How to Price a Field Stone Wall

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Using stone walls to mark the boundaries around your property is not just cost-effective but can be beautifying. Natural stones are readily available in bulk in many places across the United States. They can have dynamic and beautiful patterns, and come in colors including tan, light red and light blue. Some stones are darker, with dark blues and browns. Before you embark on building a wall with field stones, you must calculate the total cost to build the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Measure the length of where you want to build the wall. Run the tape along the ground to measure the distance as accurately as possible.

  • Multiply the length of the wall by the width and height for which your plans call. The width of the wall at the base should be two-thirds of the wall's height. This gives you the total volume of field stone required to build your wall.

  • Determine the total tonnage of field rock required for the project. Convert the cubic-foot volume into tons. Divide the total cubic-foot volume of field stone by 15. Fifteen cubic feet of field stone equals one ton of rock. This gives you the number of tons of field stones to buy for the wall.

  • Determine the price per ton of the type of stone you want. Different sizes, colors, types of stone, cuts of stone, and locations of origin all have different prices. As of 2010, some field stone is available for approximately $200 per ton. However, if you own land with enough natural field stone in it, you may be able to obtain building materials for free.

  • Multiply the total number of tons of stone you need by the price per ton of the stone you plan to buy. This gives you the total cost of the stone for your wall.

  • Add in the cost of labor and delivery, including hiring people to help move the stone or build the wall if necessary. Add a little extra to the final figure so as not to be short of material when building.

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