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IMAGE
07-29-2008, 11:30 PM
What would you charge for this pretty easy job?

Block landscaping project:

Oval shaped flower bed: 35' long x 4' wide. 2 blocks high.

I am estimating this at right about $1500 including base prep, 3 yards of black dirt, and 1.5 yards of mulch. (just writing this I feel cheap).


using retaining wall blocks.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e281/livelifedaily/669e6501-1d4f-4cc2-8e8c-bc7788a57b0.jpg

scenicexcellence
07-30-2008, 12:09 AM
without knowing the block you are using the size and cost of block nobody can guess at this.

IMAGE
07-30-2008, 12:15 AM
without knowing the block you are using the size and cost of block nobody can guess at this.

Oh sorry :dizzy: :
Aspen Stone from Anchor
Size: 4 In. H x 11 5/8 In. W x 7 In. L
Weight: 22 Lbs.

Total of about 180 blocks @ $1.70 cost per each.

No toppers will be used.

Thanks!

scenicexcellence
07-30-2008, 12:26 AM
in my opinion 1500 sounds about right i would normally charge about 3 times what the cost of the job is. or you could charge per block of about 8.00 to 12.00 bux a block to supply and install. just for the block i would charge about 1400 to 1700 to supply and install also to supply the topsoil. i would imagine about 1500 to 1800 to supply everything and install wouldn't be a bad price.

IMAGE
07-30-2008, 01:04 AM
Thanks Scenicexcellence! I am gonna go over it and see if I can sweeze another couple hundred into it. Then I will have some comfortable wiggle room if they want to haggle some ;)

ANC Stone Creations
07-30-2008, 02:44 AM
Did you figure for a course below grade?

IMAGE
07-30-2008, 01:07 PM
Did you figure for a course below grade?

I figured for half of the first course to be below grade. And I figured on 4" of packed class 5 below that.

Should I figure on putting the first course lower or is that sufficient?

KAT_Ayanami
07-30-2008, 03:38 PM
I figured for half of the first course to be below grade. And I figured on 4" of packed class 5 below that.

Should I figure on putting the first course lower or is that sufficient?

At least 1 course below grade for your height.

IMAGE
07-30-2008, 04:24 PM
At least 1 course below grade for your height.

with that 1 course, and with 4 inches of class 5- I am looking at a hole 9-10" deep x 20" wide (to fit the tamper).

Whats the best way to dig this whole? Its in an existing yard I dont want to mess up with a skid steer. Is this a shovel only situation?

zedosix
07-30-2008, 07:08 PM
35' long total or is the oval 35' long? Big difference

IMAGE
07-31-2008, 11:46 AM
The oval is 35' long. The total circumfrence is about 90'

PatriotLandscape
07-31-2008, 04:17 PM
At least 1 course below grade for your height.

for 2 blocks high half a course is plenty.

how many hours or days will it take you to start the job complete it and clean up? What are your total material costs?

and where can you buy 1/2 a yard of mulch? never estimate halves alwas full pieces. 1/2 is 1 hour.

ANC Stone Creations
07-31-2008, 05:52 PM
I think for only 2 blocks high you will be fine.

It sounds like it will only be a raised flower bed.

zedosix
07-31-2008, 09:08 PM
The oval is 35' long. The total circumfrence is about 90'

Without any cutting other than where they join together and including soil my co. would charge minimum 3k nothing less, likely more.

IMAGE
08-01-2008, 01:48 AM
for 2 blocks high half a course is plenty.

how many hours or days will it take you to start the job complete it and clean up? What are your total material costs?

and where can you buy 1/2 a yard of mulch? never estimate halves alwas full pieces. 1/2 is 1 hour.

It will take me and an employee 2 days. The first day will be demo'ing and removal of the existing (seperate $450 charge), and we will also be demo'ing and removing existing at another jobsite. The second day will be install.

Total material costs are about $600, more like $850-900 after labor.


I think for only 2 blocks high you will be fine.

It sounds like it will only be a raised flower bed.

Yes it is just a raised flower bed, the wall will only be 6" tall above the grass. Everyone else I talked to said just 1/2 block also, with a good base, KAT is the first I have heard to go a full corse.

Without any cutting other than where they join together and including soil my co. would charge minimum 3k nothing less, likely more.

Wow. hmmm. I like $$$:). I dont want to price myself out of the job either, its a nice easy first job. Your company probally has some clout behind it that allows you to charge more too.

They asked me for a price on it after I mentioned how bad it was looking (I maintain thier lawn). Well, after this job is done, its gonna make another part of thier yard (more old overgrown landscaping) stand out as looking bad, and will probally lead to another similar job.