Hello and welcome to the official blog page of Stonwerk, your local masonry contractor located right here in the Minneapolis area! We’re beyond thrilled to have you join us today and cannot wait to dive into the tremendously exciting world of custom masonry with you through our dedicated blog section of our site.

As a longstanding masonry contractor in Minneapolis, we absolutely love all the amazing things custom masonry can bring to your home and property, many of which we will take a closer look at here on our blog with posts that cover all the information, tips, tricks and news you could possibly want in one place! In addition to being your top-choice masonry contractor, we also want to serve as your go-to source for all things masonry!

But, before we get into all that just yet, we think it’s really important to get to know each other a little better. Obviously, that’s easier said than done considering this is a one-way platform for communication, however, we would like to give you a little more information about us here at Stonwerk so you can get to know us better and see just what we’re all about. Then, if you like what you see (or read, we suppose), feel free to reach out to us and we can get to know you and your home a little better as well!

More Than 150 Years of Experience

What better place to start than at the beginning, right? Our founder, Steve Homola, served as an apprentice to his family’s custom masonry business in southwestern Washington state before moving here to the Twin Cities. After pursuing a few other masonry opportunities, Steve went out on his own and started Homola Masonry, laying the groundwork for what and who we are today!

As the years went by, and custom masonry in the home (such as stone fireplaces) became less prominent in the average American home, Steve sought to refocus our identity and purpose to reinvigorating the nearly-forgotten art of stone masonry and rebranded his company in 1995 as you know us today — Stonwerk! It’s been close to a quarter of a century since then and we’ve provided Minneapolis and the surrounding Minnesota area the finest custom masonry installation, plugging on strong and creating truly beautiful pieces to homes all over the state, helping them form distinct character and increased value.

Stonwerk remains a family operation through and through (four generations, in fact!), and between all of us, we have more than 150 years of experience as masonry contractors! We’ve expanded over the years, moving from Mound to Watertown in 2015 and branching out beyond installation and into custom masonry design and fabrication with our first 3-axis CNC stone router and CNC stone wire saw, greatly increasing our on-site capability and service.

We are a highly-skilled and experienced custom masonry contractor. We pride ourselves on communication, commitment and, of course, exceptional quality in all our work!

With You at Every Step

We believe a great masonry contractor should stick with you at every step in the process. So we do just that! When you have a project in mind, or simply want to discuss ways in which custom masonry can be incorporated into your home, we’re here for you!

The Concept

During the concept phase, we join forces with local stone vendors we work with to create a one-stop-shop for your stone selection — keeping it simple!

The Process

Over the course of several appointments, we’ll address several aspects of your custom masonry project thanks to the use of our Stonwerk Design Tool. We’ll look at each of the following:

  • Stone color
  • Stone pattern
  • Stone size
  • Mortar joint color

We can take the manual labor required in building sample panels in the field and to your screen thanks to our Stonwerk Design Tool. We utilize this technology to watch your selection transform into several variations and to personalize an “impersonal” object — stone!

End Result

We want you to utilize our custom masonry services with ease. With the help of our design team, you move forward in the building process with a selection to give to your chosen masonry installer. Selection options include:

  • tone color
  • stone pattern
  • stone size
  • stone origination
  • mortar joint size
  • mortar joint fullness and finish 
  • mortar joint color
  • stone stills 
  • dynamic cost slider for each selection

Contact Us Today!

Again, thank you so much for stopping by today and getting to know a little bit more about us here at Stonwerk. We love what we do as masonry contractors and would absolutely cherish the opportunity to speak with you about your project and how we can help make that dream a reality through custom masonry. To learn more about us, or to discuss your project, contact us today!