- B. Traina
"We highly recommend Andrew Aparicio and Element Outdoor. Element renovated our front and back yards and pool deck with pavers, built a beautiful firepit with floating wood benches, and a stucco coated block wall with an IPE wood extension. Element demonstrated flexibility and creativity throughout the job to address and solve problems. For example, Element was able to reposition a large Tuff Shed no one else had a solution. Element also carefully coordinated their work with the pool and landscape contractors. Andrew works diligently to ensure client satisfaction and clearly itemizes the cost of all work. the work crews are professional, friendly, and respectful of the homeowners' property. SBH would definitely be our fist choice for any future hardscape projects.
Thank you to all the office staff and Element team. It was a pleasure doing business with Andrew and Element. We love our new backyard living space and enjoy sharing it with family and friends. Good luck on all your future projects."
- R. Teran & R. Ochoa
San Pedro, Ca
"My patio looks so beautiful! Element Outdoor completely took charge of the installation of pavers at my newly built condo. Many thanks for your great work! I highly recommend Element Outdoor!"
- S. Rubini
"Our new driveway is great! We are very satisfied with the paver work on both the driveway and path through the garden. The men worked very hard and long, and were always polite. Andrew was always on top of things and is a good, responsive supervisor. Thank you."
- B. Goodin
Manhattan Beach, Ca
"The people you sent were great, polite, helpful, and when asked to 'fix' or 'improve' items - they pitched in and took care of things. My wife could not have been more pleased."
"The team was on time, pleasant, and very hard working. They treated my property with respect and were very professional in their conduct. They were very neat. Also, they went out of their way to make sure the changes made created a consistent and pleasant visual for anyone approaching the property. This included the installation of attractive walkway barriers, the accurate geometric alignment of the pavers, the good mixture of old/new pavers so as not to look awkward, and, finally, they expanded the driveway corrections when they found additional issues - without charge. The results are beautiful. The job was completed ahead of schedule, which was critical for us as this was the first step of a larger renovation project. Thank you Andrew."
- A. Bedjanian
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
"I am not one to normally write review for services, positive or negative, but I am happy to make this exception. There are few times I can remember dealing with home repairs, remodeling, etc. where there aren't challenges that arise. I can honestly say that dealing with Andrew and all of the folks at Element Outdoor Design & Build has been a happy exception to that rule.
I found their bid to be honest, accurate and thorough. The entire process from start to finish has been quite pleasant. Mainly due to a couple of reasons. First, the quoted cost never changed, despite a couple of minor tweaks, so dealing with change fees and change orders was non-existent. Second, Element lived up to every single promise made and were timely and professional. The staff was courteous, professional and kept disruption to a minimum. We were kept appraised of progress and they met the original deadline as promised, despite a complete redo of our backyard. I cannot recommend Element highly enough and would gladly use them again in the future without reservation."
- G. Macias
Manhattan Beach, CA
"Element Outdoor Design & Build provides a competitive estimate with a clear statement of work. They arrived promptly on the proposed date and completed the job quickly. The results were very satisfactory."
- Chuck H.
Redondo Beach, CA
"It went great. Rich from Element stayed in touch with us regularly before, during and after the job. He was very helpful and provided us several options and helped us though the parts we weren’t so familiar with. The quality of wok was excellent and when they were complete (on schedule) they thoroughly cleaned up the work side. I would gladly recommend them to another customer."
- Chris F.
"Andrew and his crew were excellent. They were always early, courteous, professional and eager to offer suggestions for landscaping design. Estimates were on point and never an issue. Element is a company you can trust. They always left the job better than it looked previously. Any kind of construction is stressful, but Andrew and his team took away all anxieties with their work ethic and trust worthiness. Our family cannot stop raving about element, they treated us like family. Thanks Andrew and your crew. Sorry the review came so late though."
- Oye Family
"My wife and I had a great experience with the Element team on a front and backyard project. We had filled in a pool and done a full demo on a front and back yard, and Rich and Andrew did the entire project, including a paver patio, wood pergola and outdoor dining room, new fencing, planters, walls, concrete walls and stone veneers. Everything turned out great and it looks like a completely new house. Andrew and Rich were helpful with everything, even what we wanted changed frequently. We would recommend them to anyone."
- Houlihan Family
Manhattan Beach, CA
“Element Outdoor Design & Build did and awesome job on our cement and tile work. It was a difficult job because our home was built in 1955 and the walls were not plumb. They worked diligently and the travertine looks perfect. The cement work is smooth and exacting. Element came on time, they were neat and very polite. We have had many comments on their great work! Thank you Element!”
- J. Clark
“Element owner, Andrew Aparicio paid excellent attention to our project. Best contractor we have had for our home remodel. It looks great. He worked with us to keep the cost down.”
- Michael and Judith B.
From the time we signed on with Element Outdoor Design & Build to the completion of the job, we were pleased at every step of the job. Working with Andrew Aparicio was pleasant. He listened to what we wanted and responded well. He gave us good suggestions that helped have a better finished job. is workers, especially Jose, were competent and dilligent. The crew always came on time and worked all the time they were on the job.
I will recommend Andrew and Element Outdoor Design & Build to anyone who wants work done well.
- J. Viola
Rancho Palos Verdes
"The craftsmen at Element Masonry and Paving are true artisans. They take great pride in their work and produce fine results."
- Mrs. A.W.
Palos Verdes Est.
"Element Outdoor Design & Build (Rich and Andrew) did a major remodel of our backyard, and we couldn't be happier. They took out our old concrete patio and lawn, and replaced it with the following: acid-washed concrete patio, bluestone paver trim, open-air pergola patio cover, refaced bluestone benches, a new seating planter(capped with bluestone), and a beautiful "blue fusion" countertop bbq and bar(including a sink). The masonry work was exceptional. The scored, acid washed concrete, which is not easy to do, was perfect! We wanted the best quality of work, and that's what they gave us. If there was a mistake made, they made every effort to correct it to our satisfaction. Their motto was: "We just want you happy!" They were very professional, and attentive to all our needs, and calls. Element also did our landscaping, and it is beautiful! Mike, the landscaper, incorporated all our ideas, and was very easy to work with. He has a natural vision for landscape. Again, we could not be happier! Our friends say that our backyard looks like a 4 star resort, and we agree! It's difficult to find good, professional contractors, at a good price, and that is what you get with Element! We will definitely use them again!!!"
- Steve and Deb H.
Rancho Palos Verdes
"Our experience was very good overall. Rick gave us a good idea of what to expect from the project. We had pavers installed as a path in our garden. The results were very good and we have already had many compliments from neighbors. We also had a concrete block wall lowered with new caps put on. The result was also very positive. Rick was easy to get a hold of and straight-forward throughout the process."
- J. Richeson
Top quality and a fair price!
The only problem is the new brick you installed looks so much BETTER than the old brickwork!"
- D. Shepardson
San Pedro, CA
"The folks from Element Outdoor Design & Build replaced my aging, cracked and dangerous, asphalt parking area behind my garden office building (5 parking spaces), with all-new concrete last week. The transformation was amazing, and the quality of the work is top notch. Instead of striping the spaces with white paint, I suggested placing ribbons of red brick (to match the construction of the building ). Andrew and his crew provided a first-rate result at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended!
- Danny J.
Los Angeles, CA
"Everything was AWESOME!! They were very professional. They had the job done in 3 days. I would definitely recommend them."
- Bobbie Riggs
Los Angeles, CA
"Owner Andrew was helpful in assisting me with the visualization process of modifications and updating our existing front porch and planter. Rich supplied several examples of different stack stones and assisted me in choosing the "lacing" stone that would best match the stack stone and concrete chosen for this project. The Element crew did a magnificent job of demolishing the brick screen, concrete/pebble stone porch, and the clean-up process it entailed. Our combined vision, discussions came to fruition and turned out better than I could have ever imagined! This endeavor completely transformed our home from the "1960"s" to a more current, modern looking home. Thank you to all involved at Element Outdoor Design & Build and we looked forward to working with you/them again!"
- Kimberly Hunter
"Andrew and the crew at Element were great to work with. Andrew talked to us about options for our driveway, brought us sample pavers to help us decide. We took a while to decide, but Andrew was never pushy. Once we decided, we contacted Element/ Andrew and the crew started and finished the job within days. We had also decided to use them to lay our patio stones, since their price was much lower than our regular contractors estimate, and they could have it done sooner. We were pleased with every aspect of Element Outdoor Design & Build. We will likely use them for other projects in the future, and highly recommend their services to others."
- Lara & David Duke
"We recently had a project that included a newly paved backyard, side yard, and front area. We chose Element to do the work because we had seen a lot of their projects in our area and had some good feedback from the clients. We were not disappointed. Element gave us a good bid that was on time, and more importantly, completed the project in half the scheduled time. They were accommodating and quick to respond when we decided to expand the scope of the project. We couldn't be happier with the end results. The quality of the workmanship shows through in the paver installation, the fence construction, how they solved drainage issues, and the overall appearance of the job. They started and ended on time and were courteous to us and our neighbors. We doubled the use of our backyard with their help and recommendations."
- Jeff Miller
Hermosa Beach, CA
"I purchased a house on a hill which has some problems with a cmu retaining wall & an adjacent concrete driveway. The rear part of retaining wall has been tilting outward over time, creating cracks in the wall & in the driveway. Element gave me a good estimate for repair of that part of the wall & driveway, & I will get the work done in the near future. More immediately they patched the cracks in the wall & the driveway so the house would pass the appraisers inspection. They did a good job patching & the house passed. My broker wanted the work done asap at the time in order to schedule the appraiser. Element was able to do the work on a sunday by using a couple of sub-contractors. They got the work done the same day."
- Tom Earnist
San Pedro, CA
"Andrew and his team were great. He and his team are very honest and straightforward. He will work with you and try to keep things within your budget. They make great design recommendations but more importantly will listen to you and really try and figure out what you want the end result to look like. Their prices are very reasonable and fair, and they won't try to run up the charges with extras and hidden fees. We had him work on the hardscape and landscaping for both our front and backyards and the results are awesome. We even had them put in plants and they did a great job with that as well. 100% satisified with the work, highly recommend them."
- Brian Yamamoto
"Element recently completed a project at my home that included removing an aged wood wall, overgrown shrubs and ivy, cracked steps and concrete slabs and then building a new retaining wall and fence next to the sidewalk.
While I was trying to find someone to do this work, I found it difficult to find a contractor who was responsive to my request for an estimate until I tried Element. Andrew was incredibly responsive and more than accommodating with my busy schedule and worked with me on the phone and via e-mail at odd hours to accommodate my busy work schedule, this also saved me a lot of time. None of the other contractors I contacted came close to giving me the service that sets Element apart. As I was hoping, this outstanding customer service and attention continued throughout the entire project.
Element was incredibly fast and considerate with the demo phase of the job with no impact to neighbors. Next they built new steps aligned with my front door and a new decorative block retaining wall and a new ranch style fence with gate. Rich did a great job leading the project and the workers were true artisans resulting in a very professional looking Belaire block wall and steps and a sharp looking ranch style wood fence which they built exactly the way I wanted, including protection from termites. Element was also very helpful to work within the constraints set by the city Public Works department which was somewhat unique to my property due to an easement on Prospect Ave.
My wife and I have received numerous compliments from neighbors, friends, and family, and even strangers walking and driving by the house, about how much they like the new look of our corner home. My wife and I are extremely happy with Element's work and definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to improve the curb appeal of their home. Element's combination of hard work, skill, workmanship, and value is rare these days and I applaud their customer focus.
My thanks to Andrew, Rich and all the other talented people at Element who made it happen!"
Rick and Taryn Binder
"Rich Ramirez and his crew were professional, responsive to my concerns, and devised improvements that I had not even thought of. I had planned to stop the pavers short of a set of water pipes against the wall in back, but Martin suggested continuing pavers to the wall, cutting holes in the pavers to fit around the pipes at no additional cost. They also created a design that fit perfectly around the sidewalk and steps at the entryway to the house, cutting some stones to fit. Fit & finish are excellent, and I am delighted with the outcome! Thanks, guys!!"
- Jonilyn Blandy
Rancho Palos Verdes
"We scheduled an appointment within a few days of my call and Richard arrived right on time. He was really professional and took time to understand exactly what it was that I wanted. He provided an extremely detailed quote within a day or two of coming to the house and made himself available if I had any questions. Unfortunately, we're not able to move forward with the project at this time, otherwise I most likely would have gone with this company."
- Arthur Schroeder
Costa Mesa, CA
"Andrew Aparicio and the entire crew at Element Outdoor Design & Build were very professional and also courteous with our project. We got four bids and Element Outdoor Design & Build came in with the best price. We already knew the quality of the work because Andrew recently did work at my parents home. The work completed included a paving stone driveway, porch and planters, plus a segmental wall. Everything was completed on time and even with a few extras, the project came in at the agreed price. My family, including my wife, dad, and mom can all recommend Element Outdoor Design & Build."
- George Kivett
"I found the whole experience with Element Outdoor Design & Build very professional from the first meeting and written estimate with Andrew Aparicio, to the start of the project, and the on time completion. Some unique design problems were handled with no added costs. The masons were professional and completed the project with minimum disruption and mess. We are very pleased with the finished project. Thank you."
- Renny & Gail Bowden
Rolling Hills Estates
"Element was 1 of 3 quotes received. They were on time for their appointment to provide the estimate. Estimate took a while to receive because this was right around the holidays and the estimator was leaving for a week vacation. The stone they recommended was the same stone we would have picked to match the style of the house. They arranged to have samples of the pavers delivered. Once the contract was signed, they started work about a week later (based on weather), and got the job done when promised. All aspects of the job went well. The drainage of the deck was well designed. They worked around some of the home's architectural details (columns), and did not argue about or change for a few small detail changes. This report is being written about 9 months later, and everything has held up nicely."
- Edward Dimilia
"Andrew Aparicio and his crew are the bomb!
After a six month search all over the South Bay, I finally found an outstanding company to do my front yard concrete/paving work. At first I thought, this is too good to be true, nice guys, honest, fair price, and they respond to phone calls and e-mails immediately. Okay, how can this be possible? It is! Richard Ramirez, the company engineer guy came out to give me an estimate and it was outstanding customer service from the beginning until the end. I can't say enough about the quality of workmanship and hard working crew. talk about reliable! When they say they will be there at 8 am, they really mean 7:30 am. My husband is very picky and is almost never satisfied, but with Element Outdoor Design & Build, he could find no fault.
Our front yard looks beautiful and we are getting compliments from the whole neighborhood. These guys only use high quality materials. They want to build their business on their reputation and on referrals so they are very customer service oriented. Thanks Andrew and Richard, You guys rock!"
- Marcia Benitez,
Redondo Beach, CA
"We would like to thank the team at Element Outdoor Design & Build for the work they did on our patio. We are so pleased with the quality of the workmanship. We will be recommending your team to our friends. Thank you ALL again."
- Mona and Deborah Forrester
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
"We are a second time user of Element Outdoor Design & Build. The first time we got four (4) competitive bids for decorative walkways and drainage for our rear yard in Hermosa Beach. It turned out that Element was the low bidder. Normally, we do not select a contractor based on the low bid alone, but we were impressed with Andrew Aparicio's approach to solving our drainage problem and his ideas to making our rear yard more attractive. He gave us a completion date and met that commitment. That is rare for a contractor today. His drainage system works perfectly - no more walking through 4 inches of water after a rain storm!
When we decided to redo our front yard we just called Element (no competitive bids this time.) We knew Andrew's excellent work, great final clean-up, committed completion schedule and fair pricing. Once again, the job came out great with many decorative ideas from Andrew.
In summary, Andrew takes personal pride in his projects. He has a great crew of workers who are friendly and professional. He meets all of his commitments and we would highly recommend Element Outdoor Design & Build and Andrew Aparicio.
Stop by and have a look at his work. We live at 42 - 18th Street, Hermosa Beach (a walk street.) We are thrilled with our new front yard!"
- Chuck and Adele Gronbach
"Element Outdoor Design & Build did a great job for us! They installed a beautiful paving stone driveway, walkway, steps and front porch. They build several block and stacked brick walls, a 25' x 50' concrete slab and a number of small concrete pads. Andrew is a great guy to work with. He is very professional, has good ideas and is very flexible. All of his workers are courteous and very competent at what they do. They were always on time and left the work area in an orderly fashion at the end of each work day. I would highly recommend Element Outdoor Design & Build for any hardscape job, big or small."
- Dwight and Cathy Oda
"Element Outdoor Design & Build installed a new driveway, sidewalk, paved porch, and walkway on the side of my house recently. They did a beautiful job and we are very happy with the results.
In cutting the driveway they also accidentally cut a sprinkler line, and as soon as I called them, they were back and repaired it. I highly recommend Andrew and his team."
- Jerry Conger
Rancho Palos Verdes
"Element Outdoor Design & Build installed a paver patio in our back yard in December of 2009, and the job was so well done that a year later we asked that you install pavers in our driveway. A year later, the excellent service, quality & workmanship had not changed. On both projects, Element Outdoor Design & Build delivered the best that one could ask for in a contractor - Competitive price, quality product, quality workmanship, quick project start and quick completion with no complications. We had an issue with part of the driveway sinking. This was fixed in a timely manner and you would never know there had been a problem. Thank you very much for a job well done."
- Carol Lockhart
"I have now used Element Outdoor Design & Build on two large paving stone projects around my home (about one year apart). They worked with me on my ideas about the projects and they provided constructive alternate suggestions for my consideration. I ultimately took most of their suggestions and I have been consistently pleased with the outcomes. I truly feel that I was given that "extra effort" by Element Outdoor Design & Build and this is something that I am not usually able to say. Both projects were completed on time, as planned and within budget. I will certainly use them again on future projects and recommend them to you."
- B. Roberts
"Because I had been in construction as a young man, I paid extra attention to what the workers were doing and was struck by how much they accomplished in one day -- completely demolishing & carting away the old patio, removing extra soil to make the new patio in compliance with the homeowner's association rules, and laying the foundation for the new patio. The next day they laid the new foundation, laid the pavers, arranged them in an extra special way (including realigning sewer drains to center them within the designs in a very nice manner) and doing a A+ job. They showed up on time on both days and completed the work as per promised schedule. I should say that I have no relationship whatsoever with the people in this company - we're not friends, family, or business associates. You should know that because I believe this is one of the best, fastest, highest-quality construction jobs I've seen. And I've seen plenty. All at a decent price, too. By the way, they did an excellent broom-sweep clean of the parking lot where the sand, pavers and equipment had been. Not even a piece of litter was out there. It was so clean that my homeowner's association had no complaint. I highly recommend Element Outdoor Design & Build."
"I have nothing but good things to say about Andrew, his crew and the quality of their work. Andrew is a knowledgeable, creative, honest, dependable, and reputable individual who pays very close attention to the details of running his business and dealing with his customers. Additionally since I contacted some of his clients from previous jobs, I know they had similar opinions. I would not hesitate to call him again for future work at my home."
- Richard Wittner
Palos Verdes Estates
"Element Outdoor Design & Build, under the supervision of Andrew Aparicio, did a great job in reconstructing our driveway. The workers are professional and they did what they said they would do. They finished on time. We are very happy with their work. We received compliments from the neighbors. We'll definitely refer them to others. Thank you Andrew!"
- Jerry & Linda Scarboro
Element Outdoor Design & Build,
Thank you! Our front and back yard look wonderful.
- Meng & Paul Dilley
"Quality work at a reasonable price is what Element Outdoor Design & Build provides. We are thankful to Andrew for helping us transform our patio project to a patio of our dreams. Andrew provided helpful suggestions that gave our patio a great style, functionality in a price within our budget. Andrew also meet with our paving material sales representative and the Vice President to discuss our project in great length, which proved to us that Element Outdoor Design & Build really cared about our patio project. The workers of Element Outdoor Design & Build are well mannered gentlemen that are prompt, performed top quality work and kept the job site clean.
My wife and I are extremely satisfied with Element Outdoor Design & Build.
If you're looking for a quality job and are meticulous like we are, then Element Outdoor Design & Build is your choice."
"Element Masonry is one of those rare businesses that provides quality work at reasonable prices and responsive customer service. Andrew and his crew have done two jobs for me and I have been extremely satisfied with the craftsmanship and the attention to detail. Both jobs were completed quickly and the areas where the work was performed were left clean. Andrew was always available if I had any questions and is a truly polite and respectful gentleman. I would never consider using any other Company for any future masonry/stone-work jobs."
- Michael DeMucci
Hermosa Beach, CA
"Andrew and his crew were excellent workers and even did a couple of extra things for us at no charge. We recommend Element completely and we will use them again in the future. Our driveway is gorgeous and really adds to the beauty of our home. Thank you for a job well done!"
- Olivia and Hank Gallegos
"Andrew and his entire crew did a great job on our backyard! The pavers, bbq island, and planter boxes turned out better than we expected. Andrew was very professional, courteous, and did everything he said he was going to do.
We will definitely recommend him for any future jobs. Thanks again for a job well done. We can now enjoy our little "paradise" at home."
- Larry Chavez
"Hi Andrew and Element crew,
Wow, what a pleasure to do business with such a first class organization. From the moment we scheduled the first consultation to final clean up, our project was run perfectly, on time, and the workmanship is exceptional!!!!! We see dozens of people drive by our house slowly and ask us about our brick work out front.
We are thrilled with Andrew and his team of highly skilled and professional masons. We are looking forward to our next projects with Element.
Thanks guys for all your hard work and expert collaboration."
- Liz and Jim Hartman
"Mr. Andrew and his employees:
I thank you all for your outstanding job. Just like you said Andrew, I was very happy after the job was done. You were very forward and very helpful in selecting the right pavers to match the color of our house. There's more, but this is a very short way of explaining the job well done in my driveway. Thank you again Andrew and the team."
- Oscar Estrada
"I would highly recommend this company. All work was done in a timely manner and very professional. Andrew went above the contracted job and added that extra element to see that the job was attractive to our property. We will be using him again!"
- Alice Weiss
"We can't begin to tell you how impressed we were with your company and the work you do! Three days after signing the contract with you, our patio was finished. Incredible! The workmanship was stellar, with 6 highly trained people skillfully performing the job. I never saw anyone standing still, they all had a job to do and worked tremdously as a team to get it done. Look forward to hiring you again to work on another project!"
- Russ and Laryssa D.
"When Andrew came out to give me a bid on my project I had a good feeling about his honesty, competence, and charecter. Andrew's work exceeded my expectations. The project was finished on time and within the budget. His suggestions to improve the final result were much appreciated and proved to add much more value than the cost. I would not hesitate to recommend Element Outdoor Design & Build and feel free to use me for a reference."
- Patrick Wickens 1-310-372-1998
"We were extremely pleased with our experience of Element Outdoor Design & Build's beautiful work. Creative options, solid planning, large and competent crew, expert demolition and construction, rapid start and completion, and spotless cleanup - all came together seamlessly for a beautiful result! My wife and I recommend Element Outdoor Design & Build without hesitation and with highest praise. Thanks to Andrew and the entire crew!"
- Lon and Marilyn Krock
"Element Outdoor Design & Build demolished our existing concrete pool deck and installed paving stones in its place. We were impressed with Andrew's knowledge when he came out to review the job requirements and provide an estimate. His written estimate was thorough, and the cost was competitive with the three other estimates we had. The job was completed on-time, and the end result was beautiful. The work crew was competent and very hard-working. A couple of minor changes we asked for during the job were incorporated with no delays or extra cost. Overall, Element Outdoor Design & Build and its personnel were a pleasure to work with, and we couldn't be more pleased with the result."
- Bob and Mary Beeson
"You called me immediately, kept all scheduled appointments and started and completed the work on time. The bid was fair and reasonable for the scope of work. Your crew was courteous, worked hard to get the job done and it looks great. Several neighbors have stopped by to complement the work. We still have our courtyard and back property to update and will plan on using Element Outdoor Design & Build for the work."
- Jed Horowitz
"We are extremely pleased with our recent home improvement project and the quality of workmanship provided by Element Outdoor Design & Build. From the start of the project to its completion, Andrew and his crew not only met our expectations, they insured we were completely satisfied with the entire project in each and every phase.
Either you may have had a bad experience with a contractor or heard some of the horror stories from others; we just want to say that our experience with Element Outdoor Design & Build was a positive one. We are very pleased with the quality of the service provided.
Andrew has our address and phone number for reference if you care to see the completed project or speak to one of us if desired. We highly recommend Element Outdoor Design & Build for any new construction or renovation needs."
- Mike & Chris Reible
San Gabriel, California