Business of Buildiing: Gazebo bid

I get questions sometimes about the business side of building. How do you prepare a bid? What drawings do you show a client? What does a materials list look like? Here’s an example that I produced for a client:

SketchUp rendering of a quick gazebo model

SketchUp rendering of a quick gazebo model

Costs for a project like this not including labor of about 80 hrs total:

 

Bill of Materials

price ea. qty total cost
4 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. Rough Green Western Red Cedar Appearance Lumber 30.72 16 $491.52
Top Choice Standard Rough Cedar Lumber (Common: 2-in x 4-in x 10-ft; Actual: 1-11/16-in x 3-11/16-in x 10-ft) 9.92 8 $79.36
Quikrete 80# concrete mix 4.10 16 $65.60
ABA 4×6 ZMAX Galvanized Adjustable Post Base 15.74 8 $125.92
Strong-Drive 10d x 1-1/2 in. SCN Smooth-Shank Connector Nail Hot-Dip Galvanized (5 lb.) 16.81 1 $16.81
48 in. x 96 in. x 1/8 in. Acrylic Sheet 97.96 5 $489.80
1-in x 4-in x 12-ft Kiln-Dried Cedar Board 11.76 16 $188.16
1 in. x 8 in. x 10 ft. Common Board 15.98 30 $479.40
Alex Plus 10.1 oz. Clear Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone(12-Pack) 23.88 1 $23.88
8 in. x 10 ft. Galvanized Steel Drip Edge Flashing 10.52 1 $10.52
#12 1 in. External Hex Flange Hex-Head Self-Drilling Screws (100-Pack) 4.98 1 $4.98
delivery 79.00 1 $79.00
  $2,054.95

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