ok, so I've got my first patio job... about 5,000 sq.ft. Owner wants it done in field stone so the patio will have that different color look to it, browns, tans, white...that kind of stuff. I've read up on how to do the patio. So theoretically I know how to do the patio, just never actually done one. I will not be using any heavy machinery, just a couple of backs and shovels. I was going to dig out the dirt, lay sand, grade, then lay the stone, backfill cracks with gravel dust. So I guess my question/questions is/are..... How many guys do you all use when doing patio's? Size of your crew. Do you bid by overhead/materials/time/labor? Got any pointers for a newbie? Or would you ever consider contracting this out, and try watching and learning from someone else? Just looking for some advice. Thanks!