I contacted a few companies to get some quotes on a garage pad and sidewalk. C & J Construction was short listed and after reviewing some of their past work, I decided to engage their services. Everything was going fine until we noticed the grade (4” over 26’) coming back towards the house on the forms, the day before the concrete pour. We told the contractor about our concern and they stated, “we’ll fix it”. The next day the concrete was poured and when I got home from work to look at the pour, I noticed that the contractor put a 1.75” grade on a 3’ wide sidewalk. The entire length of the sidewalk looked horrible as it was sloped drastically to one side and it was difficult to even walk on as well!
The owner came out and he didn’t see anything wrong with it, even though I stated there should have been a 4” step from the garage pad to connect the sidewalk back to the house. He said it was more work for them and this is just as good as they do this all the time. This is another example of a contractor trying to cut corners! The only good thing I can say about the work that C & J Construction performed, was that the concrete surfacing finish was exceptional. However the forming has to be solid as it is the structure, and from this experience I will never use or recommend C & J Construction ever again!