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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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Concrete Repair reviews in Grand Rapids

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They performed work prior to expected date, which was great. Tear out and first pour consumed the first day and they finished the next morning. The finished product looks great and
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and his crew were efficient, tidy, and pleasant to work with. I would recommend their service.
- Glenn J.
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was timely, communicative, and responded to all email correspondence and calls. He worked with our budget and offered recommendations based on our needs. His crew was professional, courteous, and very hard working.
- Patty J.
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The initial work looked good. Mr.
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was polite and punctual. Unfortunately, in less than one year, approximately 1/3 of the sections have cracked. Most of the cracks go the full width or length of the section.
Mr.
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came out to inspect the driveway after I notified him of the problem. He blamed the cracking on the clay soil under the concrete and said that he didn't have any responsibility for the problem.
Two of my neighbors hired him at the same time. One had his driveway replaced. The other had his patio replaced. In less than a year, both are having similar cracking.
I hired an engineer to inspect the driveway. The engineer said that expansion joints should have been installed where the house meets the driveway which is where most of the damage appears. Additionally, the engineer questioned the preparation of the base under other sections that are cracked. Information provided by the Michigan Concrete Association confirms the engineer's view regarding the expansion joints. Additionally, the Michigan Concrete Association states that control joints should be cut to a depth 1/4 the the thickness of the slab. Mr.
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acknowledged that he didn't cut the control joints that deep.
I requested that Mr.
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replace the damaged concrete sections or reimburse me for the cost of hiring another contractor to do the work. Since that time, he has stopped communicating with me.
- Richard S.
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I had high hopes that
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would work out well. Work was performed and seemed to be going as planned. On the second day of construction,
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called asking for his payment. I hand delivered it, assuming the work was complete or almost complete. After receiving the check,
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left the job site. His workers continued to work. The job is yet to be complete as the finish work is not skim coated. Attention to detail was not impressive as the new steps were poured in different locations than what was removed and was not an improvement to the original location. The concrete was poured, leaving the handrail "crooked". Overall, very poor attention to detail and no customer service or communication.
After paying $3,000 to
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, I have not heard from him. I have left numerous voicemails and emails. This is truly unfortunate. Paying money for a job that is not complete is not good for either party.
- Shayne M.
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Within just one year, we have several areas of chipping and cracking including several long cracks along the width of the driveway. Driveway along the side of the house was poured with an angle that pitches slightly towards the house, resulting in our previously very dry basement getting water nearly every time it rains along the wall that should be "protected" by the driveway.
- Nick H.
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They came in and took the old driveway out along with the piece of sidewalk without damaging any of the other pieces, made sure that the base was good. They formed everything up, put new expansion joint new to garage door and poured that day. By the time that I go home from work they were just finishing up and had everything taped off, it took them something like 5 hours to do the job and they did a good job. If here would be one complaint that I have is were they ended up cleaning their tools, which isn't the end of the world but I think they should have asked the other person in the house
- Jerome O.
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I had a great experience with
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. Someone else I knew had work done by them the previous summer and was having some more done at the time I needed mine done as well (we are near each other) so we both had work done the same day to best schedule and utilize their crews between the jobs. They showed up on time, demo'd the old cement, and formed and poured the new. I had a somewhat unique request to have some ground contact 4x4 posts put in while the cement was poured and they had no issues accommodating that. After the cement cured, I installed some composite railing utilizing the 4x4's and it's more solid than any rails I know of elsewhere for homes. The cement mud that they used was fantastic. It was a great color and just the right amount of "grittiness" to it (I am not a professional, so I am not sure the exact term), but it's not slick to walk on and gives you traction, without being a bear to try and sweep off. It was perfect. It's holding up flawlessly in freezing/thawing unlike the old cement and I couldn't be happier. I'd love to have them come and do all of the cement around my home to make it the same, but it doesn't "need" to be done just yet, so I'm waiting. Their pricing was really good and less than half of another place I had contacted (granted the other place was more used to some larger jobs, so their price was admittedly higher for a small residential job as a result). In any case, I'd say that the prices for
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are extremely competitive even in the residential work realm and their workmanship and professionalism is top notch. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Great people and great work!
- Marianne E.
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An absolute nightmare. Likes to be paid in cash (not check: CASH) And doesn't give you a receipt. Nice guy, and talks a good game, texts you back with lots of promises. But if he messes up (like he did with my job), he will not stand by his work, and will have a thousand excuses why he can't fix at the moment. I paid over $8,000 for an aggregate walkway. It was completely messed up when installed last August, and Bill said he would remove and replace after he did a few other jobs and made some money to fund the redo. . (He claimed that it was one of his partner's fault, the concrete comoany's fault, etc., and that he couldn't afford to fix). Then he said he would be back at end of October. Now he says it is too late in the year. His excuse now is that he doesn't want his good name on a re-do because the weather is bad (I was afraid of that, but he assured me in texts last summer that he could pour until December). But right now his name is on it, it looks absolutely terrible, and I have concrete all over my brick wall which he will not come out to remove. He tore up my garden, ruined the edging, and refuses to come back to fix that, either. Buyer beware. His business was incorporated in 2006, and he has not paid his corporation fee to the State of Michigan so his business license has lapsed. He claims that what other unscrupulous people do is wait to get sued, then start another company. So maybe that is the plan, I'm not sure. Taxes (employment taxes and income taxes) are not dischargeable. Hopefully he has taken the cash i handed him and treated the IRS and State of Michigan better than he has treated me. If he refunds me or comes out to fix my problems (even removing the cement all over my brick), I will re-post. For now, I have given up.
- Marjie G.

Concrete Contractors in Grand Rapids

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A & B Concrete

5919 Appleview St SE
Grand Rapids

A 1 Asphalt Inc

4634 Division St
Wayland

ACCENT CONCRETE COATING

3103 Coronation Ct
Byron Center

All4One outdoor services

13275 Sand Hill Ave
Cedar Springs

Alpha & Omega Stove & Sweep

1235 E Grand River Rd
Williamston

AMADEUS REMODELING & CONSTRUCTION

23726 W COUNTRY LINE RD
Sand Lake

Architectural Concrete Contruction

5021 N Division
Comstock Park

ARMORKOTE

6260 40th Ave
Hudsonville

ASPHALT MAINTENANCE

810 SPRING AVE NE
Grand Rapids

Avalon Building Concepts

5017 Division Ave South
Grand Rapids

Beckett Home Improvement

1348 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Bender Maintenance and Home Improvement

2525 East Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids

BLB CONCRETE

5714 PINETREE AVE SE
Grand Rapids

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St
Augusta

Bolotnikov concrete construction llc

1911 conlon s.e.
Grand Rapids

BUILDERS CHOICE CONCRETE INC

6664 ROGER DR
Jenison

Builders License Training Institute

5112 US 31 N
Grand Rapids

Built Solid Renovations LLC

123 Main
Sterling Heights

BURNS CONTRACTING INC

PO Box 1884
Grand Rapids

CHOICE CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

3227 UNION AVE SE
Grand Rapids

City Basement

240 Front St SW
Grand Rapids

CLI-Concrete Leveling Inc

1659 Beverly Ave
Ypsilanti

CONCRETE CUTTING & BREAKING

5035 W GREENBROOKE DR SE
Grand Rapids

CONCRETE CUTTING & BREAKING CO

443 JEFFERSON AVE SE
Grand Rapids

Concrete Restoration

66 Nueville St SW
Grand Rapids

CONCRETE RESURFACING

2514 MONROE AVE NE
Grand Rapids

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

574 S DIVISION AVE
Grand Rapids

DBK CONCRETE LLC

13881 84TH AVE
Coopersville

DEBI'S ENTERPRISES

1225 RANDOLPH AVE SW
Grand Rapids

DELTA CONCRETE

1425 BRIDGE ST NW
Grand Rapids

DreamScape Designs & landscaping

791 E 16th St.
Holland

Dulyea Construction

7042 Bouman Drive
Middleville

DYKSTRA CEMENT

4038 VAN BUREN ST
Hudsonville

EDWIN TERPSTRA CONTRACTOR

5249 STAGE AVE NW
Grand Rapids

EverDry Waterproofing of Grand Rapids

5273 Division Ave S
Wyoming

EXTREME ASPHALT MAINTENANCE

4336 PLAINFIELD AVE NE
Grand Rapids

F & S CONSTRUCTION

1369 TRAILSIDE CT NW
Grand Rapids

FOREST HILLS SEAL COATING

7922 E DOGWOOD CT
Ada

Foundation Specialist LLC

2925 28th St SE
Grand Rapids

Fox Concrete

1160 Parsons
Hudsonville

Freak LLC

476 Graceland Street NE Apartment B
Grand Rapids

GAINES CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

7448 DIVISION AVE S
Grand Rapids

GET CONCRETE

8087 S DIVISION AVE
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Concrete Services

415 North Street
Lowell

Great Lakes Waterproofing Co

2929 W Main St
Kalamazoo

Hawk Construction

15 Oak Openings
Delton

HI-LO BUILDERS INC

9617 BAUMHOFF AVE NW
Sparta

HIGH GRADE MATERIALS CO

6869 E PARIS AVE SE
Caledonia

J & H Custom Concrete

130-2 Irving Rd
Middleville

JDE CONCRETE

1811 WILSON AVE SW
Grand Rapids

JELSEMA CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

5035 W GREENBROOKE DR SE
Grand Rapids

JET-BLACK SEALCOATING & REPAIR

2600 PATTERSON AVE SE
Grand Rapids

Joe's Clean- Up Service LLC.

1621 richmond nw
Grand Rapids

Jr Walker Construction

2912 reynolds
Muskegon

Karasiewicz Construction, Inc.

9280 Wolven Ave NE
Rockford

Kent Home Services

130 60th St SW
Grand Rapids

MAST CONTRACTORS

932 LAMBERTON ST NE
Grand Rapids

MC Concrete

1800 R W Berends Dr SW Apt 2
Wyoming

McCurdy Concrete and Construction

5108 Chauncey Dr NE
Belmont

MICHIGAN CONCRETE PAVING ASSOC

3623 OAK TERRACE CT SE
Grand Rapids

Moose's Property Maintenance

3694 balsam ave ne
Grand Rapids

Nobel Concrete Inc

1777 Dewent Dr
Jenison

NOBLE COATINGS & ROOFING

437 SPRING AVE NE
Grand Rapids

North Kent Contractors

16673 Tyrone Ave
Kent City

Odd Job Todd

2327 Greenview Drive SW
Wyoming

Parker's Concrete Construction

6545 155th Stanwood
Stanwood

PAUL MANNES CONCRETE

401 1/2 Howard Avenue
Holland

Prairie Creek Construction

225 Michigan Street
Grand Rapids

Proline Concrete Construction

4185 Pro Line Ct
Dorr

QUANTUM CONCRETE

5610 DIVISION AVE S
Grand Rapids

R & L CONCRETE

5058 CISNE AVE SW
Grand Rapids

R&C Construction and renovation

10245 10 mile rd ne
Rockford

Reliable Vendors

1438 Rathbone S.W.
Grand Rapids

Rockford Stamped Concrete LLC

2931 12 Mile RD
Rockford

ROSEMONT NURSERY

2428 Elmridge NW
Grand Rapids

Ryan Excavating

195 VALLEY VISTA DR
Lowell

SCAGG'S CONCRETE

30 CELIA ST SE
Grand Rapids

Scenic Expressions LLC

11615 Foreman St
Lowell

SCHEPERS CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

240 FRONT AVE SW
Grand Rapids

SCHEPERS CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

10578 LINDEN DR NW
Grand Rapids

Schreur Builders

538 Flat River Dr SE
Lowell

Set Apart Construction

9844 Byron Center Ave SW
Byron Center

Sikma Construction Services LLC

2300 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Smith & Son Building & Remodeling

1409 Sullivan Rd.
Ravenna

Somerset Painting

2727 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Somerset Painting & Professional Improvements

647 S Spinningwheel Ln
Bloomfield Hills

Stay Dry Basement Waterproofing Inc

4600 N Grand River Ave
Lansing

Stephens Concrete LLC

1661 Whites Bridge Rd
Lowell

STORMZAND ASPHALT MAINTENANCE

516 W MAIN ST
Lowell

Summit Construction & Mgmt.

1393-40th st
Wyoming

SUPERIOR ASPHALT INC

669 CENTURY AVE SW
Grand Rapids

The Handyman & Moore LLC

3147 Peachleaf Ct
Holland

The Outdoor Design Co.

5265 128th Ave
Holland

VAN ROSMALEN CONCRETE CONSTR

2130 DUNNIGAN AVE NE
Grand Rapids

WestEdge Concrete

7646 Margaret Lane
Allendale

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