We hired Fernando Cano of Cano Design Builders (he also goes by Compass Design Builders) to rebuild a garden retaining wall in May 2015 on a property in Washington, DC. He was originally referred to us by a family member who had used him in the past. We paid Fernando an initial deposit of $1,800 on May 8 2015 for materials to include the laying of 2 retaining walls clad in wood, the resetting of 10 concrete stairs and laying flagstone to their tread; the resetting a couple of patio flagstone and repairing a brick planter. We agreed for the work to be completed in 4 days and by the end of May 2015. Fernando returned May 15th and advised us that wood was structurally unsound for the retaining walls (which we later found out was utter rubbish). He suggested we needed 3 walls of concrete and stone, and asked for an additional $4,190 for materials, including stone cladding. At the same time, he promised to add additional features to the garden, including a low-level seating bench to stretch across the full length of the tiered area; cladding all vertical stair surfaces in stone and laying flagstone cladding to an existing bench. We reluctantly provided him the additional deposit money, but only because he was a referral from a family member. Boy were we duped. After three months, the work was still not completed. Fernando effectively ran off with our deposit money, never to be heard from again. He showed up for work on perhaps 3 different days, and always for an hour or two. The work he did complete was terrible; the cinder blocks and footings to support the retaining wall were just partially completed and were 6-8" deep rather than 3' as promised. The site was left a total and utter mess, dangerous for access with tools, trash -- and even tennis shoes left strewn across the garden. Throughout the process, Fernando repeatedly lied to us about when he would show up for work, would ignore our calls and texts, and make excuses for the job (we have proof of this through saved text messages and voicemails). He also misrepresented himself as holding a contractor license in DC and MD (which he holds neither). Despite attempts to recover our money, Fernando has taken off never to be heard from again. The photos below are of the state he left our garden in. We ended up having to pay for the removal of all his junk, and we had to pay another contractor to actually complete the work. If I could give negative stars in this review I would. Stay clear of Fernando Cano and any company he claims to own or manage!