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No place I’d rather be

image The Perez brothers, L-R: Steven, Fabian and Adrian, are third generation masons.

AUSTIN - Fabian, Adrian, and Steve Perez grew up in Austin. During their childhood, the three brothers would go to jobsites with their father and help out anyway they could. Sometimes they would help unload trucks, one brick at a time, and sometimes help get equipment off the site. That is until they were big enough to do more.




    When Fabian was about 19 years old, he moved to San Marcos for a few years and then later settled in Seguin where he met his wife. After the couple married they decided to move to Georgetown. Little did they know, Adrian and Steve were settling down also, and they too decided to settle in Georgetown.
    Fabian started doing subcontract work for himself when he was in his mid-20s.  Steve would soon come to work with Fabian as well as Adrian.  Following the footsteps of their father and grandfather, they became third-generation masons.  Having been introduced to the trade at such an early age, they just seemed to have an eye for it.  And thus, the story of Perez Masonry begins.
    Established in 2007, the company started out doing high-end residential until an opportunity arose giving the company an opening into the commercial market remodeling and renovating a chain of Starbucks. Today, the company’s main focus is commercial.
    “It’s such a sense of pride to drive by and see the projects that you have been a part of. I remember growing up and looking at the skyline. It’s very different now, knowing that my dad, my uncle and grandfather were a part of that change. I remember swelling with pride and I knew I wanted to be a part of that. I’ve always wanted to have my footprint on the city,” says Fabian. “My dad always said if you aren’t going to do it right, it’s not worth doing.”
    “I get real nostalgic about it. Seeing things that my dad built is just so impressive, not everybody can do that. It’s like doing it with style.  There’s a lot that goes into it. There’s a technical side of it.  It’s not just stacking bricks,” adds Adrian.
    “Driving in from Georgetown to S. Lamar this morning, I noticed the Starbucks we did, and as I drove I saw another and another.  ‘Wow, we did that.’  It was such a great feeling driving by and seeing our work,” adds Steven.
    Fabian says he has always had an infinity towards art, and masonry to him is art. Anybody can stack bricks together, but you have to have a true passion for it and an inclination for it to be artistic.  Art is discipline and passion.  You have to feel it to get that look you are trying to achieve and masonry definitely has that aspect to it,” says Fabian. 
    Truly a tight-knit family, the three brothers live within miles of each other.  Their children all are around the same age.  Fabian has a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old.  Adrian has a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old and Steven has a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old.
    “In construction there is always ups and downs, but being with them makes it bearable,” say Steven. “Working with family can be a little intense,” says Adrian.  “But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It feels like home. This is where I’m supposed to be.”
    Perez Masonry is a specialty subcontractor in Georgetown servicing Austin and the surrounding areas. –cmw

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