I would NEVER consider having flat work (a flat concrete slab) done. For
what it costs in materials, and the skills involved, I can do it myself,
still pay the guys a few bucks (or call in some favors) and give them some
BBQ, or pizza, and beer, and have an easy day of it. If I have the form
ready, we will be done by noon. I get to keep the $1490 in my pocket.
Please let me know how my figures compare with your area. I would be
interested in how close I came. Even with the concrete at $50 per yard, you
still would save over a grand. If you want to get fancy, you can use some
plywood to make curved edges, brick the edges, or patterns within the pour,
some rock salt to make a pitted surface, some aggregate sprinkled on top to
make a pebbled effect, or stain it after it dries. Lots of easy to do
All in all, you can save an awful lot on concrete work if you want to do the
Just MHO, YMMV.