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quoted on the driveway and walkway in
and stated that he could do the work in 1-2 weeks - a better lead time than" the others that we called for quotes. Most of the phone calls & texts were answered within minutes. He applied for the permit directly with the village and it was ready 2 weeks later.
said that he could start a week after that and after I got the
dig number he did the work the next day. I thought that it would be a 2 day process with the demo and permit approvals but it only took a single day. The village came by during the process a couple of times and approved and we were pleasantly surprised to have it all done in a day. They blocked off the driveway with caution tape to prevent others from driving or walking in it before it dried. They came by the next morning to take the support beams on the sides used to keep the poured concrete in place. I wish that they had taken a little more of the rocks/dirt along the sides of the driveway but I moved those myself with about 30 minutes of work so that the landscaper could
topsoil and grass seed a few days later.
's crew also graciously took a basketball post in concrete at the side that we asked the to remove as well as some spare bricks that the previous homeowner had left. We're very pleased with the quality of work and will hire
again and recommend them as well.

-L R.

"1st day The tear out crew came in and tore out the old driveway and put in the forms and prepped. 2nd day they poured concrete and got everything 'finished'." 3rd day they tore out the forms and sealed the new drive. Each crew that came was very professional, nice and very quiet. No loud music. Just very nice professional people.


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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 Florence


Terrible. Came in on the 5th of Oct 2015 started the process.
1. Supposed to strip and sand the floor to make sure stain and sealer will adhere to concrete.
2. Stain & Seal floor and
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3. Follow-Up with homeowner for approval.
All of this was completed in approximately 3+ hours (1.5 hrs drying time) per contractor
1. Floor was improperly sanded causing 6 to 8 inch shallow valleys or depressions.
2. Stain was not applied properly or to the edges of the living room floor.
3. Sealer was not applied properly leaving rough concrete still showing.
4. Floor (finished) was covered with a grit - did not have a complete satin finish.
5. From a side view you were able to see where the finish/stain was not applied properly or did not adhere to the concrete.
Then the excuses started to fly.
He agreed to come back on the 8th of October 2015. Providing that I did the following:
a. fill cracks/voids with a non-sanding grout (not sure why grout when I am working with concrete)
b. once cracks are filled - "use a grout sealer - in a Ketchup Style Bottle to make sure the grout stays in place"
c. Homeowner and I spent three hours preparing the floor as instructed.
CAMERA INSTALLED to monitor work on October 7th.
1. Note left for owner to call owner and her representative. He told her he did not need to talk to the representative (me).
2. Sanded two areas. A. in front of Fire Place and B. Exercise Room/Office.
3. Sprayed stain/sealer with a B&G bottle
4. Used a Swiff'er Mop to apply and blend stain/finish.
5. Brought in a "Polishing Machine" staying 6-8 inches away from the walls.
6. Owner inspected home and is not happy.
More excuses followed.
Excuses stopped once he found out found out all of the work performed today (8th) was on video. We are contacting the security company to download the video as part of our court action.
Time in 09:30 with roughly 1hr "drying time"
Polishing Machine" 10:45hr and out 11:05hr.
Total time to redo the floor a second time. 1hr and 35 minutes.
Photos available upon request to those wishing to see my floor.
Times are approximate (within a minute or two) until we are actually review the footage minute by minute for an exact recording time.
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Mower for the homeowner.
Trinity Junction LLC - OWNER

- Daniel M.

I usually never write review but this time I must say I will.
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came within 24h after my call, and were ready to do the work on my home the following day. Everything went well.
The team and manager surveyed several times my home to ensure no other deficiencies could be found ... they found two cracks on the outside of my old home, ground it, and
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-pointed it in a snap in addition they cement my basement entry way.
The team was cordial, on-time, professional, and always listening ... all that with a little accent from
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- Sebastien D.

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and his team were fantastic.
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met with us prior to the work. Discovered that driveway was sloped toward house and would not install concrete until situation could be resolved. After a drain was placed, work was completed in a timely manner.
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was very willing to work with us on layout.
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spent a lot of time and care laying out the walkway/patio, which was complex.
The crew worked hard and was very polite and professional.
We were completely satisfied with the finished product.
It looks fantastic. We would highly recommend
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- James H.

They work fast!! I truly expected this job to take 1 to 2 weeks. They were done, from beginning to end in 3 days. If you hire
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, make sure someone is home when they are working, because they work so fast you'll want to be there when they have questions and want to confirm things.
His crewed showed up at 7:30 am on the morning of demolition (I'm still apologizing to my neighbors for the early morning banging as they tore out the driveway - LOL). The 2nd and 3rd days they were there early as well and worked pretty much non-stop until dusk. They were polite, very hard working and cleaned up after themselves. They washed off the house where the concrete dust had settled and picked up their own garbage. They put our yard back together as well.
We are so pleased with the finished project! It is a great match with our house color. I love that it's colored and not a
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white color that really sticks out.
Tavake and his team know what they are doing!

The City of Cincinnati was requiring my entire neighborhood to replace sidewalk blocks. Rather than hire the city at a higher price, I hired
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. Just walk through my neighborhood in
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and you'll know where I live, the house with the worse looking two sidewalk blocks out front. Seriously.
- Melanie W.

The job that this contractor
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did was not done to the spec's of the contract. There was no rebar put in the footer. The slab post to be 6inch thick which was in the contract but was only 4inch. After looking at the cement that was poured I notice no fiber in it. This slab was post to be 22'x36' and was measured incorrectly therefore had to be cut to size by cutting tool in which gave it a bad look on the sides, it was also uneven not level in which caused a problem when erecting a garage on it. I paid for cutting which was not done.

Because of the height of the slab at the back to level they didn't put wood retainer around to hold the cement in but push dirt up to height of 1foot and concrete was s*** out everywhere therefore giving the sides a bad look in which cost more to repair. When I last saw them the contractors said they would repair the slab but after many phone calls and voice mails they never returned my calls. I supplied the gravel, rebar and mesh, Visqueen vapor
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also used my tractor to move stone to the area to save cost to them to receive such a poor job. Very disappointed at the out come of this job for the money I paid to have it done.
- Russell M.

All crew members were professional and neat. Tearing out the front porch was a bigger challenge than anyone expected but they made sure the job got done right and didn't leave the job until finished. We added on the city sidewalks after the estimate was already done but they came back out the 2nd time to re-estimate the job and did not complain. We would definitely use again. This is a family business. The son who supervised the job cared about the family reputation for quality.
- Sue H.

They told me up front they had a backlog of jobs due to last summers bad weather and they probably would not get to me until August...so I waited through the summer. Then when June had so much rain, I expected more delay, which is what happened. They finally started my driveway October 8th, but fortunately the weather this week was great and the job they did exceeded my expectations. My old asphalt cracked driveway is gone, and the larger cement one can accommodate four cars with ease, which I needed since my three twentysomething kids have not moved out yet...
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came highly recommended to me from a coworker, and now I highly recommend them to any Angie's subscribers in the area. Their quality work was worth the wait.
- Cary V.

Concrete Contractors in Florence, SC

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Advanced Coastal Solutions llc

2306 knightbridge rd

Cain's Lawn Care and Small Repair

2460 Methodist Church Road

Charles Smith Paving LLC

4400 N Us 15 Hwy

CR Construction

2540 Nena Ln

Dexter Collins Builders

458 Mallard Road

Eagle Construction & Contracting

2651 Green Ln

Florence Fences & Iron Works

1035 E Old Marion Hwy



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418 S 5th St

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5348 rush rd

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2028 South Main st.

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3926 Cumberland Rd



Powell Construction Inc.

PO Box 12224

Quality Central

410 W. Liberty Street

quality home improvements

510 williams st
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Rock Solid Restorations

2907 Bridal Cr

Sawdust Renovations

1816 Durant Dr

Shaw Painting and Refinishing Co.

2301 cougar trail

Skinner Construction

PO Box 547

Skinner Construction

Po Box 547

Southeast renovation & construction

56 Tanner Road



WJA Construction Repairs & Maintenance

2124 Greenville Cir

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