Posted: 04/02/2017 at 10:50
Fairygirl, I think you're absolutely right about people underestimating the cost of hard landscaping. Just doing our patio took 2 people nearly 2 weeks. It's a largish area with raised beds at the side, but just the labour cost for that is substantial. Add the cost of materials and the cost can soon rocket. Just make sure you have a fixed price quote, not an estimate, before the work begins.
Obviously the price is much lower if you can do the work yourself, but I can't.