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messageCost of paving front garden
Posted by Kesc 09 December, 2019 11:32

How much have people paid to have their front garden repaved?
We have a medium-small front garden (space for all of Southwark's bins and room for a small shed type thing).
We've been quoted between£3,500-£4,500, excluding materials. Seems extremely steep for replacing old paving with new simple paving (not asking for anything fancy)
Thanks!

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by Gloves 09 December, 2019 11:54

You need to ask them:
- How many days work? Assuming between £200 to £300 per day for labour charges
- Will they use any plant? A digger would cost approx £70 to £100 a day
- Skip would cost about £400 a week, including permits and removal.....

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by Jules-and-Boo 09 December, 2019 13:46

it's labour intensive but shouldnt' be that much. Although it depends on the state of your garden.

Get agreement for complete work, rather than "pay by day" as you can guess which would take longer

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by Penguin68 09 December, 2019 14:49

If the quote includes removal of existing concrete foundations for your paving I would suggest (plead) that you consider replacing with gravel over membrane or brick/ porous pavours. That will allow rainfall back into the land and avoid run-off. It will help stop subsidence associated with drying clay etc.

It is worth googling 'cost of driveway paving' to get an idea of alternatives and comparative costs. Depending on the actual square meterage and complexity your initial quote which you said excludes materials does seem on the steep side.

If your contractor is having to dig up for the work, do remember that your services (water, electricity, gas) will run towards your front door (probably). These are meant to be set deep but in my case I found the electric cable was only 1 foot deep or less! It was nearly severed and would have been if I hadn't had a very good contractor (and friend) working on it.

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by worldwiser 09 December, 2019 14:52

Talk to Sylvain

[www.jullienlandscaping.co.uk]

He's done at least 8-10 on our road alone, all expertly done and much less than that. PM me if you want an intro.

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by peckman 09 December, 2019 16:29

Try some plants

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by peckman 09 December, 2019 16:36

You are replacing paving folr paving? Two blokes
500 quid max

Enjoy your you paving thougb

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by EPB 09 December, 2019 18:37

I do hope your back garden isn’t paved as well.

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by Sue 09 December, 2019 19:56

Kesc Wrote:
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> How much have people paid to have their front
> garden repaved?
> We have a medium-small front garden (space for all
> of Southwark's bins and room for a small shed type
> thing).
> We've been quoted between£3,500-£4,500, excluding
> materials. Seems extremely steep for replacing old
> paving with new simple paving (not asking for
> anything fancy)
> Thanks!


Excluding materials?!?!?!

I think some people just ask ridiculous amounts in the hope that somebody will eventually pay it.

In East Dulwich, some people probably will smiling smiley

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by seenbeen 09 December, 2019 20:24

dig it up yourself, bit by bit, and put gravel and plants there

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by TD 10 December, 2019 06:10

Give Will Sutton a call. I found him on this forum. He did paving for me and was very good and reasonable.

[www.williamsuttonlandscaping.co.uk]

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by malumbu 10 December, 2019 12:27

Return it to a garden, great for wildlife, water drainage etc. And you can sleep better at night....

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by Jules-and-Boo 10 December, 2019 12:32

we have both paving and soil and it works well.

but then in our street the bins stay on the pavements

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by Kesc 10 December, 2019 14:28

Thanks everyone, particularly for the constructive replies... What I was looking for is rough ideas of what others have spent though so I can pay a fair price.

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by worldwiser January 06, 10:33AM

If I recall correctly we paid just under 2k including materials which also included a pathway of Victorian paving.

messageRe: Cost of paving front garden
Posted by PeckhamRose January 19, 02:05PM

It IS a fair and constructive reply, when asking about the cost to also consider the ecological cost of not having planting/grass where such planting and grass was initially placed.

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