The Stone Porch

Formerly Daniel Mc Caffrey Mason
Masonry & Bricklaying
Toronto ON M1N 3T4
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Fiona in Toronto
Fiona in Toronto
8 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

A second excellent project completed by The Stone Porch

Last year, I had Daniel of the Stone Porch re-build a degrading, listing chimney located at the rear of my house. (See my earlier review)
I was so impressed with him, his crew and the work that they did that I thought of no-one else for a second, larger, job that I wanted to do this year.
I had an exterior, ground to roof height chimney, with decaying brick and missing mortar sat atop an unsightly, water damaged concrete base. The literal "cherry on top" was a previously poorly re-built chimney in a kind of yellow brick that looked very out of place in my red brick neighbourhood.
Daniel came out, first thing in the spring, to discuss the project. He had terrific ideas and promised me that he could turn the Achilles heel of my home into what would be its' best feature. I completely trusted him and quite agreed with what he proposed. Daniel was sensitive to the age and architecture of my home and I agreed with his very good and helpful ideas. He backed up those ideas by sourcing his well-chosen materials.
Daniel suggested a natural stone base for the chimney and, to make it more of a focal point, thought of widening the base. He would then clad the rest of the chimney and replace this yellow brick chimney in the same Victorian style red brick that he had used on the chimney that he re-built last year.
The prep work was considerable and time consuming as the bricks had been painted many times over and some of these original bricks needed replacing in order to form a suitable base for the brick cladding.
Daniel found a beautiful, natural, stone for the base and he and his team cut it on site and laid it out carefully in a random, very pleasing pattern before installing it on the chimney base. A natural stone ledge was installed to divide the stone from the brick façade and higher up, to divert moisture away. At the last stage, the brick cladding was carefully laid and some waterproofing installed at the roofline.
Result? Daniel was absolutely right. The Stone Porch has turned something rather decrepit and unsightly into something that is beautiful, natural, and looks like it has always been there. And finally, they did a super clean-up and left the place neater and cleaner than when they arrived.
I cannot recommend more highly, Daniel and his crew at The Stone Porch.

Approximate cost of services:
$17,000.00
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Thank you Fiona for the kind review, again. The stone selections worked out beautifully, and the crew were very happy to return to work on your beautiful Beaches home. You have a grand old house. I am glad we didn't modernize it, at least aesthetically.

James in Toronto
James in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Porch Rebuild

We required the complete replacement of a brick and concrete porch on the front of our 90 year old home.
As a retired engineer, I was impressed with Daniel's careful planning, imaginative design and immaculate workmanship. I have full confidence in the durability of the new construction, thanks to the deep foundations and careful attention to drainage and soil conditions.
It also looks very good!

Approximate cost of services:
$40,000.00
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Thank you very much, James, for the kind review. We always feel a bit of pride when an engineer selects us over other contractors. We are glad that you like the work, particularly so as you are a very well-informed evaluator. Thank you also for recommending us to your next-door neighbours. They seemed to like the porch we built for them as well.

Fiona in Toronto
Fiona in Toronto
8 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

chuffed with my new chimney!

I contacted Daniel, owner of The Stone Porch, for a consultation and quote regarding an old, decaying, leaning chimney sat atop my 120-year-old house in the Beaches.
I was most impressed with his knowledge, skill and sensitivity towards my home’s age and style. After receiving his very detailed quote and feeling further assured by the knowledge that he was duly licensed and insured, I went ahead with the project.
Although the job of re-building a chimney sounds like a small one, I realized how wrong I was. After scaffolding was put up, Daniel and three crew members spent two days taking down, removing and rebuilding a new chimney.
What a difference a few days makes.
My falling apart, visibly leaning and water damaged chimney had been replaced by a solid, straight, beautifully laid, red brick chimney, topped with attractive and functional waterproof and animal-proof caps.
Additionally, Daniel had sourced a red, Victorian style and textured brick that matched perfectly the original bricks of the home’s period resulting in a new but original-looking chimney that will outlast me!
I highly recommended Daniel and his crew at The Stone Porch and in fact, I have a different project in mind to do with him next year.

Approximate cost of services:
$6,000.00
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Hello Fiona. Thank you for your kind review. I am glad you like your new chimney, and I am especially glad that you liked the bricks we procured for you.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Foundation Repair and Stone Patio

Daniel and his team did a great job repairing a crumbly foundation wall, and putting a beautiful patio in our backyard. They arrived when they said they would, finished in good time, and even came in slightly under budget! I would highly recommend.

Approximate cost of services:
$18,000.00
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Thank you L & R. My team and I were pleased with the result and we are glad that you liked the work as well. We will return in the Spring for a warrantee inspection. See you then.

dwong0622 in Toronto
dwong0622 in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Masonry and Parge Wall

Daniel and his team were a pleasure to work with throughout a tricky job that frankly neither of us anticipated. He presented solutions and kept up with great communication and kept the site tidy which is so important with shared driveway and managing neighbours. Unfortunately, I had set up the job slightly out of sequence with other repairs but Daniel kindly offered to come back at a later time to do a small/minor patch repair which is so appreciated after what he and his team did.

Approximate cost of services:
$13,000.00
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Hi Denise. Thank you for posting a kind review. I am sorry that your brick wall was in much worse condition than we originally anticipated, but I think the change in process worked out very well. Thank you for working with us.

Geoffrey in Mississauga
Geoffrey in Mississauga
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Excellent work

Incredible craftsmanship and pros all around. Daniel provided a comprehensive and detailed project plan for a difficult job. They executed exactly to plan and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product ..3 beautifully reconstructed porch pillars on a 120+ year old home. Highly recommended we are hiring them for our next stone project

Approximate cost of services:
$15,000.00
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Hi Geoffrey. Thank you for reviewing our work. Thanks also for having us back to do the concrete pad for your stairs, and the interlocking/retaining stone job. I think your colour selections were bang on, and I was very happy to see you pick it up with the carpentry elements you added later. Your house looks fantastic. I am glad we were able to contribute to it.

Yves in Toronto
Yves in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

New walkway and window wells

From the day we first met Daniel to secure a quote on the work we wanted done on a new stone walk and a number of window well upgrades we were impressed by his knowledge and competence and his willingness to explain the job as he would do it fully with us. Our window wells were pressure treated lumber structures which were installed over 30 years ago. They were disintegrating and required replacement. Daniel’s attention to detail and the thoroughness of his thinking when it came to the installation of replacement structures was evident from day one. In fact, his advice, professionalism and knowledge of his craft was evident throughout the project. Daniel was the only contractor who discussed with us the structural needs of the job including the drainage necessary to ensure that the ground would not shift and that the structures he installed would be stable and solid for decades.
After we contracted with him, we found that his team was terrific. Daniel was on site with the team every day. They were conscientious, arrived on time each morning and worked extremely hard throughout the four weeks of the project. Digging in our area is difficult with massive tree roots everywhere. Daniel and his team worked during some of the hottest days of the summer and early fall. As our project progressed, our designs evolved, and the team executed on our plans with mastery and craftsmanship.
The last thing I am going to say about working with Daniel and his company is that throughout the project, he was conscious of the project’s environmental footprint. Properly disposing of waste such as concrete and dirt, ensuring the former would be crushed and reused as aggregate rather than landfilled. This was a dimension of the project that we had not discussed with him, but it very much matched with our own enviro-friendly sensibilities.
The experience of working with Daniel and his team of professionals was terrific. We recommend them without hesitation and would work with them again on our next project.

Approximate cost of services:
$35,000.00
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Thanks so much Yves and Heidi. That was a very kind and detailed review. Your house is part of Toronto's architectural heritage and it is a compliment to be contracted to work on such properties. We will happily look at any future masonry or hardscape projects you are considering.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Chimney and wall repairs

I contacted Daniel late last year about some repairs to a chimney and compromised wall. After attending the residence and discussing what was needed, he provided me with a detailed quote listing all the procedures and work required. The price was very reasonable.
Following delays caused by Covid shutdowns, he and his crew arrived in March and the repairs were completed over two days. The chimney and walls look superb. The replacement bricks match the existing, the bulging wall was dramatically reduced and the mortar joints blended beautifully. The crew cleaned up all areas afterwards and took the debris with them. All I had to supply was water for their hose.
I have new builds on either side of me and Daniel and his crew are the most professional that I have seen. He and his crew were friendly, respectful, very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend their services.

Approximate cost of services:
$2,900.00
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Thanks so much for the review. I definitely sympathize with the situation you were in with so many new builds on your street, and in such close proximity. I am glad you were satisfied with the work and the cleanup.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Brick replacement and tuck pointing

We hired Daniel’s firm to repair and replace spalling bricks and decaying mortar in the north facing wall of our 108 year old home. Daniel and his team did a superb job. The workmanship and effort that they put into the project is quite evident and we are very pleased with the outcome. The work was completed efficiently and they thoroughly cleaned up the job site together with our neighbours’ property after the work was done. Throughout Daniel provided professional and courteous service and attention to detail as well as a follow up email several weeks after completion to ensure all was well with the work. We would certainly recommend the Stone Porch for any brick and masonry work.

Approximate cost of services:
$520,000.00
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Thank you so much for trusting us with this important project. I am glad that you allowed us to do a thorough job. We were very happy to reverse the water damage in your brick and mortar wall and are pleased that you liked the finish and follow up.

Very happy customers
Very happy customers
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

New stone stairs and porch

We were very pleased with the work that was done in our house. Daniel provided us with everything we needed to make the best choices possible. The finished product speaks for itself and it is absolutely beautiful. We couldn’t be any happier. I recommend him most heartily

Approximate cost of services:
$7,500.00
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Hello Michael,

Thank you for the kind review. We were very happy also with the final product and have put up a photograph on our website as previously discussed. I think you stone selections went a long way in obtaining the desired result.

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