the price is right? or not?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by IMAGE, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    What would you charge for this pretty easy job?

    Block landscaping project:

    Oval shaped flower bed: 35' long x 4' wide. 2 blocks high.

    I am estimating this at right about $1500 including base prep, 3 yards of black dirt, and 1.5 yards of mulch. (just writing this I feel cheap).


    using retaining wall blocks.
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  2. scenicexcellence

    scenicexcellence LawnSite Member
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    without knowing the block you are using the size and cost of block nobody can guess at this.
     
  3. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    Oh sorry :dizzy: :
    Aspen Stone from Anchor
    Size: 4 In. H x 11 5/8 In. W x 7 In. L
    Weight: 22 Lbs.

    Total of about 180 blocks @ $1.70 cost per each.

    No toppers will be used.

    Thanks!
     
  4. scenicexcellence

    scenicexcellence LawnSite Member
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    in my opinion 1500 sounds about right i would normally charge about 3 times what the cost of the job is. or you could charge per block of about 8.00 to 12.00 bux a block to supply and install. just for the block i would charge about 1400 to 1700 to supply and install also to supply the topsoil. i would imagine about 1500 to 1800 to supply everything and install wouldn't be a bad price.
     
  5. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    Thanks Scenicexcellence! I am gonna go over it and see if I can sweeze another couple hundred into it. Then I will have some comfortable wiggle room if they want to haggle some ;)
     
  6. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
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    Did you figure for a course below grade?
     
  7. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    I figured for half of the first course to be below grade. And I figured on 4" of packed class 5 below that.

    Should I figure on putting the first course lower or is that sufficient?
     
  8. KAT_Ayanami

    KAT_Ayanami LawnSite Member
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    At least 1 course below grade for your height.
     
  9. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    with that 1 course, and with 4 inches of class 5- I am looking at a hole 9-10" deep x 20" wide (to fit the tamper).

    Whats the best way to dig this whole? Its in an existing yard I dont want to mess up with a skid steer. Is this a shovel only situation?
     
  10. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    35' long total or is the oval 35' long? Big difference
     

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