How to price a pond

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by ajslands, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    So I was wondering how I should price a pond, it's going to be 10x16x4 with a water fall, and a shelf almost all the way around it. I'll be using a mini excavator, and i'll have another guy helping me. Now i know how to build a pond, and run an excavator, and how to put a liner in. So I was just wondering how to price it???


    Also I'm only 17 so I gotta start somewhere.


    Thanks for any suggestions.
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  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I admire your grit, young man, but honestly, if you know how to build a Pond then you know how to price one.

    What brand and size pump are you installing?
    What brand and size skimmer are you installing?
    What brand, size and type bioconversion are you installing?
    Will it have a BD?
    What style rock are you using? Do you know your quantities and size ratios?
    Koi Pond or Eco-system or hybrid?
    Is the location optimum for a Pond?
    Are you supplying the Aquatic Plants?
    Do you know the proper planting depths for the plants so that your shelving can be properly constructed.

    These are just a few questions that, if you know the answer to all of them, you will know how to price your work. If you don't know the answer to all of the questions, then you do not know how to properly install a Pond. And these are only a few of the questions that need to be asked and answered!
     
  3. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't know what a bd is but it is toi g to be a 500 gallon pond so I was thinking a 100 gph-400 gph pump.
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    Oh it's gonna be a koi pond btw.
     
  4. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    And I was thinking the butyl liner, the one that's like .80$ per sq foot and has a warrenty of 50 years, and is realy hard to find
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  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I dont build ponds but BD is bottom drain. Your dimensions equate out to far more than 500 gal.
     
  6. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    It's curved so that was just a rough estimate, what does it equate too though?
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  7. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    It won't have a bottom drain
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  8. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
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    You are making a mud trap. My suggestion for pricing is not to charge. That way your customer can't reasonable be too unhappy with you. I am currently making a 6000 gallon koi pond and my bid is $10,500 of which I have already been given a down payment of half. Also the customer is supplying one pump and a bubble bead filter with blower. Using 4900 gallon per hour pump on bd and 2000 gallon per hour pump on skimmer. A separate bog pond will use a portion of the flow.

    Five hundred gallon will keep maybe 1/2 of an adult koi. So maybe you are actually building a prison cell for a koi or two.

    Learn what you are doing first. I suggest koiphen.com as a good forum and a place to start. And ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS put in a bottom drain and a good prefilter.

    Good luck.
     
  9. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
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    by the way there is 7.48 gallons in a cubic foot.
     
  10. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well I'm going to be renting an mini excavator because where I'm from, the ground is all clay, so I can't do that for free,
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