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and his crew was very punctual. They always showed up on time from the initial bid to the scheduled work days. He was very informative" and helped me understand what they will be doing before the work started. I think the cost was reasonable considering all of the work that had to be done. Overall it went very well. I think the work is quite good. If I had any disappointments it was the finish work on the concrete floor. They left the floor with a sandpaper like finish which was fine since I was going to epoxy it afterwards anyway, and this would help bond the epoxy. My only complaint would be the excessive
and lines on the floor. With the epoxy now on the floor it is even more evident and noticeable. I was hoping for a nice smooth finish once I applied the epoxy.

-Wayne M.

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on Saturday and he showed up at the end of the day after his last job as promised. He provided me with a quote that I felt was" reasonable and I was really relying on the recommendations that I saw on Angie's List. I was more concerned with the quality then with the price. I signed with him on the spot and he told me that it would take a week to ten days to get the permit. He called me the same Monday to say he already got the permits and could start work the next day. He told me the job would take 3 days and he called me at the end of each day to update me on the progress. I was not present for the installation. The job was finished on Thursday and the sidewalk looks great. They left everything pretty clean and I just had to fix the grass area where a fallen tree had lifted up the sidewalk and pulled up the sprinklers. I am extremely satisfied with the professionalism and quality of the work done and would recommend them to others. I guess time will tell how the sidewalks hold up but I remain optimistic.


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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 Repair reviews in York


The workers came on time and began setting up right away. I had marked where I wanted the cuts and they set up their equipment and finished the job within a matter of hours. Clean up was great. You couldn't even tell they were there. They took the extra concrete pieces with them so the job was very well
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- Dan D.

Overall we're very pleased working with him from start to finish. He gave us a great price, and the finished work was as promised. I would certainly be calling him again for any future concrete work, and would recommend him to others.
- John W.

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and his crew did an excellent job. They were very meticulous to ensure our foundation was plumb, square, and to the exact height required. Ironically, he's too good, making him in demand, and hard to get onto his schedule. He emanates trust and confidence: Not once during the project did we worry that it would not be done right.
- Ken K.

Overall the project went very well with one exception. The project manager,
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, was extremely conscientious. He made sure everything was completed professionally. We got one other bid from another Angie's List company and their bid was more than double what
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charged so we were very happy with the cost. The one exception was ordering the pavers which was not done early in the process and then the supplier was found to be out of stock. The result was the project ended 2-3 days later than it should have been.

- Earl T.

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answered the phone on my first call. He quoted a price, showed up promptly, and completed the job with excellence. He even did a little extra without additional charge.. He and his helper were very professional, courteous, and polite. I am very pleased with his service and highly recommend him.
- Cathy P.

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returned phone calls and texts and showed up when he said he would. His crew did a great job removing and replacing broken driveway and sidewalk sections. I would highly recommend
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- Holly C.

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and his crew did a great job. Since we were adding on to an existing patio, we were concern that the new pour wouldn't match.
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helped with the design extension and guaranteed us that the new addition would blend in perfectly. He was right. We are very happy with the new addition.
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was excellent at communicating any schedule changes. He was prompt and when he was going to be late he always called. Upon completion of the job,
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crew did a fine job with the clean up. They were all very professional and courteous. I will have
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Concrete come next spring to fix our fence.

- Holly W.

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was very responsive to our very tight schedule. He was able to get the job done, when no one else could. His price was also very reasonable. His outfit is small, so we did have a day's a delay, when a piece of equipment was damaged. However,
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appears to be a hard worker, who will do whatever he can to get the job done. The end result was very professional and clean.
- Stephen K.

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