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Pavers vs Time

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by 1BadHawk, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    What pave jobs have you done and how long did it take to do it and what sort of resources were required?
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    A few, a long time, and a lot of equipment and manpower.
  3. PAPS Landscape Design

    PAPS Landscape Design LawnSite Member
    from us
    Posts: 81

    hundreds of jobs, many man hours, tons of diamond blades, and several hundred pairs of blue rubber gloves.
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    Hardscapes accounts for over 85% of our income.

    Most of our jobs average 600 - 3000 SF.

    Most jobs take no less than 3 days. Even a small walk may take 2.5 days. (with backfill, grading, etc)

    Some Jobs Take 20-30 days.

    There is no one magic answer!
  5. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 621

    We finished a job last week, which cost us .40 cents a square foot labor to install for a 4500 sf sand and paver install on a driveway. We also just finished a job that cost us $1.50 a square foot labor and it was only 450 sf. Twice as many cuts on the small patio compared to the driveway.



  6. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    What sort of profit margin is thier in pavers? and walls?

    Ive had a number of my lawn customers ask me if we do them or not. Im wondering if theirs a decent market for it around here and what the overhead vs profit is for these jobs.

    Of course I'd like to take a few courses and such first. Perhaps try one in my own yard to get the idea before I commit to anything.
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,564

    +depends on the market and the competition...

    here we get $10.00-$18.00/sqft.

    depends on the jobsite conditions, etc.....

    our actual cost in laying pavers ranges from $5.00-$9.00/sqft.
    again depending on the jobsite.
  8. dmbmikee

    dmbmikee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 84

    Amen Bro. I couldnt have said it better myself.

    You can start on real small walkways though. Like a 10-15 footer, maybe 3'3" wide.....Even if it's curved a little, you'll be alright. Just read up on the installation process. There's info all over the net on how to install a wwalkway....etc. You can't have an Ace without a perfect base!

    Oh and another thing, when you look at the job and the time it would take to complete that job, pops in yur head - multiply that time by 3 and you should be in the ballpark.

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