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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.


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.


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.



Concrete Contractors in Blountstown, FL

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Advance Contracting Services

285 Jackson Ave
Cape Canaveral

Advanta Asphalt

1400 Howard Street East
Live Oak



Atlas Design & Engineering, Inc.

12800 University Dr # 402
Fort Myers

Blackwater Consulting and Development

20 Avenue D, Suite 205





CBC Construction LLC

11400 Overseas HWY STE 101

CCR Custom Concrete LLC

1913 Redwing circle
Port St. Lucie

Crest Enterprises and Land Development

104 Heritage Ln
Port Saint Joe

Crest Enterprises and Land Development,I

104 Heritage Lane
Port Saint Joe

Dell'Agnese Construction Co, Inc

5109 SW 87th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale

Denika Construction Group

3219 SE Circle Drive

Eicher Construction

4815 Hoyer Dr

Emerald Coast Concrete

8335 Woodleigh Rd


Moore Haven

Ex-Tex Residential Builder LLC

4820 55th St
Vero Beach

Exclusive Surfaces, Inc.

14522 SW 147th Ct

Florida Precast Concrete Steps

6214 Thousand Oaks Dr

Global Construction Enterprises

1128 E Donegan Ave

Gulf Coast Aluminum Inc

2774 NW 49th Trail

HOM Landscape Contractors

8900 SW 168th St.

Impressions Decorative

19206 Sunlake Blvd

JMD Global Developers LLC

35 West Pine Street

Keith Kinard Construction and Roofing

14301 Sweat Loop Rd.

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

M C J construction

2164 se meadow brook rd

Premier Reconstruction Inc

5400 bobby st

RicMon Group LLC

17306 nw 63 pl

RJO Construction And Flooring

P O Box 608571

Safe Harbor Design Build, LLC

100 Coral Way
Key Largo

Seascapes Enterprise Corp

140 Beau Rivage Dr
Ormond Beach

Senior Wellness Specialists

930 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton


North Fort Myers

Stone's House Movers Inc.

2052 Stone Lane

Stucco by Marko LLC

Serving Within 100 Miles of
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Spring Hill

suwannee masonry inc.

11777 24th st.

The Baratta Group Inc.

10210 Heritage Bay Blvd

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