Home improvement and landscaping projects are a great way to elevate the aesthetics of your property and increase your property’s value. But planning these endeavours can be a headache, especially when it comes to determining the project’s cost.
If you’re looking to upgrade your property with concrete landscaping, before you make any final design decisions, make sure you get a good idea of how much the total cost will be. Unfortunately, this endeavour is more difficult than seems at first because there are many factors at play. The cost of concrete landscaping is dependent on the size and scale of the project, the contractor you choose to hire, and various other factors like the materials and patterns of the concrete. In this article, we go over the basics of determining the cost of your concrete landscaping project.
How Are Costs Determined?
Since every property and concrete landscaping project varies in size, shape and detail, there is no simple, one-price-fits-all cost you can look up online. Instead, the cost is usually calculated by either square footage or linear foot. Not every contractor has the exact same prices, but according to data collected from homeowners who filled out surveys after completing their concrete installation, landscape curbing cost per foot usually falls between $2 and $5. For bulkier installs that require concrete slabs, like patios, a four-inch thick slab is priced in the $5.50 to $10.25 range.
If you want a more elevated look and are willing to spend more money, costs can jump up to as much as $33 per linear foot for better materials like granite.
Price Ranges for Concrete Curbing
As we mentioned above, concrete curbing generally costs $2 to $5 per linear foot, but there is more than one type of concrete curbing for you to choose from. To better understand which concrete landscaping styles will fit your budget, let’s look at the price ranges for specific types of concrete curbing. Every price in the following list is per square foot.
- Poured Concrete Curbing: $4 to $5
- Precast Concrete Blocks: $2 to $3
- Decorative Concrete Curbing: $8 to $28
- Granite Curbing: $20 to $33
- Stone Curb Edging: $12 to $40
- Brick Block Border: $2 to $3
On top of the costs for materials, labour and installation costs add a price jump. Not every concrete contractor charges the same rates, but labour and installation costs usually run somewhere in the $5 to $13 range.
Another extremely popular addition to any property is a concrete patio. When determining how much damage installing one will do to your bank account, many of the same principles apply here as they did for concrete curbing. The price is dependent on materials, the size and shape of the design, and labour costs.
Typically, the cost to pour a concrete patio slab ranges between $3 and $10 per square foot. After adding labour and installation costs, the total gets pushed up to the $5.50 to $10.25 range we mentioned earlier.
If you want to figure out how much that will cost you in total, you need to figure out exactly what dimensions you want your patio to be. Let’s take a look at a simple example. Suppose you want your patio to be 12 feet by 12 feet. Calculate the total square footage (12×12=144 square feet), then multiply that by the high and low end of the price range (144x$5.50=$792, 144x$10.25=$1,476). So for a 12×12 concrete patio, the total cost could fall anywhere between $792 and $1,476.
Choice of Contractor
We talk about prices for concrete landscaping in ranges because there is no industry standard price set in stone, and costs can vary depending on which contractor you choose. In general, contractors that charge higher prices do so because they use higher quality materials and provide better quality results. As with most services you pay for, the better the service, the more you must pay. But when it comes to the look and value of your property, spending a bit more upfront for better quality usually pays off in the long run.