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A flooring contractor will charge $1,412 to install 12-inch marble tiles laid in mortar in a 10- by 10-foot hallway, with $545 in materials. Full story (Sherwin Williams /November 18, 2013)
When it comes to choosing a retaining wall to hold back runoff in a terraced area, there are a lot of choices. Concrete walls are popular because they are easy to use and they come in a nice selection of natural shades and a variety of shapes and textures that enhance a landscape. Stacking concrete blocks with an interlocking lip or tongue-and-groove system are a good choice, especially if this is your first landscaping project.
Building a retaining wall is tough work that takes time. It involves laying out the design, digging a trench for the blocks and hauling all the materials, including the blocks, soil or pea gravel used for backfill.
A landscaper will charge $376 to build a 25-foot square concrete block retaining wall, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the materials for $300 and do it yourself and save 20 percent. If more than one level and terracing is needed, and if soil erosion is an issue, consider hiring a landscape architect to design the project. Specify that you want to use materials designed for a do-it-yourselfer, and get recommendations for the type of plantings to use. For a nominal fee, some garden and lawn centers offer this design service if you buy the materials from them.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$376 -- $300 -- 1.4 -- 4.5 -- $76 -- 20 Percent
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