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"Always courteous, on time, professional. Took care of everything, i.e .excavation, root removal, pouring, finishing, haul away. Price comparable with other quotes.

-Henry N.



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If you have a concrete driveway or patio, repair is inevitable. Understanding the quote and repair process can help save money on a needed concrete repair.

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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.




Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?


If not, it should not be of real concern. 


Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 



Concrete Repair reviews in Calera


From start to finish, the experience with
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was great. I left a message for the owner
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and he called back the same day. He and his son came to the house a few days later to provide me with an estimate. Typically I'd get at least three estimates before committing to a project, but I was very impressed with
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. Between meeting him in person and reading the great reviews on Angie's list, I was sold. His crew showed up on time. They were careful not to damage my front lawn when they removed the old concrete. His son did the finishing work. He did an excellent job! I'm extremely happy with the finished project. I will definitely contact
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for future concrete projects.

Everything went great, very nice people! They informed us of a problem - specifically a possible broken irrigation line - that they found while working on driveway that we may never had known about. Everything went smoothly, they let us know when we could drive on the new concrete and cleaned up all around before they left. It was a great experience.
- Kim S.

they came out to give me an estimate as I knew the Big Deal would not cover entire job. He was prompt and professional. I think he would have done a good job. I have decided to wait on this particular project.
- Carol D.

Excellent work. There was a slight delay outside their control while I had the condo association move some irrigation controls. Except for a small dimensional error in framing, the job was done professionally and efficiently. Great work.
- Steven W.

After waiting for their bid for over a week, I sent them an email to inform them I haven't received it yet and was assuming they werent interested in my job, and would have appreciated some contact indicating this. They replied that they had sent me a bid via email and that I must not have noticed it. I asked them to forward the bid they originally sent me so I could check the date and time it was sent to check my email. They replied with a bid email that showed the date of our email exchange, not the supposed original send date. I am always very careful to check every email inbox, and couldnt find any communication from them.

Additionally they mismeasured the concrete patio by about 50 square feet more than I wanted, and provided an estimate about $1000 more than others I had received. This is not a company I plan on working with, and not one I would recommend to others.
- Randolph H.

Very happy with the results. Pretty good about meeting promised schedules. Could do a little better communicating with customer regarding plans, schedules and anticipated work to be done.
- Glenn B.

They came out and they thought they could do the work and started to
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up our sidewalk and then they realized they couldn’t and it was like all turned out. They had to leave and reschedule and think of and a different approach. Unfortunately they didn’t realize that until after they had already messed up our current sidewalk. They did fix. The sidewalk itself looks nice but they tore up our bricks in our landscaping and I thought they could have taken a better care of either by putting it back nicely or by not
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it up so much. The price was fine. They came back and did the extra work for what they had quoted for the original work. I
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’t know how that compares to other prices. The actual sidewalk looks good. They kept rescheduling a number of times and we had this jacked up sidewalk for like two months.
- Jessie B.

This was not an easy job because our house is on the high side of the street, so
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and his crew had to climb up and down our front yard to do the work. They did an excellent job - the porch looks great and the steps are now deeper so our feet actually fit on the steps! This is not a complaint but I wish I had asked more questions - I did not anticipate the mess that this work caused.
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was the only contractor who was willing to do the job (because of the steepness of our front yard) but I didn't plan for the damage to the grass and plants. I would rehire and recommend
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without any hesitation, I would just ask more questions in the future.
- Mary D.

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1762 County Road 2007

Betterliving Patio Rooms & More

3408 S Meridian Ave
Oklahoma City

Bonds Construction

18901 Lewis Rd

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Chance Construction

350503 E. 1030 Rd.

Concrete Perceptions, Inc.

214 West Main Street

David F Bott CPA-PFS PC

105 N Union Ave

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

French Construction

510 S Spurgeon

Hard Kor Construction

Rt 1 Box 35

He and I Construction, Inc.


HMH Construction

4219 Acorn Rd

Living Sober Masonry

4290 N. May ave.

M.T.S. Elite Decorative Concrete LLC

2204 N Tucker Ave

Oakley Portable Buildings LLC

2623 E 6th Ave

Real Deal CC LLC

222 W 12th St

SIV Masonry, LLC


Snyder's Stucco & Stone

6065 State Highway 99N

Spencer Concrete & Excavation LLC

18103 S 4240 Rd

Standard Builders of Enid

528 N Van Buren

Stonemakers of Oklahoma INC

P.O. Box 727
Sand Springs

Target Roofing & Construction

5830 N.W. Expressway
Warr Acres
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