How AB Masonry & Landscape was founded:
Located in the Treasure Valley, AB Masonry has been serving customers for over 13 years
I came to the beautiful Treasure Valley 16 years ago. I’m originally from Spokane in the great state of Washington. When I came here I had recently graduated from high school, and I decided to pack my bags and head to Idaho after receiving an offer from a mason to start working with him in October of 2004. Previously, I worked as a supervisor at A & W Restaurants I was very excited for the opportunity to learn a trade and find what I was passionate about.
At the age of 14, I knew that I wanted to do masonry at some point in my life. When friends at school would ask me if I was going to college or what I wanted to do with my life I would tell them that I wanted to do masonry when I graduated high school. It has been one of the most rewarding and best decisions I have made during my lifetime.
I learned from a very gifted mason - Mitch Fairweather, who is one of the best! He was my mentor and took me under his wing. Mitch learned under his father Rob who owns Fairweather Masonry, which is one of the largest masonry companies west of the Mississippi. Under his tutorship I learned to carry hod for the first 2 years of my career and learned how to keep several of his masons busy at one time, setting up work areas for them and keeping the job site clean. This taught me to think ahead and be prepared before the material was installed. Hod carrying was grueling work and there were a lot of struggles along the way but I learned how to follow orders and see a job through until it was completed.
Quality is always very important in masonry and when I became an installer in the early part of my career I had to fix several jobs; Mitch was hard on me and it seemed that he demanded perfection. I remember one particular job of mine that had to be redone 3 times. Each time I did it I learned something new and it taught me to keep going forward and never give up. I learned more of an appreciation for details and high-quality work. When I look back on many of those experiences - I realize that they shaped me into who I am today. I wouldn’t be half the mason I am now without all the struggles and my mentor Mitch teaching me how to strive to be better every day.
Those first 3-4 years of my masonry career were like a boot camp of sorts, and sometimes it felt like a grind. In year 3 I was trained to install stone, (real and manufactured) brick and block. I have done many jobs and consider myself a lifetime learner of the trade and enjoy each new challenge that every job presents. I love masonry and landscaping and it has provided me with amazing opportunities to help many people all over the world as well as give me a trade that I can provide a living by for my family and myself. It has been a great 16 years in the trade.
In 2007 I was hired by a local company called Performix when the recession hit. I continued to do masonry on the side but it wasn’t the right time to fully get back into the trade based on the market. I worked at Performix for about 10 years and met a lot of amazing people and added countless new skills that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. During part of my time at Performix is where I learned how to and began installing sprinkler systems and do the required winterization in the fall. Since I worked on pumps and learned about flow and pressures it was an easy transition to learn about sprinklers. On top of doing paver patios, outside retaining walls, rock walls and decorative rock sprinkler installs and repair this became a vital part of the business. I have Performix to thank for all the opportunities they provided me and the awesome people I met. It was truly a stepping stone in my journey to owning my own business.
Moving to the Treasure Valley, Idaho
How I became a part of the awesome Treasure Valley community and how I help it with my masonry services
Since starting my journey in Idaho, I have been abundantly blessed with a beautiful wife and family. My wife and I have been married 14 years and have 2 wonderful children. In just this last year, we also added 2 Dogs to our family - we have a lot to be thankful for. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family, Some of the activities that we enjoy are hiking, bike riding, skiing, fishing, playing sports, and taking road trips around Idaho.
I moved here with little to no knowledge of how the masonry trade worked. It didn’t take long to realize that I enjoyed working with my hands and creating beautiful things for our customers to enjoy for years to come. I have done many jobs in the Treasure Valley including, but not limited to, fireplaces, paver patios, paver driveways, stonework inside and outside, backsplashes, and chimney brick repairs. Being a mason brings deep satisfaction. After all these years I am now well versed now in the different areas of masonry.
Additionally, I started doing sprinkler blowouts in the Treasure Valley. I have been doing this for 8 years. I also offer spring sprinkler start-ups and installation of sprinkler systems as well. This is a service that I turn the water on, make sure all the heads are functioning at full capacity, and double-check to make sure there aren’t any sprinkler heads broken. It’s a great way to start off the season and to ensure that your lawn is being watered properly.
AB Masonry & Landscape proudly serves the treasure valley and many other surrounding areas.
I pride myself on customer satisfaction. I believe in a very strong, moral work ethic, and I hold myself to high integrity standards. I always want to provide exceptional service for all my customers. Quality and Customer Service are top priority and leaving each home with the owner completely satisfied with the final result is always my goal.