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  • Kevin was very quick to contact me after receiving my inquiry. We discussed the repair project and he determined he would not be able to take on this particular project. He had been great - even spending time to offer advice on the repairs and overview on what a good contractor should do to repair. I had contacted several other masons from Angie's list and had very little luck in getting any of them to return my calls & emails. So, it was refreshing to find someone that was responsive, helpful, and informative. Kevin went one step further and referred me to another mason - Robert Downing (RJ Downing masonry). Robert Downing did an excellent job and I am extremely happy with the referral. Based upon my experience, I would definitely recommend Kevin to others.
    - Brian B.
  • Excellent! Robert Downing was referred to my by Kevin F. Gonsalves (whom I found on Angie's), but was not able to do the job himself. Robert was very quick to respond and we discussed the repair work I needed to have done. Due to the height of my chimney there were a few questions I was unable to answer. Robert drove out the next day to take a look at the chimney - he had an estimate for me that evening. I thought the estimate was more than fair for the work needed. The job required staging in addition to the repairs. The finished job was excellent - I went up on the roof to get a close-up look myself. He actually went above what was expected and did an excellent job repairing and reviving my chimney. He cleaned the roof thoroughly from any residue so it would not stain the roofing shingles too. He tested the repair, before leaving, to make sure it was sealed properly. After a couple heavy rainstorms I'm happy to see the chimney is repaired. Also worth mentioning, I had a liner being installed for a new wood stove the day Robert had planned to finish this job. Robert was kind enough to leave the staging up for the wood stove installers to help make their job much easier. They were very, very happy to see the staging when they arrived. Bottom line, I would highly recommend Robert Downing. If we have the money in the spring, we hope to be contacting him again for patio and walkway projects we hope to have done.
    - Brian B.
  • As will happen, it was a lot more work than we had anticipated but had no way of knowing until Andolino got to work and saw the poor job that was done when the porch was originally put in. Andolino does very good, thorough work. Unfortunately he didn't offer the coupon discount even though they knew found them on Angies List. Other than that, the only other minor complaint was that they were a bit messy in that dried up cement pieces (large and small) were not fully cleaned up.
    - Laura G.
  • i set up date with valter to come out and do work for me and when the time came I called to make sure he was coming. He told me I never called when in fact we already set up a date. He asked what I was having done and since it was a small job he gave some excuse about going away..i expect he had bigger jobs and didn't want to do it. He told me he would come in July and as I expected no call..go with another company that is more reliable and professional.
    - mark t.
  • After leaving a second voice mail asking for a quote, I got a call back at about 5pm saying that Mr. Soares could meet me between 630 and 7pm that night.  I waited until 730pm and he never called and never showed.  I left a voice mail for him around 715pm and never received a call back.  

    UPDATE:  I received a call the next day from Mr. Soares saying that I had misunderstood him and he meant the appointment was for the next day.  Well he failed the show the next night as well!  No phone call to explain why.  I will not be doing any business with this company if they are this unprofessional when trying to get a quote from them.
    - Mark S.
  • Superb job and workmanship.  Went from a disaster zone to a perfect patio that greatly improves the look of my house. Valter is knowledgeable and showed enormous attention to detail.
    One small surprise, which could have been avoided; when Valter adjusted the drainage piping, I assumed that was included in the original price (it was not).  While not unreasonable, I wished I had asked or he had volunteered that information.
    Despite that small glitch, I would hire him again in a minute.  The patio looks at least as good now as when it was done almost a year ago.  Valter cleaned up perfectly and came back a month later to seal the job (without prompting).
    - Elizabeth M.
  • It was a fantastic process from start to finish.  Jaime and his son, Jason, arrived to quote the job at the time they said. They gave me a location nearby to pick out my materials.  When I expanded the job to include a pathway in our backyard, they worked flawlessly to get everything done on time and within budget.  The work ethic of this father-son team is top notch.  They are craftsmen with many years of expertise.  They were neat, polite, friendly, warm and wonderful to have around our family home.  My husband, mother in law and kids really enjoyed having the DeFreitas men working at our house. I was easily able to reach Jason or Jaime via phone or text.  They responded within moments or called back before the day was over.  Their workmanship and finished product always drew positive comments from passers-by.  If you are seeking to upgrade your home, inside or out, Jaime and Jason are the ones to call first.
    - Monique B.
  • We signed a contract in March 2014 and didn't hear from him for about a month. When I finally did he apologized & said he had been in the hospital, that was understandable but someone should have contacted us. They finally started the work in mid-May. It seemed to be going well when I left to visit my sister in CA. But when I got home, I found that he had only followed the OLD layout and instead of putting in another step, they "raised" the brick walkway for about a yard. That left a huge dip in the walkway for water to puddle in. I also complained to him about the "debris" left everywhere -- cement splashed everywhere. They did return and raised the brick walkway further downward so as not to be so noticeable. I then realized that the spacing of the bricks did not match the rest of the walkway - too close together which was very obvious. They did return to fix this and clean up some of the debris that my husband & I had not gotten to. However, cement/concrete dust was embedded in a LOT of the bricks in the walkway & cannot be removed -- we've tried everything.
    - Hilary S.
  • After one year the patio sank 2 to 3" by the stairs .The shed below the patio flooded ou after a rain. Contacted them and they came to look at it. Never heard from they again. Contacted the BBB  nothing happed Got another contractor and he rip the whole patio. Under the foundation was a 13" gap. Total replacement cost 35,000. Send photos to BBB and after 2 years got a letter from BBB that Yard works said it was resolved.
    - Clarence G.
  • Prompt and professional. I contacted him based on reviews on this list and I was extremely satisfied. He is very knowledgeable. He is prepared to answer any questions you may have regarding any aspect of your chimney (heating, leaks, etc.). In fact, although the work on my chimney is completed, we are still in contact as he is looking to provide the best possible choice for a chimney cap for my home. You will not be disappointed if you contact Jim to service your chimney needs.
    - Judith P.
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