My family has recently completed working with Tasos, of Ariston Masonry, on two very different kinds of masonry jobs: refilling/stuccoing a lot of cracked, damaged stonework on the exterior of our old home, and re-stabilizing old structural support columns in our basement, which had worn thin, due to water damage. In both cases, we could not have been more pleased with the work performed.
Tasos is clearly an ‘old school master’ craftsman, a real perfectionist, who takes pride in every aspect of his work. As an example, it was Tasos who insisted on making an extra trip out to our house, a long distance on an extremely sweltering day, to perfectly match the color of the stucco he would use on our stone. This is not something we would ever have thought of if he hadn’t suggested it. We figured stucco is stucco, right? Now we see what a huge difference it makes in the uniformity of the stone.
This is just one of many examples of his thoughtfulness in performing his work. He even alerted us to any loud noise that might take place, such as ‘jackhammering’ around the basement columns, when he would need to clean out the damaged bases. He told us 2 days before he was going to perform that work, to be sure he wouldn’t interrupt anything we might have scheduled at the house for that day.
Quite aside from the consideration Tasos shows for the client’s needs, his work is flawless. The stucco was replaced, and the basement columns were cleaned out and reinforced with painted concrete rims, perfectly.
This tells you about the great work and work ethic of Tasos. We would be remiss, however, if we failed to mention what an extreme pleasure it was to work with ‘the woman behind the man,’ Rita. This is Tasos’ wife, who is in charge of scheduling the jobs for the company. She could not be nicer or more accommodating. She was wonderful to communicate with and was accessible by phone and email, every step of the way. Rita accompanied Tasos on the visits to assess the job and the stucco, so we also had the good fortune to meet this lovely woman.
Both Tasos and Rita are simply THE BEST, and we cannot recommend this company highly enough! My family looks forward to using Ariston again, for all of our masonry needs in the future.