractors or services needed for the job, serving as our single point of contact. EVERY team assigned to our project were experts in their craft; extremely professional and accommodating. Elite’s emphasis on the customer and customer satisfaction was evident throughout the process.
The project was on budget and on schedule, despite the unpredictable New Jersey weather. There were no surprise costs. What we agreed upon in the contract was what was delivered. The only change orders or added costs came as a result of us wanting more added to the job.
When I share my experience with others who have gone through similar projects, they are amazed especially as some are still dealing with issues surfacing post projects with other companies.
I have read the one negative review on this site and the response from Elite and have to agree that it may have been a misdirected review. Based on my experience with Elite and Rich Castaldi, they would not let a “screwed up driveway” devalue the Elite brand. Elite goes above and beyond to ensure satisfaction and to minimize the stress during the experience.


When my husband and I decided we wanted to redo our front walk and landscape we went onto Google searching for the best. We came across Elite and interviewed Rich. He was the perfect match for us. Punctual, fair, real, a great communicator, and most importantly a true artisan in his trade.
From the design stage, to the actual work, to the follow-ups after the project, Rich and his team were hands-on and very responsive. The answer was always, “sure, no problem, we can do that.”
It is clear Rich is passionate about his work and takes pride in his business and craftsmanship. We love the our beautifully laid flagstone walkway and gorgeous landscape accented with stacked stone walls. It fits our home perfectly! We highly recommend Rich and his crew!!

Diana Russ

I cannot say enough nice things about Rich and his craft. Working with Rich is a genuine pleasure. From his impeccable attention to detail to the quality and craftsmanship that goes into his projects, Rich and Elite set the bar. I can truly say that Rich puts 110% into each of his projects as if he were building it for himself. One of the best qualities of working with Rich is his trustworthiness and his reliability. If he says it will get done it gets done. If he says the crew will be there they will. He starts your project and doesn’t leave until completion unlike most contractors who disappear for days or weeks. He goes above and beyond to make sure the final result is top notch. Rich created an amazing backyard oasis for us that gets endless compliments from everyone. We couldn’t be happier with the final result and I wouldn’t hesitate to use Rich and Elite for any future projects. We would be the first without hesitation to refer Rich and Elite Landscaping and Pools.

Jason Goldberg

Rich and his team are outstanding, professional, honest, ethical… I could go on and on. They made our backyard dreams come true. Top notch from design to completion.

Kelly Covalesky

Absolutely the most amazing and professional company I’ve ever dealt with. Our yard came out stunning. Rich and his team are excellent from initial design to the finishing touches. We are so happy we chose Elite and highly recommend them if you want unbelievable workmanship for all your landscaping, hardscaping and pool needs

Amanda Ali

I cannot even begin to express how much we love the back yard space Rich and his team created for us.From the first consultation with Rich to the last day his crew was there we knew that Rich is a true master at his craft. The respect that his guys showed us while working not only made everyone feel comfortable but also made this one of the best experiences we ever had. If a backyard paradise is what you want then Elite Landscape should be your choice. Thanks again Rich see you soon.

Dallas Smith

Rich and his crew are excellent. They take pride in their work and it shows. Very nice people to deal with from design to completion. I highly recommend their service as the results are exceptional.

Fabio Apolito

Rich and his guys did an amazing job. Rich was easy to talk to and very helpful walking us through the designing our pool and yard all the way to swimming in our pool. The crew is amazing and does amazing work. Rich promised us a beautiful stress free project. He delivered everything he said and the job came out better than we imagined. You will love working with this company.

Michael Ryan

Our experience with Elite Landscapes and Pavers was nothing short of amazing. From start to finish Rich and his crew were professional, hardworking, responsive, courteous, knowledgeable and the list goes on! The design was impeccable and executed immaculately. Our expectations were super exceeded and the memories our family has been making since the completion of our new backyard and pool have been priceless. We would recommend Rich and his company over and over again, a big thank you to Elite for everything! Pic attached of our project!

Jaimee Fumando

Rich and the Elite Landscapes crew did an amazing job with our patio, outdoor fireplace and path. From the design of the project (Rich did an incredible design) to the construction (the Elite crew showed great care and attention to detail throughout). Our new patio exceeded our expectations, and we couldn’t be more pleased. I would very HIGHLY recommend Elite Landscapes.

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We are so impressed with our patio. From our initial meeting and throughout the entire planning process, Rich carefully listened and thoroughly addressed every question, concern, and idea we’ve had. The end was result was stellar with every detail attended to. The Elite crew is the most efficient crew that we have ever worked with. They worked tirelessly everyday and cleaned up every single night! They are truly a dedicated crew with amazing skill. We can’t rave enough about Rich and the passion he pours into his projects. We trust him with any project in our home.

Houzz.com Review

Dear Rich, We would like to thank you for the wonderful work you did at our home over the past 2 years. We started with an EP Henry Devonshire backyard raised patio and walkway from the side of the home to the patio in year one and then continued to around the pool with walkway to the pool in year two. Your concepts and ideas worked very well with ours and it was a pleasure to jointly make decisions in discussing the advantages and disadvantages.

The aesthetic viewing is wonderful and the choice of landscaping is beautiful so as not to overshadow the hardscape. Many don’t appreciate what underlies your work but I can attest as the “structural” integrity underlying your work (that is settling). Some of the matters that we believe you stand above your competition:

Very professional and courtesy crew; clean-up daily.

Concepts and ideas are very creative. We believe you attempt to understand our desires and mesh your ideas instead of just selling us a “standard” layout. You talk them out.

Some of the finer points that may go un-noticed as for example downspouts.

When issues arise, discussing them fully so we are all in concert of how best to move forward.

We highly recommend you to anyone doing hardscape. Feel free to have any prospective customers contact if you have the need.
Thank you again.

Karen and Greg Kassar
Lincroft, NJ 07738

The Brick Paver Driveway, walkways and mailbox you installed for us were the only the exterior elements standing after an 8FT surge of water took over our home, thank you

Hurricane Sandy Victim

We recently had our patio and hardscape done by Elite and we can’t express enough the professionalism Rich and his men give to their clients. It’s safe to say that our backyard was just a typical yard before Rich got a hold of it, but boy has that changed. The end result has been a dream come true for our family.

I must admit at first I was a bit nervous to undergo such a large project since I had such high expectations of how I wanted it to look, but meeting with Rich put my mind at ease once I saw his potential design ideas, his knowledge in products, his attention to small detail , his 3D designs and his passion for all his work, that’s when I knew Elite would be the company to do our job.

Once they began construction, not a day of work was missed. Rich and his men were always punctual and did not leave until the job was complete for the day and the job site was cleaned. His crew was hard-working and took pride in their job. Rich’s customer service is by far the best we have ever received from any company. Rich was a pleasure to work with, he was very polite, helpful, understanding and answered any concern we had about our project. Rich was always a phone call, text or email away and always touching base with us about the status of our project. Throughout the construction we continued to receive great quality of work from both Rich and his men, they all made us feel like they were treating our project as if it were their own backyard. One thing I must commend Elite for is the way they compact the stone/sand that occurred before they laid the Inca. I was so impressed in how much compact they did.

As a final result, our ordinary yard was transformed into something much more then we could of ever envisioned. Our patio exceeded our expectations. We can’t express how truly thankful we are to Rich and all his men for all the hard work that took place in order to give us the pool, patio of our dreams. I will definitely hire Rich again for any other outdoor living job I have in the future. We can’t wait for the nice weather to get here so we can finally enjoy our very own paradise. Rich once again I can’t thank you and your crew for such an amazing dream come true! Elite is by far the best. Don’t be afraid to use Rich from Elite Landscapes & Pavers, INC you will be very happy with the end results of any outdoor living job he does. So if you need a job done with professionalism and quality call RICH. Thank You!

Jose & Patricia Mota

We can’t say enough about Rich and team. We had tight/awkward space, some existing patio, and a budget. Our pool/patio are is now magazine worthy! Not only that, from meeting #1 to completion, every call was returned, and every questions was answered. We deal with many contractors and by far, Elite ranks on top as most professional/easiest to work with.

Houzz.com Review

Extremely professional service from start to finish. We were amazed with the 3-D presentation that incorporated a virtual representation of our project (to scale) and how close the final product resembled it upon completion. Our two-tiered patio (with a daunting 12 foot upper tier) has become a popular second living space for the entire family. Rich Castaldi was responsive to changes we made before and during the course of our installation, worked creatively to meet our budget, was always available via cell/email/text on a same-day basis and had an impeccable attention to detail. We also appreciated having only point of contact with the company for everything from irrigation to hardscaping. Pricing was surprisingly competitive given the quality of the work and we are eager for Elite Landscapes to return to our property this Spring to complete a a paver project in the front of our home. Highly recommended.

Houzz.com Review

Rich, we had our first barbecue on our new patio yesterday. Our family and friends were amazed with what Elite did in our yard. We can’t thank you and the crew enough! We are so happy! You and the entire Elite crew were a pleasure to deal with and your work speaks for itself! Unbelievable! Thank you, thank you!

Lisa H.
Monmouth County, NJ

We recently had our home done by Elite and I can’t complement enough the professionalism that was given from Rich and his crew! Rich was a pleasure to work with and stayed in contact with me via email with continuous updates from start to finish! The design exceeded our expectations and is more than what I could have ever imagined! We are looking forward to working with Rich and his crew again and just wanted to thank them again for the outstanding job they did!

Catherine H.
Monmouth County, NJ

I chose Elite Pavers and Landscapes to install a patio, around my newly installed pool. The end result was absolutely breathtaking and my backyard was transformed into a dream come true for my family. I personally had high expectations already set for Rich and his crew but to my delight, both Rich and his crew actually exceeded every expectation I had imagined and I am very thankful for everything Rich and his crew at Elite has done.

At the start of the project, Rich demonstrated a great eye for design, a wealth of knowledge of products, keen attention to detail and extremely solid construction practices. Throughout the construction process itself, I felt that Rich treated my project as if it was his own backyard which was demonstrated in his continued attention to detail and his hands-on leadership approach. At the conclusion of the project, I was amazed at the end result and the flawless manner in which our backyard was transformed.

Everyone on Rich’s crew were extremely professional and demonstrated a great work ethic. Both myself and others in my family had commented how Rich and his crew all seemed to take great pride in the work they were doing each day. The quality of the workmanship and the manner in which it was performed by Rich and his crew demonstrated a great amount of experience and talent which confirmed our decision to trust Elite Pavers and Landscapes with our pool project.
Thanks Rich and crew, awesome job!

Houzz.com Review

I wanted to take a few moments and thank you for a job that far exceeded our expectations. Elite worked with our vision to architect a design that was both powerful and practical; while creating our dream backyard.

When my family and I decided to build a pool, we knew the character of the yard was going to be determined by the surrounding patios. Because of the significance of the project, we performed a diligence that included interviewing several landscaping firms, conducting a Better Business Bureau check and screened client references. Elite rose to the top in all categories and came prepared to our initial meeting with a vast portfolio demonstrating its capabilities. Your consultation on the entire process (elevations, drainage, electrical, plumbing, gas, bonding grids, hardscape and permit process) was reassuring and gave us a vote of confidence that Elite would deliver.

Additionally, the personalized service is unequaled in today’s environment. Elite was never late or missed an appointment, met around our schedules, worked long days to complete the project, and maintained patience as we frequently changed our minds with details.

From graphic design to execution, working with Elite has been a positive and rewarding experience; and one that our family will enjoy for years to come. A special thank you to the entire Elite team!

The Crowe's
West Long Branch, NJ

Everything looks truly amazing. It has been our pleasure working with you and your guys. We knew this was a complex project with your role being the most challenging. Not only did you exceed our expectations but your help managing our pool, fence and sprinkler vendors, along with the inspections, ensured this project got done.
More than anything else, as you know I am small business owner as well. The manor in which you run your business, your integrity and the fact that you delivered everything than you promised (and more) is a highly unique quality and I am certain will make you and your company hugely successful.

Gold Family
Morganville, NJ

We hired Elite to do a stone mailbox for the front of our home. Although the job was small, Elite came right out, discussed options with us and the outcome was great. The crew was very professional and our mailbox is a real accent for the front of our home. We are having them come back to redo our walkway and cant wait to continue our home improvements with their help!

Paul & Lianne
Monroe, NJ

If you are looking for a company to do an outside project for your home-go with Elite. We met with all the area companies and were glad to finally come across a company that was professional and we could feel safe spending our money with. Elite’s owner was available from our first phone call through the completion of our driveway. He had tons of references and a great portfolio.

Anthony Digenero
Millstone, NJ

After interviewing many paver companies to rip out and rebuild our front porch, install cultured stone on the front of our house, and build a side walkway and retaining wall, we were still dissatisfied with our choices. Not wanting to settle, we kept looking and luckily came across Rich (Elite Landscaping).

Our initial phone call was returned promptly and Rich was extremely professional. When he came to our home to discuss our project, he was punctual, knowledgeable and professional. I had done a lot of research and Rich was able to answer all of my questions with confidence and a high degree of knowledge.

Without reservation we hired Elite and started the CAD design process. Once they began construction, not a single day of work was missed. They were always punctual and did not leave until the job was completed and the job site was cleaned. Rich was always present on the job site and his crew was hard-working and meticulous. Rich assisted in all aspects of construction and oversaw the entire project. We could not be more happy with the results…..our paver porch (with cultured stone around the front door) and side walkway are magnificent.
The installation was perfect and the design is magazine worthy.

It is without hesitation that I would recommend Rich/Elite as a paving and/or cultured stone contractor. We will definitely be using them again to do our back patio area!! In this industry they are truly second to none.


Exceptional. We are so happy with the raised patio that Elite has built for us. The quality of work is excellent and the team was very professional, skilled, and focused. Rich was a pleasure to work with. He was very patient and professional through the design process.

He took time to understand our style and vision and showed us pictures, CAD drawings, and samples consistent with what we envisioned. He was always reachable from the beginning to the end of the process and answered emails, text messages and phone calls quickly, which helped us make decisions faster. Overall, it was a great experience and we wish more contractors were as professional and detailed as Elite. The patio and landscaping exceeded our expectations. We strongly recommend Elite.

Monroe, NJ