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Paver patio sq. ft. charge?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by andyslawncare, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 812

    How much are you guys charging for paver patios? I have experience working on projects with them at school, but not for a charge yet... Do you charge for the sq. ft. or ..... some way else? My labor rate for 3 guys runs 90-95/hr and I need to build a curved edge patio for a customer so I need to include brick cutting time and rental or maybe purchase of wet saw to fill in the gaps on the curves. The charge will include removal of a 25' x 3' concrete path. I figured charge at least $1,000 for path removal and rough grading. It'll be around 700 sq. ft. for the main patio and I'll be adding a path coming off his drive way that will be 30' x 5' (curved too) access to his golf cart (everyone here has golf carts!! Paths run all over the county!) parking area on the side of his house. I will need to make a thick base for the path area since he will be driving over it...

    Any help/advice is appreciated!
  2. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 621

    Estimate your man hours then multiply by your rate. Add in your
    material costs plus any markup and any rental charges and disposal

    $1000 to remove 75 sf of concrete is high. But, if includes the other
    grading: you may be to low.


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  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    Simple you dont fill in the gaps on the curves. Trim the course blocks instead to meet nicey nice.

    Prices range from $2.99 to 29.99 depending on a lot of things. Mostly who, what, and where. Square foot is not the way to go.
  4. Meezer

    Meezer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    Never charge by the sq ft. RM's post is right on
  5. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Posts: 1,891

    95 an hour for three guys is low atleast in this area. 500 for removal of concrete is more fitting. if you dont have the tools to do the work you will not make the money. you need to make a lot of cuts for a curved pattio as well.
  6. Plant-The-Seed

    Plant-The-Seed LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    $23.00/sf and up. The up is dependent on design and pavers.
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    do a search of my user name and read the threads and posts where I provide great detail about pricing.

    It will involve a lot of reading, but well worth the time.

    Andrew Hardscape
    Hardscaper in Chief
  8. Plant-The-Seed

    Plant-The-Seed LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    I took a look at your post again. Removal and r grade around the new 150 sf. walkway. $600 concrete removal/grading. 150 sf. pavers. Type? Any decorative band? Say $20.00/sf. $3,000.00 for the walkway. A little seed? $150.00. $3,750.00 entire project. Draw a little design with a running band border, sailor band and 45 the main center. 2 man/2 days. Day 1 removal/base. Day 2 lay/cut/poly/grade/seed. 40 hrs. tops. $1,300.00 materials. Spend $25.00 for a color pencil set and color it in. Type a nice formal contract with specs. and price. I would include a warranty. I warranty all hardscapes for 6 years against settling. Close the deal. DONE!
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2016
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    We do not do those crazy warranties anymore. About (20) years of doing quality hardscapes I've learned some stuff about customer habits, the ground, Etc etc etc.

    2 years and that's it.

    No more (5) years.

    New houses are usually only covered for 2 yes maximum.

    Pretty sure I have a thread dealving into the guts of ridiculous warranties.....
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    How much money for the design?

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