First off, we actually found A&E Masonry through HomeStars and decided to contact them due to their excellent reviews here! A&E Masonry owner Thane came out to see the jobs that we wanted to have done - our front porch was crumbling and falling apart, and the patio in our backyard had been piecemealed together over the years with 3 or 4 different types and combinations of inexpensive stone, patio slabs and pressure treated wood - and both areas looked horrible!
Thane was prompt in getting back to us with a quote, as a matter of fact, he took the time to personally deliver the quote and to further discuss our needs and how we would like the job completed (the type of stone we wanted, color options and so on). Thane was incredibly easy to work with - a total professional all the way!
He excavated the backyard first and then broke apart the front steps. He took us over to a stone yard and helped us choose the stone that was used for the sides of the front steps, helped us determine what would look best and what would work best - his expertise was invaluable! We found the stone we wanted for the risers and he was quick to head over there to make sure the stone would work for our needs and placed an order for delivery right away.
Even with all the rain he had to contend with while working, both jobs were completed in 2 weeks! Not only did he arrive early and prompt each day, he treated the job as if he was working on his own home - the immense care and attention that was taken in every detail were so appreciated! He made sure to clean up before leaving each evening and worked through the day without so much as a lunch break.
Thane's workmanship is impeccable, a master mason (as you can see from the before and after photos) and we have never known any contractor, let alone an owner of a company, to spend so much time personally ensuring that everything was to perfection, incorporating our wishes and making sure we were happy - just a real pleasure to deal with and to have someone care so much (kind of the way it should be, but often isn't in this day and age!).
Everyone in the neighborhood stopped to comment on the front steps, people driving by would slow down and some would literally stop so they could take a better look. Friends and neighbors couldn't believe the difference and the excellent workmanship, it turned out incredible!
The patio out back turned out fantastic as well and now our furniture looks even better with an attractive base to sit on - what a difference quality makes!
A&E Masonry is a company I would highly recommend for all your masonry jobs - stonework, cement, pavers, patios, etc. I have absolutely NO hesitation in recommending this company - top notch expertise, professionalism on all levels, hard working, punctual and caring. And the owner Thane is just a really great guy all around. We'll be using A&E Masonry again next spring for some finishing touches along our driveway!
Thanks again for everything Thane, Brian and I are so incredibly happy with the way everything turned out and how amazing it all looks - you need to stop by and see it with the new railing out front and the patio furniture with our little spa out back, it just looks great - we couldn't be happier!