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removed our old asphalt driveway plus a sidewalk that had been pushed up and broken by a large tree root.
and his" crew showed up early each morning and everything went smoothly. I was really impressed by how well the crew worked together and how efficiently they work. The finished job looks great and we are very happy with how it looks. The price charged for the job was very fair, and we are happy with that also. We do not hesitate recommending

-Neal F.

returned my call promptly and scheduled an appointment to review the project. At the meeting
" explained how they would handle the work and quoted a price for the work which was reasonable. They started the work 2 days later. During the first day of work their crew removed the old walk, step, excavated the area, installed the forms for the pour and cleaned up. On the 2nd day the concrete was poured, stamped & forms removed. On the morning 3rd day they washed the stamp release agent from the concrete and then returned late that afternoon to seal the concrete. From start to finish,
were a pleasure to work with. During the work one or both of them were there working and supervising their workers. They listened to my input and promptly made a couple of changes I requested.
called the evening after the work was complete to make sure I was satisfied with the completed work. They have definitely earned any future concrete work I will have.

-Robert T.

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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 Highland


I called
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originally around August 14, requesting that someone look at my existing patio and quote a new stamped concrete patio. I was told that the minimum cost is $2,500.00 and was I still interested. I said yes and we set up an appointment for August 18 at 3:30. The gentlemen arrived at 3:30, my wife and I showed him the area, and stated that we wanted it replaced and were open to any suggestions as it was not particularly large. We were told that he would give us a quote via email soon- I confirmed my email address with him. On August 26, I called
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to say that I had not yet received the quote. The receptionist said she did not know why, would look into it, and that we should have something soon. It is now September 3, and we still have not received a quote and don't expect to. If a contractor is not interested in doing the work, fine, but we should be told that so we can start pursuing other options as soon as possible.

From the salesman to the talented professional staff, the process exceeded our expectations.They were on time, they followed my requests and suggestions. They paid attention to details and left the project neat and clean.
- glenn G.

Like most projects of this type problems come up and how they get resolved is a critical part of the overall experience.
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told us that he is most interested in ensuring that we were happy with the outcome, not an idle promise - this outfit is the best I've ever worked with when it comes to giving the customer what they want, a couple examples below.
1) We were not at all happy with the sliding doors (poor quality).
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removed one of two that was installed and replaced them ones of much better quality.
2) Inside walls were to be finished with a vinyl wallboard. We were not at all happy with the result (seams and gaps visible). Subsequent attempts to correct the problem failed to make the result acceptable so
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removed the material and replaced it with drywall. He did not charge us for the extra work or material.
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team is also very good at creative solutions to tricky problems that gave other contractors who estimated the job problems. Attention to detail is another attribute worth mentioning as well as good communication concerning project status as it went along (frequent txt messages).
I will certainly give
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a call for any future projects.
- David B.

I met with Rod in the afternoon and his men came the next day.
They were very professional and knew exactly what and how to do it.
I was a contractor for 50 years and know Quality when I see it.
They have all the necessary equipment and can do anything in concrete
Heavy rains came and his men waited until it stopped and then they had to go over it again.
No complaints at all

Had a break in the weather so he could fit our job in. We were selling our house. It made house look wonderful.
He was fast and kept an eye on the job. Covered it with blankets before it snowed, kept us in the loop.
The best price for what we had done. Made our Realtor very happy with the improved
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He has added him to his list of people to call.
If you need concrete work done this is the company to pick.

- Brian R.

We had recently moved into a previously owned house whereupon the previous owner left behind a grass carpet in the dining room, we thought this very gererous til we lifted it and found that the backing of the carpet had stuck to the wood floors and looked a mess. We tried to get it up with no sucess and began to call floor people..all who came out said that it would have to be sanded and because there were no thresholds to any other rooms it would require doing the whole downstairs.....A friend recommended
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Flooring and we called him and he and his associate came out and working on their hands and knees removed all of the offending "glue" and made the floor match the rest of the house.
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is very professional, honest and hard working, we would recommend them highly for any flooring project.
- Randall T.

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did a great job is replacing my existing cracked sidewalk (from front door to driveway). Even though the job was small, Bill
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agreed to do the work. He and his team were very professional and did a wonderful job.
- Linda L.

Week of 4/13/2015

Last winter was exceptionally harsh for our area. We had a concrete block basement wall start to bow inward due to water freezing under a large patio.
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& his
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team worked in concert with a licensed structural engineer to place a set of steel I beams against the wall to stabilize and ultimately completely straighten the wall. The engineering design required the I beams to be on footers under our basement slab. While the basement slab was excavated we also had a drainage system installed. The job went very well & smoothly.
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's team took care to erect plastic dust barriers so the basement did not get dirty from the concrete work. The wall stabilizers used by
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were of superior quality compared to those used other contractors. See Richtech Industries (http://www.richtechindustries.com). This was a very involved job that went very well. We should note that
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offers a lifetime guarantee on the waterproofing drainage system and a 25 year guarantee on foundation work both transferrable to the next owners. Update:

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stopped by 9/2/2015 to tighten the I beams and all appear completely straight.

Concrete Contractors in Highland, NY

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A New Beginning Construction

PO Box 782
Pleasant Valley


PO Box 246
Hopewell Junction

Artistic Landscapes LLC

13 Ridge Road


565 N Riverside Rd

Basement Systems Of New York

PO Box 524

Bedrock Landscaping & Masonry, Inc.

1867 Route 55

Bedrock Masonry & Pavement Specialists

2600 South Road

Berrian Construction L.L.C.

P.O. Box 29
Hyde Park

Briggs Paving Inc

211 Van Wagner Rd

Brookside Properties

6 Rinne Road

Carlotti Concepts Construction

2 sawmill rd

Charles Licare

120 Avondale Dr

Collier Home Improvements

508 Mark Twain Dr

Country Construction

220 Old Ketchamtown Rd
Wappingers Falls


106 Jefferson Blvd

D&A Concrete Contractor, Inc.

1246 Albany Post Road

Dicob Industries

Hopewell Junction

DLS Construction

262 Main Street

Down to Earth Property Maintenance

32 Vannostrand Rd
New Paltz

Evolution Stamped Concrete

3 Eaton Ct

Gerard McCluskey Landscape Design

184 Milton Turnpike

GHS Construction

696 Berme Road
High Falls

Giorgio's Home Improvements

155 Miller Rd.
Hopewell Junction

Hudson Valley Carpenters

50 Stony Kill Rd

JP Carpentry & Handyman Services

261 south riverside rd

K & N Masonry, Inc

120 Newkirk Ave

K&R Property Management

PO Box 1152

L.A.S. Contracting

21 3rd Ave


Hopewell Junction

Malcarne Contracting Inc

22 E Market St

Mid Hudson Septic LLC

PO Box 1214

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing of NY

100C Tec Street

MLB Incorporated

PO Box 257

MPH Contracting LLC

63 Holt Rd
Hyde Park

Peak Construction

164 Old Route 9

Pools Of The Trade

PO Box 10281


13 S. Hamilton st



Reis Contracting


Remodeling Concepts

4 Marshall Rd
Wappingers Falls

Sabatini Builders Inc.

614 Shenandoah Road
Hopewell Junction

Sal's Basement Waterproofing

PO Box 322

Shane Scoville Painting and Wallpapering

33 Skidmore Road
Pleasant Valley

Signature Stoneworks

1 Canal Street

Steuding Stone Works

4182 Rte 212
Lake Hill

Steve Fox PJD Contracting

26 Spruce Ct

Stonehenge Masonry

6 Millers Ln

Windsor MC Construction

227 Summit Drive
New Windsor

Woodchips Construction Inc

252 Sinsabaugh Rd
Pine Bush

Woodside & Young Inc

9 Squires Gate

Xquisit Contracting



551 Hosner Mountain Rd.

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