Brick by brick: Jeff Cianciotti is preserving Charlottesville by hand

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Brick by brick: Jeff Cianciotti is preserving Charlottesville by hand

A third generation builder, Jeff Cianciotti started out in the residential construction market. But a few years after that, he turned to masonry when a friend hired him to help run his small business. “I helped it grow into a diverse company that worked on jobs for homeowners, production builders, large custom homes, and light commercial jobs,” he said. With the collapse of the housing market, the friend took his business to Northern Virginia, leaving the niche wide open in Central Virginia. Cianciotti opened Woodstone Construction in the summer of 2010.

“I took over where he left off and never looked back,” Cianciotti said. “Our company has grown tremendously over the last three and a half years.”

Having seen the downturn impact his industry, Cianciotti knows plenty of industry folks are seeking less expensive masonry products, but he’s still committed to old-fashioned stone and brick. “We’re working hard to preserve the historical look and feel in the Charlottesville area,” he said.

Are you from Charlottesville originally?
After my parents moved to Greene County in the early ’90s, I fell in love with the area, so much that I moved my family down in 2003. I built a house for my family and my in-laws in Madison County.

Describe your aesthetic in five words or less.
Elegant, traditional, contemporary, historical preservation, rich in design.

Where do you stand with form vs. function?
Having been in the building industry my entire life, and having been involved in a huge variety of projects, I have met a lot of people with an abundance of ideas. Those ideas that I have heard, seen, and learned over the years have made me realize that you really need both form and function. With the experience I have gained, I have learned you can walk the line between the two.

What would you say is your specialty?
I would say that design-build would be our specialty. I really like working one-on-one with homeowners and builders to help them design exactly what they are looking for. Our business ranges from the small homeowner jobs and production work for builders to large custom homes and light commercial work. We provide all aspects of masonry work.

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever made?
I particularly love to design outdoor fireplaces given that this is a place where people like to unwind and relax after a long hard workweek. There are so many different designs, looks, and feel of outdoor fireplaces, that this is an area I can use my creative edge to create a peaceful, fun, relaxing place for people to enjoy.

What else should we know about Woodstone? Our company mostly started with all production brickwork working for the majority of builders in the Charlottesville area. Over the years, we have expanded to include work in many other counties in Central Virginia. And most of our work has gradually moved towards more natural building stone, stone patios, and fireplaces, than brickwork. Our company also has very knowledgeable supervisors on the job. My father, who has worked in the building industry his entire life, works with us and we employ three licensed contractors. Knowledge is something that we pride ourselves on.

Get in touch
Have a project in mind for Jeff? Call 989-9223 or visit woodstone-construction.com for more information.

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