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"I was quite pleased with this company and the work they did. The initial appointment for a quote was promptly scheduled and the individual providing the quote arrived" right on time. He was knowledgeable, professional and answered all my questions. He provided the quote (with a list of addresses where previous work was done over the past several years) at the conclusion of his visit. The price was competitive. After the contract was signed, the company followed up appropriately and performed the work within a reasonable amount of time as anticipated. The work was done well. Our village inspector came by three times while the work was being done and once after completion and was satisfied. The end product is great. I felt the company was good to work with. I have not yet gone through a winter with the new concrete, but looking at other jobs they have done gave me some reassurance that the job will last. They said they stand behind their work so that is good to know as well.

-Sheryl D.

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gave me a start date and arrived on time. He and his crew had to manually dig out the entire area because of limited access on the side of" the house. All were friendly and polite. They finished on schedule and my husband is now able to roam about.
also went the extra mile and did a few nice things that he didn't have to do like creating a curbside pad for our trash cans and repairing an existing concrete pad.
and his crew take pride in their work and continually asked if we were happy with each step of the process.

-Patricia C.

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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 Evansdale

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Our garage floor was severely cracked, and more importantly, so was the drain pipe that went down the center of the garage, causing flooding where it exited.
Two sections of walkway had cracked and "come up" from the bad weather this past winter making it impossible to fully open the small door leading to the garage from the backyard....More /> Lastly, also due to last winter's weather, the step at our front entrance had split apart from the bricks, and there were additional cracks in the concrete by our window well in the front yard.
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came by to give us his estimate, describing how we could repair the front without harming the bricks setting up the door jam.
We also discussed the rerouting of the drain pipe in the back to the side of the garage when the floor was redone.
He came back with the contract and a 1/3 deposit was required to confirm the job.
He and his team showed up on time both days it took to complete the work; they helped bring all the heavy items into the back yard and dismantled a shelving unit in our garage in order to do the job properly.
Because the cement delivery was running too late,
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rescheduled it for a second day.
Unfortunately, the pipe could not be rerouted as the pitch would have sent water into our neighbor's garage, but at least it was replaced and the new garage floor is smooth and easy to take care of.
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was quick to redo part of the front step when I expressed concerns that the cracks underneath needed repair.
He called to make sure there were no problems afterward, and even came back with his team to help put back the shelving unit and heavier items into the garage.
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supervised the work, and definitely followed up. Nice job!
- Audrey V.
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Company masons showed up on 3 consecutive days in
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2014 and partially restored rock wall as agreed by contract. Workers left equipment on last day and promised to return to complete remaining work which required mortaring approximately 35% of the reconstructed wall.
When the workers never returned owner
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stated by phone that he was unaware that the job was incomplete and would have workers return to complete the job that afternoon. Never happened. He made another broken promise a week later. Our property management company representative contacted him and got the same promise which was broken. In the meantime his worker returned to pick up the left behind equipment saying he had no instructions to complete the work.
The company has been paid in full by an insurance settlement.
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has failed to completely honor their contract. The owner has repeatedly failed to honor his promises to complete the job or to refund the estimated $300 needed to complete the repair.
In addition to not completing the repair this company failed to clean up cement debris left at the work site. Owner claims that he is recommended by the City of
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Paso and is a Navy veteran.
- Robert W.
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Job went fine and
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and the guys did a great job. My one critique is that is hard to get a hold of him. It seems they are very busy and don't always respond until a second attempt is made. That being said, we are pleased with the job.
- Emily H.
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The original driveway was heaving (started after about 7 years) It was improperly done with very little Rebar, not much base and thin concrete.
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communicated great and came out immediately in the fall to give us the estimate. He put us on the schedule for summer. He communicated throughout the whole process in a very professional manner. He was honest and included what other companies said were upgrades as standard. The other estimates were like pulling teeth with many contacts to get them to answer and then to come out. Then the estimates either didn't come or their base price plus what they called upgrades totaled the same price as
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. He does research on the latest products and put a sealer on the driveway and then came back and put another sealer in a few weeks.
The work was done by an excellent crew who spoke to us with respect and were very friendly. They really knew their craft.
He has an awesome calendar on his web site and it keeps you informed of delays. Expect delays! This is concrete and the weather affects the demo, pouring and curing. He won't pour under bad conditions and you wouldn't want him to. The calendar kept me informed of the dates and I checked it often. Take advantage of his discount. He currently offers a discount for paying up front. We had so much confidence in him that we had no problem paying up front.
The job was finished in a timely manner and it is beautiful. This driveway will outlast the house!
Thank you
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for coming through with everything you promised. We feel like we made a new friend!
- Joni M.
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We have a large patio made of paver bricks. After having two types of edging that the frost heaved up, we decided to try their
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the owner came to give us an estimate, he said they don't normally use the cubing for this, but said it would work since it sits on top of the ground, so the frost won't affect it. He also said that it would stick up about 2" above the bricks. We agreed that we could live with that. We decided to use the mowers
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The crew was very courteous and worked to ensure the
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was pushed up against the bricks, as the machine they use can't
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the concrete right up against something. They did a great job, and cleaned up really good.
We hope to add more
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to other areas in the future.
- Dave & Liz H.
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was very professional. He arrived with his team on time and got the
job done on time. It was easy to reach
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anytime I had a question. Very friendly and cooperative. He provide some good advises to save me money.


- hamid B.
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provided an estimate for the work while at my house. After selecting
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to do the work,
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gave an initial guesstimate on timing to do the work. Since outdoor concrete work is weather dependent,
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would update me periodically on timing. Once the date was finalized,
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and his crew arrived on time and clearly knew what they were doing.
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is very much "hands-on" - he worked with his guys to tear out old patio, replace patio roof supports and installing and finishing the concrete. All of the crew were professional and the end result looks great!! Thanks
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- Eugene D.
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is just that-SUPERIOR!
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and crew are very quality minded and very professional. Right from the first phone call, through demo and installation of our driveway, all of my questions and concerns were dealt with in a friendly and professional manner. Their talent and experience are second to none! These guys don't mess around- quality is first and foremost. Their attention to detail was amazing to watch.
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and crew also know all about customer relations. I was never left "out of the loop" as to what was going on and we were always treated with the utmost respect! I cannot emphasize that enough. I have dealt with many contractors in the past and some of them were very good, but some lack people skills and professionalism. We were very impressed and pleased to deal with such an all around Superior company! In this day and age, it's awesome to find someone with such high standards like
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. I have already recommended him to family and friends.
- Darlene R.

Concrete Contractors in Evansdale, IA

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Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CGI Enterprises LLC

PO Box 1123
Cedar Falls

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1110 Fleur Dr
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47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fischer Quality Construction

300 west 32nd street

Iowa Flatworks

PO Box 333
Cedar Falls

KOCH CONSTRUCTION

215 E MAIN ST
Cedar Falls

Magee Construction Co

1705 Waterloo Rd
Cedar Falls

Myers Home Impovements

507 G Ave
Grundy Center

Planetary Investment

1709 Jefferson St
Waterloo

ROGER SMITH CONSTRUCTION

5708 W Cedar Wapsie Rd
Cedar Falls

Russell Construction

1525 W 3rd St
Waterloo

UNITED CONCRETE INC

105 BMC DR
Evansdale

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