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$2,000

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$5,400

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How much do patios cost?

Home feels more like a home when it has spaces for relaxation. Outdoor spaces for leisure are handy for family gatherings with good food and wine under the stars or when you want the cool, fresh outdoor breeze to relax with a good read and a cup of coffee. 

One great outdoor space is the patio which serves as an extension of your home. However, not every house comes with a fully-built, fully-furnished patio area upon turnover. So if you’re one of those homeowners who plan to lay a patio from Pinterest to reality, plan efficiently by finding out average patio costs.

By estimate, the cost of laying a patio ranges from $2,000 to $20,000, including the materials and the labour cost. So even if the home you grew up with or the home you bought with your hard-earned cash has no patio yet, now’s a good time to plan and personalise a new patio according to your style, your personality, and your preferences. 

The patio is part of your home and is considered a space for rest, relaxation, recreation, and family gatherings. So whether it’s a dinner with friends or a weekend of BBQ, a great outdoor patio is the way to go. Read on to find out how much a new patio costs.

What factors affect the cost of laying a patio?

How much it costs to lay a patio depends on the overall look, feel, or aesthetic you want to achieve. The size of the patio and your target design will determine the materials necessary to excavate, pave and build the patio of your dreams. 

There are numerous options for paving slab materials such as brick, concrete, sandstone, limestone, granite, slate, porcelain, and marble. The most affordable option for materials is brick and concrete, each for as low as $6 to $8 per square foot. On the other hand, stone is on the more expensive side as it can go for as high as $10 to $40 per square foot. For a 10 square foot patio, paving materials can cost as much as $100 to $400.

Once building the groundwork is finished, you can also plan on the cost of the rest of the components such as the furniture and the decorative elements.

Patio size

The final cost of the patio project is also largely affected by its size. Whether your garden is about the size of a bistro, an outdoor sunroom, up to an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area, the bigger the area size, the more expensive it will be. Typically, a 10 square foot bistro patio can go as high as approximately $336 to $1,050 for 42 square feet.

Materials

When it comes to garden patios, concrete patios cost around $6 to $30 per square metre. Aside from the value-for-money factor, it is also versatile. It comes in many designs, styles, patterns, and colours - decorative, engraved, stained, coloured, stamped, printed, and aggregate. It is also very durable and is easy to maintain in the long run. However, if there is no good drainage, the soil can become saturated when water goes down through a porous material like concrete. 

This saturation causes movement in the slabs when people walk on them. If not sealed, porous materials like concrete can also be susceptible to stains. If you use coloured concrete, keep in mind that it has dye added to it during manufacturing. This colour will be prone to fading in the long run due to weather exposure and foot traffic. Nevertheless, concrete is still the cheapest slab option, with the stamped ones having the highest durability.

Sandstone, limestone, slate, granite, and marble all fall under the category of natural stone. Like concrete, they are also versatile, and they come in so many colours, styles, textures and applications. The possibilities are endless! Natural stones can range from $10 to $40 per square metre depending on the type and design. By composition and formation, natural stones are very durable and can stand the test of time. 

Labor and excavation

Labor costs vary depending on your choice - will you opt to hire a full-fledged general contractor or get a couple of local builders to do the work? 

It will also vary according to where you are in the US. But labor costs will be around $70 to $80 per hour. For 300 square feet of patio, expect to pay for around 40 hours of labor, or up to $3,200.

On top of the patio labor cost is the level of necessary excavation, plus a new sub-base. This can cost around $80-$190 per cubic yard. It varies significantly according to the conditions of the site and the location as well.

Another must-have is a soakaway or surface water drain that costs within the range of $200 to $1000. To ensure proper drainage when you have a large paved surface, you will need to build a drainage channel to direct the water to an existing drain or into this soakaway.  

Types of patios and their costs

The exciting part of the project is to have the power of choice - what type of patio do you want? What kind of patio do you visualize? Your budget and preferences will determine the type you can go for. To aid you in your decision making, you can also check the breakdown below, which compares the different patio types, their respective pros and cons, and the cost. 

Type of patio

Cost

Advantages

Disadvantages

Concrete patio

$6 to $10

  • Porous, prevents dampness

  • Easy to move and replace. Durable and can withstand sudden weather changes.

  • Rigid shape limits the designs where it is applicable

  • Pigments and colours fade in the long run

  • If you will install plumbing or electricals, concrete is not a suitable option

Brick patio

$8 to $12

  • Scratch-proof and warp-proof

  • Relatively low maintenance and easy to repair when needed

  • A little harder to install 

  • A bit more high maintenance as it needs to be sealed regularly

  • Among the options, it’s prone to frost heaving

Slate patio

$15 to $40

  • Less fading when compared to natural stones. Low absorption.

  • Can give a unique, notable look to your patio

  • Scratch-prone surface

  • During winter or colder months, slate surfaces can be prone to puddling

  • It’s also less durable during bad weather as its layers can flake off

Stone patio

$10 to $40

  • Less fading and color stays longer. It is flexible too.

  • Among the choices, stone is the most durable option.

  • Irregular surfaces due to its natural composition

  • Prone to weed growth

  • Most expensive option among the choices

 

What does laying a new patio involve?

While a hired landscape gardener can do the actual patio laying, it is also crucial to know the project’s process. This will also help you decide whether or not it is possible for you to DIY.

Planning your patio

Talk to a building consultant and decide on the overall plan. This helps you narrow down the materials and equipment you’ll need. 

Preparation

Prepping the area is the first step. If you have an existing patio, the existing pavement will need to be lifted. A hole of at least 150mm in depth will be dug to lay a hard-core base of 100mm. This will be topped off with 30 mm of sand or grit. The tradesmen will then create the concrete - 1 part cement for every three parts sand. This will serve as the bed of the slabs. 

Installation of material

The slabs or blocks are dampened after the patio material is installed to prevent the concrete from drying out fast. A rubber mallet is used to tap the first piece to secure it in place until the rest of the patio is installed. Each slab should have a 10-15mm gap in between. Water is sprayed, and it’s left to sit for a day. Succeeding steps include grouting and jointing to fill in gaps in between the paving. To remove the remaining residues, the surface of the patio will then be wiped down. 

What other factors affect the cost of laying a patio?

Slab quality

Paver patios cost more than concrete patios, but they are of higher quality. Slabs should not have so many air bubbles in them. Otherwise, they are considered poor quality. Water gets into these pockets and freezes. When the ice expands, it cracks the slabs! Higher quality slabs can be a bit more expensive but have fewer air bubbles.

Garden design

When planning the patio, you may also include the design of the actual garden on your list. Additional costs will depend on the kinds of plants and trees you want planted. Aside from the greens, you may also want to consider the aesthetics of their containers, such as pots and flower boxes.

Outdoor furniture and lighting

To complete the look and make the patio a place of relaxation, list down the furniture you want to put and the kind of lighting you want installed. Generally, outdoor furniture and lighting are a bit more expensive than indoor ones due to their material, which is more likely to withstand outdoor conditions such as weather changes and the kind of activities they are used for.


Now that you have an idea about average patio prices, you probably want to start your home project right away. Put up a task on Airtasker, and we’ll connect you to nearby experts who can give you a free quote and help you build the patio of your dreams!

Price guide

$2,000 - $20,000

low

$2,000

median

$5,400

high

$20,000

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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If you opt to hire a landscape gardener for patio installation, a typical timeframe for a small patio will take around two days. Of course, the bigger the patio and the extensive excavation needed, the longer it will take. The longer the duration of the project, the more expensive the labor is going to be. For 800 square feet of pavers, it can take around two to three days.
Schedule a regular cleaning and maintenance. You can do it by yourself, just remember that each material requires a different cleaning method. To remove dirt from the stone patio, simply use dish soap and water applied using a brush. For stubborn dirt, try using vinegar or bleach. You can also opt to hire a professional cleaner at $150 to $325. For slate, use dish soap and brush. Remember to avoid using heavy, harsh chemicals as it can be easily damaged. Recommended cleaning schedule is two to three times a year. You can also buy slate cleaners for stains. You can also hire a slate polisher for only $3 per square foot. For concrete, brush leaves and debris off with a leaf blower or brush. To remove grime or dirt, wash it with a pressurized garden hose. For brick, sweep the area once a week using brush with stiff bristles. Wash it regularly to remove particles that have come loose. Use sealant regularly.
Anytime, but the best time is spring! Because installation is significantly more difficult during the rainy season and warmer climates due to the nature of the curing and paving installation process.
It’s not often required. But to be sure, you can check with your local building code enforcement or contractor. For an estimate, it costs around $425 to $2,300. Rented building residents may need consent for any construction or renovation project, too.
If you opt to hire a landscape gardener for patio installation, a typical timeframe for a small patio will take around two days. Of course, the bigger the patio and the extensive excavation needed, the longer it will take. The longer the duration of the project, the more expensive the labor is going to be. For 800 square feet of pavers, it can take around two to three days.
Anytime, but the best time is spring! Because installation is significantly more difficult during the rainy season and warmer climates due to the nature of the curing and paving installation process.
Schedule a regular cleaning and maintenance. You can do it by yourself, just remember that each material requires a different cleaning method. To remove dirt from the stone patio, simply use dish soap and water applied using a brush. For stubborn dirt, try using vinegar or bleach. You can also opt to hire a professional cleaner at $150 to $325. For slate, use dish soap and brush. Remember to avoid using heavy, harsh chemicals as it can be easily damaged. Recommended cleaning schedule is two to three times a year. You can also buy slate cleaners for stains. You can also hire a slate polisher for only $3 per square foot. For concrete, brush leaves and debris off with a leaf blower or brush. To remove grime or dirt, wash it with a pressurized garden hose. For brick, sweep the area once a week using brush with stiff bristles. Wash it regularly to remove particles that have come loose. Use sealant regularly.
It’s not often required. But to be sure, you can check with your local building code enforcement or contractor. For an estimate, it costs around $425 to $2,300. Rented building residents may need consent for any construction or renovation project, too.

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