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"They were prompt, pleasant, and professional. Everything has held up well since the work was done. I particularly appreciate
's followup" on the work he did. He checks regularly to insure that all is well. I try to be eco-conscious. I particularly appreciate his incorporation of pavers I already owned, and his use of recycled crushed concrete as base for the patio.

-Mary J.

"After a couple of good fence projects in 2014, I got them involved with a siding project at our rental house in GG. Probably got the quote too early in the project," as I made a couple of changes and asked for more options. After a while,
stopped answering my emails. In reviving the project this August, I wrote
telling him we were ready to spend the money in September, please update the quote. No response. I called, left a message asking if he just didn't want to do the project, please tell me as a matter of professional courtesy. No call-back. So my 5-star rating from the gate projects drops to 2 stars - no excuse for non-communication

-Frederick W.

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Stamped Concrete Adds Affordable Appeal to Outdoor Patios

Many homeowners are opting for stamped concrete patios that mimic the look of stone, brick or tile. Perfect for any outdoor area, such as surrounding a pool, stamped concrete offers the ability to get creative with patterns and colors.

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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.



Stamped Concrete reviews in Valparaiso


Everything went very well. We had 3 stamped concrete companies (all from Angies list) come and give quotes. All did a commendable job and the pricing was fairly close. We picked
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for both price and presentation. From there on, everything went like clockwork. Although they had a sizeable backlog, they hit their promised dates. The work was done quickly and professionally. Everything has been completed and the patio looks great. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
- Mark B.

Everything went smoothly.
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, owners & brothers, were responsive and professional. I had an existing sprinkler system control panel where the concrete was to be poured. They raised the control panel enabling me to continue using my old system. They also raised my spigot making it easier to use. Their workers were polite & hard-working. They did everything they said they would do. Additional color was needed above what had been originally quoted; we shared the difference. I worked with
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once the contracts were signed. He was so pleasant & had excellent customer service. I would recommend them.

- Emily F.

It's been just over a year since Bill and his crew did work for us. We had a large project that seemed to grow as we went along
We are still very happy with the work completed and receive a lot of compliments about our patio and sidewalk.
When we started the project we really had no clue as to what we wanted. Bill gave us suggestions and advise on what would suite our needs the best and our patio design turned out fantastic!
We even had to delay part of our project after Bill started requiring him to come back and finish some time later which I know was a
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on him. He came back and completed the job just as he promised without a complaint.

- dennis R.

They were awesome! I can't say enough about the job they did. The time estimate was right on, they were prompt, very professional and did a super job. The patio looks brand new. Also, they were able to put the non-slip additive in and now we can walk on it when it's wet without the fear of falling. This is great especially for the grandkids.
- Cindy G.

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and the crew are amazing people. Professional and very punctual. Very friendly staff and hard working people. the price and the quality work is unmatched.
I highly recommend those guys to any one. If you want to be a happy customer, hire those guys.
- Osaid B.

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was very responsive with my phone calls seeking to schedule the work . He also took time and worked with us to find the right sidewalk colors and stamping pattern. He had lots of examples of previous work which was helpful. They worked quickly and we are pleased with the end result, The only issue in the end, was what we felt was poor replacement of the sod along the driveway and walkway as well as a damaged section of the yard which I was told was unavoidable as they could not do the prep work in the street.
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was very friendly and fair and overall good to work with. Would recommend to others.
- Terri N.

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's work was excellent and the job complete on time.
The slope under the house was a little problematic and
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figured a way to make the final product very attractive and functional.
Well Done!
- Bill S.

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and his crew were outstanding. We are very happy. The photos speak for themselves. Demolition/removal of existing concrete pool deck, walkways, sidewalks - replaced with three color stamped concrete.

Stamped Concrete Contractors in Valparaiso, IN

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3D Structural

20115 Jackson Road
South Bend

All American Decorative Concrete of NWI

1101 Cumberland Crossing Dr box 195

American Stone Restoration

7818 Mount St

Best Concrete

253 E 159th


Crown Point

Cabe's Concrete

1749 Crocker St

Courtyard Services Inc.

12609 Havenwood Pass
Cedar Lake

Curbs Appeal LLC

758 n 75 w

Del Mar Builders

165 W 10th St

DNM Construction LLC.

220 Main St.

Done Right, Inc

11604 W 181st Ave

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

GW Owens Construction Inc

234 Illinois St

Handyman 911

1926 Manhattan st
Michigan City

Jason's Concrete Construction

450 Dorchester Ct

Keske Construction

1887 peactree ct.

Keystone Remodeling LLC

PO Box 11375

Magilla Builders Co

511 S Ashland Ave
Michigan City

Mendoza Concrete LLC

1658 N Lofgren Rd
Rolling Prairie



Nowicki construction


Price Point Builders

PO Box 1343
Crown Point

Pulaski Roofing & Building Construction

47 West Polk St Suite 100-220

R and R Painting and Remodeling

503 Oak Street
Michigan City

Ram Jack of Indiana

14855 Victory Ct


Crown Point

Santana Construction

408 Darl Ave


2814 Lyndale Way
Long Beach


708 E Talmer Ave Ste C
North Judson

Solid Ground Concrete

6505 Armstrong Drive
South Bend


212 E Morthland Drive

Toma Property Management

590 E. Oak Hill Rd.


12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Waterproof4Less, Inc.

15134 Myrtle Ave

willsons green valley plants

2600 east st rd 2
Rolling Prairie

Wrights concrete


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