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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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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

Concrete Repair reviews in Bessemer

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I should have known when the first two bid appointments were canceled. But once we met it all sounded perfect. The first 3 weeks went well. They tried to do a couple shortcuts like back filling dirt mixed with broken concrete, but my husband put a stop to that. Once the walls and walkway were poured it looked fantastic. Then everything stalled. The job was supposed to be done by Christmas. I got a "we'll try" to get it done earlier but Christmas for sure. By March 1st, numerous calls and promises and apologies we now have a completely unfinished job and we are canceling the contract - which of course they were thrilled to do because it was so front loaded that the things that were left for them to do (build the custom fire pit and seating and counter tops) were probably going to cost them more then what we owed them. Shame on us for paying them too much in advance but shame on them for continually making promises, seeming so genuine then not delivering.
I would absolutely never ever recommend them!
- Susan F.
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never submitted quite - never responded to follow-up request for quote. If you don't want to be bothered with the job, please say so. Work done by another contractor later in the year.
- Michael D.
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We really enjoyed working with
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came out soon after I contacted him to look at the project. He submitted a bid that night and made a few adjustments at my request, such as letting me know the price difference if we did the demo work ourselves and also adding a little more square footage when we adjusted the shape of the path from the original curving design to a more angular, modern look. He also left materials about different stamp patters and dye color options.
We hired the company to do the work and set a date for just after Christmas. We decided to do the demo work and
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even recommended a company to us (which we ended up using) that would deliver and pick up a dumpster to put all the old asphalt and concrete into. The crew showed up on the agreed-upon day to build the forms. Due to weather (it was below freezing at night) the concrete work was delayed for a week or so but
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kept me updated on the timeline.
When the weather conditions were right - dry and not too cold - the crew was back out there and did a terrific job! They let the concrete cure for a few days then came back to seal it. The walkway looks great, they did a good job of cleaning up, the crew was friendly. Our new driveway isn't anything fancy but it's so nice and smooth and is a HUGE improvement over the old asphalt.
We were very happy with
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and have shared their info with a few admiring neighbors already!
- Valancy B.
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I haven't gotten the work done yet since I have not had time to obtain other estimates. I didn't get the feeling he really wanted the work since it was Christmas time and smaller in scale. Estimates might have been high for that reason.
- Andrew T.
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Absolutely perfect. Ten men arrived at 7:00am and were completely done in 3 days. This company is first class and does excellent work. I recommend them with an AAAAA plus. Look no further for quality work.
- Harry C.
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Start and completion dates as discussed was right on time. All personel involved was polite and very professional. Outstanding job, love the new driveway.
- Nathaniel B.
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I had installed stamped concrete on a couple of my previous homes, so when my new home builder suggested I pay $16k for a 250 square foot deck off the back of my new home, I decided to do stamped concrete again. Lucky for me, CJ
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had previously installed a beautiful stamped concrete patio on my neighbor's home at our South Riding house, so I was already primed to use
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Concrete. CJ promptly responded to my call and came out for a no obligation quote. he explained the process and the scheduling. He even gave me company references to build the steps from my main floor down to the ground where the patio was going in. As soon as I got the steps done, CJ's team came in and started the prep work. They were fast and courteous and within a few days, the patio was 90% done. The cold weather precluded the finishing touches but CJ's team stayed in contact with me and came out as soon as the weather was OK to continue the work. The patio looks great! My neighbors and friends are so impressed and cannot believe it is concrete.
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Concrete is top notch and it so nice to get a company to come in and perform as they claim they will and in a timely manner to boot! I highly recommend them!
- Carl C.
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The actual job went fine, but as soon as the cold weather came, all of the concrete cracked and began to lift off the driveway. They came back and repeated the same work, which of course didn't fix anything. Same result. They never honored their work and we repeatedly asked for our money back or a portion of our money back. The driveway looks worse than it did before and we have to hire another company to repair it. $5,000.00 dollars and our driveway looks HORRIBLE!
- SIOBHAN B.

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ABC CUTTING CONTRACTORS INC

3060 DUBLIN CIR
Bessemer

ABC CUTTING CONTRACTORS INC

3060 Dublin Cir
Bessemer

Alabama Accent and Remodeling

1718 21st Ave
Calera

ALABAMA RESTORATION-WTRPRFNG

11208 Gallups Crossroad
Harpersville

All Trades Inc.

5885 snowville brent rd
Dora

All Water Landscaping & Irrigation

2270 S Sherrlyn Dr
Birmingham

Alltrade Remodel and Maintenance

1325 Falcon Drive
Birmingham

ANCLA Construction

2721 Driving Range Rd
Cropwell

ANDY OnCall

3 Belcher Dr
Pelham

Attic Insulation Company Inc

4340 Powell Ave S
Birmingham

Best Home Maintenance & Construction

362 Island Creek Dr
Calera

BIRMINGHAM DRYWALL INC

2166 HIGHWAY 35
Pelham

Birmingham Income Properties

5330 Stadium Trace Parkway Suite 100
Hoover

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

C & N Contractors

760 N Pine Hill Rd
Birmingham

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north
Birmingham

CASTLE ONE

6244 AMBER HILLS RD
Trussville

Champion Window of Birmingham

309 Cahaba Valley Pkwy
Pelham

CHARLES GLAZE CONCRETE WORK

261 MEADOW LN
Harpersville

Charlie's Construction

4301 Huntsville rd.
Florence

Choice Landscapes

PO Box 368
Trussville

CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 610821
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

115 Walter Davis Dr Ste B
Birmingham

Cummings Grading LLC

1058 Crest Road
Leeds

D&E EXCAVATING SERVICES L.L.C.

9809 Silley Dean Road
Pinson

DANNY'S CONCRETE

134 WOOD ST
West Blocton

Dave's Home Improvement

626 Crumley Chapel Rd.
Birmingham

Davidson Hardscapes

2316 Mountain Run
Birmingham

DSLD LAND MANAGEMENT CO

1178 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Grayson Construction

1401 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham

GULLEY SERVICES

111 VULCAN PARK RD
Bessemer

HENDERSON CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING CO

4820 HUTSON AVE
Birmingham

Hewitt Concrete Inc

PO Box 291
Clay

Hollywood Pools

1441 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham

HOMES BY INDIANWOOD, INC

2116 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY
Pelham

J & B REMODELING

PO Box 611403
Birmingham

J.C Remodeling

950 Rainwood lodge rd.
Quinton

JE Construction

1428 Smithfield Park Cir
Pleasant Grove

John Dunn Construction

1507 Morning Sun Circle
Birmingham

JT Construction INC

207 Green Park South
Pelham

Keen Construction

5498 villa trace
Birmingham

Kirkpatrick Concrete

2000A Southbridge Pkwy
Birmingham

LAWNSAVERS

603 ONEAL DR
Birmingham

METRO CONTRACTORS INC

2455 1ST AVE S
Irondale

Morse Construction

290 Reid Rd
Trafford

N C TREVINO CONSTRUCTION, INC

2219 Vanderbilt Road
Birmingham

NEWCASTLE CONSTRUCTION INC

2021 LAUREL LAKES LN
Bessemer

NEWMAN EXCAVATING LLC

850 ROULAIN RD
Odenville

NM Construction Group

3568 Lorna Ridge Dr
Hoover

North Alabama Builders

311 County Road 1387
Vinemont

OAK MOUNTAIN PRODUCTS

100 KILSBY CIR
Bessemer

Pickle Construction and Plumbing

2631 Torrance Rd
Warrior

Precision Services LLC

6632 Warrior River Road
Bessemer

Premier Restoration

1500 Urban Center Drive
Birmingham

PRIME PAINTING & CONTRACTING

2469 Tyler Road
Hoover

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

Quality Restorations, Inc.

2481 Valleydale Road
Birmingham

R. Hall Enterprises LLC

8616 10th Ave. South
Birmingham

Ripp Tide Construction LLC

7240 county rd 109
Bremen

S & D Services

145 Chalkville Manor Drive
Birmingham

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

Shield Properties

4654 Nicholas Dr
Bessemer

Sizemore Specialty Construction

702 Linden St
Trussville

South East Concrete LLC

4213 Mountain Top Road
Birmingham

Southern Renovations & Construction, LLC

5235 Pinson Valley Parkway
Pinson

StoneMark Construction

4581 Deer Creek Trail
Bessemer

STUCCO BROTHERS LLC

64 WOODWARD EST
Bessemer

Surface Art Systems

7837 5th Avenue South
Birmingham

Trinity Contractors, Inc.

561 Simmons Dr.
Trussville

URBAN SCAPES

5504 1st Avenue N
Birmingham

Veterans Restoration Inc

301 Cornwall Dr
Maylene

WCK Foundation Repair LLC

21793 Walker So Rd

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