Install a marble floor
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)
One of the nicest additions to our home is a brick patio that creates a place to enjoy being outdoors, whether it's to sit and read a book or enjoy eating and entertaining. A patio made of bricks offers traditional appeal and appearance in an understated way. With today's growing selection of pavers and a variety of design patterns, you can create a custom brick patio that's uniquely your own.
Laying a brick patio involves digging and hauling, not to mention working on your hands and knees for long periods of time. In general, the process begins with laying out the space, digging up the soil, then leveling the area to a depth of about 5 inches. You can lay the bricks freehand or use plastic grids set in sand to help align the bricks in a basket-weave pattern. Then sweep the sand off the bricks into the cracks and lightly mist the bricks with a garden hose to clean them.
You can buy the materials for a 15-by-10-foot brick patio for $375 and do it yourself and save 77 percent. A mason will charge $1,622 to do the job. Figure that it will take about 45 hours for you to do the job.
Before you begin, decide what you'll do with the lawn and landscape material you remove from the location of your new patio. If there's good lawn, consider renting a sod cutter to save it, and plan to reuse any shrubs or plantings elsewhere in your yard.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$1,622 -- $375 -- 31.0 -- 45.0 -- $1,247 -- 77 Percent
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