I first met Chris Garek while seeking solutions for a creek bed retaining wall. I was impressed with Chris and his straightforward, no nonsense approach to evaluating problems and providing solutions.
Therefore, when my back yard makeover called for "impressive" stone veneer patio walls, stone wrapped columns, 20 foot outdoor bar and kitchen and fireplace, I made one phone call to Chris at Stone Pro Inc. Upon researching Stone Pro and his father's legacy in starting the business, I felt confident in my choice to work with Chris and his team to fine craftsman and stonemasons at Stone Pro.
Chris listened to my vision, understood my design, negotiated an executed with timeliness and skill. Chris set forth reasonable expectations within the confines of other contractor schedules and the record-breaking rain fall in the spring of 2015. I have been blessed with complements and jaw-dropping praise, an awesome space for entertaining family and friends, and the satisfaction of a vision come true… Thanks to Chris and the Stone Pro team. I would never hesitate to show off the handiwork to perspective buyers but I will call Chris for future projects.
I can tell you Chris has always been very prompt and delivered on my expectations. My customers and I have been very pleased with the quality of his brick, stucco, and stone work. I refer him to my past customers all the time with nothing but positive feedback.
Best Bang for the Buck!
We decided that our 1985 170' railroad tie retaining wall surrounding our property had seen its better day and needed replacing. That was a no-brainer...the real question was who to contract with to remove the old wall and construct a suitable replacement.
We asked neighbors, friends, co-workers, real estate agents, and anyone else we could think of for recommendations...we conducted internet searches, CraigsList searches...we were pretty thorough. We were looking for a firm that would design/choose an appropriate solution and could complete the removal & installation from start to finish.
We solicited estimates/bids from 4 different firms...with multiple types of wall materials an option...they all came out and gave it a hands-on look...and we received 6+ bids, wood, stone, PaveStone. I talked to Chris several times on the phone, exchanged text messages and emails...discussed materials, time frames, anticipated lawn/neighbor/neighborhood impact, and ultimately price. Chris convinced me that a milsap stone solution was a very good fit for my application, both engineering and cost-effectiveness wise, and would last longer than a wood solution. He said they'd be in on Monday, finished by Thursday, the existing wall would be removed, and the old ties trucked off.
To make a long story short, Chris and his crew showed up on Monday and were finished by Thursday. The wall looks great, no-doubt functions great...will certainly last longer then the wood replacement retaining walls in the area...the adjoining neighbor is pleased...the pool and yard the wall is designed to help keep in place are pleased...the solution just fits with the neighborhood. All that would be good enough news, but the kicker is...Stone Pro was the best value...it wasn't even close.
Give Chris a call...the conversation will be friendly and more than worth your time.
Better Workmanship and Price
Our railroad tie retaining wall was falling apart, we received five different quotes to replace the wall from fake vainer to carved concert and stone.
Compared to the other options Stone Pro had the better workmanship and price. We are extremely pleased.
"After receiving six different bids from many accredited companies in the DFW area, my wife and I decided to go with Stone Pro. Our deciding factors were competitive cost and overall comfort with Chris Garek, owner of Stone Pro. Our backyard project consisted of a flagstone patio, kitchen, fireplace and arbor. From our initial consultation to the completed project we had an awesome experience! There were many decisions that needed to made throughout the project and Chris always answered his phone or met me at the job site to discuss options. Our neighbors are amazed by the size, detail, and quality of the stonework and arbor. Many of our neighbors have already contacted Stone Pro about their backyard projects. We could not be happier."
Beautiful Flagstone Patio
I would highly recommend Stone Pro Inc. to anyone! I had a beautiful flagstone patio installed at 2/3s the price of the other bids I received. Me and my wife Jackie are on a fixed budget and couldn't afford what others were charging Chris was not only honest but listened to what I wanted and suggested a less expensive route that saved us money that we liked much better than we could imagine. His workers were in and out in two days and left no mess. One of the best contractor experiences I've had.
Stone Pro Inc. the only contractor for stonework I would trust
My project started out as a simple driveway made from stone. After 2 other contractors and 3 months I was told about stone pro from a friend who had used them before and my friends had nothing but nice things to say about Chris and his crew. After 2 months of runaround from the other contractor I hired I called Chris and he was at my house the next day. The other contractor was not able to get the permits needed but Chris got them in 3 days and started the work immediately after. In less than a week he was done. I will never use anyone else to do my stone work for me but stone pro. I'm going to have him do an outside kitchen next. I will highly recommend [using] stone pro for any outdoor or indoor stone work needed Chris and his crew are highly professional and get the job done right and quick.
I have used Stone Pro for over 8 years and would strongly recommend them for your next project. Chris takes the time to understand what it is that you or your client want and follows thru with what he says he will do with quality workmanship and fair pricing. Chris is quick to respond anytime you have a question or concern as well as to resolve any warranty issues that arise.
Since we don't do Facebook, we wanted to send you an email expressing our appreciation of the work your team did on our retaining wall. In a little over a week, our yard went from messy & unattractive to beautiful &inviting! Your crew did an outstanding job of catering to our special requests & cleaning up the job site as they went along. We are absolutely pleased with the result & with the lifetime warranty & service you provide. We will definitely refer you to others & will be contacting you again for more home enhancing stone projects.
My Highest Recommendation
I highly recommend Chris and his team at Stone Pro. They did a high quality, expertly crafted job for us at a very affordable price. I will definitely work Chris again ( I already am in fact), and will give him my highest recommendation to anyone wanting to get stone work done.
The Problem: Our sloping front yard had started to erode and got pretty bad very quickly. The old, concrete steps had begun to buckle and dirt started pulling away from the house. We would have several inches of mud and dirt on the sidewalk after every rain. The situation was not just unsightly but also became dangerous.
The Solution: Chris and his AMAZING TEAM at Stone Pro! We had gotten several estimates and they were all actually pretty close in cost. However, as soon as I met with Chris, I knew that I wanted him to do the job. It was very evident to me how committed he was to making sure that our front yard not only became stable but also turned out as beautiful as I had hoped. He was very patient with ALL of my questions : ) and
explained the process and what to expect. Since I am a control freak, I had planned on working from home during the entire process but after 2 days, I was so confident in the professionalism and the work that his guys were doing, back to the office I went.
The finale to my experience was that we were actually on vacation when Stone Pro finished the job. Because Chris wanted it to be perfect when we arrived back home he even spoke with me and arranged to have sod put down while we were away. Needless to say, pulling up to the front of the house after 8 days of being gone was like Christmas morning for me - I nicknamed Chris "Santa Claus".
The final product was so incredibly beautiful and exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Stone Pro to anyone.
Quality work and friendliness is why I chose to work with Stonepro. It just felt right. The whole experience has been exceptional. We continue to have many admirers stop and comment on how the retainer wall adds design and structure to our property. A very special thanks to Chris and the Stonepro Team!
I would never hesitate to show off the workmanship of StonePro!