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Landscaping Cost, is $50,000 for this reasonable?

15 years ago

Please help with any feedback or suggestions. This is the landscaping bid we just received for a design we like that while it is substantial (brickwork to the front, new steps, a patio in the back with a fire-pit), well it's $50,000 which is 1/3 of the cost of our house!

We have no experience to know if we are being completely over charged or if this is reasonable and we just shouldn't get a patio or what to do! This is my inheritance money and I don't want my mother to roll over in her grave especially in financial times like these. We'd like this done, but want to be smart about it.

REAR STONE RETAINING WALL (no tax)

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Remove Existing Wall

Excavation For Wall

Debris Charge

Baraboo Boulder Wall Installed 86 SFF

Rough Black Topsoil

TOTAL PRICE: $ 1,686.28


REAR UNILOCK BRUSSELS DIMENSIONAL STONE SEAT WALL AND FIRE PIT (no

tax)

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Excavation For Wall

Debris Charge

Unilock Brussels Block Dimensional Wall Installed (Random Pattern) 160 SFF

Unilock Brussels Block Wall Cap Installed 72 LF

3/4" Gravel

3/4" Washed Gravel

Torpedo Sand

Unilock SRW Adhesive

TOTAL PRICE: $ 6,680.45



REAR PAVER PATIO (fire pit patio raised 2 steps)(no tax)

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Debris Charge

Excavation

Install & Compact Gravel Base

Level & Screed Base

Unilock Brussels Block Inlay Installed 262 SF

Unilock Brussels Block Paver Installed 124 SF

3/4" Gravel

Torpedo Sand

Polymeric Sand

Unilock Snap Edging

TOTAL PRICE: $ 9,255.21

Option 1: Unilock Yorkstone Pavers Inlay Installed add: $ 1,117.90

Option 2: Seal pavers with sand & joint stabilizer add: $ 744.80

FRONT UNILOCK BRUSSELS DIMENSIONAL STONE RETAINING WALL (no tax)

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Excavation For Wall

Unilock Brussels Block Dimensional Wall Installed 62 SFF

Unilock Brussels Block Wall Cap Installed 37 LF

1" Clear Limestone

3/4" Gravel

1/4" Gravel

Filter Fabric

Unilock SB10 Adhesive

TOTAL PRICE: $ 2,546.15

FRONT PAVER WALK/ STEPS (no tax)

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Remove Existing Walk/ Steps

Debris Charge

Excavation

Install & Compact Gravel Base

Level & Screed Base

Unilock Brussels Block Paver Installed 80 SF

Unilock Brussels Dimensional Step/Wall Installed 141 LF

Unilock Brussells Block Tread/Wall Cap Installed 88 LF

3/4" Gravel

1" Clear Stone Fill

Excavate and Form for Concrete Pad and Pier Footings

Pour Concrete Pad & Footings

Torpedo Sand

Polymeric Sand

Rubber Membrane

Weed Barrier

Unilock Snap Edging

TOTAL PRICE: $ 10,726.12

Option: Seal pavers with sand & joint stabilizer add: $ 203.65

RAILING (allowance, adjust to make wood railing)(no tax)

DESCRIPTION


39" 4 x 4 Post Sleeve Artisan

Artisan Post Cap

Artisan Post Skirts

Horizontal Rail Kit

Stair Rail Kit

Cut Kit

4 x 4 8' #1 SYP Treated .40 Post

Post Brackets

12" Titan Anchors

Miscellaneous Hardware

Labor

TOTAL PRICE: $ 4,101.30


LOW VOLTAGE LIGHTING (no tax)

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Step Lights 7 Each

Transformer: Kischler 600 watt K15PR600SS 1 Each

Wire 10-2

Miscellaneous Parts

TOTAL PRICE: $ 2,281.98


Option: 900 watt transformer K15PR900SS add: $ 237.16


FRONT PLANT BEDS


DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Sod & Other Plant Removal

Debris Charge

Garden Mix

Rototill Soil

Shredded Hardwood Bark

Ace of Diamond Black Edging

Flagstone Steppers 5 Each

Preemergent Herbicide

TOTAL PRICE: $ 1,426.60


REAR PLANT BEDS


DESCRIPTION QUANTITY UNIT

Sod & Other Plant Removal

Debris Charge

Ace of Diamond Black Edging

Garden Mix

Rototill Soil

Shredded Hardwood Bark

Mississippi Stone #2

Boulders 7 Each

Weed Barrier

Preemergent Herbicide

TOTAL PRICE: $ 2,295.52

REAR STEPPER PATH (no tax)


DESCRIPTION


Flagstone Steppers As Shown On Plan

TOTAL PRICE: $ 1,365.75

FRONT PLANTS INSTALLED & GUARANTEED

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY SIZE

Transplant: Hosta 4

Miss Kim Lilac 3 2-3'

Endless Summer 3 #1Grade

Feather Reed Grass 2 4.5"

Sweet Joe-Pye-Weed 3 4" pot

Winterglut Bergenia 1 4.5" Pot

Red Jade Crab 1 6-7'

Caragana Siberian Pea Shrub 1 #3

Golden Chamaecyparis 3 #3

Pink Poppet Weigela 3 12"

Diablo Ninebark 1 3'

Goldmound Spirea 3 12-15"

Koreanspice Viburnum 3 #3

Variegated Euonymus 18 2.5"

Mixed Perennials 36 4.5"

TOTAL PRICE: $ 2,528.34


REAR PLANTS INSTALLED & GUARANTEED

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY SIZE

Transplant: Viburnum 2

Autumn Brilliance Juneberry 1 2" BB

Feather Reed Grass 8 1 gal

Weeping Japanese Maple 1 #7

Honeymooners Holly 3 #5

Hakuro Nishiki Willow 1 2-Gal

Eastern white pine 1 6'

Mixed Perennials 47 4.5"

Indian Grass 7 1 Gal

Variegated Euonymus 12 2."

TOTAL PRICE: $ 2,752.31

LAWN WORK SOD

DESCRIPTION


Fine Grade; Sod

Pulverized Topsoil

TOTAL PRICE: $ 796.38



SUBTOTAL: $ 48,442.40

TAX: $ 538.95

TOTAL: $ 48,981.35


NOTES:

Staining, preserving and/ or painting of wood is not included.

Electrical outlet for lighting not included.

Repair of rotting sided or decking in the front porch area is not included.


Any advice or suggestions would be so appreciated!

Sarah and Andrew in Wisconsin

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