I've been doing decorative concrete installations for almost a year now. Most of what we do is a knockdown texture in various patterns and colors starting at $2/foot. I had a customer that is looking to add a 400 sq ft patio that I did an estimate for today. I quoted about $4/foot for the concrete (excavation, forming, pumping, finishing, and providing 3000 pump mix with fiber) and just under $2 on the topping (we're pretty slow and can still make money on the job). I was shown a written estimate from a well known hardscaper that does good work pricing the same 400 sq ft at just over $5/ft. I'm fairly sure that my cousin does their taxes, I wonder if she could tell me what their margins are? I thought pavers were $3+ a ft just to purchase not counting labor and overhead. I really didn't think I'd be competing head to head with the paver guys. I thought that I could offer a cheaper option, we'll see how this one goes.