Marcus from M&R Masonry was more than awesome. He is perfect on the functional and business aspects, but Marcus also has the elusive quality of being an artist and a master craftsman! He came promptly and worked steadily on the job. Marcus and his crew left things neat and orderly everyday. When additional, unforeseen difficulties arose in the job, Marcus did additional repairs at a reasonable cost. He found cost effective solutions for our very old fireplace. My daughter had a vision for how it should look and Marcus executed things perfectly. He even went to extra trouble to slice the bricks more thinly so the end result would be exactly what we wanted. We recommend him enthusiastically. We have more fireplaces and we will use him every time. -Julie A., Long Beach, CA8/2/14It was a pleasure working with Marcus and M&R Masonry. I showed Marcus a picture of a fireplace I liked and he changed our current fireplace to look just like the picture. He came on time exactly when he said he would, and the whole procedure (including fixing the chimney) took only two days. I would highly recommend him.-Pamela B., Los Angeles, CA
M&R masonry was excellent and we would highly recommend them. The job:
Convert a two-sided gas driven, synthetic log fireplace into a real, wood-burning fireplace. This required closing off one side of fireplace, re-shaping the fireplace and flue, and installing a new damper, ash tray
and pit. The price from M&R masonry was very reasonable and Marcus clearly
understood fires, fireplaces and chimneys extremely well. The labor was
performed very efficiently by a knowledgable, careful and courteous crew.
We also got a quote from Boston Brick and Stone: The quote was higher and
while their contractor was a slightly smoother salesman, he did not seem to
exhibit the depth of understanding shown by Marcus from M&R masonry. When
we questioned the contractor from Boston Brick and Stone about his design
and the fact that he did not propose reshaping the fireplace his response
did not give us confidence in his depth of understanding of fire-induced air
flows (I am a physics professor). Final Impressions: Boston Brick and Stone obviously
have a high-volume business, but M & R masonry seemed to be run by real craftspeople with a real understanding of their
trade. One year later weare delighted by the result of the fireplace created by M&R masonry and give
them a 5 star rating.
– Nicholas W., La Canada, CA
8/24/14M &R did a great job for me, they were professional, promptand got the job done in a timely manner, I would recommend
Marcus for your masonry needs-David H, Los Angeles, CAM&R Masonry was competetively priced and available for all preconstruction questions. They were very courteous and knowlegeable at the outset and instilled a strong sense of confidence and competence. This was the reason why I recommended my client hire them.
During the course of the chimney reconstruction, Marcus’s crew was the very polite, clean, efficient and effective. The job was done on time and on budget. He even came back after the permit and contract were closed out to do some final touchups.
A job well done with absolutely no additional hassles. Being a residential designer in the area, I will definitley recommend him to all my new clients and contractor contacts. A real wood burning fire is a rareity in Los Angeles, and so is Marcus at M&R Masonry.-Wayne C., Los Angeles (Residential Designer)10/22/12They did a great job of tearing down brick by brick the chimney. Once it was hauled off they framed the wall with new wood on the outside of the house, then applied new stucco. I kept the Mantle inside and they used the bricks from the chimney to close off the fireplace. I now have a nice area in the Mantle to place candles.
They did a great job of cleaning up everything after all work was completed.-Edwin R., Los Angeles, CA (Angie’s List)
I’ve hired m+ r on five separate occasions including a major chimney rebuild, and have never been disappointed. They are very skilled masons, and quite responsive. Would definitely recommend.
– Philip H., Los Angeles, CA
I highly recommend M&R Masonry. The residential projects they’ve worked on for me have all turned out well. The masons have always been thoughtful and hard working. The owner, Marcus, brings a lot of experience to the job. If you’ve got a tough one, you should at least talk to him about it.
– Clark W., Pasadena, CA
After interviewing several other companies giving me ridiculous estimates, I finally found M&R and found them to be no nonsense, knowlegable, friendly, reliable and above all excellent craftsmen. What other companies quoted as a 4 day job for thousands of dollars, M&R came in and knocked it out in a day for a fraction of the price, allowing me to keep my beautiful vintage fireplace instead of retrofitting it with some ugly, prefab fireplace which I almost got talked into. The work is solid, beautiful and safe above all. These guys are gems and I highly recommend them to anyone.
Jim G., Beverly Hills, CA