About us


We are a family company that works with passion in the latest trends in landscapes and we strive to exceed the expectations of our customers.

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. 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. 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.

By 2014, Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes maintained a yearly sales growth by 15% on average doing over two million dollars of installations in 2014. 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” .

Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes 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 landscape trends, and striving to exceed our customers’ expectations.

We take genuine interest by individuals passionate about their trade to create something special.


OurTeam

Our Pittsburgh Stone team members consist of: Our Owner/President, a Project Manager/Designer, a Lead Designer/Project Coordinator, a Project Sales Manager and an Office Manager. In addition to our team, we also work with several subcontractors. Our outside contractors we utilize in our projects consist of: landscape/hardscape installers, architects, interior/exterior carpenters, land developers, electricians, plumbers, civil engineers, pool builders, maintenance contractors, sprinkler systems, patio furniture/BBQ components, and more.

Robert Blunkosky

Founder and
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 manager and a machine operator at times. When not managing, Bob is an avid off road bike rider and golfer.

Dana Merriwether

Interior Designer and
Project Coordination

Dana Merriwether, among the northeast’s talented interior designers, heads the interior division of Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes, one of the Pittsburgh region’s full-service interior and exterior design firms. Dana is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and holds a bachelors degree of fine arts in Interior Design from Miami International University of Art & Design (Tampa branch). She has worked with award winning design companies and private clients alike in both the northern and southern states in the US, bringing a unique style of design for all tastes. Dana’s skills in functional design and an eye for singular details are highlighted in her knowledge of space planning, project coordination and the ability to reinterpret your vision to life. In her spare time, she loves to cook, travel and sings professionally locally and nationwide for various events, fundraisers, and concerts in the U.S.

Donnie Reese

Lead Designer and
Project Coordinator

Donnie came onto the team at Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science Degree from West Virginia University in Landscape Architecture with a double minor in Horticulture and Communications. Donnie has been working in the landscaping industry since 2004; from being self employed in the landscape industry through high school and college, to working for a large commercial company in Washington, DC and a few local companies after college, before finding his career here at Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes. When Donnie isn’t working, he enjoys snow skiing, going to see live concerts and sporting events with friends and family, playing in the Pittsburgh Stonewall Sports League, and traveling.

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 Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes. 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, mtn biking, and boating.

Josh Himme

Pool Division Sales/
Project Manager

Josh joined the Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes 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 Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes landing his role to head of our Pool Division as the Project Manager. Managing field crews, pool servicing, concrete renovation, installation of “Family Fun” and vinyl liner swimming pools are just a few of his daily tasks around the greater Pittsburgh area including freelance work for other pool builders and service companies. When Josh isn’t building pools, he enjoys working with local music promoters, camping, traveling, and riding quads with family and friends.

Leslie Blunkosky

Graphic Designer, Marketing and Communications

Leslie Blunkosky is a LaRoche College graduate with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Communications. She has 15 plus years of experience in graphic design. Her extensive design experience includes working as a graphic designer for two major retail corporate companies and several local design firms in the Pittsburgh area. Leslie's creativity and professional design background is key in expressing and developing our branding and marketing pieces here at Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes. Outside of work, Leslie enjoys going to the lake with her family and staying active with her 3 boys, husband and fur babies.

Shelly Hankins

Administrative
Assistant

Joined the Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes team in 2018 and thus far knows 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 quickly realized a newfound passion for the business world and completed her degree majoring in business. When not devoting her time to her administrative duties ranging from accounting to account management, in her spare time she loves to shoot pool and instructs others on the importance of skin care and color applications with Mary Kay products.

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

  • 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!