I have had the pleasure of working with Denis twice in two separate houses.
In 2010, Denis created a custom interlock patio and stairs in a newly built house in Vaughan for me. His work was impeccable, and he took his time. As a testament to his workmanship, even OTHER contractors on-site commented on how accurate and surgical his workmanship was. In the 4 years we lived there, not one stone moved even after the ice storm in 2014. That job cost us $9,000 and was worth every single penny.
In 2015, we had moved houses and I again called Denis for a larger job - I asked him to rip out our driveway, create new stairs leading our front entrance, create new stairs in our backyard, and lay stonework for the front, sides and rear of our house. In addition, he created a beautiful stone fire pit in the backyard. As Denis was doing all of this work, he levelled our front and backyard grass areas and resodded them because he saw that water was flowing towards our house instead of away from our house. As before, the workmanship and care was outstanding. In the last 3 years, again not one stone has moved. For this I paid $32,000, but by any other measure, this would have cost 1.5x more from another company with the same workmanship.
Denis is a thorough and skillful master of masonry. He is old school - he takes his time and he doesn't outsource the job to a bunch of people who are new at the skill. Denis has a small team - he often does most of the work himself and he views his work as art. It's important to him (perhaps even more so than for the homeowner) that it be perfect.
Of all the contractors and skilled people I have worked with over the years, I can honestly say that Denis is my absolute favourite.