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"my initial consultation with Den (company owner) went excellent. He was very professional, on time and communicated well. We talked about the job to be done in" great detail with his partner Tohi. I even had provided the company renderings of the job. Den explained to me that Tohi (his partner) will now be the supervisor for the job. This is where things turn poor. 1. despite a record breaking and beautiful Feb weather, I was constantly told that "there was too much rain" to start the job. I had to strongly insist to start the job during a full week of dry weather and temperatures near 60 degrees.
was frustrated at my insistence, but reluctantly started the job. He also attempted to provided excuses and plans and delays to finish the job 7 days later, which was not acceptable. 2. once the forms were removed and the job cleaned, I realized that one of the retaining walls was slanted, not close to level, nor was the top of the wall brush finished. it was left with clumps of dried concrete on top. The neighborhood kid could have done a better job 3. the job required a drain placement in the center of a concrete slab. i purchased the proper catch basis and placed it where it needed to go. this was discarded, thrown to the side and instead the company used a drain that is inadequate for outdoor use and will cause me great hassles in the seasons and years to come due to clogging. for each of these concerns I consulted with Den, The owner, on the phone as they came up during the job. i was told by Den he would be on site. this ever happened. I never saw Den again after the initial bid and consultation of the job and the job was well below my expectations. I would not hire this company again.

-David I.

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. for your foundation repairs. They not only gave me a better quote than another A+ BBB rated competitor, they also did" a great job leveling my house and customer service was "Above and beyond an A+ rating!" They replanted flowers and were VERY accommodating as far as allowing my dogs breaks to relive themselves, which meant having to reinstall fencing every time the dogs needed to go. Even helped me get my car started one morning when the battery died. My 1928 year old house is a lot more level now and the rain drainage foundation issues have been addressed!

-pat C.

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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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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. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

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Mudjacking reviews in Lake Oswego

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They said they could do it. They blew my driveway up and didn't move anything, not even half an inch. When the guy came out to look at it after I complained he said he didn't know why the guy thought they could mudjack it, Then they wouldn't give me a refund. I had plenty of evidence I just didn't want to take it to small claims court. They offered me half and I settled for it. It was still a ripoff. The kid that came out to do the mudjacking was good, but the expert and owner were not.
- John N.
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I called three companies for an estimate to pour a driveway on top of a patch gravel driveway. The first was thoroughly professional and gave a written estimate for $8000. The second simply wrote on the back of his card "$4200". Den of JacTak prepared a written bid of $4000, with a 5% discount. I gave him the go-ahead. His crew worked very quickly and poured exactly the way I wanted. Den said he could pour a sidewalk along the side of the house, which would bring the total up to the original $4000. I approved. Pour was finished in one day. It now looks great and I'm very happy with it. No complaints whatsoever.
- JEREMY M.
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When I contacted
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he was very friendly and professional. We scheduled for him to come out sometime during the week. It was not an emergency and time was not an issue. He came out to look at the needed repair in a timely manner even without the scheduled time frame. After he looked at our needs he met with and reported that what we needed was something that really didn't need his services. He told me that the concrete hadn't sunk but had moved away from the home due to the drought of 2013. He explained many homes had the same type of problems after the drought. He then said the concrete most likely stopped moving. He suggested that we simply
Lake Oswego Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
point where the bricks were coming away from the exterior of the house. He even mentioned a few companies that if needed could assist us further. He was honest, professional and friendly. If we need his services (raising concrete slabs such as sidewalks, driveways, steps and such) we will use him.. You can appreciate a person that gives it to you straight even if it means they don't get the business. Top Notch.


- Kyle B.
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My house was struck by lightening, and caught on fire. He has been in charge of all the restoration process. He is wonderful, very confident and personable. He's very concerned about what I want done and how I want it done. He doesn't try to pressure me to do other things. He's very sensitive to the fact that I'm an older woman. He also is very knowledgable about historic renovation.
- MARLENE T.
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The guys arrived on time and did a great job. Courteous, professional and explained each step along the way. A great experience and worth the money. Learned a lot watching! And after more than 6 months, still satisfied.
- Ellen P.
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I wasn't completely satisfied with the finished project. They raised it too high. I thought it was reasonable price.
- Eula W.
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I called this provider twice asking to be contacted to arrange an estimate - once just after Thanksgiving and again in early February. The message on their phone indicates that they are done providing this service until the spring but to leave a voicemail. I have done so twice with no reply.
- Sara A.
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They did this work in freezing temperatures with high winds. They worked all day for 2 days straight and they left the place immaculately clean. I’ve never seen anybody work so hard in such terrible conditions and they were so pleasant the whole time! I will definitely have them back again to do more work because they were superb.
- Kristin S.

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1 & All Concrete Service

4775 SW Julia St
Portland

52 Weeks Construction

872 W Main Street G59
Molalla

A Guy I Know Inc

2850 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. #345
Beaverton

A Team Renovations LLC

3820 SE Clark Ct
Troutdale

A TO Z EXCAVATION

1410 SE 88TH ST
Portland

Affordable Remodeling LLC

7967 Mykala Street NE
Salem

Alternative Edge Concrete

975 SE 29th St
Troutdale

AP Pacific LLC

800 NE Tenney RD

ARRIETA'S CONCRETE INC

PO BOX 2530
Oregon City

Bamboo Concrete

North Portland

Barclay's Gardens and More

14518 SE Oatfield Rd
Portland

Bateman Construction

4991 SW Nevada Ct
Portland

BG Construction

20817 NE 87th Ave

Brick By Brick Waterproofing

1201 E Burnside
Portland

Bridgeport Concrete Leveling LLC

9540 SW 62nd Dr
Portland

C&E EXCAVATING & MICROBORING CO

45090 SW KNIGHT RD
Gaston

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Concrete Lifting Solutions

7110 SW Fir Loop
Portland

Construction

1315 SE Grace Ave Suite 102

Constructive Remodeling

5231 SE 111th Ave
Portland

CRETEC CONCRETE LLC

11947 NE BRAZEE ST
Portland

Daniel D Roth Construction

9907 SE Amherst St
Clackamas

DATELINE CONCRETE & CONSTRUCTION INC

6615 N ATLANTIC
Portland

Denham Construction Inc

15365 SW 141st Ave
Portland

DODSON CONSTRUCTION LLC

2026 SE BEAVER CREEK LN
Troutdale

DOUBLE G CONCRETE PUMPING INC

2888 SE BROOKWOOD AVE
Hillsboro

Ed Gause Construction

17460 Tree Top Ln
Lake Oswego

Encompass Construction & Maintenance Services

16076 S Harding Rd
Oregon City

Expeditious Earthscapes, Inc.

19450 se Hittay tr. dr.
Damascus

Flat Rock Concrete Leveling LLC

7531 NE 33rd Drive
Portland

Good Neighbor Handyman and Cleaning Services, LLC

11918 SE Division St Ste 443
Portland

Grow Construction Concrete

7900 SW Hunziker Rd
Portland

GruntWorks

8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Beaverton

GTM Construction Inc

17735 Mardee Ave
Lake Oswego

Halo Homes LLC

9755
Portland

Insignia Construction

553 se 3rd
Hillsboro

Jared Mack Construction

6030 s.e. 89th
Portland

Jason Morgan Concrete

25120 Se Break Front Lane

JR Concrete Construction LLC

5317 SE 140th Ave
Portland

L and F Builders Inc.

17050 SE Pagoda Ct
Portland

Lanphere Construction & Development

13625 SW Farmington Road
Beaverton

LEITNER CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 1665
Fairveiw

Lo's Contracting, Inc.

4110 NE 122nd Ave
Portland

M Leon Construction

123 Not Specified
Portland

Mac Concrete Construction

20362 SW Skiver Dr
Aloha

Marathon Masonry Inc

1580 SW Hunington Ave
Portland

Mark Paradis Construction Inc

19822 S Jessie Ave
Oregon City

Maximum Construction

18410 S Green View Dr
Oregon City

Meoak Contracting LLC

16491 Hiram AVe

Metro Sawcutting & Mobile Metal Fab

310 NE 202nd Ave
Portland

Meyer Construction

2241 B St
Forest Grove

Michael Todd Boehme Concrete

44900 Coalman Rd
Sandy

Mt. Hood Custom Construction Inc.

16076 S Harding Rd
Oregon City

NW Renovations

PO Box 186
Sherwood

One Step Construction

12635 SW Butner Rd
Beaverton

Patrick Handley Landscape Co.

14414 SE Garland Ct
Portland

Patrick Masonry & Concrete

11345 NE San Rafael St
Portland

R& E Construction LLC

16215 SW Cameron Ct
Portland

Ram Jack West

PO Box 11701
Eugene

Seismic Technologies

8616 N Swenson St
Portland

Service Group Construction

10411 NE Fourth Plain,

SUN DOG CONSTRUCTION

Mt. Tabor. SE Portland.
Portland

Superior Foundations, Inc.

30915 N Molalla Ave
Molalla

Swendsen Concrete Inc

10630 NW 289th Pl
North Plains

The Rock Guy Construction, LLC

17501 Cardinal Dr
Lake Oswego

The SHIR Corporation

9411 NE HWY 99 Ste. 1

TRUSS T BUILT

PO Box 473
Silverton

Tualatin Valley Concrete

8950 SW Locust St
Portland

WESTERN CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS

1995 Wallace Rd NW
Salem

WESTERN OREGON BUILDERS

PO BOX 97220
Portland

Your Concrete Guy

109B SE Alder
Portland

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