View Full Version : First Paver Install (cont...with before after pics)

02-12-2006, 10:05 PM
It's done, I did it in 5 days, with some help on 2 of the days. First install, learned a lot, if I did it again I would change some minor things, but other than that I'm very happy.

So, heres a bunch of pics...first one is last year before I built my garage this summer...the rest are pretty self expanitory...

any comments welcome..



ok, I've got a lot more, but you've all seen a lot of pavers, so that'll do.
thanks for your input. Jon

02-12-2006, 11:02 PM
looks great.
you have a good eye for the smooth curves...
great first job.

02-13-2006, 01:24 AM
nice work...

02-13-2006, 09:51 PM
Wow that is awesome. I would love to do that to my home. What away to increase curb appeal.

02-13-2006, 10:37 PM
thanks guys, i wanna do another one now..

02-14-2006, 09:48 AM
Great looking job. Congratulations! clapping

02-14-2006, 04:26 PM
real nice looking cuts

02-14-2006, 06:18 PM
You did a really great job and increased your propety value big time.Looks so good for your 1st one.
Now 86 that ugly tree closest to the drvway and you'll be lookin good!

02-14-2006, 10:33 PM
ya I have some tree issues for sure!

trying to figure out what to do with them, I hate to cut down mature trees, but when they look like crap what else can ya do. I have to re- roof the house this summer, and then it's landscape time...finally! Now what to do with the trees????

02-14-2006, 10:37 PM
no just the multitrunk closest to the driveway..you already had to remove that georgeous mature evergreen to build your garage!I would leave the others all but the one I mention..Don't cut down any more!

02-14-2006, 11:16 PM
Definately take out the tree in front of the house, takes away from the house.

02-15-2006, 01:16 AM
thanks guys, will do, ya taking that fir out was a big job! , this one will be easy

02-15-2006, 11:17 AM
How much labor and material wise did that job run? how long did it take?

That really made that house look better

Great job

02-15-2006, 12:00 PM
thanks....well I'll list the item's and cost. I think that labor time could be cut way down if I did this again. A little slower since it was my first job.

81 Hrs of labor(had a couple friends help me on two days, and then my brother on a couple evenings before dark)

Took me 5 days from excavation to completion. cutting took the longest, I had the digging done, the gravel in, and most of the pavers laid by wensday. cut most of thurs and fri.

$65..........5yd dump trailer
$145.........bobcat rental
$80...........plate compactor rental
$20...........disposal fill dug out from driveway
$200.........14" diamond blade(didn't have to buy this, could have just rented)
$1,502.......pavers, blocks for stairs, geo-tex, NP-1, snap-edge, spikes, delivery fee.

$2,692......Total for project....excluding labor.....it was free(sweat equity)

I did have an extra pallet of rectangles left, so I paid a little more than I needed. I think that I'll use them in the back. We have a paver manufacturing plant near our house, so they sell seconds. You can hardly tell and the price is waaaaay cheaper, so I went with those. I did buy 2 pallets of 1'st runs because they didn't have them in seconds. Seconds are a less than half the cost of 1'st run pavers.

take care...jon

02-15-2006, 03:22 PM
forgot something.....actual total is $2,542 not 2,692. I get $150 back when I return the pallets....

02-15-2006, 09:45 PM
Sounds like you did pretty well. I am sure you could sell a job like that for a lot of money!

02-15-2006, 11:47 PM
I really enjoyed it, and have a lot of maintenance customers that have asked me to do stuff for them. So, have been thinking more and more about getting licensed for landscape construction..? we'll see

02-16-2006, 08:34 PM
lovedasnow ...you did a heck of a nice job for your first go. WTG

the set of steps dont do much for me ..just the choice of material on those.

02-16-2006, 08:37 PM
I'm happy with the steps but I know what you mean. I've seen some that look really good, and these aren't those... I was going to do something differant, and changed my mind.

I'm going to do a patio in the back, and have to do more steps, so I'll try something diff....

thanks for the comments..