Pond Pricing Question

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by JohnsonLawn, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a customer who wants me to build him a 15'x25' pond. I was planning on using Savio products for this install and the access is great, as I can almost back the truck right up to the area of excavation. I have not built a pond in a couple years and have not built one this large (11'x16' being the largest) so just wondering what the ballpark cost of this install should be so I have an idea if I am in the right price range. I would really like to get this job so I could maybe us it as advertising and get a few more pond installs lined up. Any replies are appreciated. Thanks guys
     
  2. Toker

    Toker LawnSite Member
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    FWIW and that be little :laugh: I passed on a job since I not up to snuff yet IMO and watched a buddy take it --- finished size was around 16' x 23' , 16' stream, Savio goodies and pretty easy job if you know the game I guess. 6 tons of rock and all the rest - nothing fancy in rock, just river rock and some flagstone steppers. Guess maybe 14 sf of them?

    He bid the thing at $7800. They jumped on the bid - he found out later he was better than $2000 lighter than next lowest. Still - he made out real well and they loved it. 2 referrals to boot so everyone must be pretty happy.

    I bet the prices vary so much from area to area it might be hard to compare them????

    Good luck - profits nice on these things it seems.

    OT - I see you like the outdoorsy gals. :laugh: Does she have a sister??? :cool2::cool2:
    Great taste you have in ladies!
     
  3. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is this going to have a stream or waterfall that flows into the pond? Are you going to use large accent boulders to really make it natural or just use the typical-basically same basketball size rock that everyone else uses?

    I personally say bid a lot, so you have room to do a really nice pond that you can have on your portfolio. If you haven't done many, or didn't do really neat ones, get some design help.

    15x25 is a big pond. Are you using one or two skimmers? One or two pumps? A filter falls? Any kind of bottom drain?
     
  4. Toker

    Toker LawnSite Member
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    15 x 25 is big if that's finished size. I construed it to be a liner that size and not the finished size.
     
  5. buzzyng

    buzzyng LawnSite Member
    from OR
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    As VentureWest stated, they are many design considerations. Streams (length, width, heighth), multiple skimmers?, one or more waterfalls? size of boulders? depth, large equipment required, etc

    15x25 is pretty good size and getting a ballpark is tough without knowing more details. Plus, your level of experience factors into it as it could take you alot longer than estimated if you haven't done one in a while.
     
  6. Toker

    Toker LawnSite Member
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    :laugh:
    The dudes are right ..... and you say you want it for practice and a advertising project too. So there ya have it --- price it right there, dead in the middle of making out real well and giving it away ;)

    Now tell me what I just said eh :rolleyes: :laugh:

    I am taking on one that was just signed off on today - be about 13x15 finished. 5200g pond pump, savio skimmer and natural weir with small bog on the berm too. Single stream about 2' wide mostly and less than 14' in length.
    It'll require some extra haul in dirt to build up the falls area along with usual rock, etc....she wants some extra large boulders too, mainly limestone for the rock. I bid it lower than I wanted at just under $6000. Renting a MT to save the backs. I got tons of nursery stock in my gardens so I'll be tossing some of that into the fold even tho not in bid .... It's on a great location to be seen and she's a person who will let the results be known to all, good or bad. This gets the TLC thing.

    Yeah - I maybe should have bid it close to $7000 since that would be more the norm here. I figure that $1000 off is the cheapest "talking" advertising I could get. She will either make me a bundle in time or I will be doing no more at all. Serious too ... this will be a shake up or out. Say a prayer for me or drink an extra cold one, whichever you like. Thanks:drinkup:
     
  7. buzzyng

    buzzyng LawnSite Member
    from OR
    Posts: 82

    Good luck.

    We just finished a 14x14 with only a waterfall that we did for under $5k and a 15x15x3 with a 25' stream for $7500
     
  8. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
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    Man those prices seem low compared to what the big pond builders are charging here. They are staying booked up all summer and probably charging between 9K and 11K for a 15x15 with a falls or stream.

    I guess it depends on the price of rock in your area, and the type of construction.

    Good luck on your "make it or break it pond" hope it goes really well and sells you a ton of features. The large one I did earlier this spring that I posted on here seems like it is seriously going to launch my business to a whole new level.
     
  9. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for all your feedback fellas. Now they want this pond to have two waterfalls. 1 with a stream and one without. We are still in the design phase so nothing is etched in stone yet. I was figuring this project would sell for around 8 grand before they added the second waterfall. I am willing to do it for less and get my name out there. There is not a rush the homeowner tells me so I will take my time and make it look right. Thanks again
     
  10. Toker

    Toker LawnSite Member
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    Our rocks are not really cheap here - seen them way less in other states. Thing is in my area, 50-60 miles in either direction, things are mighty tight for many and to many competing for to few in the market. Doesn't help that I am getting real close to lake country - when they say 10,000 lakes they short by maybe 4,000. Most of those lake folks have no interest in creating a pond and not much interest in hardscaping either at that. Enough rocks and water for all.
    So the market is either here or in the TC area, which has lots of small pond builders starving. From what I hear even the lawn services way down. I think things are maybe tougher here than many suspect ro admit to.
     

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