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"I was so impressed by their responsiveness and professionalism to my request. Although they do not provide leveling services, they offered another solution by " suggesting another company that could possibly assist or they would provide a quote for another solution. If I need concrete work in the future, they will be my first call.

-Virginia D.

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"I got my estimate in March , just as the final snow melted away.
himself came out. The company goes by his first name. He said: usually he" has a salesman go out to do estimates, but in March he still has the time. Everything went well. This is not a high tech crew with laser levels ... most everything is done by eye, and yes the rain water moves down the driveway perfectly. I did need to have curbs put in to control the water. Again, this was all done by eye. All my emails were answered promptly, and payment was not a hassle. There was a deposit required. My advice ... start looking for estimates as soon as the snow clears.

-Jeff K.

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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 Harpersville

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Mr.
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came out as soon as I called. Quoted a very fair price. Had his workers return in the afternoon. They were very careful to remove and then replace sod. Can't really tell where they dug it up. Very efficient. Would definitely use them again.
- Terry P.
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TV promptly came out and provided an estimate of the cost to replace the driveway and walkway.
After receiving his written estimate I offered him the job to start immediately. His crew was here by noon Wednesday and started removing the old driveway. They finished removing the old cement Thursday morning, then leveled and compacted the base for the new drive and placed re bar. The pour followed with the finish work being completed by 5 PM Thursday
TV and his crew provided a top grade job extremely quick,
- Joseph S.
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The work was done on schedule, the workers were pleasant and explained what was happening. Slab jacking is,a messy process. The workers cleaned everything up so that my garage was actually cleaner after the work than before.
- Jean W.
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The contractor that came out to make the repairs was prompt and was doing a great job. The problem was that towards the end of the job, they never put up plastic or drop cloths to keep the concrete contained to the patio and a hard coastal storm hit. The rain ruined the concrete and the contractor began screaming, yelling, cursing to the point that the resident of the apartment was afraid.
We called the office to inform them of the inappropriate behavior of the service person and was told that someone would be there the next morning to make the repairs.
If the contractor had put plastic up, it would have never been an issue.
The next morning a gentleman and the same contractor came out. We informed them that we did not want the contractor that acted inappropriately the day before to make any repairs. The resident of the affected apartment was afraid of him and we wanted a different person to do the work. The gentleman himself said that the guy was his son, and if we wanted to see someone throw a fit, he would also and they didn't want our d*** $700!
They did clean up the concrete that had spilled onto awnings, etc. and left. We are now left with a patio that the resident can't use and we missed the deadline needed for the resident as well as we now have to find and pay for someone else to fix the mess left by
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I would not recommend this group unless you want to deal with hairline tempers and extremely unprofessional-ism!


- Allison B.
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We had Speck poor our 24x30 garage slab and part of our driveway. The crew on the job was excellent. Always asking if we were happy with the progress so far. We added a few things on them last minute and they never seemed irritated or annoyed in the least. (Even though it was 100 degrees out) My husband was always in contact with
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, and he was always quick to return phone calls if he didn't answer. My husband said he is a stand up guy! The crew was always on time and professional and cleaned up the area everyday before they left. I would highly recommend this company to anybody! You might pay a little bit more but its completely worth it because you know you are getting people that know what they are doing and care about the finished product. I will definitely be using Speck in the future.
- Matt R.
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came out to give me an estimate within 24 hours. He told me that he would put in a drain tile for one down spout that dumped water on the driveway. This caused ice to form on the driveway in the winter. He them sealed the down spout at the base. We would immediately step down as soon as we walked out the front door. He said there should be a larger stoop which makes carrying objects into the house easier. The workers were diligent in their work. I saw them using a level to make sure the supports to the car port we straight. I actually gained a couple extra inches with the new driveway. The workers came back after the driveway was done and back filled the edges by the driveway. We were really happy with the new
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that they put in. Our previous entrance made us almost stop while going into the driveway. The result would have been a big jolt otherwise.
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said they could taper the entrance and we would not have to touch our brakes while entering. After ten years using the driveway that will be nice for us but better for friends that had cars with a lower frame.
- Harry N.
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I so wish I had looked at the reviews before I contracted this family owned untruthful company. I picked it because they did a driveway in the neighborhood that looked pretty good and I went with that being a pretty busy person and not that skilled at tradesman selection.
The drive job itself went ok, but apparently I needed some drain work done which I had to pony up for and extend the apron at the distal end of the driveway. I hope it was all legit. I really don't know, now am wondering.
The grass they planted was real wispy and did not match the rest of my grass, but I thought, Oh well I can over seed it. Well then the trouble began. What occurred was the soil settled big time on the sides of the driveway and the set off is so obvious at the end of the driveway that you about turn your ankle walking from one part of the yard to the other.
I made contact 12/14 initially about the issue via email. Multiple emails, calls etc and spoke to
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himself on 4 occasions who said' " Oh yea we had that happen on a few jobs last year, Ill send a truck out Friday." Well Friday and no further communication ever came. I have emailed
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and
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several times and nothing and today said I was going to contact the BBB. I got a nearly instant response saying they they had been out and it was not due to them it was a drainage problem! This is absolutely ludicrous. As I read other reviews, this is their modus operandi. STAY AWAY from
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, plenty of other Cement companies out there.
- Deborah C.
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I did not use this company, but my next-door neighbor did. They were loud, playing loud music, blocked my driveway, despite adequate parking throughout the neighborhood, blocked my mailbox, so I missed my mail delivery that day. During saw cutting and clean up, they blew massive amounts of cement dust into the air and throughout the neighborhood, coating everything in my home with cement dust and causing respiratory distress in my dogs. They appeared to be working without supervision. When asking them to remove the truck blocking my mailbox and driveway, one of they yelled "the mail didn't came yet," so I think the combined IQ of this crew was less than 10. I also had to clean up their cigarette buts from my lawn. I considered using their services last year, until someone else in the neighborhood told me he was not satisfied, because his concrete immediately began pitting after installation by this company. Clearly this company and their ignorant employees have no respect for neighborhoods they work in or the people living in those neighborhoods.
- Pamela O.

Concrete Contractors in Harpersville, AL

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Alabama Accent and Remodeling

1718 21st Ave
Calera

ALABAMA RESTORATION-WTRPRFNG

11208 Gallups Crossroad
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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

ANDY OnCall

3 Belcher Dr.
Pelham

Attic Insulation Company Inc

4340 Powell Ave S
Birmingham

Banks Home Building Inc

4206 Brasher Dr
Birmingham

Best Home Maintenance & Construction

362 Island Creek Dr
Calera

BIRMINGHAM DRYWALL INC

3629 River Ridge Rd
Vestavia

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 Plumbing

3990 Christopher Dr
Vestavia Hills

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north
Birmingham

Cardinal Roofing & Restoration

608 University Blvd
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

2180 Hwy 87
Harpersville

CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 610821
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

115 Walter Davis Dr Ste B
Birmingham

D&E EXCAVATING SERVICES L.L.C.

9809 Silley Dean Road
Pinson

Dave's Home Improvement

626 Crumley Chapel Rd.
Birmingham

Davidson Hardscapes

2316 Mountain Run
Birmingham

DETAIL SERVICES, INC

PO BOX 94612
Centerpoint

Don Kennedy & Sons Structural Solutions

7201 Stringfield Rd NW
Huntsville

DRM Masonry

308 12Th St.
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

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.E.B. Company LLC

1113 22nd Ave N
Al

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

Mels Remodeling LLC

4025 Young Ave Unit C

Morse Construction

290 Reid Rd
Trafford

NEWMAN EXCAVATING LLC

850 ROULAIN RD
Odenville

NM Construction Group

3568 Lorna Ridge Dr
Hoover

North Alabama Builders

311 CR 1387
Vinemont

Pickle Construction and Plumbing

2631 Torrance Rd
Warrior

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

Ripp Tide Construction LLC

7240 county rd 109
Bremen

RSC Properties

405 redwood st

RSU Contractors

1461 Battleground Dr

S & D Services

145 Chalkville Manor Drive
Birmingham

Saunders Bradford

4100 Autumn Lane
Birmingham

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

Shield Properties

301 Cambo Ln
Hoover

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

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

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