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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. 

 

 

Concrete Repair reviews in Chester

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I should have known when the first two bid appointments were canceled. But once we met it all sounded perfect. The first 3 weeks went well. They tried to do a couple shortcuts like back filling dirt mixed with broken concrete, but my husband put a stop to that. Once the walls and walkway were poured it looked fantastic. Then everything stalled. The job was supposed to be done by Christmas. I got a "we'll try" to get it done earlier but Christmas for sure. By March 1st, numerous calls and promises and apologies we now have a completely unfinished job and we are canceling the contract - which of course they were thrilled to do because it was so front loaded that the things that were left for them to do (build the custom fire pit and seating and counter tops) were probably going to cost them more then what we owed them. Shame on us for paying them too much in advance but shame on them for continually making promises, seeming so genuine then not delivering.
I would absolutely never ever recommend them!
- Susan F.
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never submitted quite - never responded to follow-up request for quote. If you don't want to be bothered with the job, please say so. Work done by another contractor later in the year.
- Michael D.
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We really enjoyed working with
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came out soon after I contacted him to look at the project. He submitted a bid that night and made a few adjustments at my request, such as letting me know the price difference if we did the demo work ourselves and also adding a little more square footage when we adjusted the shape of the path from the original curving design to a more angular, modern look. He also left materials about different stamp patters and dye color options.
We hired the company to do the work and set a date for just after Christmas. We decided to do the demo work and
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even recommended a company to us (which we ended up using) that would deliver and pick up a dumpster to put all the old asphalt and concrete into. The crew showed up on the agreed-upon day to build the forms. Due to weather (it was below freezing at night) the concrete work was delayed for a week or so but
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kept me updated on the timeline.
When the weather conditions were right - dry and not too cold - the crew was back out there and did a terrific job! They let the concrete cure for a few days then came back to seal it. The walkway looks great, they did a good job of cleaning up, the crew was friendly. Our new driveway isn't anything fancy but it's so nice and smooth and is a HUGE improvement over the old asphalt.
We were very happy with
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and have shared their info with a few admiring neighbors already!
- Valancy B.
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I haven't gotten the work done yet since I have not had time to obtain other estimates. I didn't get the feeling he really wanted the work since it was Christmas time and smaller in scale. Estimates might have been high for that reason.
- Andrew T.
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Absolutely perfect. Ten men arrived at 7:00am and were completely done in 3 days. This company is first class and does excellent work. I recommend them with an AAAAA plus. Look no further for quality work.
- Harry C.
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Start and completion dates as discussed was right on time. All personel involved was polite and very professional. Outstanding job, love the new driveway.
- Nathaniel B.
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I had installed stamped concrete on a couple of my previous homes, so when my new home builder suggested I pay $16k for a 250 square foot deck off the back of my new home, I decided to do stamped concrete again. Lucky for me, CJ
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had previously installed a beautiful stamped concrete patio on my neighbor's home at our South Riding house, so I was already primed to use
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Concrete. CJ promptly responded to my call and came out for a no obligation quote. he explained the process and the scheduling. He even gave me company references to build the steps from my main floor down to the ground where the patio was going in. As soon as I got the steps done, CJ's team came in and started the prep work. They were fast and courteous and within a few days, the patio was 90% done. The cold weather precluded the finishing touches but CJ's team stayed in contact with me and came out as soon as the weather was OK to continue the work. The patio looks great! My neighbors and friends are so impressed and cannot believe it is concrete.
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Concrete is top notch and it so nice to get a company to come in and perform as they claim they will and in a timely manner to boot! I highly recommend them!
- Carl C.
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The actual job went fine, but as soon as the cold weather came, all of the concrete cracked and began to lift off the driveway. They came back and repeated the same work, which of course didn't fix anything. Same result. They never honored their work and we repeatedly asked for our money back or a portion of our money back. The driveway looks worse than it did before and we have to hire another company to repair it. $5,000.00 dollars and our driveway looks HORRIBLE!
- SIOBHAN B.

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A C CONTRACTING

4308 TRAYWICK DR
Chester

A C CONTRACTING LLC

PO Box 3206
Chester

A Class Above Home Rehab

12521 Serenity Ct
Glen Allen

A Notch Above Contracting Services LLC

12937 Carters Garden Dr
Chesterfield

A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc

2635 Steger Creek Rd
Powhatan

Adiches Concrete & Construction LLC

P.O. 1720 Midlothian VA
Midlothian

AK Homes

2140 Haleford ct.
Powhatan

AK Utilities

310 Morton St

Alejo's Contracting

Chesterfield

Alpha Property Services LLC

404 Taswell Ave
Colonial Heights

Alphin and Associates LLC

22 Villa Ave
Gordonsville

Angels Paving & Sealing Inc.

9600 West Providence Rd
Richmond

AW Masonry & Restoration

101 Wren Rd
Richmond

B. R. Bowles LLC

PO Box 1313
Powhatan

BandB Homemaintenance & construction

11601 Old Mountain Rd
Glen Allen

BAZ Construction

8 Raines Ave
Sandston

Bell Hauling & Construction

4317 Three Bridge RD
Powhatan

Berkeley Design Group LLC

5317 Center St
Williamsburg

Bestway Sheds

11285 Washington Hwy
Ashland

BOSE CONSTRUCTION CO., LLC

10221 Krause Rd
Chesterfield

BRUCE CONSTRUCTION

15813 GARY AVE
Chester

Bubbas Handyman Service

3803 Chamberlayne Ave
Richmond

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CAPITAL CITY POWER WASHING

3002 Hungary Springs Road
Henrico

CARLSON MASONRY, LLC

10410 JORDAN DR
Glen Allen

CHICK'S GENERAL CONTRACTING

PO Box 2316
Mechanicsville

CHUCK SEAY'S LAKESIDE APPLIANCE SERVICES

12113 RICHFIELD PKWY
Henrico

Classic Construction Exteriors

11622 Busy St
Richmond

Commonwealth Renovations

9112 Bailey Oak Dr
Midlothian

Competence Inc

111 John Tyler Memorial Hwy
Henrico

Concrete Jack

3402 Acorn St
Williamsburg

CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING

13609 Winterberry Ridge Road
Midlothian

CSC Construction Inc

16291 Hennessy Way
Montpelier

Curtis Home Improvements

18092 Pets Ln
Beaverdam

Customer Service Enterprise

6 maid marion circle
Newport News

CUSTOMIZED TAYLOR RAILING

5307 WINDINGBROOK RD
Richmond

Davis Cheshire Masonry

8202 Buckeye Dr
Henrico

Deco-Crete LLC

6507 Old Warwick Rd
Richmond

Dodson & Dodson

P.O. Box 3863
Chester

DuBose Renovation and Restoration LLC

1015 Borden Road
Richmond

Earth and Stone Construction

785 Oak Grove Dr
Mineral

East End Contracting

3715 Britton Rd.
Henrico

ELS Construction VA LLC

121 Wyck St
Richmond

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd
Beaverdam

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls
Sterling

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Floor's 4 You

12601 New Kent Hwy
New Kent

G & G Contracting

1700 Featherstone Dr
Midlothian

GMJ Construction & Maintenance

5719 Cartersville Road
Powhatan

gold landscaping

6559 Armfield Rd
Richmond

Gray Construction Inc

PO Box 369
Colonial Beach

Griffith Enterprises

3791 Maidens Rd
Powhatan

H.C.McCurry Builder, Inc

6500 Rock Run Rd.
Chesterfield

Haley Builders, Inc.

10102 Whitesel Road
Ashland

Hall’s Contracting

22101 Pear Orchard Rd
Mosely

Handyman Services

7419 Allstate Drive
Petersburg

HANDYMAN TODAY LLC

1700 MAYWAY DR
Powhatan

Hanover Custom Builders Inc

9250 Hunt Club Lane
Mechanicsville

Harrison Construction LLC

PO Box 2001
Midlothian

Heartland Concrete

23220 Airpark Dr
Petersburg

Heartridge Builders LLC

3105 Piney Slope Ln
Providence Forge

Hipp Masonry Works Inc

109 Vine Dr
Yorktown

HOME CONSULTANTS & RENOVATORS INC

PO BOX 4446
Midlothian

Home Maintenance Management, LLC

7600 Oster Dr
Richmond

Home Pro of Va

2411 Chester Hill Circle
Chesterfield

Hy-Tech Property Services, Inc.

3939 Hendricks Rd
Midlothian

Hygrade LLC

4020 Quinton Rd
Quinton

Integrity Landscaping Solutions Inc

11200 Leadbetter Rd
Ashland

IRENOVATE inc

Charlottesville

J & D Construction and Maintenance

304 S Brown Street
Blackstone

J Worden & Sons Paving LLC

6750 Jeff Davis Hwy
Richmond

J. E. Elliott, Inc.

6408 Crescent Pkwy
Richmond

JAMES RIVER CONTRACTOR INC

13515 Lawing Drive
Chester

Jason The Mason

1507 Edenburry Dr
Henrico

Jenkins Restorations

2102 N. Hamilton St
Richmond

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach

John Albert Furniture

249 Albert Farm Rd.
Monroe

JR Anderson, Inc. Concrete

420 Southlake Blvd
N. Chesterfield

L & T Jones Concrete Inc

PO Box 6496
Fredericksburg

LANCRAFTERS INC

PO BOX 1718
Ashland

Lawson Concrete Construction

664 Abbey Village Cir
Midlothian

LDM Associates LLC

Chesterfield

Lee's Handyman and Home Improvements

5018 Pennbrook Drive
Chesterfield

Levic Construction Company Inc

11912 Middlecoff Dr
Chester

Louis Smith Construction Company

731 Grove Rd
Midlothian

Mark Morrison Paving

12507 Chester Grove Dr
Chester

Masonry Contractors

6412 Binns Ave
Richmond

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr
Alexandria

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing of VA

8382 Terminal Road
Lorton

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

Mike's Homes, Inc

Providence Forge

MINOR'S FENCES

12152 WASHINGTON HWY
Ashland

Montrose Contracting LLC

14313 Princess Mary Rd
Chesterfield

Moore's Quality Home Improvement

5004 Vayo Ave
Richmond

NORTON CONTRACTING INC.

5701 Cogbill Road
Richmond

Norton Home Improvement

1029 N Tilden
Richmond

Oakland Masonry & Stonework, LLC

PO Box 4783
Midlothian

One Son Contracting LLC

7000 Courthouse Rd
Providence Forge

OTG Custom Concrete Inc

2771 Anderson Hwy
Moseley

Outdoor Delight Landscaping

7804 Dalmain Dr.
Henrico

OUTDOOR SPECIALTIES

2919 CLEARFIELD ST
Richmond

Patrick's Painting and Home Repair

1325 Southwick Blvd
Midlothian

Pro-Seal

PO Box 213
Powhatan

Questar Builders LLC

3214 Sylvania Road
Chester

R.W.Shaw Construction LLC

5430 Solaris Dr
Chesterfield

RBVA INC

2910 Libby Terrace
Richmond

Reid Constructors LLC

PO Box 5243
Williamsburg

Rhodes Construction Co

1220 Richeson Ave
Richmond

Sampson & Son Concrete & Masonry

PO Box 64939
Virginia Beach

Seal Man

3906 Redbud Rd
Glen Allen

Sessco Construction LLC

4655 Fort McHenry Pkwy
Glen Allen

Slocum Contracting

1924 Williamstowne Dr
Richmond

Spotlight Builders

9200 Belcherwood Rd
Chesterfield

Sterling Unlimited

6116 Staples Mill Road
Henrico

STURT FOOTING & MASONRY

6711 VIRGINIA AVE
South Chesterfield

TCS MATERIALS INC

5601 Ironbridge Pkwy Ste 201
Chester

The Honey Doers, LLC

17563 Tyler Station Rd.
Beaver Dam

The Whole 9 Yards, LLC

19714 Piedmont Ave
Colonial Heights

TIMBERLAKE CONTRACTING LLC

16370 PINE SPRINGS LN
Beaverdam

Top of the LIne Masonry, LLC

9291 Laurel Grove Road
Mechanicsville

Trademark Construction Services

PO Box 72721
Richmond

Tri-City Restoration

PO BOX 751
Chesterfield

Triangle Sealants Corporation

PO Box 6128
Portsmouth

Tyrrell Builders LLC

123 Main Street
Richmond

Venson's Landscaping

1310 Hockett Rd
Manakin Sabot

Virginia Barn Company

201 School Rd
Dillwyn

Virginia Driveways

211 Coxendale Rd
Chester

Waitman Landscaping LLC

1251 Shirley Plantation Rd
Charles City

Wells & Daughters Con.

19501 englishwellsway

White Oak Landscaping & Grading LLC

P.O. Box 1776
Glen Allen

Xteriors Pavers, LLC

420 High St
Petersburg

Yard Solutions

923 Jefferson dr
Palmyra

Zero "Punch-List" LLC

Powhatan
Powhatan

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