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alpine692003
02-23-2005, 11:45 PM
Okay guys, Im about to put a bid on a landscape install in the front of the house..

150 sq feet of pavers
800 sq feet of sod
50ft of roman stack stones
2 yards of topsoil/sand
edging restraint
starter fert

Materials - $1300
Disposal - $200 (disposal of everything)
Equipment rental - $300 (Bobcat mt52, jackhammer, vibrating plate)

I was going to get the bobcat mt52 and use that to remove all the existing turf, flowerbeds and make the front completely bare and only leaving soil. I will then bring in about 2 yards of soil..

Install the pavers with the restraint, then lay down the sod. Then put the stepping stones ontop of the sod cause they want stepping stones..

I was thinking 3 days with 3 guys $2400 for labor, this will be my 2nd install if I get it, I was thinking the bid was going to be around $3500 - $4300 not inc. 7% TAX yet.. What you guys think?

CNYScapes
02-24-2005, 10:32 AM
Its tough without seeing the job, but would guess $4200-$4500 so you are pretty close. Again this is just a guess without seeing the job site, this is with a $2.00 brick

yardscaper
02-24-2005, 01:36 PM
That is a decent price, but I do not know your operating costs. Also, as already stated, without seeing it, I would be around $4,500. Also, if this is only your second install, be ready for the unexpected and for extra time on the job.

alpine692003
02-24-2005, 06:40 PM
Thanks, I thought I was in the right range..

thanks guys..

alpine692003
02-24-2005, 08:02 PM
Welp, my price of $3900 was on the high list.. he said he was willing to pay cash and said how much discount? I said about $3600

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I guess I'll keep you guys updated..

alpine692003
02-25-2005, 11:35 AM
I'll post pictures..

of the before pictures, what i'm going to do and what you guys can suggest to me what I can do..

I'm thinking 3 days with 3 guys, but its going to take me about 5 days cause of my 2nd install and I'm rookie and want to take my time to do a good job.

alpine692003
02-25-2005, 08:11 PM
Here's the pics of the house we're going to landscape.

alpine692003
02-25-2005, 08:12 PM
Here's the remaining..

alpine692003
02-25-2005, 08:14 PM
So here's my project..

1) Sod Installation - about 700 - 800 sq feet
2) Pavers - 150 sq feet
3) Small retaining wall about 1.5" high about 3 blocks high with caps.

alpine692003
02-25-2005, 08:17 PM
My 1st Step in this install job..

1) Rent a jack hammer and remove concrete pathways.. I will install the old country stone pavers with the restraints, gravel, sand, blah blah..
- After this job is completed,

2) I will begin removing existing turf with a sod cutter, put down new sod..

3) I will almost eliminte all the flowerbeds, remove all their shrubs and put new shrubs down..

alpine692003
03-25-2005, 09:22 PM
here's the pics of our paver job.

impactlandscaping
03-25-2005, 10:45 PM
Why the offset 90* angles?? A flowing turn would have been a better looking feature. So, how long did it end up taking you guys to complete for 3600.00?

alpine692003
03-25-2005, 10:56 PM
Why the offset 90* angles?? A flowing turn would have been a better looking feature. So, how long did it end up taking you guys to complete for 3600.00?

What do you mean the offset 90 angle?

Why it made the exact 90 degree turn? Ask the customer, I dont know.. I tried telling him to make it a curve..

That took us about 3 full days.. We are taking our time on this installation job cause its our 1st..

Next step will be the roman stack stones and turf..

impactlandscaping
03-26-2005, 10:55 AM
I was wondering why the sharp corners rather than a nice flowing ess turn to the entry, that's all. I don't use 90* turns on my walks and patios unless the site calls for it. Too many right angles and square turns on most newer homes tends to lend an colder, industrial feel. Radiused turns and flowing esses break the eye from the structural element of the home, and offer a more pleasureable walk from one end to the other. Looks good, though.

alpine692003
03-26-2005, 12:07 PM
Yah, good suggestion..

It was the client's plan so, we just followed it..

GreenMonster
03-26-2005, 12:51 PM
Alpine,

I think a nice "s" curve would have looked better as well. I know you said the client had the 90 in their plan, but sometimes you need to lead the customer in the right direction. More times than not, they don't know what the hell they're talking about. It's quite possible your client never considered a curved walkway and doesn't know how much better one would look. Maybe you can soften those lines with some curved beds.

When I use a mulitple kit, I like to break up the joints and lay the pavers randomly. The basket weave style draws more attention to straight lines.

I do like the offset color of the soldier course.

alpine692003
03-26-2005, 01:10 PM
I know for next time to stagger the seams now, do you guys think I should pull the pavers off and stagger them? Is this going to be a problematic issue?

Gmgbo
07-11-2005, 10:16 AM
How did you get the pavers to be level with the existing side. I just wondering because i have to to a similar job soon and i am afraid the pavers wont line up with the sidewalk. Any tips?

Gmgbo
07-11-2005, 05:35 PM
??? :cool2: ???

Dashunde
07-11-2005, 06:14 PM
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AlbeLawn
07-12-2005, 01:36 AM
Welp, my price of $3900 was on the high list.. he said he was willing to pay cash and said how much discount? I said about $3600

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I guess I'll keep you guys updated..

Why such a big discount for cash 8% it looks like. A check is cash, so is a credit card.

The biggest thing i have learned is that all they are looking for is something off. $50 maybe. Just something to make them feel better. It is no harder for them to get cash from the bank then to write a check to you. I would of told him $100 off and that to him looks like 100 dollars in his pocket but it is also another $200 in yours and you still would of prob gotten the job. Just my 2 cents.

Good example. Think of how good it feels to get 5% off a blower or mower. Just a little bit feels like alot when you are the one saving money.

Jim