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"My ENTIRE backyard had to remodeled because it seemed as if the previous owner of my home hired an unskilled contractor to build it. It was awful. Regal was referred" to me by my real estate agent who said they were highly recommended by his previous clients. I met with about six contractors because I wanted to make sure I made the right decision. The other contractors made me feel rushed and pressured to sign a contract and some of the contractor's never even bothered to show up. So I decided to go with Regal. First: Demolished: -patio cover -old concrete countertop -removed and hauled built in grill -brick floor and hauled away Second: -Ran a gas line to brand new grill and ran electrical line for my mini fridge -started installing beans and post for gable styled roofing Third: -Layered new brick paver for my patio floor -Installed new vinyl patio cover -Created L shape outdoor bbq grill with stack stones along side of it Last: -Finished gable roof -Created a flawless concrete countertop -Two stain & acid proof sealed stainless steel sinks near prep area -Installed grill All of the construction workers were very nice and cleaned after the job was done. As for the price it was a little over my budget but I knew in order to get the kitchen I really wanted with no regrets I was going to have to go over a little on my budget. Regal did a fantastic job though will hire them in the future.

-John G.

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"Initial contact and quote were timely. I got a quote for labor only, as I was purchasing tile and fixtures. However, quote did not take into consideration code" requirements (smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and 20 amp electrical upgrade, items which were paid for as change orders) nor did it include moving vent and plumbing for recessed medicine cabinet (which I had on site) and for which installation was requested, and which was not done. I did receive a small credit for this. Owner and salesman did not honor either the coupon on their website or the Angie's List discount, as they said I did not present a coupon upon quote being given. I would think since my quote request listed Angie's List as the referral that would be enough to warrant honoring that discount. The crew did mostly decent work, with a couple small items which I would have liked done a bit better. Demolition crew was cleaner than remainder of workers, so now my carpet has a lot of spots. Communication could have been better, as some days workers showed up with no advance warning. This may have been due to the project manager quitting in the middle of the job. Job took about 5 weeks. I did get a
release, but this was done after proving that I has requested this within their 30 day window (which seems unprofessional) and after several requests.

-Katherine B.

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Well the fact is he is going to have to pull permits which means it has to be inspected before he is done, you also have to consider the equiptment that he has to bring out to the jobsite to do the job and the man power plus materials, it's costly, but I am not from your area so if you are unsure call another company out and see what they say.
Don't tell them what the other company said as far as price.
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It is almost certain that you will have to modify the foundation to make it deeper too - and that is MAJOR structural work.

 

You need a civil/geotechnical engineering firm with experience in foundation rehab and putting in basements under existing homes to design the process and prepare and seal the plans and specifications, which you will need before you can get a building permit for this. They will also be able to help you select either a foundation excavation or a house moving and jacking company to do the actual work for you.

 

The engineer can also help you with a cost estimate - because I think you will be surprised how much this is going to cost. I have designed or managed quite a few such jobs, from highrise buildings to homes, and even the smallest houses of about 600SF footprint ran at least $15,000, and generally house basement excavations run more like $25-40,000 unless the foundation was originally designed for it but for some reason the basement was never put in, which is VERY rare except in very deep frost areas were footings are occasionally deep enough to allow a basement to be dug without deepening them. I worked on a couple back east that ran about $100,000 each because they were old 2-story brick buildings, which are very sensitive to differential movements - probably like yours.

 

A couple of other factors to consider is that in doing this you are likely to get at least some minor drywall cracking and door and window jamming, and be sure the contractor is insured and bonded to the hilt and for the potential rebuild value of the house, not just the job cost, because a major mistake can turn your house into a teardown. Not common, but the less experienced the contractor the more likely he is to do something dramatically wrong, and at the same time the smaller and less experienced contractors generally have lower coverages so your risks is compounded in two ways. With a row home you have the added risk of damaging adjacent units.

 

One thing to consider cost wise before you go ahead - I have worked a couple of jobs where it turned out cheaper and far safer to scrap the digging in a basement idea and put in an addition with same footprint instead. However, looking back I see you are in a row home, so that is likely not going to work. However, being in a row home, especially if on the Potomac flats south or east of the capital area, the soil conditions are generally the pits once you get off the Georgetown heights, so putting a basement under a rowhome without disturbing the other ones is VERY difficult and pricey - I would be surprised if you could do it for less than $100,000.

One other factor is utilities - one of the first things to do is check depth to any utilities like sewer lines, the Metro, etc - if you are over one of those that could well put your project totally out of the frame of reality.

 

You asked for a recommendation - one who specializes in this type of work that I would recommend, though your job might well be too small size for them - but they might be able to give you an engineer and contractor recommendation if so. Company name is Schnabel Foundation Company in Sterling Va and Bethesda, MD in your area - website www.schnabel.com. They could handle both the engineering and construction.

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If the windows are being put in by a general contractor, he can easily handle the window wells too. If you were looking for a window installer to do the windows, they might or might not do the window wells as well - some do, some do not. A small one-man excavation company can do this excavation, as can a handyman as it just takes about 1/2-1 hour shovel work per window in normal soil conditions, because the soil around the foundation is already pretty loose from foundation constructiuon (as a rule). Just be sure they pour concrete in the bottom to keep water from coming under the well, and that it is firmly fastened to the foundation and liberally asphalt sealed at the interface with the concrete - not just caulked at the edge, but mastic-coated on cleaned concrete BEFORE the window well in installed and concrete poured in the bottom. (Note - the concrete depends on soil conditions and water level - if your soil is pretty free draining and groundwater level never comes up to bottom of window well, then a gravel bed in the bottom is best so it stays dry - but if groundwater rises that high or you are in real impermeable soil like clay, then concrete works best. If concrete bottom is used, you probably want to have the clear acrylic window well cover put on too to keep water and frogs and such out. Of course, if this is an emergency egress window, you cannot put the plastic covers over it legally.
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Wow - from way general to totally specific - nice job, you have your scope of work almost ready to contact potential bidders about giving a bid - just need to double check each item hads quantities attached to it, plus a plan with depths (or specify tie-in elevations to existing pipe and required drain/pipe slopes - say 1% or more). Search the List (in green banner bar) for Earthwork and Excavation contractors in your area with good reviews and ratings.

here is a very rough idea of costs - obviously you need bids to tie it down, this should just give you a ballpark to compare to - assuming all this work is done at the same time.

1) & 2) - Tree and rock maybe $100 - more like $200 if you want the stump totally rooted out rather than just the stump and root crown taken out.

3) Walk removal and disposal probably about $100-200 - maybe half if these are 3-4 inch individual concrete squares or rectangles that can be skidded to the side, the excavation and ground sloping done, then slid back into place with a backhoe or bobcat or by wood skids and prybar, eliminating the hauling and disposal cost.

4) Excavation and disposal of soil probably about $20-30/CY, because you are talking a small quantity. Cheaper if you have an on-site area it can be spread out onsite for disposal, or stockpiled in yard as a future project dirt pile, if that is suitable.

5) You don't say what the existing drain is - underground drain for downspouts maybe ? For shallow burial, probably about $5/LF or so. Why square - round is cheaper and far stronger for given material thickness.

6) Fence R&R probably about $150-200, depending on depth of posts and whether concreted in or not.

7) vegetation removal - not knowing how much, $100-200

8) Garden wall around $10-12/SF assuming excavated material from yard is suitable for the general backfill - remember should go 4-12 inches below grade for stability (4" for this wall, more like 6-12 for higher front wall)

Front/side yard:

1) Move large boulder - $50-100

2) vegetation removal and relocate 3 shrubs - $150-300 (not knowing how much vegetation orhow big shrubs are)

3) excavation at $20-30/CY again as above

4) sprinkler system relocate/repair - $75-150

5) garden wall around $12-15/SF as above including concrete footer needed for this height wall

6) area drain laterals about $5-10/LF, assuming not over 3 feet deep

7) slab drainage - I don't know where the quick lime idea came from, but this is a no-go - it will remove a small amount of water (maybe 5-20 gallons) from the soil one-time - it has no long term function as it will quickly become saturated. You are actually likely to have 5 wet circles in your concrete slab from this forever, as the lime will act as a soggy sponge, retaining water that would otherwise wick away. If you have or expect a basement slab moisture problem, then you need a sump pump with sump installed, and possibly (depending on how free-draining the base material under your slab is to carry waer to the sump pump) lateral drains cut in below the perimeter of the slab. Can run from $800-1500 range for a pump and pit depending on capacity and wiring situation, plus $500-1000 for an emergency battery-powered backup if desired. $1000-2500 range typically if lateral drains around the perimeter of the slab are necessary. Cheaper but sloppier and moisture-causing solution is small trenches or above-slab channels to carry the water to sump pump. These laterals are commonly held off on till you see if the sump pump can handle the issue itself, ASSUMING you have unfinished basement so a bit of seepage aroundbthe slab does no more damage than needing a mopping up. Personally, unless you have a continual seepage of water into basement or it is finished so leakage is critical, I would leave sump pump and drains for later - to see if your surface drainage changes eliminates the basement dampness problem, which it commonly does unless your water table rises to the basement slab level. Also, having a sump pump implies water issues and tolls against any future buyer finishing an unfinished basement, so it detracts from resale value if you have one.

Note these are off-the-cuff type numbers, NOT any sort of deliberate estimate - but I felt it was better to give you a ballpark than to just say go get estimates. Except for the floor drains, this sounds like a good job for a small 1-3 man excavation and hauling company, but make sure they have experience in putting in drain pipe and block walls and have good references in that area.

Note- if you are inclined to do it yourself work and have the time, most of this is good homeowner home improvement project material. You could have a contractor with a bobcat or small tractor with small backhoe come and pull the fence posts out (you could remove the above-ground apart easily), trench for the pipes, maybe move the rocks and sidewalk (though you could do that yourself with a few scraps of wood as skids and a 5 foot prybar assuming the walk is in piece, not continuously reinforced, and to do the bulk excavation and hauling for you, leaving the vegetation clearing, pipe work, trench backfilling, final slope dressing, block wall building, transplanting, etc to you - could cut your cost about 1/3-1/2. Basement slab drainage I consider a separate issue which would not cost significantly different if done as part of this job, or later if drainage channels or slab french drains are deemed necessary.

For the excavation - remember to get utility locates - I recommend once for bidding so they know where utilities are, then require the bidder to get relocates just before excavation starts. Gas, telephone, cable TV are commonly less than a foot down - water and sewer usually 3 feet or more but don't count on it. Also worry about septic system is you have that, and any power or water lines to/from well if you have a well. Plus of course your sprinkler system if in the way of proposed excavation.

Good Luck with your project

 

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did such a wonderful job with his ideas. The ideas just came natural to him and he had just pulled them out of his head for the design was so wonderful and creative with them.
I was just lost for words when he just started suggesting ideas and what I could do with my project.
They had started the excavation with a machine, and at the same time the delivery truck had shown up with the pavers to my surprise. I had thought it would have taken longer than it did, from the start to finishing period.
They started the installation of pavers of the driveway the fallowing day of the excavation with the machine, at the same time they were installing the driveway they had men in the back doing the excavation by hand and by then started the sidewalk that
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around to the patio.
From my amazement, they had my dream driveway and patio done in three day's.
I could not of imagined such a beautiful job done by anyone like they had done. It had came out better than I had expected, and I can not thank them enough for the awesome job they did.
- Heather F.
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I did not hear from them so I contacted them on 9/29 to ask if they had a date yet. They said NO it was now still 2-3 weeks. 7 weeks went by and I did not hear from them so I contacted them again on 11/10/2014 and they apologized for not getting back to me but said they would be out by the end the week. I told them if they didn't want the work to just let me know so that I could find someone else. They said that they would be out by the end of the week and that I would, " be kept informed day by day". It is now 02/25/2015 and they never bothered calling back, never showed up and never had the decency to tell me they didn't want the work. This is exactly the kind of run around you can avoid by using Angie's up front.
I had also contacted this company a number of years ago for an estimate on waterproofing one wall of a basement that has a chimney. I got numerous bids from other companies and SiteWorks was 65% higher than any of the other people who bid.
They are extremely OVERPRICED. Again if they don't want the work they should just say so. It is my belief that this company does so much advertiseing because they try to do as many overpriced estimates as possible in hopes someone doesn't do their homework or is desperate enough to use them. The only reason I called them again was that I forgot that they were the ones who tried to gouge me earlier and once again I saw one of their adds in our local paper. If you don't want the work don't advertise.
I have copies of all of my emails and estimates to back everything I have just stated and yes all of the original quotes were apples to apples.
- john B.
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did an excellent job from the first telephone call to the completion of the job. My husband is very picky about our home, yard, driveway, etc.
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was very professional and knowledgeable. Their work was excellent and my husband and I was very pleased. I would recommend them to anyone.
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- Micah H.
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is one of maybe two excavation companies in our area (86303). We are still in great need of having our backyard drainage problem fixed, but cant find anyone to do so (especially without charging us an extremely overpriced amount).
Mr.
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text me less than an hour before he was to show up to give us an estimate, to tell me he was too busy with too may customers & that he was unable to not only not come by to give the estimate, but not to do the job at all. How unprofessional! I'm finding the services up here are lacking of everything (level of skill, dependability, overpriced for terrible work & very few service professionals, etc.). Mr.
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came off rather rude & did so in a chicken manner (texting me to cancel less than an hour before he was suppose to show up).
I would never recommend someone like him to anyone.

- Lisa B.
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We had them come in to clear our property around the house. The total clearing areas approximately over an acre. Lots of tall palm and large oak trees. It took them about 9 truck loads of 40 foot hauler to haul away all the trees and debris. They did a very good job and were very responsive. After the land clearing, we had them come and spread 10 loads of sand/fill dirt in November. Since we live in another state, they gladly worked around our schedule. We would gladly recommend them to others and will use them again in the future.


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is super busy, so that's why I marked a B on responsiveness/puncuality. If you are not in a rush for the work, I would highly recommend him. He knows what he is doing, and he is very fair on price. Liked him immediately and he did a great job on the work.
- Renee M.
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They did a great job. Turned out just like I wanted it. Estimate was on par with another. Not cheap but good work. The owner was easy to work with and accommodating.
- Matthew H.
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Where to start? Let me begin with a brief overview: Working with
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Landscaping was a nightmare and easily the worst customer service experience of my entire life.
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, the owner, is a relatively nice guy (at first) who talks a good game on the surface but simply can't deliver his promises.
We hired him to close up a small pond on our property and build a larger one lower down with drainage ditches that would channel water into the new pond.
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came up with a comprehensive plan and then failed to execute on virtually every aspect of his plan.
First, the crews
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uses are careless, lack proper training (in many cases) and, from what I can tell, are essentially disgruntled employees. Once
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leaves the site they do want they want with little regard for the initial plan and boy do they work slowly! From talking to them after
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leaves, it's abundantly evident that they have very little regard or respect for
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. I don't know whether it's about compensation or the way
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treats his employees, but they clearly don't like him. Without proper supervision, the work his employees do is often substandard.
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had his team build a berm on the back side of the new pond that blew out twice in the first year. Both times I had to cajole him into coming back to repair it. He was reluctant and both times he did little more than put a quick fix together. Eventually, I had to recommend a solution to repair the continually failing berm based on nothing more than common sense.
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also planted grass on the area around my pond but it never took and quickly became overgrown with weeks. I asked
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to replant but of course he wouldn't. Also, the area around my pond was supposed to be graded smooth and level and it's anything but. When you walk around my pond you can easily step in a massive hole, so you have to be very careful where you walk. Also,
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was supposed to make the bottom of the pond uniform but the depth varies from step to step. In other words, he couldn't even dig a symmetrical hole.
Also, the drainage ditches
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built that go around my house collapsed and rain washed the drainage rock out of the ditches and down the hill by my house, ending up in large piles leaving three and four foot deep ditches where people (especially children) can fall and get hurt. When I asked
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to repair the problem he flat out refused. He said he built the ditches properly but due to unusually high rainfall the ditches blew out unexpectedly and it wasn't his fault. He even suggested it was the town's fault for not diverting water away from my property.
Over time I called
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repeatedly and often ended up begging his wife to have him return my calls. It got to the point in which they stopped answering my calls and I had to start blocking my phone number in order for them to pick up the phone. I finally got
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to agree to meet me at my property and then he didn't show up.
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also planted evergreen and birch trees, several of which died within a few months. I managed to talk him into replacing some of them but eventually I had to replace the rest myself after
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decided he was done with me.
Since I stopped working with
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Landscaping I have since met other people in our area who have worked with
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and had similar experiences.
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and
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Landscaping have a terrible reputation in Ulster County and I can't quite fathom how he stays in business. The man has virtually no integrity and knows nothing about customer service. The one skill I give
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credit for is talking a good game on the front end. He promised us exactly what we wanted, which was essentially a beautiful pond with working drainage ditches, and then didn't follow through.
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is little more than a glorified hold digger.
I could never recommend
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Landscaping and feel bad for anyone that would use them. As I said, I've encountered and used many vendors, businesses, and providers in my life and this company is easily at the very bottom of the heap.
The best advice I could give someone considering
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Landscaping is to get a proposal in writing with a signature and then watch them like a hawk. Caveat emptor!
- Bill F.

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