About PSW

As a family owned company of almost 40 years, our team is dedicated to exceeding your expectations with every project.

Our Team

Jeff Blunkosky

Owner / President

Jeff started with the company in 1994. His background is well rounded and has learned the business from the ground up. Over the past 25 years he has worked as an installation technician, Project Foreman, Designer, Estimator, Coordinator, COO, and current President for PSW. He is driven by his passion for the landscape industry and with those that share that same passion. When he’s not working, he is with his wife, Leslie, and their three sons. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor sports such as dirt bike racing, mountain biking, and boating.
He is driven by his passion for the landscape industry

Robert Blunkosky

Founder / Project Manager

Robert Blunkosky established the company, Garden Graphics Landscaping, in 1982. Prior to starting the business, Bob had been involved in the civil engineering field for 15 years. A background in design and drafting, along with further horticultural education, paved his way to having his own business. Never being content to sit behind a desk, this allowed him to work on projects from design to construction in the field. Over the next 30 years, the family-owned business expanded into all facets of outdoor projects to meet the demands of its customer base. Garden Graphics became Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes to reflect this change. The business has steadily grown over the years and is proud of the projects it has completed. The idea of creating outdoor creations that our clients would enjoy year after year has been most rewarding for Bob. In 2012, ownership of the company was turned over to Bob’s son, Jeff Blunkosky, which allows Bob to be semi-retired, but he is still active as a project consultant . When not managing, Bob is an avid off road bike rider and golfer.
Creating outdoor creations that our clients would enjoy year after year has been most rewarding

Shelly Hankins

Intake Specialist / Project Administrator

Shelly joined the PSW team in 2018 and says this position is her favorite to date. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies from Edinboro University. With an original focus on teaching, she finally realized a newfound passion for the business world.

Shelly wears a lot of hats at PSW, most notably, as project intake specialist. She is the first person clients hear when they contact PSW. She assists in the development and implementation of PSW’s policies and procedures; manages and oversees the administration of policies, programs, and practices within the company. Shelly also helps with accounting and office management. She is proactive in her work and can always anticipate what clients and staff need.

Shelly has a positive attitude that emanates throughout the office as well as great organizational skills. In her spare time, Shelly loves to shoot pool and instructing others on the importance of skin care and color application with Mary Kay products.

She is the first-person clients hear when they contact PSW.

Josh Himme

Sales Manager

Josh joined thePSW team in 2019. Josh graduated from Hampton High School in 2009 and began pursuing a career in law enforcement while being heavily involved in basic construction. Upon discovering a passion for designing and installing in-ground swimming pools in 2011, his interest in law enforcement had changed. Josh’s extensive knowledge and field experience has become a great asset to PSW landing his role as lead Sales Manager. When Josh isn’t creating dreams, he enjoys working with local music promoters, camping, traveling, and riding quads with family and friends.
Josh’s extensive knowledge has become a great asset to PSW

Kortney Zoelle

Sales Manager

Kortney joined the PSW team in 2021 after years of experience working in top notch residential design and construction firms in Pittsburgh. Kortney’s experience extends well beyond 10 years as a professional in the industry. As a young kid, if she wasn’t on the soccer field, she was in the workshop with her dad learning the ins and outs of home improvement. Her passion for learning how things get put together led her to pursue an education in architecture and design. Kortney graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a focus in Graphic Design. She went on to Chatham University where she received her master’s degree in Interior Architecture. Outside of work, Kortney enjoys tackling overambitious home renovation projects, making hand-poured soy candles with witty names, and going on adventures with her husband Rob and their dog Geno.
A lifetime of learning and curiosity has led to a passion in architecture and design

TJ Varghese

Director of Design

TJ Varghese joined the PSW team in 2021. TJ completed a diploma in Sound Engineering in 2010 and worked as a Sound Engineer in the South Indian movie industry for five years. His background in sound and curiosity for business management led him to the Middle East where he managed a pro-audio installation company. During that time, he completed a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Among other tasks, TJ was in charge of designing acoustics for auditoriums, studios, and home theaters. This is where he discovered his passion for designing and rendering interiors. After five years in the Middle East designing custom interiors, he and his then-fiance decided to move to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 2020. He brings his combination of creativity with attention to technical detail to the PSW team in his role as the Director of Design. When he's not working, TJ is with his wife and dog. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, art, and design, and exploring Pittsburgh.
He brings his combination of creativity and attention to technical detail to the PSW team.

Kayla Sinopoli

Project Coordinator

Kayla joined the PSW team in 2019. She has a degree in graphic design from the Pittsburgh Technical College. With over 10 years of experience in the corporate world, some positions that she has had range from project coordinating, graphic design, and administrative assisting. Kayla enjoys painting, music, and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Not only will your project run smoothly, it will look great too.

Rob Healy

Project Manager

Rob joined the PSW team in 2020. After leaving Geneva College in 2003, he began a career in the landscape industry. His love for the outdoors, plant life, and wildlife fostered his drive to become more involved in the design and installation of softscape projects. After 15 years in the industry running lawn and landscape crews, Rob brings a strong leadership presence to the PSW team. In his spare time, Rob enjoys mountain biking, art and design, and riding motorcycles.

Rob brings a strong leadership presence to the PSW team.

Dane Mieze

Project Manager

Dane joined the team in 2021 as a project manager, with over 20 years of experience in all phases of residential construction and remodeling. He has always enjoyed carpentry and constructing projects that are functional, practical, and add value. Dane is a strong leader and focuses on motivation. He has worked his way up the ladder from a carpenter’s assistant to field supervisor, to his current role as project manager. In his spare time, Dane loves to spend time at the lake with his girlfriend Darcie, their two daughters Samantha and Ella and their two dogs Rusty and Lucy.

Dane is eager to learn more, acquire new techniques, and add value to our customers.

Maureen McGaffin

Marketing & Communications Manager

Maureen joined the PSW team in February 2022.

Maureen is a dynamic marketing leader and imaginative storyteller who develops and executes communication plans that strengthen brands and connects people with valuable resources and experiences. Maureen has more than 20 years of PR experience by working at the two largest health care titans in the region, including UPMC and Highmark. Maureen has a keen eye for creating SEO-friendly copywriting that engages and influences audiences while maintaining brand consistency. She is excited to bring her skill set to the architecture, design, and construction industry.

Maureen also has extensive broadcast journalism experience including work as a producer at WPXI-TV and News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, Maureen has demonstrated strength in building and maintaining positive relationships with the press and trade publications.

Maureen is a graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in communications and minor in business marketing. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with 412 Food Rescue, traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and three children.

She is excited to bring her skill set to the architecture, design, and construction industry.

Jeff Kennedy

Director of Business Management

Jeff joined the team in 2020. Jeff has a Masters Degree from Robert Morris University in Sport Management and a Bachelor Degree from Penn State in Marketing. With over 15 years of professional experience, Jeff is also active in the community, serving as President of the Pittsburgh Toastmasters Club. In his free time, Jeff is a USA Hockey Referee and enjoys spending time with his wife, Aisha, and their dog, Roxy.
Jeff's passion is working with the PSW team to improve and grow the company.

Our History

PSW was founded and currently run as a family-owned business. We have maintained our core fundamentals focusing on operating a professional company, staying on the cutting edge of the newest trends and technologies, and striving to exceed our clients’ expectations.

  • 2021Best of Houzz - Service

    PSW is awarded the prestigious "Best of Houzz" award for outstanding Customer Service
  • 2020Best of Houzz - Service

    Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes is awarded the prestigious "Best of Houzz" award for outstanding Customer Service
  • 2014Awards and Recognition

    We have earned media recognition from National TV (HGTV), newspaper/magazine articles (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, House Tends, Lawn and Landscape, Total Landscape Magazine). We are two-time Unilock Award of Excellence Winners, and 2013 Pittsburgh Builders Association’s “Winner for Best Outdoor Living Space”.
  • 2002Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes, LLC

    In 2002, Garden Graphics changed its name to Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes, LLC. The name change came about due to the company’s expansion of its previous services to now include 3D design, low voltage lighting, drainage solutions, excavation and especially a large role in the hardscape industry. They added services that included the use of pavers, boulders, retaining walls, ponds, waterfalls, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pools, and carpentry components for residential clients creating our signature service of the Outdoor Living Space.
  • 1994Jeff Starts Full-Time

    Jeff Blunkosky, Bob’s son, was involved in maintaining the plant nursery and shop grounds at the age of 12 along with working summers and weekends on site, ultimately working full time for the company in 1994.
  • 1982Garden Graphics Landscaping

    Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes, LLC was founded originally under the name, Garden Graphics Landscaping, in 1982 by Bob Blunkosky. The original services offered included: Landscape installation, sprinkler systems, and lawn installation along with landscape and lawn maintenance.

What Do Our Clients Have to Say?
They love us & so will you!

  • Erik G.
    My wife and I hired Jeff and his crew for this job not knowing what we would get from them. We heard that they were the best so we gave it a shot. After seeing the final product of our 1,100 square foot patio, I knew it was our best decision we could have made. From start to finish, Jeff, his dad (Bob), and his crew made it so easy and fun for us during the process from start to finish. We were so happy with the result we also hired them to do our accent lighting and landscaping as well. I am a firm believer in sticking with the same people throughout a project and this time I'm glad I did again. Thank you so much Jeff, Bob, and crew.
    Erik G.
  • J.G.
    We had Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes install a paver patio at our home in North Park. We are 100% pleased with the great work that Jeff and his crew had done for us. They were very professional and detail-oriented. The initial concept phase including 3-D plans really helped us visualize what the finished result would look like. No other contractor that we consulted does this type of work. We now have a beautiful living space in our backyard. We can't recommend this company enough! We are looking forward to phase 2 (an outdoor kitchen and barbecue) in the near future.
  • Robert V.
    I hired this company to install a waterfall in my backyard. They started on time, respected my property, cleaned up every day and finished the project on time and on budget. In a word, they were PROFESSIONAL. I believe they treated this project as an artistic endeavor. I would recommend Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes LLC without reservation.
    Robert V.
  • Marc Z.
    I had a great experience with Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes from start to finish. They did an excellent job with design and patio construction and the crew was outstanding! We did an extensive multi-level paver patio project with lighting and a pergola. They kept me abreast of the job and were excellent in explaining the process. They were very flexible in affording me the opportunity to make necessary tweaks in the design along the way. I would hire them again in a minute, and likely will as we already have ideas for a Phase II.
    Marc Z.
  • Shel F.
    After years of imagining and dreaming and reaching out to a handful of professionals who thought we were crazy, Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes helped us create the urban oasis of our dreams, including a 10x16 salt water, heated, cocktail pool. We knew it wouldn't be an easy project, because of the small yard and the tight boundary lines, but Donnie, Josh, and the crews made things work, maximizing every inch, and the result is breathtaking. Everyone who walks through the gate can't believe we are still in Pittsburgh. The stonework is impeccable and, along with the landscaping, perfectly conveys the rustic ambiance we were going for. What's maybe most impressive is how quickly things came together once we broke ground. We were swimming a month later! If you're looking for more than a swimming pool ... if you're looking to create a complete entertainment experience in your backyard, I highly recommend Pgh Stone & Waterscapes. They are knowledgeable about every facet of the job, and they won't stop until you're happy. We're looking forward to working with them on future projects as well. Thanks, guys, for all your hard work!
    Shel F.
  • Rob D.

    We had Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes design and construct our outdoor living space. Their work was incredible! We received other quotes for the project; we found PSW to be the best VALUE...we weren't looking for the cheapest, but we also did not want to pay ridiculous prices. The PSW pricing was fair and reasonable, and we were able to make decisions on the products used that impacted the price; so we could invest in the areas that were important to us, but also save on features that weren't important.

    The design process was very good; it was iterative, and they were able to design the space based on our vision and our input. They were always timely, and there was great communication throughout the process.

    The construction phase was very well managed; we were kept apprised of the schedule, any changes, delays or accelerations were communicated timely. The work was very high quality...no shortcuts. The project was completed by the deadline that was agreed to during the planning phase.

    The finished product was fantastic. We are so pleased with the work done, and we have a beautiful outdoor living space. During my nearly 30 years of home ownership, this is the most positive interaction I have ever had. I would recommend PSW to anyone and everyone. They are great, ethical, and a pleasure to work with.

    Rob D.
  • I have hired Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes for multiple projects over the years. At the end of each project I could confidently say the quality of work I received exceeded the price I paid. In addition to the quality of work, this companies professionalism, responsibility and accountability was second to none. Jeff Blunkosky’s ability to develop recommendations and implement plans of action, allows for a seamless transition for completion of any project. Quite simply Jeff and his company provide service beyond any expectations. I would recommend Jeff and his company to anyone.
  • I have hired Pghsw to do multiple projects at two different homes we owned. Jeff and his team are great to work with, do high quality work at a fair price, and are true professionals! Jeff came up with great hard scape design that complemented our home and landscape! We absolutely love our patio! It still looks as beautiful as it did the day it was finished. I highly recommend this company! Thank you Jeff and Bob!