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You've got to be kidding me

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Twitchy, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Twitchy

    Twitchy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    Quick story, last yr about this time I went to this existing customer's (about 8 yrs) house for a new hardscape project around their pool. The project consisted of a new patio (1500sqft) random design, two 4' sheer descents, piers, sitting walls and fire pit. Gave them stone samples, a color design and a price of $32,000. Removal of the old 4'' concrete patio and other structures were included in that price. Apparently that was expensive because two weeks later there were trucks at the house laying out my design to the tee. When approached about the situation, the customer said a friend came in $6,000 less on my drawing. I was F'ING PISSED, not because i lost the job but because my design was STOLEN!!! Well i got a call in the spring to come back to this job for a planting est. and this what i saw. I laughed my a$$ of when i got back in my truck. Pay cheap, get cheap!

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  2. Twitchy

    Twitchy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    The biggest problem was the sheer descent wall on the pool coping (basically no footing). That wall had a pier on both sides and was finished off w/ sitting walls 24'' in height. The problem was that everything was built separately!!!(like legos) Nothing was tied together. No geogrid or any type of structural support. The customer wanted me to raise the soil level to the height of the wall for plants, i told her it could not be done unless she wanted to swim w/ this wall.

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    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    Hahahahahha they got it good and cheep
  4. teejet

    teejet LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 233

    It looks kinda shody, if I do say so.:nono:
  5. Twitchy

    Twitchy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    My favorite part of this pile of crap is the stacked seams on the fire pit. It's a FREAKING kit!!! My 17 month old son can put one of them together.
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    Thats really bad!
  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    I'm sure they are overly excited about it though. Probably even have given the name out a few times. Now on the other hand they probably arent real happy with you for not placing the soil where they want. This should be tied in with the design thread.
  8. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

  9. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    i wouldnt have put soil there as well without a properly built wall. If that wall froze in the winter and fell into the pool guess who they will go after. Smart move. I wouldnt touch it either.
  10. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    LMAO, That's great!! I am guessing by the looks of it that the patio is pitched right into that seat wall by the sand in front of it. Love the weep holes! :clapping:

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