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another retaining wall estimate

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by scaper27, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. scaper27

    scaper27 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    The measurements are 150 long and 2ft high. couple of 90 degree turns. Mostly for garden beds. Minimum digging. Existing wall there made from landscape ties. easy to remove. Still not sure the type of stone they want. They are getting back to me tommorow.

    I did searchs here and got some info but thats for their areas and a couple of years ago. Just looking for the latest prices. Also for family friend.

    Probably charge $20 per sq. That price would be for labor. Then I would add materials, right.
  2. P. Baxter

    P. Baxter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    hell do it for $8 per square if your going to do by the square foot
  3. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    8.00 a square - Heck you can sub for me anytime! Please ! I get 35/square all day long. I have done wall after wall this year. Minimum digging ? I don't understand. You still have to dig out your 9 inch by 24 inch trench for your block and drain field. Build by the book and you can sleep at night. just my opinion on how my co. would perform the work.
    any other guys close to me want to build walls for 8/square - PM me with references of your work LOL . Have a great Friday all .
  4. Foz

    Foz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    If you were doing a 4 ft high wall labor only might be at $20.00/SF but when only doing a 2 ft high wall remember that there is a lot more labor in the base course. I would say you should be around $26 - $28.00 per sf for labor, for Vers-Lok our cost is about $8.50 per sf, then you need to add for stone base, drain stone behind the wall. No drain pipe required for 2 ft walls. I wopuld say your price for labor, materials, and PROFIT should be around $38 - $40.00 per sf or abot $11,000 - $12,000.00
  5. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    This time of year I would do that wall for 8500.00 done deal and go dancing that night with a pocket full of cash. I am getting versa-lok weathered for 5.00 a block for the standard block (great price). I am in love with the versa-lok brand myself. I would still perf pipe the wall. I mean what is a roll of perf pipe really going to set you back 20.00 . Do the job for no less than 8k and be happy with yourself. Post some pics when you are done - we all can't wait to see. Peace
  6. PAPS Landscape Design

    PAPS Landscape Design LawnSite Member
    from us
    Messages: 81

    I'd be around 9-10K myself, done in a week.
  7. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I'd be at 9-10k also.
  8. P. Baxter

    P. Baxter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24


    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    Most of those "magic" $25.00 a square foot numbers come from commercial installations over 5,000 square feet, with all the cuts done by a grading contractor before the wall builder comes on site. Those numbers are used by estimators, and they translate them to square foot pricing in their breakout to the owner.

    When you speak of small walls that you do everything you need to calc the cutting costs, trucking costs, and all associated earthwork separately. Then there is a wall/drain/gravel cost, then a soils compaction cost.

    Any slope restoration is also added into the mix, unless the owner wants that to be the grading contractors job.

    For walls under 2000 s.f, it is not uncommon to see $40.00 per square foot wall charges, if you factor everything in. Do not just look at a wall and throw a square foot number at it, unless you want to loose your rear end.
  10. allaccesslandscaping

    allaccesslandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    in the bay area califorina I charge 80 to 90 a ft cumstomer buys block only.

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