View Full Version : Give me a price for this one!!!

LB Landscaping
04-28-2003, 10:26 PM
Here goes,
Customer wants a patio made out of slate, approx 25X25. 15x25 needs to be dug out to level it off because of a two foot incline. He would like a retaining wall built around the part that is dug out (something like keystone would work). What would you price it at. I was thinking around 9k-10k.

04-28-2003, 11:09 PM
I don't have much experience bidding a job like this but depending on site logistics and local material prices $10K on the low end, 12K on the high end.

LB Landscaping
04-29-2003, 09:53 PM
I called around for slate prices today, retail is about $2200-$2500 (depending on color). He wants the retaining wall made out of rail-road ties, any idea on where I can get my hands on some and approx how much???

04-29-2003, 10:44 PM
lucky you! patios and retaining wallsdon't get that kind of pricing here. job like that here depending on site 5500 to 7k

LB Landscaping
04-29-2003, 11:02 PM
There a TON of prep work to get it done. Were talking about trucking out probably 5-8 truck loads of turf, dirt, and brush.

04-30-2003, 12:14 AM
I do not know how ur basing your pricing, but just a quick note, your low, way low, just the patio work from us would be around $10,000, so adding the walls and grading requirements, your comming up short.

04-30-2003, 12:37 AM
gotta agree with Capital on that one. Of course we would not get the job, because someone would price it way to low.

LB Landscaping
04-30-2003, 09:34 PM
Thanks for the advice Capital & Harleyman, I haven't given him a price yet so your feedback is really appreciated. My original post was just a quick in my head price. As I thought about it you guys are right. For labor I am looking at 3 guys for 2 days maybe a third depending on how the digging goes. My cost on the slate is around $1600. The RR ties he already has so thats covered. Where would you guys be on pricing a similar job???

04-30-2003, 11:54 PM
Holding up an expensive patio with RR ties (the old creosote ones?) is short-sighted at best and also is less stable so the patio may eventually fail. A nice stone or segmental unit retaining wall would be a better choice.

05-01-2003, 12:32 AM
If u want give me a call or email me, I would suggest a Iowa Buff limestone wall over railroad ties, or maybe a boulder wall with a flower bed set in the peremeter before the flagstone patio. Also on ur labor, are u doing a tight cut or loose patio? If u use railroad ties ur patio will not stay even, IE within a year u will have rot on the ties and this allows your fill to begin to escape resulting in your patio shifting.

LB Landscaping
05-01-2003, 05:59 PM
Good point about the RR ties, I didn't think of that. Loose patio, the slate will be in different shapes.

05-01-2003, 09:56 PM
Why anyone would want to wreck the look of a nice patio with old ties is beyond me. Wouldn't want the job.

05-01-2003, 10:11 PM
You know what ... I shouldn't have said that ... Sometimes we have to do what the customer wants. I would just try my hardest to talk him out of the Railway ties.