**Estimating Explanations**

**Why Read This Page?**

Because your estimating and measuring instructions are here, and because these instructions will give you a better understanding of the cost considerations that went into the price you see. Brick paving requires a border with a footing (see *Brick Paving The Short Story* for more info), a well compacted sub grade, and mitered cuts that need to be extremely precise since there are no mortar joints except in the border. These instructions on measuring, layout and calculations will ultimately save you time. However if you are familiar with these instructions you may go to the Estimating Links page.

The time you invest reading the instructions will be far less than the time you will spend setting appointments and waiting on your estimates to arrive. The prices here do not simply calculate square footage and multiply by a price, your border has a different price than the center section, different shapes require more cuts than others and each location is different. So read on or just start clicking estimators, either way have fun and let us know if we can assist you.

**Laying Out Your Shape**

- You will need a tape measure, a note pad and writing instrument, some garden hose, string or rope and a creative spirit. Then again, you may want consult with a landscape architect.
- The first and most obvious of your decisions is to decide where exactly you will place your patio, walkway, driveway etc. As always, it would be wise to make a master plan of your entire area before you begin any project. This will lead you to size and shape.
- Size and shape are easily determined using a water hose – for larger jobs you may need a few lengths of hose, but it is worth the trouble – or some rope works nicely. Spread the hose out into the shape you find suits your purposes and design the best.

**Measuring For Estimate**

For your conveneince you may open multiple widows and add shape totals together . . . look at your activity bar for the open window icons after opening calculators.

**To Estimate a Square or Rectangle:**This is the easiest estimate to retrieve. Measure the length and width . Then request the Rectangular Estimate, enter the length and width and click “Estimate”.

**To Estimate a Circle**: “pie are square”, remember?

Tell you what, we’ll make it simple for you! Just measure the diameter (image here!), then request the Circular Estimate, enter the diameter and click “Estimate”.

For those interested here is the formula:

The radius is half of the diameter. Multiply the radius by itself (squared), then multiply by pi (which is 3.1416).

**To Estimate a Hexagon:**We will keep it simple, just measure the diameter, then request the Hexagonal Estimator, enter the diameter and click “Estimate”.

For those interested here is the formula:

The diameter, squared, multiplied by .866.**To Estimate an Octagon:**We will keep it simple, just measure the diameter, then request the Octagonal Estimator, enter the diameter and click “Estimate”.

For those interested here is the formula:

The diameter, squared, multiplied by .828.**To Estimate a Polygon:**This one is hard to keep simple, but we will try! Take some string or rope and break your shape into rectangles. Like with an rectangle, (take notes as you go) measure the length and width of each rectangle. Multiply the length times the width of each, one at a time. Add the totals together to calculate the entire square footage. Measure the entire perimeter of the polygon. Request the Polygonal Estimate, enter the square feet total in the “**Square Foot**” box and the perimeter in the “**Border**” box and click “**Estimate**“.

**Pricing Structure and Explanations**

**Bargain Estimate**

This is the lowest price for which brick paving can be installed with the proper header, tamping, reinforcement etc. In order to qualify for this price there would be minimal clean-up. On larger projects a tractor will need to access a 30 foot perimeter of the project location, and the street or alley. All supplies must be dropped by the delivery driver within 10 feet stocked along the perimeter of the actual location. There must be no vegetation or landscape considerations and all excavated dirt will be left on site. Demolition of existing structures or obstacles will be your responsibility. In short, to obtain this price you can plan on getting a little sweaty and maybe even dirty!

**Condition A Estimate**

This price will reflect one or possibly two of the*bargain estimate*conditions not being met. For instance, a fork-lift can access your yard but the excavated dirt needs to be removed. Still, there must be no large quantities of vegetation to interfere with the construction or excavation. Heavy equipment must have access as before.**Condition B Estimate**

This price will include a couple more variables, perhaps all the materials must be hand carried from a street, gate or distance of 40 feet or more. Perhaps, there is a lot of vegetation on one side of the location, but the other is open to deliveries and you would like the excavated dirt hauled away.

**Condition C Estimate**

This price would reflect the typical home that has a well landscaped yard, but some space is negotiated for the excavated dirt, perhaps a plant or two will be sacrificed in favor of price (you may get sweaty again). In other words, your landscape won’t look like it did before work commenced, but you and the contractor negotiated a happy medium.**Premier Estimate**

To help you save time and get the best job for your money we have coined a phrase to clarify communication with your contractor! (Hey, you didn’t really want to get sweaty, did you?) It is real simple:**“I want my project to look as though you dropped it with a helicopter!”.**We have used this term for years to help our customers understand what to and not to expect. If you don’t relish the idea of getting sweaty on your time off, this is the easiest way to get what you want.Premier is the way to get your project to look as though it were placed by a helicopter; all plants, landscape, walks, drives etc., remain intact, unharmed or damaged (except those in the prescribed by you to be removed). This option costs a little more, but is well worth the headaches it saves.