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    I was there watching for the entire job.  John was able to get the job done a few days earlier than scheduled.  The weather was with us.  Excellent crew.  Friendly, competent, skilled, and very hard working.  Knew what they were doing.  The digging out of the wet clay area was not in the original contract, but the extra cost billed was very reasonable.   The finish work  was done with care and an artist's touch.  The broom finish and saw cut expansion joints look great.  I decided to keep the driveway wet for 28 days - by covering it with burlap held down by 20 2x4s.  I watered it several times a day to keep the burlap wet.  At night when I woke, I would turn on a sprinkler for half an hour.  Concrete reaches 75% strength in 7 days and 100% in 28.  By keeping the surface covered and wet it was able to cure evenly.  A MN DOT engineer lives down the street and stopped to complement me for doing it right by covering it with burlap and keeping it wet.  The state can only get by with 7 days and 75% strength.  I bought the burlap in 5 x 60 foot  rolls on Amazon.  3 rolls for $175.00.  I overlapped the seams by a couple inches and held it in place by laying twenty 8 foot 2 x 4s over it.  Wind wasn't a problem because the burlap was wet the whole time.  I let it dry out in the sun the last day.  I then put it in plastic boxes for reuse in the future. 
    John and his crew are the best.  Hire him.  I got 4 quotes from Angie's List.  Two were way high and one was a couple hundred dollars less than John's.  But when I talked to John I had confidence in him and his ability and I decided to hire him.  It's nice to be happy with a decision.  It's even better to have a driveway that I almost look forward to snow blowing this winter.  The old asphalt had sink holes I would slip in.  This driveway will drain well.  The bad clay base is gone and there is 6 plus inches of recycled crushed concrete under the 5.5 inches of new concrete. 
    I couldn't be happier.  I had an idea of drilling into the garage floor to pin it to the new concrete.  A house down the street had done this with a new driveway a few years ago.  John explained why he never does this - it has the potential to lift the garage floor and damage it.  I followed John's advice.  The other potential contractors were willing to do this.  John's experience was very helpful in planning the work.  He knows what he is doing.  You can rely on him. He suggested burlap.  I was going to use plastic. 
    Hire John - Cornerstone Concrete - then keep the concrete wet and covered with burlap for 28 days after.  Any concrete expert, including John, will tell you it's the right thing to do, but hardly anyone does.  This driveway will last. 

    - JEANNE A.
  • A

    I had a rather large boulder retaining wall and a large swing set that was encased in a large pea gravel bed that I needed removed from my backyard and replaced with sod.  At first I thought I could tackle this on my own, but soon found out that this would be nearly impossible without machinery.  I had at least 30-40 large boulders that were 300+ pounds each, and hundreds of smaller ones in this pile.

    I started the bids for the project, and called up Nick and two other companies. He arrived on time and came to a plan within minutes.  It was clear he knew what he was doing. I also received two other bids, but they were full until the end of the year.  That made my decision even easier as I had wanted to go with Nick.

    The only issue I had with Nick is that he is always working and never at his office so it took a while to get a bid.  I wanted to include this part in the review, because it appeared that he was not interested in the job, but it turns out he really was.  I saw from a few reviews here that others may have had the same impression as I did.  So, when I inquired with Nick about it further, he made it clear that it was a job he wanted and didn?t mean to give the impression that he was not interested.  After that was out of the way, I scheduled the job with him and he gave a rough estimate on when he would be able to do it.  Nick wasn?t able to pin down an exact date more than a few days in advance, but that is to be expected with weather and all sorts of other variables.

    The work was started and completed on August 8th, 2014. I was impressed by four things; 1) How quickly they were able to get this job done, 2) How hard they worked, 3) The pristine condition of the sod they brought over, and 4) The care taken to not destroy my current lawn while performing the work.  Both me, and my wife were very satisfied with the work performed.   I have before and after pictures and video of the work performed, should anyone be interested.  I would definitely recommend and use Nick again for all future landscaping needs.

    - Gabriel G.
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