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Is this priced right? $15k for retaining wall?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by ChadTheNomad, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. ChadTheNomad

    ChadTheNomad LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 29

    Greetings everyone. Obviously, I just found this site, but I was happy to see the level of activity on here as well as the expertise.

    I am not a professional. I'm merely an amateur homeowner that has a lot of ideas, but not enough knowledge to do what I want. When it comes to something like a retaining wall, I know I either need to invest a lot of time to really understand what needs to be done or just leave it to the professionals.

    And so I left it to the professionals. I kindly request a little feedback as to whether this is the going price for such work.

    My yard slopes all around the back. Because of this, it cuts into the usable yard space. The idea was to cut back into some of the slope, put in a ~4' retaining wall and then a 20'x20' patio with a fire pit.

    I know this isn't a lot of information, but I do know I don't have the ability to excavate this thing myself. We were wanting to go with a dry stack stone, but we were quoted $15k to do so. Any thoughts?

    I could upload some pictures of the plans as well if that'd help.
  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I personally would not trust a dry stack wall 4 foot tall unless it was built out off larger stone which is very expensive here in Ga.
    Either concrete/veneer or use SRW blocks.
    Both are better "Long term" solutions.
  3. ChadTheNomad

    ChadTheNomad LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 29

    Thank you, I'll keep that in mind. Stone was just one of the options that was considered, but I was a little surprised at the cost. I think $4k of it was just labor.

    Any additional feedback as to the cost would be appreciated.
  4. cooltype

    cooltype LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    hey i tried to send you a message but it wouldnt let me?? we would be interested in doing the job if you can tell me how long the wall is going to be and get some pictures. I think we can get you a little better price. i have pictures of previous walls and patios as well. check out this thread, this is the guy i am in business with,

  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    SRW walls cost starts at 15.00 dollars a face foot and up.

    So if the wall was 4 foot tall by 50 foot long that would be around 200 face feet.
    Multiply that times the cost and you will get overall cost.

    I am south of Atlanta if it is not too far I could swing by and give you some suggestions.
  6. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
    Messages: 2,408

    I believe he needs at least 10 posts before PM works.
  7. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,315

    Yeah right, try $35 and up
  8. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    It would depend how long the wall was but Ill assume its at least 50 feet long. If the quote was for dry stack it is low compared to up here. A project like that would easily run 30K or higher. The price is cheap even for SRW. I know things are less expensive down there to a degree, but we are all paying $4 for gas. I will say that usually you get what you pay for. And cutting corners or choosing a cheaper contractor will almost always cost you more in the long run. My advice is to check up on your contractor, go see his work, talk to the homeowner, and ask to see old work as well as new. Almost anyone can slap up a wall that stays level for a year or two, but if you see a wall at least 5 years old and still level and true than you are on the right track.
  9. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I wish.

    The 15.00 is a bare bone wall with a cheap block.

    The nicer blocks can go over 35 dollars here as well depending on the complexity.
    Plus there are loads of contractors who will not install it correctly and do it cheap.
    10 dollars a square foot on pavers is considered expensive here as well.
  10. cooltype

    cooltype LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    exactly, people up north really show there stupidity when they dont read where the post is coming from and say you arent charging enough. glad to hear someone from the south come up with the same numbers so i know we are pricing things correctly, i for one am just starting but my partner has been doing it for years.

    On average walls are about $16-20 a square foot and patios $11 is kinda how we have been pricing. We can get block as cheap as $2 a block but on average $3-5 thats significantly different from up north.

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