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was out first to quote authentic, genuine, honest and on-time. Crew showed up on time and ensured the patio shape was what I envisioned." Remaining crews came out day 2 & day 3. Job finished and well done!

-Sarah R.

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(owner) is one of the more responsive contractors I have met. He replied to emails, text, and phone calls in a timeline manner and was" very personable. The work was done close to the scheduled date and when his crews did arrive, they were very courteous, careful not to damage my lawn, and asked me many questions about how I wanted my layout. It took about 4 days from forms to finalizing the concrete. They worked well into the evening to make sure the job got done. Pricing was a little higher than other estimates, but
was fair when we needed to negotiate some adjustments to the job. I am very happy with the work and would use them again.

-Ruby N.

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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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Stamped Concrete reviews in Ballston Spa

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Prices were very competitive. Great cleanup and no mess was left around. He was very instrumental with getting the work done in a timely fashion!
- Donna N.
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came promptly and met with me at the site to review the scope of work. He offered several suggestions to speed the project while there.
Written, detailed quote was received within 48 hours of the visit for estimate of work.
He and his assistance arrived as scheduled and completed hanging the ceiling and wall drywall boards in less than two days. The following day all seams were taped and sealed. Allowing the sealing material to dry over the weekend he returned on Monday and rough sanded and applied another sealing. This took two days to dry due to humid weather conditions. Once all was dry he and his crew sanded all surfaces before applying a drywall sealer primer coat.
Although he could have rushed the job he did not and took his time to ensure all sealed surfaces, then primed surfaces were dry before proceeding. Humid weather conditions did not speed this process!. Once all primer was dry, he repeated the process applying two coats of ceiling and wall paint 2 days apart to ensure complete drying.
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's total commit to perfection ensured that he will be the first choice when we need any drywall, painting or light construction.
- Tom G.
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were the the nicest and most professional contractors I have delt with. They were punctual with appointments and call backs. They even offered to come out on the
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4th weekend if it was more convenient for us. Throughout the whole process they had great ideas and listened to whatever we had to say. Their crew was also wonderful, all very freindly and courteous. And then there is the work itself, absolutely perfect! We had alot of concrete poured and there is not a flaw to be found.
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even pointed out a few things that he did not like that I didn't see and made sure they were fixed perfectly. We had a few estimates that were less but I sure didn't mind paying a little more for the quality, service and enthusiasm that we received. I would recommend
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to anyone in a second. The service and quality we received for the money was worth every penny.
- Patrick C.
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, owner and main operator contacted me right after I indicated I was interested in his company through Angie's. He came for an interview on time, dressed appropriately, and exhibiting good manners and even better business practices of courtesy, punctuality and knowledge of the job at hand. Estimate was just and reasonable for the superb quality of the product delivered. Eagle has a crew of people who work hard and in coordination with one another. The subcontractors Eagle uses are licensed, insured, delivered quality and work fast. My driveway looks like a million dollars.
I am very pleased with this company and would call them again with no hesitation.
- Ubaldo A.
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provided a timely & complete estimate and explained how the work would be done and the timing. The work was performed on time and his staff was pleasant and professional.
- Cynthia W.
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comes personally to every job, and on that first day he and his crew removed the furniture from the porch, (including my wicker swing) and tore out the front steps and the slates on the porch. There is a small porch (5x8) level with the front entrance, and four steps going down to the larger patio/porch( 11x30). He leveled the area after removing the slates, laid out and framed the sidewalks, and then left a man here to frame the new steps. The evening prior to the scheduled pouring of the cement, I noticed the frame for the new steps was larger (and nicer) than those they tore out. They would've been much nicer than the originals, but, unfortunately, it looked like my swing would bump into them every time it moved! The swing was not there, and the framer didn't consider it when he was working. The swing can't be moved the other way due to a large chimney on the other side, and I certainly l wasn't about to give up that swing! I texted
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(it was fairly late in the evening) and he called me immediately. He cancelled the pour, came out first thing in the morning, and had a worker stay and reframe the steps.....no problem at all. He apologized for the mistake and took care of it right a way.
This was a bigger job than it may sound. My small porch was resurfaved and finished to match the new steps. My large porch/patio was totally redone and the finish makes it look alot like stone! The sidewalk parallels the driveway and I may occassionally want to park on the patio in winter, so it's all 5-6" thick, so as to be drivable! He then added a cement apron to the
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I cannot say enough good things about
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and his crew. They are experienced, know their business, but best of all,
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is a perfectionest! I am pretty picky, some call it OCD, but every concern I had was quickly addressed by him and done to my great satisfaction. Not only do I highly recommend him, I've already booked him to redo my driveway and add a turnaround behind the house!
- DIANE C.
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Ok....had to come back several times and redo cracks, surfacing and sealing. Original seal was water based and came off. Redid with acrylic seal. Some paint and seal spots missed first time. Very responsive to getting right.
- Michael H.
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Arrowhead is great to work with and they do wonderful work.
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, the owner responded promptly to my inquiry and priced the job fairly. They were a little on the high end of the scale, but worth it! The crew showed up exactly when promised, kept me apprised of how the job was progressing each step of the way, and they were very respectful of my property. They were very patient as we worked together to mix the stain colors to my satisfaction. Although the nature of the job it is a messy process, they did their best to keep things as neat as possible and their clean up after the job was phenomenal. The best I have ever experienced with any contractor. I would highly recommend them wholeheartedly to anyone.

- Nadia H.

Stamped Concrete Contractors in Ballston Spa, NY

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3 E's Landscaping

PO Box 991
Clifton Park

All Points Construction

PO Box 237
Greenville

Altamura and Associates, LLC

PO Box 2195
Ballston Spa

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752
Latham

BDB Paving & General Contracting Inc

831 State Rte 67
Ballston Spa

BK Masonry

8 Emmett Dr
Niskayuna

Bordeau Builders, Inc.

2144 Doubleday Ave
Ballston Spa

Capital District Overhead Doors

135 Troy Schenectady Road
Watervliet

Capital Land Companies

346 Ferris Road
Schenectady

Capital Region Foot Care

104 Hackett Blvd
Albany

CARIBBEAN POOLS & SPAS

1223 FORT HUNTER RD
Schenectady

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd
Hudson

Concrete technologies

1 second st
Gansevoort

conway custom works

5198 RT 81
Greenville

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

Custom Concrete Coatings

1 Daffodil Drive

D & L Tile & Stone

21 Criswood Dr
Albany

D.A. Chainyk Construction Services

173 Colonial Avenue
Albany

dm masonry inc

59 west hearthstone dr

Dynamic Roofing

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

E & M Construction

443 Wilson Hill Rd
Hoosick Falls

G. Richardson and Sons Contracting

31 South Main St
Voorheesville

Helderberg Concrete

2017 berne-altamont rd.
Altamont

herzog construction

25 crawford rd

J S Asphalt

2670 State Rte 9
Ballston Spa

JC MCCASHION CONSTRUCTION INC.

84 Frederick Avenue
Albany

JT Concrete

2151 Rowley Rd
Ballston Spa

JT Enterprises

1377 Philomena Rd
Schenectady

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

M Johnson Contracting

135 Cary Rd
Mechanicville

MDS Masonry

110 Brookline Road
Ballston Spa

Mercer Associates

131 Farm to Market Road
Athens

OLD DOG MASONS

5861 VEEDER RD.
Slingerlands

pisces pools

Schenectady

Ragone Foundations Inc.

53 wetsel road
Troy

Ron's PropertyMaintenance Inc

12 Kenlyn Drive
Albany

Sacandaga Stove & Chimney LLc

2808 Sta hey 29
Johnstown

Stone Tech of Albany

429 Whitehall Rd
Albany

STONEYARD.COM

265 Foster St

Superior Masonry Solutions

114 Fordham Road
Valatie

Tony Nash

3 Nash Place
Albany

TUFF-KOTE FLOORING

1704 Saratoga Rd
South Glens Falls

Upstate Concrete

15 Kniskern Ave
Mechanicville

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wesscapes

705 engleman avenue
Schenectady

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