Does the Mason have the experience and skill for the project?
How long has the Mason been practicing his/her craft?
Does the Mason have at least (4) references on similar work?
Does the Mason work full-time or part-time in the masonry field?
Is the Mason able to explain all aspects of the project from start to finish?
Which type of masonry work does the Mason spend most of his/her time doing? (stone, brick, concrete, etc..)
Footings(what goes on under the terrace, wall etc..), grading and drainage systems are the most neglected aspects of landscape masonry. These are items that usually can not be seen while admiring the finished product but if not handled correctly will show a negative effect quite soon. Living in New England, the weather is unpredictable. Frost has reached depths of four feet at times during our cold winters. This will definitely move the soil, so your footings and choice of footing stock need to be correct. Below are some examples of proper footings for walkways, terraces and stone walls.