We mentioned Monday that this is the week of the contractor around the Little House. So far, we’ve seen five contractors (three roofing and two sprinkler) and have at least four more coming out between now and the middle of next week to finish quoting the sprinkler system and the fence/deck repair and stain. Everyone we’ve spoken with so far has been knowledgeable, courteous, and enthusiastic about our projects.
Unfortunately, one can’t pick a contractor on knowledge, courtesy, and entusiasm alone.
You also have to consider the Benjamins.
Our first sprinkler contractor insisted on not only giving us a quote for the sprinkler installation, but for our entire yard project – deck, patio, sprinklers, fence – the whole shebang. We made it as clear as we could that we fully intend to do everything but the sprinklers ourselves, but decided that seeing a quote for everything would, if nothing else, allow us to see how much we save by doing most of the project with ourselves.
Below is a snippet from The-Sprinkler-Company-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named’s quote.
The estimate for the actual sprinkler system itself is right in line with the other quote we’ve received. Everything else gave us a little sticker shock.
Take the landscape fabric for example. The-Sprinkler-Company-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named quoted us $0.30/sq. ft. for landscape fabric, including labor, we assume. About two minutes of Googling landscape fabric left us with several options in the $0.04/sq.ft. range and our labor, other the spending a gorgeous Texas spring afternoon outside, is free.
Even after seeing this quote we’re still 110% committed to DIYing the majority of our backyard ourselves… and it’s a lot of work left to be done.
Remove old bar Remove old hot tub/covered deck
- Grade patio area (away from the house, towards the alley)
- Install sprinkler system (professional)
- Run electrical for the patio (professional?)
- Excavate patio area
- Build fire pit and bar foundation
- Build patio
- Build bar
- Have deck and fence restained (professional)
- Add furniture
- Add accessories
- Sod backyard
- Plant flowers
- Have HUGE crawfish boil!!
We only have 50 days to finish the yard, so hopefully we’ll wrap up the contractors by mid-next week and get started with the first phase, reroofing the Little House, by the first week in February!