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Old 02-13-2000, 12:37 AM
paul paul is offline
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Hardscaping

Just a quick survey here. I do alot of public works jobs; brick paving jobs start out around $6.50 per square foot to $13.00 per square foot. Retaining wall are about $30.00 per face foot. These are bid jobs that have public openings, bonding and full insurance needed. We see some crazie prices brick pavers going for $4.50 per foot and walls at $20.00 per foot.<p>What would you charge for say 1300 sq. ft. pavers with base per sq. ft. And 300face ft. retaining wall per face ft.<br><p>----------<br>paul<br>
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Old 02-13-2000, 03:53 PM
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Paul, In my area, SE Ma. the brick work goes for 8.50-13.00/sq.ft. and I got a quote from a sub for a wall at $43.00/face/ft.<br>chris
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Old 02-13-2000, 06:40 PM
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You guy's need to think about what you are actually selling. When you try to sell hardscapes by the square foot you are going to lose money, we are in this business of selling labor. Square footage may give you a starting point, but I wouldn't rely on it for the final figures. Every job is different, the soil structure is different and will have to be addressed differently for each job. The terrain around the job is going to be different in every job and will require different methods of working on each site. I don't have to tell you everything that you will run into you already know how no 2 jobs are the same, thus trying to price hardscapes by the square footage will only lead to lost money.<br>Matt
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Old 02-13-2000, 08:09 PM
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Matt I agree would like to just price out as a per-job bid, But bids are quoted by the bid sheet often a year before to job is ready at a per sq. ft. price. We can get extras as to base base is quoted at 6&quot; but if a problem happens we can get more money. <p>----------<br>paul<br>
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Old 02-16-2000, 11:20 PM
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I just read an article in Lawn and Landscape mag.(the current issue on-line) about pavers. One contractor estimated that the paver cost makes up 12 - 15% of the total price bid. That seems about right for straight-forward residential work. Of course, with those large jobs that you bid, those numbers may have to be adjusted. Unless those really low priced guys are doing mechanical installs, seems like their bottom line will take them out of the game soon enough to leave ample room for you. What length warranty on the install do you (and your competition) offer? That's worth something. <p>----------<br>Lanelle<br>
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Old 02-16-2000, 11:46 PM
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Lanelle,<br>No, all hand labor. Warranty is for one year by the job specs.. Have only had one failure in ten years (my own drive, too many trucks parked on it for the 8&quot; base). 99% of the bricks are holland stone, easy to install, no 3' walks or anything hard. Most times we approach the job like a flat drive 20'x50' square or what ever shape the picnic area is.<br>My experenice the biggest problem is timing get the equipment,men and all matierial to job site. For me it's not too bad,semis of stone, sand and pavers all one day before the crews arrive, residential jobs are harder no room for all this, more time in moving material on site and stockpileing, removing dirt and hualing.<br><p>----------<br>paul<br>
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Old 02-17-2000, 12:10 AM
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I'm surprised that the specifier can be satisfied with one year. In this area most warranties are 2-5 years, I think. I know that Belgard requires their authorized contractors to give 5 yr. I agree that timing of materials is tough to co-ordinate. I can't brag that my guys have that under control. I'm always the one to ask 'Why did this take so long?' At the ICPI certification seminar, a video was shown of a crew (I think from your area) doing a resid. driveway and they had their deliveries set up for very specific times so the base went in just as the excavation was finished. The sand followed the last gravel truck by a certain amount of time and they had minimal materials stockpiling and handling. I just don't know many truckers to be quite that accommadating, but it made a great video.<br>Also, I'd like to know more about the base-maker that you mentioned using for walls. I haven't seen it. What powers the blade? How deep are the rails? What are the rails made of? <p>----------<br>Lanelle<br>
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Old 02-17-2000, 02:31 AM
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Lanelle,<br>The base maker has 3&quot;x 3/16&quot;x10' cold rolled rails and it's hand powered, one man pulls it. The rails are set on 24&quot; or 36&quot; round concrete stakes spaced 5'oc,a sq. tube with two 9/16 set screws holds them in place, the blade is adjustable for depth of cut and chamber, we use a laser to set the stakes but they don't have to be perfect, the tube has about 2&quot; of adjustment built in. Now just level up the rail and go. <p>When I did home owners we gave a 5 year warrantee, never had a call back so I just don't worry about it anymore.<p>----------<br>paul<br>
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Old 02-17-2000, 11:00 PM
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Seems that your base maker is really sturdy and takes out the headache of leveling up the base. Is it available from a contractors' supply house or from a wall block distributor? We probably don't do enough segmental walls to justify the cost but I'm still interested. Cutting down the labor would make us more competitive and then we'd probably be more enthusiastic (sp?, it's too late for my internal spellchecker to be perfect)about bidding the commercial jobs that do come our way. Which wall products do you use? We've used Keystone, Anchor and SelectWall. The VersaLok distributor is too far away to use for smallish jobs. Also use some of the smaller dimension blocks for residential jobs but I like the look of natural stone better for many sites.<p>----------<br>Lanelle<br>
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Old 02-18-2000, 11:09 PM
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I must be spoiled on warranties. In my part of the world (NE Wisconsin), at three years my warranty is better than all of my competition. Everyone here only offers 1 year. But we also don't get the prices garnered elsewhere. Not as much disposable income here.
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