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"I arranged the entire procedure via email which was very convenient. I sent pictures of the problem step asking for a quote which they gave a range for, indicating" that it would have to be finally determined by an onsite inspection. I was okay with that and approved the repair. We were going to be out of town when they could come, but I figured it was a
job and they could call me if there were any problems. When I returned home, I discovered that they had raised the wrong step--they raised the step that you walk on when you approach from the street, but it was the step approaching from the driveway that I wanted fixed. Oops! Error on my part for not specifically indicating the side step. Error on their part for not looking at the front door from all approaches. However, they agreed to come out again and do the correct step at no additional charge--Score 1 for
. When they worked on the correct step (and I was present at this time), they corrected it some but found that they could not raise it as much as it needed because something was snagging the step underneath. It needed 4 inches more. They tried various things, but couldn't do it. They said that since they were unable to improve it as much as they said they would, they would not charge me for the job. Score 2 for
. Two lessons learned: 1. Try to be very specific about what job you want done, and be present to supervise if at all possible. Even though I had sent pictures of the problem step and its location relative to the front door, the work crew didn't get those pictures. 2.
is a quality company whom I would be happy to recommend to others.

-JOHN & STEPHANIE K.

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was wonderful from the first meeting. His outrageous personality and easygoing demeanor put this first-time homebuyer at ease. I purchased" a home that had some pretty severe cracked concrete on the driveway that was a safety hazard and truly was just pain ugly to look at.
came out to the home and listened to my needs and was able to fix the issue with the least amount of cost. I had some estimates as high as $6,000 to fix the problem- and I thought I would never be able to afford to get it fixed. Luckily, I contacted Angie's list and they got me connected to
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did have to push back the date due to weather, but ultimately was able to give me a beautiful new front patio, sidewalk and a safe driveway. I have already recommended him to my mother and other friends and family who are looking to repair or
down new concrete. He was just fantastic.

-cheri H.

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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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contacted me as I was leaving on vacation. We discussed job over the phone, agreed on a price, and 3 days later I had a text message with picture showing the job was complete. When I arrived home everything was completed as required. Thanks
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- Bill G.
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I contacted Rod about getting a quote and he was quick to return my calls. Rod does choose to use texting a lot to communicate and while this was at first unexpected I was happy with the communication method. Rod shared that texting allowed him to easily keep track of information and allowed me to have written record of our discussions. Rod seemed extremely knowledgable about our job needs and offered sound, good advise. He was also very personable. He was quick and prompt, but not rushed. I was even more surprised at the great price he offered.
What might appear as the worst part was how long it was until the job was actually started. For those reading this, June-
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was a very wet month in Central Indiana. I wasn't in a rush to have the work done and am a very patient person. However, it was 3-4 weeks between the initial quote and when the work started. Sadly, there wasn't very much communication during this time. I ended up having to call Rod to make sure we were still moving forward. I knew there had been a lot of rain and I figured they were backlogged, but having some communication might have made me feel a little more comfortable. This is why I dropped Responsiveness a little bit. Rod apologized that they were behind due to all the wet weather and was able to give me a good idea of when they might be able to reach my job next.
Once work began, things moved along quickly. I think it's safe to say Rod and I were both a little nervous about what we might find (or not find in our case) underneath the porch. For context, our home is 90+ years old and the porch had cracked significantly. But there wasn't a clear view to know what was supporting the concrete porch. Once
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men started their work they quickly discovered that our porch was partly held up by old, rotted wood and partly by nothing at all. It made for a potentially unsafe work environment for the workers. The primary guy in charge did well sharing the gravity of the situation and how this was going to change how long it might take to complete. He did well assuring me that the job could still be completed. What was a pleasant surprise was that there ended up not being any set back in schedule and everything was still completed on time. In the end, over 30 tons of gravel needed to be brought in to fill the porch void. It was a bigger job than I think either parties expected.
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team members were very friendly and informative. They did great reaching out to me when there were questions about specifics and it was very easy communicating with them. I also was left feeling confident in the skill and competence of the workers. I feel as though my job ended up being a little more than Rod and his team expected but this did not
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them delivering beautiful results in the fastest way possible and was glad the initial cost of the quote was left unchanged. I would certainly recommend Rod to anyone looking to have come quality concrete work completed.
- Zachary K.
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It went really well. If there was a delay (thank you, Mother Nature, for all the rain this year!!), he called to let us know. This kind of customer service isn't always found these days. He was on time when he said he was going to be there. HIGH quality job. Let's just say the sidewalk in front was put in by another contractor and it cracked on day 6. And it wasn't what we wanted. He never (ever) said anything about the other contractor (good business acumen!), but when we made mention of tearing it out (oh -- the step from teh drive to the sidewalk was 12" -- nice area for a tire to blow!), he was quite agreeable. He didn't charge us what he normally would have because he knew we were "taken" by the other guy.
we've used him previously, but this was our most recent experience. He was awesome and his crew was great too. I would HIGHLY recommend!!

- Jenny R.
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We are extremely pleased with
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service and the quality of the work. He was very quick to respond for the estimate and his workers were very courteous, quick and tidied up when they were done. Rod provided extras to help reinforce the quality and longevity of the job--rebar, smaller sections to prevent it from eroding and cracking again. The price was competitive with other bids.
- LISA D.
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I scheduled an appointment
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gave me an estimate he called and scheduled one of his workers who was pleasant on time and worked until his assignment was complete
- Lloyd B.
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As I said, the company wasn't really slow, but it was slower to respond and schedule a date for giving an estimate and then for sending the estimate to us than either of the other companies, Their bid was certainly acceptable. We went with another company because they said they could do the work much sooner, t
- JUDITH B.
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We couldn't be happier. We have extensive landscaping on both sides of the stairs and walkway. They did all the work without damaging anything or even stepping on a plant. The salesman and then the construction coordinator answered all of our questions; called with a timeline; and then did the work in one day as promised. Even the office staff was helpful and friendly.
- MIKE S.
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I pre-purchased a 'Big Deal' offered by
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for $1,200 Concrete Patio, Walkway, or Driveway based solely on his reviews and I was not disappointed. When I made the purchase I only requested that the work be done within 30 days as his scheduled allowed. I received a prompt response from
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acknowledging my purchase and the timeframe I requested. The work was done within the 30 days and I am very pleased.
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and his crew are personable, funny and professional. Once the work started he didn't waste anytime getting the job completed. I will definitely use
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again as my 'fixer upper' home needs additional concrete work. I will attempt to post before, during and after photos. Signed, satisfied customer.

- DeShawn H.

Concrete Contractors in Indianapolis

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TASKMASTERS INC

PO BOX 734
Noblesville

TATE CONCRETE

PO BOX 673
Brownsburg

TE MCGRATH CONTRACTING

8606 MORGANTOWN RD
Indianapolis

TERRY FRALEY INC

9601 SHORELAND LN
Indianapolis

The Affordable Companies

1000 3rd Ave. SW
Carmel

The Concrete Man

318 N Riley Ave
Indianapolis

The Fireplace Specialist

103 East Iroquois Street
Kentland

The Professional Handyman

143 N Windswept Rd
Greenfield

The WAIRE Group

8950 Fitness Ln
Fishers

The Wall Masonry

5735 Elaine St
Indianapolis

Thomas J Pearson Inc

PO Box 362
New Palestine

THORNTON BROS CONCRETE

10820 COPPERMILL CIR
Indianapolis

Tide Waterproofing Inc

1055 S High School Rd
Indianapolis

TLF Inc.

3901 W 86th St
Indianapolis

Top Notch Masonry

997 S 10th St
Noblesville

TOP TO BOTTOM

7314 N 650 W
Fairland

TOUCHSTONE CONCRETE FINISHING

2600 E 55TH PL
Indianapolis

Travis Moore Concrete

176 s 8th Street
Middletown

TROTTER CONSTRUCTION

1122 DELOSS ST
Indianapolis

TRW MAINTENANCE

10716 E Southport Rd
Indianapolis

TURNER TRUCKING INC

2214 EAST 25TH STREET
Indianapolis

Turnkey Contracting

p.o. Box 206
Bunkerhill

UNIT STEP CO

4000 SOUTHEASTERN AVE
Indianapolis

United Dynamics Inc

2555 Cannon St
New Albany

Upper Deck Home Services

9425 N. Meridian St. #211
Indianapolis

VALLIERES WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS

14471 NORWALK DR.
Carmel

Van Croshier Concrete

16283 E 126th
Fishers

VAUGHN ENTERPRISES INC

5639 GREENFIELD AVE
Indianapolis

Vawter Custom Creations

P O Box 337
New Palestine

Vickrey Remodeling Inc

137 E Market St
Indianapolis

Visions in Hardscapes, Inc.

4284 Windview Cir
Greenwood

W & M INSULATION

2603 E 30TH ST
Indianapolis

WALL TO WALL CONSTRUCTION

7012 N EVANSTON AVE
Indianapolis

Wallace Construction Group, LLC

11650 Olio Road
Fishers

WARNER PAVING CO INC

1110 S Webster Ave
Indianapolis

Waterford Landscaping

3737 Guilford Ave
Indianapolis

we Will Concrete Solutions

703-10 Turtlecreek S. Dr.
Indianapolis

WeatherTight Exteriors, LLC

8710 Bash St. Unit 502325
Indianapolis

WEB CONTRACTORS

914 E PROSPECT ST
Indianapolis

Weiss & Company LLC

1048 Summit Dr
Carmel

WET BASEMENT DOCTORS

3124 West 76th St
Indianapolis

Wharff Excavating

418 N Meridian St
Pittsboro

White Construction

2328 Sickle
Indianapolis

Wilds Restoration Services

5858 Thunderbird Road
Indianapolis

WILLIAMS CONCRETE & HANDYMAN SERVICES

40 60th north central
Indianapolis

Wilson & Crouse Concrete

3890 E. County Rd. 100 N.
Avon

Wilson Water & Sewer Service Inc

3015 S Harding St
Indianapolis

Wolf Construction

PO Box 19089
Indianapolis

Wolf Construction

1118 N K St
Elwood

Wood Medic Inc

PO Box 254
Pendleton

Woodsmen Contracting, LLC

5423 Armstrong Ct
Indianapolis

YODER & YODER CONCRETE CONTRS

8634 BROOKVILLE RD
Indianapolis

Young and Sons Asphalt Paving Co Inc

6280 S Cozy Ln
Whitestown

YOUNG CONCRETE

9201 E 46th St Apt 101
Indianapolis

YOUR HANDYMAN LLC

4337 E 350 N
Shelbyville

ZIMPLEMAN & RICH PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION LLC

5912 Rockingham lane
Mccordsville

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