“FIRST CLASS, FULL SERVICE MASONRY CONTRACTOR HERE!”
First class, full service masonry contractor here!
I hired Boston Brick and Stone (BB&S) for two jobs: replacement of an old failing retaining wall, and a demolition/replacement of an old stone chimney.
I'll go into detail about the retaining wall job: I got several bids from different construction firms for this job. Some were cheap bids, but they skimped on quality and details. BB&S's bid was very detailed and thorough... several pages long. Bottom line price was not cheap, but I got a good feeling about BB&S. I ultimately decided to go with them. Work commenced almost immediately.
The retaining wall job was fairly complex, as the wall divides two properties that are on different slope levels. The old existing wall was slowly leaning over to the side of a building... not much physical space to work in. Nonetheless, BB&S did an amazing job. Their expert foreman supervised the job, and the owner of the company, Dave, would come by often to check out the work. They removed brush and heavy bushes, demoed the old wall, laid a concrete foundation for the new wall, constructed the new wall, and finished off with a drainage system for the wall. BB&S got an engineer to look at the old wall, and to design a new one that would not fail as the old one did. They pulled the permits from the City, and when the City inspector would come by to inspect the progress, he would say that these guys really know what they're doing. I would have to agree with him. Their work crews really know what they are doing, and they have an extremely strong work ethic.
The job got done in about a month, in less time than originally expected, despite some delays and hot temperatures. The end product will not be falling over or failing in any way during my lifetime. As Dave told me: That wall is solid - it's not going anywhere!
Very professional, very clean, very organized, very honest, courteous staff and crews, quality work, foremen are memorable and true masters of their trades. A little pricey, but in construction, you get what you pay for. I especially appreciated the daily call from their scheduling manager, Holly, informing me about whether the crew was going to be out at the jobsite the next day or not, upcoming City inspections, materials delivery logistics, etc... This excellent communication with me, the homeowner, definitely helped to alleviate some of the stress that comes with home renovation. I would hire them again or refer people to them in a heartbeat. This kind of construction company is a rarity in our day of cookie-cutter construction and quick, cheap work.