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"Our driveway has been a source of embarrassement for many years.
and his crew made the front of our house look neat and clean. The driveway" is absolutely smooth, well done and easy to shovel. The kids love playing on it and the patio. They can ride their bikes up the driveway and down, now. We don't have to worry about tripping over crumbled blacktop anymore. The presentation is beautiful and we have had many neighbors stop by to ask who did the work. We are proud and pleased to give them
's name and number. We can wheel our trash cans out to the
without risk of injury! The area next to the garage is amazing.
ran the leader from the gutter under the driveway and out the other side so the water won't collect on the driveway and freeze in the winter. He designed the extra wide driveway, patio and front stoop to look slick and clean and so it would be an excellent presentation for our home. We were also able to get credit for paying in cash at the beginning of the job. We would HIGHLY recommend
and
to everyone who needs work done!

-Maureen S.

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"We selected
because his quote was reasonable and he seemed to care about our project. He did our driveway the way he would do his own. " There are a lot of details to get right when putting in a driveway and
was patient with our questions and helped us make informed decisions along the way. The shape of the driveway is just how we wanted it because
took the time to go over the layout before any pouring started. The driveway looks great! We'll hire
again the next time we need concrete work.

-Joshua 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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Concrete Repair reviews in Madison

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was very helpful and informative throughout the process. The crew was prompt and efficient. The new cement looks great and we're very pleased with the job.
- Karen C.
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I chose
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based on all of the positive reviews I read on Angie's List and it was definitely the right decision! My new driveway and sidewalk look fantastic!
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was easy to work with all the way through and kept me informed of what was being done and informed me of delays due to weather. He also has an online website with a calendar that kept me informed of when my work would be done.His communicating so well with me was important as I have not had good luck in the past with contractors being responsive and keeping me informed. The work crew worked hard for 3 days and were pleasant,respectful and did a wonderful job of cleaning up. The end result of their hard work was a quality job! I would use and recommend
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- suzanne C.
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Roughly 2/3 of our concrete driveway had cracks and needed to be replaced. Cliff was very responsive in providing a quote and offered a very reasonable price. He was also very flexible in scheduling the work - they got us on the books quickly, then rescheduled at our request without complaint, then stayed in touch to offer earlier dates as they finished other jobs. They were very responsive and courteous to our needs. The work itself was completed promptly and looks great. Cliff answered all of our questions and treated us with great respect while at our property. He also provides detailed instructions how to maintain the concrete, particularly during the first month and the first winter.
- Jacob F.
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After initial connection, it took
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and I quite a while to work out a deal to get the driveway done. Once we did reach a deal, however,
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was a pleasure to work with. He and his crew were on time and got right to work, demoing my driveway and preparing it for concrete on day 2. Day 2, the driveway was exactly what I hoped for. We haven't had any issues with it and it's been about 8-9 months since it was poured.
- Kathleen F.
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Services did an excellent job overall in designing and pouring our concrete driveway. In fact, It turned out looking better than I could have imagined. Prior to starting this project, he explained to me that the composition of the concrete he uses is of superior quality and that it would be at least 4 inches deep. He seemed to have a lot of experience and was willing to answer all of my questions. The only problem was that it rained heavily within 1-2 hours after the driveway was finished and so now it seems to be taking a long time to dry. I am not sure if this will affect the stability of the concrete in the long run.

- Mary G P.
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I wish I could add pictures here! Maybe
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has them on his website!

What a beautiful, amazing finished product he and his crew gave us! By bringing up
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to the proper level, he was able to go from 3 steps up to our front door, to just ONE BEAUTIFUL, curved stoop. It is perfect for us. We can actually fit 4 (FOUR!) cars in the driveway now and I can safely get grandkids, aging mother and groceries in and out of the house with ease. The old driveway was a safety issue and
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saved us. We had the first snow blowing attempt on Sunday and what a breeze it was to clean up.

When
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first came out to our home to give us a quote, he was extremely professional and personable. As I briefly told him what we wanted, he got it right away. My husband and I liked and trusted
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from the first moment he spoke. What a pleasure to work with someone so honest and hard working! He worked so hard to fit us in and get everything done before this unexpected cold/snow snap. We appreciate him and his crew very much.
- Maureen S.
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Cliff was very informative during the free estimation and consultation. Drawing from prior experiences, he offered good ideas for our new steps. It looks great upon completion. We only
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estimates from 2 contractors, including Cliff.
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was the better estimate, for what I perceived to be the same quality. Unique to our situation, we had to work with the City of
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Water Utility and Street Divisions. This wouldn't be required for the typical customer, but we had an earlier issue where city had to tear up our approach. Long story short, it was clear that Cliff has a positive reputation with the City of
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It's only been 2 weeks since completing the work, so time will tell how it holds up to the winter seasons ahead. But Cliff has done work at a few of our neighbors in the past, and generally their properties are holding up well.
Thank you Cliff and team for the great work!
- John K.
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Beginning with an incomplete contract and ending in attorney's fees this project was a nightmare from start to finish. Accurate
Custom creations told us the project would take six to eight weeks. It ended up taking 4 months with several things left undone. They actually walked off job without doing a final walk through with us. We were left with an unfinished job and eventually had a friend help with the rest of the work. Some examples of the shoddy work include holes in the ceiling drywall where recessed lighted was installed, unsealed tile, damage to
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whirlpool tub, improperly hung closet doors, refusal to install egress window which we purchased outside of budget, refusal to install shelves in closets, and leaving a heating and cooling duct to blow into space between floor and ceiling. We filed a complaint with the Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection board.
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responded with allegations of my husband being mentally unstable and an alcoholic. What nerve! My husband and I are neither of these. A friend told us about a Wisconsin website that lists all court records. We looked up the owner and his workers and found multiple court cases they had been involved with. Some examples include driving while intoxicated with minors in the vehicle, failure to pay bills, and multiple court cases involving subcontractors and vendors. About 3 weeks after they walked off the job we received a letter from ACC's attorney demanding payment for the balance of our agreement. We then hired our own attorney. As
I said working with
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was a nightmare from start to finish.


- Jamie V.

Concrete Contractors in Madison

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1ST CLASS CONCRETE

1147 RIVER DRIVE
Watertown

A & E CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

3460 MEIER RD
Madison

A 1 CONCRETE & MASONRY

3718 ATWOOD AVE
Madison

A-1 Concrete & Masonry

3718 Atwood Ave
Madison

A-Team Construction Unlimited Inc

1930 S Stoughton Rd
Madison

Abbey Group LLC

2628 Arbor Dr
Madison

ABT Foundation Solutions Inc

8718 Ste Rd 76
Neenah

Accurate Custom Creations

3926 Calvert Rd
Madison

ACOUSTECH WALL SYSTEMS INC

3070 PROGRESS RD
Madison

Advanced Home Services

837 Royster Ave
Madison

Affordable Concrete Construction

162 Jones St.
Sun Prairie

Ageless Concrete LLC

5518 County Rd CV
Madison

AINSWORTH CONCRETE CONSTR

842 SKY RIDGE DR
Madison

All Season Exteriors

408 S Madison St
Stoughton

All-Tranzmission Services LLC

931 Stewart St
Madison

American Concrete, Inc.

N4610 Jenny Ln
Delavan

ASPHALT REHEAT SYSTEMS LLC

2534 S FISH HATCHERY RD
Madison

Badger Basement Systems

N1656 Hwy 12
Fort Atkinson

C D FARWELL CONSTRUCTION

921 WALSH RD
Madison

CARPENTER CONSTRUCTION

7710 RAYMOND RD
Madison

CASEY CONCRETE & CONSTRUCTION

2251 S SYENE RD
Madison

Chads Design Build

5000 Wallace Ave
Madison

Choice Improvements LLC

N 6253 Silver Rd
Monticello

Christopher Ross Contracting LLC

1310 Mendota St
Madison

CLIFF'S CUSTOM CONCRETE

517 CALDY PL
Madison

CONCRETE CONNECTION

1017 S WHITNEY WAY
Madison

CONCRETE REMOVER

6989 SCHNEIDER RD
Middleton

CRC Concrete Raising Corporation

2855 SOUTH 166TH STREET
New Berlin

Curb Appeal Madison

504 Hillcrest Dr
Waunakee

CUSTOM CONCRETE

2800 ROYAL AVE
Madison

D&M Concrete Co Inc

2115 Parview Rd
Middleton

Earthscape Curb & Mulch LLC

3804 Vinburn Rd
De Forest

Evenaire Co Inc

3215 Burke Ave
Madison

FASS MASONRY LLC

206 EDDY ST
Madison

Fish Concrete Raising

4064 Timber Lane
Cross Plains

FORBES CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY

General Delivery
Madison

GBS CONCRETE

1122 POCAHONTAS DR
Madison

GORDY'S CONCRETE PUMPING SVC

4275 ACKER RD
Madison

Greenscapes LLC

4633 Hwy 138
Oregon

Hallman Asphalt & Sealing LLC

2776 Larue Field Ln
Sun Prairie

Hammer Builders LLC

9830 Dunlap Hollow Rd
Mazomanie

Handy Harry LLC

730 15th St.
Prairie Du Sac

Hilliard Concrete

N6857 County RD N
Monticello

HINZMAN SEAL COATING SPECLST

1926 DOLORES DR
Madison

Hometown Plumbing LLC

3610 Lexington Ave
Madison

Icon LLC

5101 Flambeau Rd
Madison

JACOBY CONCRETE

1050 REGENT ST
Madison

JC Premier Seal

PO Box 8533
Madison

Jeff Molitor Construction

906 Bolles St
Eau Claire

Johnson-Phoenix Group L.L.C.

PO Box 14600
Madison

K & K CONCRETE INC

4914 PFLAUM RD
Madison

Keller Builders LLC

940 Hwy 51
Stoughton

Kittleson Concrete Construction Inc

580 Enterprise Ave
Belleville

Kittleson Landscape Inc

10486 County ID
Blue Mounds

Kool View Co.

4705 TRIANGLE ST
Mc Farland

KRIZAN CONCRETE INC

4591 Kennedy Rd
Cottage Grove

Lawn Works Madison LLC

132 Paoli Steet
Verona

Legacy Custom Remodeling LLC

7602 Riverside Rd
Verona

Let Mikey Do It

5114 Butterfield Dr
Madison

M J LANDSCAPES INC

P.O. Box 309
Lake Mills

Madison Concrete Works

2858 University Ave #201E
Madison

Marx Home Improvement LLC

502 Henry St
Mazomanie

MEGA CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

7385 US HIGHWAY 14
Arena

MUDTeCH LLC

PO Box 41
Dousman

Nature Stone

116 Robyn Rdg
Mount Horeb

Olson Toon Landscaping Inc

3570 Pioneer Road
Verona

Premier Building Solutions LLC

1204 Green Valley Rd
Mount Horeb

ProAxis LLC - Restoration and Waterproofing

628 West Hudson Street
Mazomanie

Project Home

1966 S Stoughton Rd
Madison

Property Image LLC

967 Jonathon Dr
Madison

Rick's Home Renovating

3029 Waubesa Ave
Madison

SCHORR CONSTRUCTION INC

6520 SUNSET DR
Verona

Schulenberg Enterprises

101 N 9th St
Mount Horeb

Seagull Enterprises

700 w south st
Stoughton

SHOWERS BUILDING RESTORATION

3231 FREEWAY CT
Mc Farland

SIERRA CONCEPTS LLC

6156 Darlin Drive
Dane

South Central Concrete, LLC

PO Box 259025
Oregon

Spray Tech

9236 n arrowhead shores rd
Edgerton

Steam Plus Carpet Cleaning

1702 Tierney Dr
Waunakee

Steele Home Repair LLC

PO Box 628463
Middleton

SUMMERSEAL ASPHALT MAINTENANCE

6404 EASTGATE RD
Madison

Superior Concrete Service LLC

N8501 River Rd
Watertown

The Concrete Company

1202 N. Page St.
Stoughton

Thompson Custom Builders

5830 Lexington St
Mcfarland

TROY GUGLIELMINA QUALITY PAINTING

5514 HAMMERSLEY RD
Madison

URBAN REMODELING

4603 MONONA DR
Madison

Washa Construction Inc

4915 Farwell St
Mcfarland

Wirth Concrete

439 Summit Ave.
Montecello

Woodland Construction

311 fairview circle
Waunakee

ZANDER SOLUTIONS LLC

3316 MEADOW RD
Verona

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