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"I could not in good conscience recommend this company in the future. We were initially impressed with their website claim that they were "artesans", not" installers. Nothing could be further from the truth. The result turned out to be unimaginative, basic, and not at all what we thought would be the result. Their communication after starting the work was poor and that's being polite. I was very disappointed with the result.

-Julie S.

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-Mauri H.

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This stamped concrete patio features grout work and multicolored shading effects. (Photo courtesy of Salzano Concrete)

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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. 

 

 

Stamped Concrete reviews in Prairie City

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Arrived 1/2 hour late, no phone call, appt was 9:30am. When they arrived they did not know about the ceiling fan instalation. They said they'd be right back. After waiting 3 hours I called their office, they told me they just left from there, got back in about 3 1/2 hours. I had afternoon appts, that's why I scheduled work in morning, well now I'm calling my clients to reschedule my appointments.
The work finally began in afternoon, the workers were very polite.
When they finished the job,I was told their vacuum fell off their truck so they couldn't clean up, they swept a little and all I had was a hand vac, guess who was on the floor vacuuming.
Now when I signed up, one big motivator was rebates from my local utility, they told me they would handle all the paper work for the rebates, well after two weeks I called the gas company to see if my rebate info had been submitted, they said no. I contacted the office and I told them I'll just submit the paper work I was pretty sure they were not going to do this. I just need a legible receipt with square footage info so I could submit the rebate info before 30 days had passed. I was told over and over again for over ten days that they would send me an invoice I could submit to the gas company, I finally had to meet one of the employees who got me what I asked for, I was in contact with these guys every day, multiple times a day for ten days (and texting) trying to get the receipt I needed.
When I looked up this company on Angies List they had NO reviews and I thought they were new and a green company so I took a
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, it was a mistake.
I have lot's of things I need done on my house, I will now only look for companies with an established record with Angies.

- John C.
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Started out as replacing concrete double driveway which had split and the walkway..and to be replaced with pavers,,,added
on a pathway from the driveway to the front porch, which they redid and raised to complete the job.. They replaced the grass and the dirt that they had ripped up while getting to the walkway (we paid for this) but they brought to the site and planted..
We were very excited how Mr.
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was on the property every day, sometimes till late in afternoon and supervised the whole job .................I would recommend to my friends for his professionalism ....
- Robert P.
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Service person was a subcontractor and was a no-show for 4 different occasions. When he finally did the job he wanted cash only, wanted my receipt for material I personally purchased, wanted left over supplies and accused me of shorting him money, which I did not since I checked the amount twice and my wife did once. Sadly I used
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several years ago and the service and job were excellent. After the job I reviewed this company with local Better Business Bureau and viewed 14 open claims against
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all dealing with poor service and quality.
- Bruce B.
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It went great. I love my patio and it has made a huge difference in my home. I love sitting out side and just enjoying my patio. The quality of work is incomparable to other stamped concrete patios I have seen. I felt like his price was very fair and he was very professional. I am a single girl who lives alone and a lot of companies will take advantage of the elderly and women. I never felt uncomfortable with him being there and lets face it some guys just creep us women out! I will always tell everyone about his company if they need any concrete work done. I am very very very happy with the work that was done.


- kristen A.
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was very professional and gave us a detailed estimate. He communicated well, and showed up when he said he would. He performed the work as he said he would, with no
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extras or cost. We are very pleased with
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's work and how he treated us throughout the entire process. We would use
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again and highly recommend him.
- Keith A.
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Let me begin with the words “committed to excellence.”
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Coatings Inc.,
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Spillmann and his men were considerate and respectful
professionals from our first meeting, to daily updates, to completion of work ahead
of schedule in spite of my change order to paint the house interior.
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master at painting and faux finishing.
As an Operating Room RN I tend to be critical and a finish person. I must say
these men and their clean-up crew passed my inspection.
I would hire them again as well as recommend them to others. In fact we are
hiring them to stain our exterior concrete.
- Jeremiah J.
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and party arrived promptly at 8:30 a.m. as promised and started working immediately. They washed and cleaned and made sure that the areas were all prepped and cleaned thoroughly before applying the
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(2 coats). I must say that I was very impressed with the finished look; beautiful with the true colors coming through. He also gave me additional information regarding maintenance and care for the pavers with a 2-yr warranty and a 5% senior discount. I would definitely hire him again.
Thank you
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for the great job!!
- Joan M R.
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Dealing with this company was so
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and easy. We called them for a quote and they acutally came out and looked at the job. They were so professional and gave us a quote on the spot. Once we decided to move forward we call them to come out and they were there within the next week. They were so polite and professional. They worked very hard to make sure the patio was perfect. The patio looks GREAT!!! We cannot wait to use it this spring. I would def call this company for any future concrete needs.
- Jo G.

All Stamped Concrete Companies in Prairie City, IA

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Archadeck of Central Iowa

2925 99th St
Urbandale

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237
Clive

Artistic Curbing LLC

8116 Ivy St
Dexter

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Central Iowa Elite Crete Systems

2033 Poplar Street
Knoxville

CHS, LLC

545 Hwy 6
Waukee

Concrete Concepts of Iowa

5360 NW 71st Pl
Johnston

Concrete Impressions

26082 R Ave
Dallas Center

ConcretePRF

6941 NE Rising Sun Dr
Des Moines

D & D Concrete

4965 Lovington Dr
Des Moines

Friend Landscaping

SE 9th Ave
Des Moines

Hill concrete

5687 NW 26th St.

Ken’s Concrete Services Inc

5311 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines

Lamberti Concrete Inc

5280 Jordan Blvd
Pleasant Hill

M-R 2 Services Inc

9847 SE 56th Ave
Runnells

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd
Urbandale

Monkeys Auctions

69 Johns St
Indianola

SPECK USA

PO BOX 21009
Des Moines

Stacey's Faux Design

1800 E. 31st Street
Des Moines

Stapes Grading

Des Moines

Vice Construction

1203 N 9th st.
Indianola

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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