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returned my initial call within two days and arranged to come over and review the job. I had talked to him about a year ago, but had decided" not to have the work done at that time.
still had my information in his computer and quickly refreshed his memory of our previous conversation. The day the crew came out to pour the sidewalk, they were very professional, friendly and efficient. They answered a couple of questions I had before beginning work, and then got right to it. They finished in about 3 hours, I believe, then said they would come back the next day to remove the framework. Which they did, and answered my concern about spots I could see in the concrete that I thought were due to a light rain we had later in the day. They explained that the spots were places were aggregate was in the mix, which takes longer to dry than the surrounding material, but that they would disappear. And they did within a couple of days. While here, they also picked up any little chunks of concrete left over from the job, and replaced the scalloped concrete edgers around the flower bed that butted up against the sidewalk. I really appreciate companies who clean up after the job is completed. All in all, I am very happy with this company, and would definitely use them again.

-Nela V.

"I requested an estimate for repairing one of the steps to my front door as well as the sidewalk from the driveway, which had been damaged by winter weather.
" was the only one of the people I contacted who told me that the step could only be patched, not rebuilt, and that the rest of my front stoop was sound. (Others had quoted several hundred dollars to "repair" the step.) He completely dug out and rebuilt the sidewalk, removing the annoying and useless step that had been at the end of the walk at the driveway (his recommendation). He also filled in what turned out to be a large hole under the step, which had contributed to the crumbling, The new sidewalk looks 100% better and has improved the appearance of the front of my house.

-Sandra K.

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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 Fairmont


I talked to three contractors, but it was apparent to me that
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was going to do the best job, and he was only slightly higher than the next lowest bid. The patio was not accessible by truck, so he elected to use a concrete "buggy" to bring the wet concrete from the drive to the pour area. To protect the existing concrete sidewalk steps, his crew laid down sheets of plywood so they could drive the buggy to the pour site. All through the project,
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cautioned his crew to protect the walk lights and plantings and keep the wet concrete from splashing on the existing brick walls of the house and wall.
He added 3 in. of concrete to the existing slab (which was actually the roof of our garage), connected to the new pour. They hauled away all the debris, and kept a clean workplace throughout the project. It was necessary to remove a section of sidewalk that connected to the old patio, so he included a concrete ramp to meet the new (now higher) slab. They did a beautiful job.
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suggested an aggregate finish, and this they did by sealing the slab after it had partially set, then washing and brushing off the top 1/8 in. of concrete to
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the earth-
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pebbles. This gives the finished job an interesting, varied, and very slightly textured surface. The final step was to seal the entire surface, and re-set the posts holding the roof.
It was obvious that
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and his crew are very experienced, and they only wanted to do the best job they could. There were no surprises in the price - the cost was exactly what he bid. We couldn't be happier.

- ART K.

Our job took about 3 working days start to finish. The crew was very professional. They laid platforms down to drive their loader on and they picked them up every evening. Two days after they finished, my grass is back to normal. I've seen other concrete companies just drive on the grass and it kills it and leaves tracks.
I never saw anyone just standing around not doing anything. The weather delayed my patio by about 10 weeks. The crew could have easily rushed through my job to move on to the next, but when I looked out my window to see the progress, I could tell that they were paying attention to details and trying to get things just right. My patio is only 2 days old, so I cannot comment on warranty issues or problems, but as of right now, I'd highly recommend Decker.
We put our deposit down mid/late-April and they were already scheduling 7 weeks out. Obviously this changes year to year, but if you want a patio done early summer, get on their list early.
- Angela B.

exceptional service; delivered around weather conditions and the work passed my
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inspection with compliments (which rarely happens). Well done
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- George U.

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showed up on time and the day that was expected. He gave the area a good looking over and we discussed what I wanted. He gave me a written bid/proposal right then, which was reasonable and in line with others that I had gotten. The only downside was at that time they were scheduling 8-10 weeks out. I would have liked to use them, but that was just a bit too long. I would not hesitate to call them again in the future and recommend them to others. I know they would have done a wonderful job.

It went very well. He was here when the excavator was working from the beginning and was here early in the morning each day. The job took two days and he stayed late on the second day to finish. We were very impressed with his professionalism and great crew.
- Bonnie D.

The replacement of the front porch/patio went well and looked good. The steps and walkway looked awful. The step risers were not all the same. Two were 90 degree
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and and one was an acute angle. The top step, which is 4' x 4' landing, looked more like a ramp then landing. Also the the walkway leading to the sidewalk was crocked toward the end. When i told
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what i thought he became very defensive and told me i knew nothing about concrete. I may not know much about concrete but i know what looks good and what looks bad, and this looked awful. I told him i was not happy with the work and wanted the steps and walkway replaced. I told him i would not pay him until this was done. This made him irate. He threatened to
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me. I asked him about his "Craftsmanship Grantee" on his business card. I said if he wants to take me to court thats fine, let a judge decide. He eventually came back and replaced the stairs and walkway, at which point i paid him.
He was awful to work with. At one point he said F%$K You to me. Do not hire him or you will be dealing with a major headache.
- Jason T.

I arranged the entire procedure via email which was very convenient. I sent pictures of the problem step asking for a quote which they gave a range for, indicating that it would have to be finally determined by an onsite inspection. I was okay with that and approved the repair.
We were going to be out of town when they could come, but I figured it was a
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job and they could call me if there were any problems. When I returned home, I discovered that they had raised the wrong step--they raised the step that you walk on when you approach from the street, but it was the step approaching from the driveway that I wanted fixed. Oops! Error on my part for not specifically indicating the side step. Error on their part for not looking at the front door from all approaches.
However, they agreed to come out again and do the correct step at no additional charge--Score 1 for
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When they worked on the correct step (and I was present at this time), they corrected it some but found that they could not raise it as much as it needed because something was snagging the step underneath. It needed 4 inches more. They tried various things, but couldn't do it.
They said that since they were unable to improve it as much as they said they would, they would not charge me for the job. Score 2 for
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Two lessons learned:
1. Try to be very specific about what job you want done, and be present to supervise if at all possible. Even though I had sent pictures of the problem step and its location relative to the front door, the work crew didn't get those pictures.
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is a quality company whom I would be happy to recommend to others.


No one likes having to put in a new sidewalk, but this was as painless as it could be. There's a reason everyone in
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uses him! He does what he says he's going to, and the work is neat and professional. New sidewalks are just expensive, but if you have to spend the money, at least the experience is a good one.

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415 E 11TH ST

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

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149 Cedar st
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402 N Valley View Ct

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54004 Loren Dr

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90 Reserve Dr
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181 1st st nw


775 190TH AVE


PO BOX 22515

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Jesse Trebil Foundation Systems Inc

60335 US Highway 12

Minnesota Blacktopping

3636 Quail Road NE
Sauk Rapids

Mosaic Contracting Unlimited LLC

6101 Norris Lake Rd


P.O. Box 27069

Nick's Tree & Landscape

21671 County Rd 81
Big Lake

NV Exteriors LLC

21522 380th ST SE

Over Under Construction

19306 Oelke Dr.
Prior Lake


38246 500th ave
New York Mills

Renaissance Custom Design DBA Bruce Hinton

20239 Oreland Mine Rd

Standard Water Control Systems Inc

5337 Lakeland Ave N


Deer River

Vance Construction

609 16th St E
International Falls

Zimmer Bros Waterproofing

4329 133rd Avenue
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