profit question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by shady dog, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. shady dog

    shady dog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I recently finished a patio and I'd like to know if any of you have insite on my pricing, i.e., did I make a good profit? I charged the customer $13,750. Of that, $5620 went to material; $975 went to labor and equipment rental; I was left with $7155. This project took me two weeks with 140 man hours, most of which were my hours. Thanks for your replies. (I'd send a photo but I can't figure out how to do it...any of you know how?)
    -Shady Dog
  2. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    as far as a by the hour figure, $51 an hour doesn't sound bad at all to me. I am not in the stone work though, and basing this on lawns. I'd say sounds like you did pretty good though. that's not a bad pace to set for yourself!
  3. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    $51.00 per hour is damn good, especially solo.......
  4. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Shady dog:
    Here is an explanation on how to post a photo that chuck keough posted, I copied it here.

    How to upload/post a picture
    Here are the basics steps.

    1. Left click on Post Reply,
    2. Type a message or short note in the "Your Reply" area,
    3. Below the "Smileys" on the left going down the page you will see the area: "Attach file: to the right of that there will be a "Browse..." button, left click the button 1 time.

    Now you will have a file from your hard drive open up.

    4. Find the file/picture on your hard drive you want to post on LawnSite.
    5. Double click or left click to select the file/picture, then hit the enter key.
    6. You can then check your spelling or Submit your Reply.
    If you picture is within the parameters of 800 x 600, your picture will be posted, if not you will get a message that your picture is too large.

    If you get the message that your picture is too large you will have to resize the image. You must have a software program that allows you to edit/manipulate images.


    If you still need help, you can e-mail the picture to me at and I'll post it for you.
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    I'd say you did ok for doing most of it yourself.
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    what was teh sq footage?
  7. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Thanks for posting the man-hours ...kind of stuff i like.

    Although I would question your labor costs ...I'd say your about right.

    A real quick check for me....of course it depends on many variables(what material used, your company needs etc etc,) is 100 for every man hour. (including materials). That is usually a mix of hard and softscape.

    Your 140 man-hours for 14 k works for me.

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