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Porter gave me the cheapest price of my estimates. You get what you pay for. He had to come back a second time because they did not provide" the visual look that was promised. Gray coloring between the creases. After they did this, they sealed again and on the second seal, they sealed over bird poop and other yard debris. So this was a sorry sight for eyes. In one area they spilled the coloring and was a mess on the cement. Lastly, at the end of the bordering, the excess cement was thrown in my garden. Now I have chunks of cement in my garden.

-Nancy G.

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to re surface my concrete floors. He guaranteed me he would do a great job and that it would" be no problem. After I gave Mr.
the deposit and a contract was written, I never heard from him again. He was supposed to start the job a few days later. I sent him a text and he responded with, he is trying to "catch" up and he assured me that he would "straighten me out." As of now, it's been three weeks and no sign of him.
's web site is unavailable with an "error 451" code, which means legal issues. Word of advice, save yourself a headache and don't let
Woods anywhere near your property. I can't say how his work is, because he never started the project. He is nothing more than a shadetree contractor/crook.

-Billy D.

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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 Valparaiso

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actually did a fairly good job on the floors. Here is the summary:
1. Color was a lot lighter than in the sample. His sample was done on glass which was probably the reason why. He indicated that it should not look different when on concrete but it did.
2. The overall quality was pretty good. However, he missed little things like the corners and areas along the wall. See below for more commentary on this. Also the random pattern was not very strong.
3. He does not take responsibility for damage to paint done by his taping. He had quite a bit of paint come off and have had to hire someone to fix. This is probably normal for a contractor doing concrete but want to make sure you are aware.
The real reason for my negative review is
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's complete unprofessionalism. Here is why:
1. He harassed us for final payment the minute the job was done. I told him that we needed 24 hours to at least review before we gave him last payment (which we did). This did not make him happy and it showed. Note, this harassment occurred within minutes of my family coming back in town and all sick with the flu.
2. He will often refer to "my boss" who does not exist. He is the owner of the firm and there are no other employees. He often referred to "his boss" when debating on whether or not to do something.
3. He referred to my comments regarding fixing corners that were not done properly and overspray onto my brick as "nitpicking". We had an epic text exchange which I won't publish here but would be happy to share with you if interested.
4. He was just plain rude. After paying someone $8k, you would expect them to be grateful and want to work with you. Not
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. He wanted me to know how upset he was I was not telling him what a great job he did, rather than asking him to finish the work I paid him for.
I would honestly have considered using
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again as the work wasn't bad, but his attitude and difficulty in getting to complete the work unfortunately wipes out any good he did.
- Jim C.
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contacted me right away and we immediately set up an appointment for an estimate to resurface my pool deck. He showed up on time, gave me some ideas, and quickly responded with a quote. The quote was reasonable and I decided to move forward with
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. We scheduled the appointment, again, he showed up on time to start the job. He kept me informed daily of what was taking place, what to expect, if the weather was bad and they weren't going to make it over that day. The end result is an amazing resurfaced pool deck. They did a great job and I would highly recommend their services.
- Jennifer K.
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We submitted a request for quote for our patio to be acid stained.
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contacted me the same day and came to visit with us about the work we needed done. Our patio had an original slab and the previous owners added an extension so the there were two different types of concrete but was difficult to tell because there was a coat of paint on top. They came out day 1 and removed the paint and sanded down the patio. The concrete poured for the extension by previous homeowners had waves in it and they took the time to even that out and make it look really nice. When he applied the acid stain it did not take as well in the newer concrete as he originally explained could happen so he came up with ideas of how to make it look like we originally envisioned. He put so much work and innovation into the job that it looks amazing and we are extremely happy with how it turned out!! They are very skilled and professional! I would hire
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- Mary H.
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It went very well. I was prepping a house to sell and I had them do several things. I was a pretty happy camper overall. The only downside was the guy they sent to paint my stucco hadn't actually done stucco painting before – but he still did a great job! The concrete guy also did a great job.
- Edward K.
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It went great!!!! The contractor was very professional, neat(didn't make a mess), nice, and respectful and fare priced.. He took a bare concrete floor and added stain and cut a design in it. The design was a tile with double bands. We were very happy with
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and would use him again. We would surely give his name to other future customers.
- cyndi R.
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The overall experience was fantastic.
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were responsive, honest and provided quality workmanship. The drywall was already in and even though they were doing very wet concrete work there wasn't a single ding in the walls or water damage to the bottom of the drywall.
The basement floor they finished was about 480 sq. ft spread over four rooms, three closets and a hallway. What was a boring and cold concrete slab is now a pretty finished concrete floor which while not warm also doesn't
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heat from the rooms as if it was a block of ice. We opted for a standard dolphin gray that is going to work fantastically with the Scandinavian modern look we're going for.
The sealer and color they use is no V.O.C and low V.O.C.
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told me there would be a lot of odor when we were discussing the job. However, I had forgotten he told me and when I got home after the final day the house smelled a lot.
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took my call at 7 pm and reassured me that other then being a bad smell there was no
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for harm. So big kudos to
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for keeping people safe and calm.
And when I was putting in the below grade waste system I had set the toilet flange at 3/4" above the slab. The finishing process only adds about 1/8" so
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and
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created a great looking concrete platform the shape of the toilet so it would be a safe and to-code install. And because they gave that concrete the same finish it blends into the rest of the floor really nicely.
- COURTNEY D.
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We had the most horrible ugly blue carpet in our converted garage room. We had talked for a long time about getting stained concrete down there, but we wanted it to be similar to what we had in our previous house.
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came out with some samples of colors and we took a very long time to decide, but he was very patient and not at all pushy about anything. He just let us come to our decision on our own. After we chose our color, he made suggestions about accents and scoring design.
It's never easy to have a whole room inaccessible. The converted garage served as storage and laundry room, and also as a general living space for our pets, so I was concerned about how long this project would make this space out of commission. But
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and his crew were quick and efficient in doing their work. I was also really impressed at how clean the work-space was kept. They even removed and hauled away that hideous blue carpet! I definitely believe that we received top quality service and results.
Yes, this review is nearly a year after the fact, but with that time passed, I can honestly say that I would recommend
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to anyone. The finished product is still beautiful and has even inspired additional renovations to the converted garage.
- Bridgid B.
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He required 50% upfront to get started, paid him and almost 3 months later has still not done anything and has lied about the entire project and now says he will refund money but has not shown up to even do that.
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Thorn is name of company owner his phone was disconected a month after first contact so only way to find him now is through facebook.
- Jason P.

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American Stone Restoration

7818 Mount St
Schererville

BRENNER CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

665 TRENTON CT
Crown Point

Cabe's Concrete

1749 Crocker St
Chesterton

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Colvin Concrete Inc

7235 Dekalb St
Merrillville

Courtyard Services Inc.

12609 Havenwood Pass
Cedar Lake

Crete-Rite

801 Standish Ct

Curbs Appeal LLC

758 n 75 w
Valparaiso

Done Right, Inc

11604 W 181st Ave
Lowell

GW Owens Construction Inc

234 Illinois St
Shirley

Jason's Concrete Construction

450 Dorchester Ct
Valparaiso

Keske Construction

1887 peactree ct.

Keystone Remodeling LLC

PO Box 11375
Merrillville

Magilla Builders Co

511 S Ashland Ave
Michigan City

Mendoza Concrete LLC

1658 N Lofgren Rd
Rolling Prairie

MIDWEST CONSTRUCTION CO

1331 BROADWAY
Chesterton

Nowicki construction

1248 WESTPORT RD.
Chesterton

Price Point Builders

PO Box 1343
Crown Point

R and R Painting and Remodeling

503 Oak Street
Michigan City

Ram Jack of Indiana

14855 Victory Ct
Carmel

ROBERT NEISES CONSTRUCTION

1640 E NORTH ST
Crown Point

SCHANDER REMODELING INC

2814 Lyndale Way
Long Beach

Shulton Painting & Drywall

7588 Springfield Hills Dr

SKI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LLC

708 E Talmer Ave Ste C
North Judson

Solid Ground Concrete

6505 Armstrong Drive
South Bend

TIMBERSEAL, LLC

212 E Morthland Drive
Valparaiso

Toma Property Management

590 E. Oak Hill Rd.
Porter

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Waterproof4Less

15134 Myrtle Ave.

willsons green valley plants

2600 east st rd 2
Rolling Prairie

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