We received estimates from three contractors, and talked to two more at home-improvement events. Of the three that we asked to give us estimates, Doug, from Marrocco's impressed us the most with his explanation of the process, the type and depth of concrete used. He also had samples of the colors and stamp patterns. Our son is a licensed concrete inspector -- he told us what we should look for. Doug hit all the check boxes. The cost of the job was higher than the other contractors, but we felt that the Marrocco approach sounded better, and Marrocco's also proposed using a thicker pad of concrete on the driveway and carport, which more closely aligned with what they were removing. When we agreed on the terms for the work, they were ready to schedule us almost immediately. However, we had a short delay obtaining the county permit to replace the driveway apron. The crew began work on a Monday morning. They worked at least 12 hours breaking up and removing the old concrete, and removing the old brick and timber stoop. They had multiple dumpsters delivered and removed during the demolition. The next day they laid in the gravel, rebar, wire mesh; put in all of the frames, etc. It was again at least a 12 hour day. On the day of the concrete pour, there were at least 8 men working, including the company owner. A couple of the men came and went, but most of them were there all day. The color and stamp process was fascinating to watch. And the workmen carefully went over most of the lines with hand tools. It was almost dark when they left -- and they had started before 8AM. A couple of days later, a crew came back to remove the forms, power wash the concrete and cut in expansion joints. They came another day to make adjustments to the carport posts and to clean up the site. The final step was to apply a sealant, which happened a few days after the washing. All in all, the job took about 10 days to complete, including one or two days between a couple of the steps. All of the workmen from the crews that came to our house were very professional and worked really hard for very long days. The work looks wonderful and is exactly what we wanted.