So I am currently in the process of pricing up a quote for a design for a potential client and the costs seem to be skyrocketing even with me finding good deals and cheaper alternatives, also the design has gone through several revisions, with many of the ideas and requests put forward by the client having to be advised against and rejected for both, structural and aesthetic reasons.
Now the main reason for this is I think that because the potential client didn't have a real idea of what they wanted other than having a more level, low maintenance garden or costs involved.
Now I had a discussion with the client and drew them up a few quick designs, some more elaborate than others, with aspects they quickly jumped on as something they would like.
The problem with this is that in the initial discussion figures of 5 to 7k cropped up as the budget which would have been a very basic design and budget material.
With all the revisions, choices of paving, artificial lawns and walling etc the basic raw material cost has far exceeded this initial amount without even considering the time and labour elements which are relatively substantial due to the sheer amount of aggregate needing shifting, extensive patio work and very awkward access issues.
I felt that I had to contact this potential client and tell them that the upper figure of their budget was pretty much hit before I had even priced all of it including labour to which they replied they were 'OK with that. ' which I took as being they can stretch to more.
However I don't know how they will react to double figures and more than double the initial upper budget (and I haven't even priced in rendering all the garden walls as per their extra request!) and fear the job could essentially outprice itself.
Has anybody else been in this position or have any ideas on how to approach it as I'd rather secure it than lose it and don't want to sell myself short by doing it for a low profit?