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11-03-2005, 07:08 PM
The measurements are 150 long and 2ft high. couple of 90 degree turns. Mostly for garden beds. Minimum digging. Existing wall there made from landscape ties. easy to remove. Still not sure the type of stone they want. They are getting back to me tommorow.

I did searchs here and got some info but thats for their areas and a couple of years ago. Just looking for the latest prices. Also for family friend.

Probably charge $20 per sq. That price would be for labor. Then I would add materials, right.

P. Baxter
11-03-2005, 10:21 PM
hell do it for $8 per square if your going to do by the square foot

11-04-2005, 08:22 AM
8.00 a square - Heck you can sub for me anytime! Please ! I get 35/square all day long. I have done wall after wall this year. Minimum digging ? I don't understand. You still have to dig out your 9 inch by 24 inch trench for your block and drain field. Build by the book and you can sleep at night. just my opinion on how my co. would perform the work.
any other guys close to me want to build walls for 8/square - PM me with references of your work LOL . Have a great Friday all .

11-04-2005, 01:14 PM
If you were doing a 4 ft high wall labor only might be at $20.00/SF but when only doing a 2 ft high wall remember that there is a lot more labor in the base course. I would say you should be around $26 - $28.00 per sf for labor, for Vers-Lok our cost is about $8.50 per sf, then you need to add for stone base, drain stone behind the wall. No drain pipe required for 2 ft walls. I wopuld say your price for labor, materials, and PROFIT should be around $38 - $40.00 per sf or abot $11,000 - $12,000.00

11-04-2005, 01:25 PM
This time of year I would do that wall for 8500.00 done deal and go dancing that night with a pocket full of cash. I am getting versa-lok weathered for 5.00 a block for the standard block (great price). I am in love with the versa-lok brand myself. I would still perf pipe the wall. I mean what is a roll of perf pipe really going to set you back 20.00 . Do the job for no less than 8k and be happy with yourself. Post some pics when you are done - we all can't wait to see. Peace

PAPS Landscape Design
11-04-2005, 03:06 PM
I'd be around 9-10K myself, done in a week.

11-04-2005, 03:57 PM
I'd be at 9-10k also.

P. Baxter
11-04-2005, 07:05 PM

11-04-2005, 08:34 PM
Most of those "magic" $25.00 a square foot numbers come from commercial installations over 5,000 square feet, with all the cuts done by a grading contractor before the wall builder comes on site. Those numbers are used by estimators, and they translate them to square foot pricing in their breakout to the owner.

When you speak of small walls that you do everything you need to calc the cutting costs, trucking costs, and all associated earthwork separately. Then there is a wall/drain/gravel cost, then a soils compaction cost.

Any slope restoration is also added into the mix, unless the owner wants that to be the grading contractors job.

For walls under 2000 s.f, it is not uncommon to see $40.00 per square foot wall charges, if you factor everything in. Do not just look at a wall and throw a square foot number at it, unless you want to loose your rear end.

11-13-2005, 08:30 PM
in the bay area califorina I charge 80 to 90 a ft cumstomer buys block only.

11-13-2005, 09:47 PM
That's intersting Allaccess. How many square feet are typically in walls you bid for $80-$90?

For example, a 2000 SF wall would cost 180K. Are you talking in the city where the acess is ridiculously tight? or the outer bay area like Freemont, San Jose, and so fourth?

11-15-2005, 02:54 AM
hell do it for $8 per square if your going to do by the square foot

thats what the scrub landscapers around here charge. i cant even get $12 sqft. was talking to a guy about his wall. he had a few estimates. $23,000 was high. $4,600 was lowest. he went with cheapest. no drainage. not built as high as it should've. not quite level. about 150'x4'. landscaper if you can call him that must have made about $600.