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-Painting render and re-pointing bricks, Georgian house Restoration & Refurbishment
Barry and team were hired to refurbish the whole of the front facade. This job included repointing all of the brickwork, making good and repainting peeling stucco, and painting all of the window frames, railings, metalwork and the balcony. During the works it was discovered that cracks on the balcony were responsible for some water ingress and Barry also arranged for this to be properly rectified through another team (headed up by Maurice) at a reasonable extra cost. The team worked conscientiously throughout mindful of the fact that we lived in the house during the works and exhibited excellent attention to detail with a clear focus on delivering a high quality end product. Barry was very good at communicating throughout the job and advising of how things were going, including delays brought about by the bad November weather. All works are now complete and the house looks fantastic - a huge thank you to Barry and team for the great job. We are now looking to them for another job. AS
dreamer890 - 9th Oct, 2018 Positive feedback
Brick cleaning Restoration & Refurbishment
Fantastic job, hired Barry to clean the brickwork on front of house and I never thought he could of achieved what he did. The brickwork has been brought back to its original colour and completed the job at short notice. Really impressed and would definitely use again.
ian94783 - 29th Sep, 2018 Positive feedback
Barry and his team did a fantastic job cleaning and re-pointing the brickwork to our Victorian house. Barry is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about his job and was able to advise on the most appropriate and non abrasive cleaning method for older brickwork and the best mortar mix to use. The house is now unrecognisable and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. Barry and his team are also extremely friendly, tidy and courteous. We can’t recommend them enough!
rebeccal_19 - 26th Mar, 2018 Positive feedback
Refurb of front of house (brickwork and re-decorate) Restoration & Refurbishment
Barry did a superb job. I had 4 people come over to quote for the work - refurbishing the front of the house, and in my mind Barry seemed the most knowledgeable and his quote was the most reasonable too. The fact that he could quote for the whole job (not only the brick restoration, but the painting and decorating of window sills, frames and the porch was a major factor as I didn't have to source part of the work elsewhere. His decorators were very friendly and did a meticulous job, and they didn't complain when I (sort of) changed my mind half way through. Highly recommended.
jp72 - 15th Mar, 2018 Positive feedback
Exterior wall repair Bricklaying
Excellent communication. Efficient and first-class service. I was very fortunate to find Barry and would certainly use him again.
micmic - 8th Mar, 2018 Positive feedback
Re Pointing 11sqm Bricklaying
Barry was very courteous and punctual when he turned up to quote for a project that we are working on. The property is Grade 2 listed and he repointed using lime mortar to a very high standard. Very pleased with the work carried out and have already booked him in to do another job for me.
osm2511 - 12th Jan, 2018 Positive feedback
Weather struck pointing Bricklaying
Hired barry gayson from aspire stone to complete 120 sq metres of weather struck pointing , brilliant job from start to finish. Will 100% use them again.
a_d_builders_95 - 13th Dec, 2017 Positive feedback
Replace brickwork around a bay window Bricklaying
Barry explained the issues and gave us a clear view of what the end result would look like. He arranged for scaffolding to be assembled, kept us informed throughout and we are pleased with the end result. Barry is also friendly and there were no hidden extras. The price that was quoted was the price we paid.
mcdevoy - 8th Dec, 2017 Positive feedback
Pointing front of the property Bricklaying
ht_crowley - 5th Dec, 2017 Waiting for feedback
External maintenance works Restoration & Refurbishment
peter - 2nd Oct, 2017 Waiting for feedback
Rebuild bay Bricklaying
stellae_30 - 24th Aug, 2017 Waiting for feedback
Clean re point brickwork Bricklaying
We are so pleased with Barry and his team. They have done an amazing job on the back of my cottage walls, the bricks look like new, they have been cleaned and repointed.
Barry and his team are polite and very punctual and always happy to answer any questions. I would recommend this company without any hesitation.
We would be more than happy to speak to anyone who wants feedback.
We are so pleased with the work they have completed that we asked them to carry more work on the front of our house in the next couple of weeks.
Hayley from Loughton
mckenziebsc - 12th Aug, 2017 Positive feedback
Finishing of exposed brickwork Bricklaying
Barry explained the process in detail in advance when quoting. He and his team were prompt, polite, worked fast and carefully, and did a great job. Very happy with the end result.
matthew_642 - 25th Jul, 2017 Positive feedback
Exterior Paint Removal and Other Masonry Maintenance Stonemasonry
I hired Barry and his team to removing layers of historical paint from the front of my Victorian home. Throughout the experience he kept me informed and made himself available to spend time and answer any questions. Barry’s knowledge of masonry and his attention to detail were the reason why I decided to hire his company for the job. I am happy I did as the results are great and every week people stop by to compliment the work and almost everyday people marvel at the house from the opposite side of the sidewalk.
His team were a very friendly and jovial bunch. If I had any issues with anything Barry resolved them immediately. I cannot recommend Aspire / Barry and his team enough. I am confident you will be pleased with their service and Barry will do his best to make sure you are 100% pleased with the results.
ryanaaa - 22nd Jun, 2017 Positive feedback
parapit repair Stonemasonry
Barry did a very good job he continually put the customer first and always stuck to his agreed times. will definitely use again.
mao_47 - 31st May, 2017 Positive feedback
Structural repair to bay window Bricklaying
Barry was great, has completed a few jobs for me and all to a high standard. Keeps you well informed along the way and wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Thanks.
timmy_68 - 22nd Mar, 2017 Positive feedback
These guys are the best paint-removal experts, brick cleaners and stone masons! We are really pleased with the job they've done for us and would definitely recommend Aspire Stone Cleaning.
We had the paint removed from the brick on the front of our Victorian redbrick house - there were three layers of paint and they didn't sandblast so the bricks looks fantastic - cleaned up brilliantly without taking off the fronts. They've even done invisible repairs to some bricks and they blend perfectly. In addition they seamlessly mended some very old and about-to-fall-off masonry and coving detail around the windows. Plus they repointed the whole front of the house.They work with great decorators too, so the finish is great.
We'd been looking to have this done for a while, and were a bit horrified by some of the quotes we had been getting in and the fact that some firms wanted to sandblast. When we found Barry at Aspire we liked his approach: it was clear that he was well informed, v experienced and we liked that he's a stonemason. Also the quote he gave us was very competitive. We found Barry easy to work with too - he's reliable and kept us updated on what the plan was for each day. Day-to-day his team cleaned up at night. (It's a dusty job - some of my neighbour cars got dusty and they even washed them!)
We would definitely recommend Aspire, and plan to use them again for the back of our house at some point v soon.
cricklewood2000 - 13th Mar, 2017 Positive feedback
Repoint brickwork on semi detached house Bricklaying
Barry did a great job repointing the front and side walls of my house. He was polite and friendly, and answered all my questions patiently and in detail. He managed the job well, such that I only needed to see him on the first and last day, and he maintained good relations with my neighbours, especially in resolving an issue with one neighbour who was unhappy with some inconsiderate behaviour from the scaffolders (noise, language). He finished the job in good time, faster than planned and left the place tidy. I did ask him to return to tidy up more, which he did without complaint and he paid good attention to detail like remounting my security light and aerial cables on the wall. He had to replace a couple of bricks where a vent was removed from the wall and matched them very well. I was pleased with every aspect of Barry's work. I would definitely recommend Barry to others.
kerra - 10th Mar, 2017 Positive feedback
Taking paint of front of building Bricklaying
A nasty but necessary job well done - and in the face of Storm Doris too. Barry took a clear commission at the start of the work and checked with me at every stage of the process either in person or on the phone and was happy to go the extra mile too, for instance fixing a rotting top sill at little extra cost. Would heartily recommend him.
paulgregan - 13th Feb, 2017 Positive feedback
Paint removal Restoration & Refurbishment
Great job, would use again for exposed brickwork
jon_78 - 4th Jan, 2017 Positive feedback
Repair brickwork and sills Stonemasonry
Barry and his team carried out an exemplary brickwork and masonry repair job on the front of my property.
He took the time to explain what needed to be done and how he would go about it.
I am more than happy with the end product and have no hesitation in recommending him simply due to his professionalism in making sure his customers gets the best possible results from his services.
volterol676 - 29th Nov, 2016 Positive feedback
Sand blasting and pointing Restoration & Refurbishment
Did a great job sandblasting and repointing the front of my house.
shenell - 23rd Nov, 2016 Positive feedback
Exterior wall rebricking Bricklaying
I cannot recommend Barry and his team enough. They were like family by the end of the job, considerate, clean and very professional. They have done an expert job which looks stunning to the untrained eye but also have done a lot of work which is not visible in terms of rebuilding crumbling corners of the house, window frame structures and adding invisible supports.
The finished look is amazing, I have confidence that we won't see any more cracking for at least ten years and even better, our neighbours were happy despite having to put scaffolding in their gardens and the dust and disruption (which Barry and team made a great effort to keep to a minimum),
Very honest, friendly and lovely guys.
helena_739 - 2nd Nov, 2016 Positive feedback
Sandblasting and pointing Bricklaying
Aspire did a great job. They used materials requested at no extra cost, were friendly yet professional and punctual (the job was actually completed ahead of schedule). Neighbors have popped by asking for their contact details!
shenell - 19th Oct, 2016 Positive feedback
Pointing to rear wall of house Bricklaying
energize - 15th Sep, 2016 Waiting for feedback
Repair stone above door on Victorian house Stonemasonry
I hired Barry to repair some damaged stonework on the front of my victorian terraced house, based on the competitve quote provided and positive reviews on this website, plus good initial phone contact which had left me feeling confident that he was up to the job.
Barry was friendly, punctual, and made more visitis to my property than he expected to without additional charge. Initially we had a problem where Barry hadn't really listenened to what I was asking for and therefore made a mistake that couldn't be recitified, but we talked about it and agreed a solution which I was OK with, and this wouldn't have caused me to leave bad feedback on its own. However, I was really so disappointed with the ultimate finish of the work. It is grainy, lumpy and mishappen, looking nothing like my neighbours crisp stonework. There are stone resin drips from Barry's work running down the render which I can't get off with a sander. A number of the holes in the render surrounding the stonework he was supposed to fill were simply not done. Even the paint job is bad.
I have had some very positive experiences with MyBuilder and have left good feedback for 3 other tradesmen so I am not a chronic complainer! I wish I could attach photos to this review to let the work speak for itself.
I noticed on reviewing Barry's profile again is that the majority of the photos and good reviews are for brickwork and repointing, so perhaps that is more his area. For stonemasonry I cannot recommend him.
chantal89 - 24th Aug, 2016 Negative feedback
Aspire Restoration's reply:
I'm sorry you felt this way about a job that I was both misinformed about and badly communicated to by such an awful client.
Your expectations of what you wanted was unrealistic and I made the best attempt I could of a bad job that previous builders had ruined any chance of finishing to your impossible standards.
I would also add that drips you claim to be mine on the surrounds were actually expanding foam left by previous builders that wasn't my job to remove.
Never the less please contact me and I would happily refund you in full as part of our policy .
Kind regards Barry
Quote to strip the paint from front of house Stonemasonry
Barry and team stripped the paint off of the brickfront of our Victorian terraced house. The quality of work was really high, and as one of the cheaper quotes that we received it was great value too.
The house looks amazing and you'd never know it was painted for a good 20+ years previously. Very happy.
csippitt - 20th Aug, 2016 Positive feedback
Pebble Dash removal Walthamstow Bricklaying
jpmiller123 - 16th Aug, 2016 Waiting for feedback
Repointing rear elevation Restoration & Refurbishment
Well organised and efficient. Barry and his workmen completed repointing the back wall in 3 days. We are happy with their standard of work and they left our place clean and tidy. Thank you Barry.
ami22 - 2nd Aug, 2016 Positive feedback
Front steps Bricklaying
We found Barry a very pleasant and helpful young man who takes pride in his work. He made sure we were happy and satisfied with the job once completed. Would use again.
squirrel262 - 11th Jul, 2016 Positive feedback
Repointing and repair Bricklaying
Barry is passionate about building conservation and it shows in his work. The bricks he chose to replace our cracked ones blend in so perfectly with the original stock that it's almost impossible to see where the repair took place. His pricing was very reasonable, he turned up as agreed and completed the repair and repointing on schedule. Highly recommended.
sthomas82_32 - 27th Jun, 2016 Positive feedback
Pointing Expert Required Bricklaying
Barry offered good advice for a problem that we were struggling to get straight answers for. He also did an excellent, not to mention brave, impersonation of Spider-Man in getting to the issue when diagnosing. Once hired, he acted as foreman and chief tradesman in getting all the ducks in the row for the job. All work was completed in good time, with honesty and clarity. Barry provided a guarantee. He also provided a diagnosis of another issue with photographic evidence that, long-term, would have led to similar issues. All work was 'made-good' with little fuss and inconvenience.
doorsofperception - 25th Jun, 2016 Positive feedback
Re-pointing specialist required Bricklaying
urbanworks - 22nd Jun, 2016 Waiting for feedback
Fireplace - tidy and simple resoration Chimneys & Fireplaces
callison87 - 14th Jun, 2016 Waiting for feedback
Barry took care of the project from start to finish. He was very professional. He did not try and rip me off. He gave me honest opinions as to remedies as and when problems arose. He was always in touch providing status updates. He was very relaxed as to payment timetable and I never felt bullied. The actual quality of work was excellent. He added on a few favours inclusive of the price quoted - extra bit of raking and pointing for very little. All in all a great guy, good sub contractors and well managed. Genuine bloke.
Small criticism - the windows and surrounds could have been wiped down and cleaned after completion of the job which I did myself. No biggie.
zsmerczak - 23rd May, 2016 Positive feedback
Brick acid clean to front elevation victorian house Stonemasonry
Fast and responsive to the job posted. Honest and reliable assessment of the job and willing to go the extra mile beyond what was originally agreed for which I am very grateful. I would recommend highly and will use again as Barry is a very knowledgeable brick specialist and stone mason.
jbennett002 - 20th Apr, 2016 Positive feedback
Brick cleaning & repointing of rear of house Bricklaying
Top quality work very competitive quote brick cleaning and repointing of a Victorian house and very nice chap is Barry too. Highly recommended
neilwestnorwood - 18th Apr, 2016 Positive feedback
Brick up holes and clean basement wall Bricklaying
Barry managed to make time for my job at relatively short notice to meet my own deadlines. After Barry’s team filled in the holes in my original job description there was some additional work, which included replacing a rotten wooden plate and 2 courses of bricks with engineering bricks overlain with a DPC on which the new joists could sit. Barry was happy to accommodate the work, which involved collaboration with a carpenter, in a short timeframe. There was some rectification that had to be done on account of the requirements of a damp proofing company and again Barry was flexible about doing it in order to meet the objective. His brother David was also helpful and assisted me with getting materials and acrow props to the flat and spent extra time scavelling the walls to get the perfect key for the tanking render. Although there was a small accident, the damage was contained and Barry took full responsibility and redressed the situation (even though he wasn’t personally responsible).
I’d be happy to use Aspire's services again, whether it's for a small job or something bigger.
grotto - 13th Apr, 2016 Positive feedback
Re-pointing and lintel strengthening Bricklaying
Great job done quickly
martinhmurphy - 11th Mar, 2016 Positive feedback
Repointing house and clean bricks Bricklaying
We are very pleased by the work done by Barry and team. They managed to fit this job in on short notice. The quote was competitive and he made knowledgeable recommendations on what was required and what was not.
gc_mph - 24th Feb, 2016 Positive feedback
Stone cleaning and sealing Stonemasonry
emmamaddick_z950xc - 20th Feb, 2016 Waiting for feedback
Removing paint from external brickwork Restoration & Refurbishment
It was a pleasure to work with Barry of Aspire Stone Cleaning and Restoration, who put himself out to keep me appraised of progress whilst the work was being carried out.
Barry also took care to minimise disruption to myself and neighbours in the immediate vicinity during and following the stone cleaning process.
I was provided with an accurate projection of how long the work would take and it was helpful that the timetable was met.
I would happily recommend the service.
Once the woodwork is repainted, the front elevation of my Edwardian home will look fantastic now that awful paint has been removed from the lovely red brickwork, which is as it should be.
Thank you, Barry!
andreab_20 - 13th Feb, 2016 Positive feedback
Brick cleaning and repointing Restoration & Refurbishment
Barry and his friendly team cleaned and repointed the brick and repaired the masonary on my victorian property. Barry completed the work to a really high standard and was very flexible and knowledgeable throughout the whole process and always went the extra mile to please. His pricing was very competive too.
bwalton - 10th Feb, 2016 Positive feedback
Repointing and Repairs to Brickwork Bricklaying
Barry repaired some damaged pointing on one of my outer walls. He was very friendly and reliable throughout, offering plenty of advice. Barry completed the job, on time, to a high standard and I wouldn't hesitate in using Barry again.
steven_721 - 30th Jan, 2016 Positive feedback
Brick filling and replacement Stonemasonry
Barry is very keen to please and will go the extra mile to make sure the work done is up to your expectations. We had brick slips to add in after windows were replaced and a few other bricks and pointing to be done. Good Job !!
benmonk - 7th Dec, 2015 Positive feedback
Chimney breast brickwork - raking and repointing Bricklaying
Barry did an excellent job exposing a fireplace and brick chimney breast in my 1920s flat, raking out the old mortar and re-pointing with a traditional lime mortar. Barry was punctual, polite and courteous, and the quality of his work was very high. I would definitely recommend Aspire Stone Cleaning and Restoration.
scott_ins - 2nd Nov, 2015 Positive feedback
Removal of Efflorescence Bricklaying
Very good. Explained what was required and kept to appointment dates. Would recommend again.
sb65 - 2nd Nov, 2015 Positive feedback
Acid clean front elevation Stonemasonry
Great job, the result is fantastic. Would highly recommend
pjthompso - 23rd Oct, 2015 Positive feedback
Internal stone and brick wall repointing Stonemasonry
Barry was punctual, tidy and did a great job on the brick and stone repointing task.
mr_mcguigan - 22nd Oct, 2015 Positive feedback
Repointing to brickwork at the front of the house Restoration & Refurbishment
Very nice team of guys who completed the work in good time even though the rain delayed things. Excellent repointing another builder walking past when I was out in my front garden commented on how good the repointing was. I would recommend Barry and his team.
aileen_m - 20th Oct, 2015 Positive feedback
Repair of spalled brickwork Bricklaying
Although the job to repair some spalled brickwork on my property took considerably longer to complete than originally agreed, Barry did a good job.
dpalmeri - 19th Oct, 2015 Positive feedback
Repoint and clean up interior brick wall Bricklaying
julia_hannan - 19th Oct, 2015 Waiting for feedback
Opening a blocked up fireplace Chimneys & Fireplaces
srheather - 2nd Oct, 2015 Waiting for feedback