Adding a patio at home gives you an all-in-one lounging, social, and outdoor living space. But the big question is: how much does a paver patio cost per square foot?
On average, you may need to shell out around $5,800 for a 400-square-feet patio installation project (including the materials and labor). This translates to $9 to $23 per square foot, with high-end paver patio projects quickly adding up to $10,500.
Total project costs will vary on several factors, such as the size of your patio, the material, and labor costs. (Related article: Paver Patio Cost & Consumer Guide)
Patio Installation Costs at a Glance
To help you stay within budget, calculate the total square footage for your project and the type of paver you want to use. (Related article: Pricing Guide: How Much Does It Cost To Install A 10x10 Paver Patio?)
It is also recommended to get a few quotes from multiple patio companies in your area. That way, you can determine the best price for your budget.
Patio Costs Per Square Foot
Standard patios are usually constructed by laying pavers, with some of the cheapest being red or grey bricks ($1.8 to $2.2 per brick, or up to $700+ per pallet to cover 56 square feet). You may also consider dry-laid brick, made of brick pavers, concrete, or natural stone and bound together with dry sand. This starts from $5 to $8 per square foot.
Considerably the most expensive route you can take for this project involves wet-laid brick, running from $8 to 13 per square foot. Instead of sand, it uses cement or mortar to ensure a firm, permanent adhesion.
A poured concrete patio starts from $5 to $14 per square foot, which may add up to $1,300 to $4,000+ for a complete installation. This will also depend on the actual size of your patio.
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Other Cost Factors in a Paver Patio Project
Let’s take a closer look at the other factors to consider for your paver patio project.
1. Labor Costs
More often than not, landscapers or contractors are hired to install paver patios at home. Professional services start from $8 to $15 per square foot or $50 to $80+ per hour.
For every 300 square feet of patio, that translates to over 40 hours of labor. Now, we're not saying this project can't be done the DIY route, but you will need to prepare yourself physically as it can be a very labor-demanding job.
2. Total Patio Size
Like most home improvement projects, more extensive paver patios will be more expensive to build. The upside is that you may sometimes get a better price on stone pavers if you buy in bulk. The cost per square foot may drop slightly for large-sized projects in some cases.
If you’re looking into a DIY installation project, material costs for stone pavers may be as low as $2.5 to $11 per square foot.
3. Complexity of the Project
A straightforward rectangle paver patio will cost you a little less than irregular-shaped ones (such as circular designs). This is because the labor required for unique designs will take more time and expertise.
4. Accessibility Issues
You may need to determine things such as: "Is the backyard leveled and easy to access?", "Do you have sandy soils?".
That's because the total project cost will be lower if installers do not face any accessibility issues, including challenging slopes, heavy/dry clay surfaces, or drainage issues.
5. Type of Paver Stone Patio
As previously mentioned, stone pavers' cost varies depending on their type. If your patio covers about 100 to 500 square feet, you'll notice the price difference more easily. Homeowners looking to save money may want to shop around to find the best stone paver price that fits their set budget.
6. Additional Patio Costs
Aside from the usual labor costs and material expenses, you will need to consider other cost factors for your project.
Some homeowners may be required to install a new door to easily access the patio, while some may require adding a retaining wall. Any additional work will add up to the total costs– so you should prepare your budget for any extra expenses.
In some cases, any bushes, trees, or herbs may also need to be removed if they’re in the way. Possible upgrades include new patio furniture, a ceiling fan, or an outdoor kitchen, which may only hike the costs.
7. Material Add-ons
You may be required to purchase additional materials to complete the paver installation project, especially in the event of a calculation mishap. Don't worry; this rarely happens if you work with an expert contractor.
But some homeowners who are planning to install the stone pavers by themselves may need to buy extra gravel, sand, landscaping fabric, and concrete. As you set aside the budget you can allocate for this project, we recommend adding a buffer as much as possible for any additional materials and charges.
DIY or Hire a Pro?
Installing a paver patio can be a DIY weekend project, as long as you have the right expertise to carry out the job correctly. Keep in mind that the installation process can be very physically demanding and requires elbow grease on your end.
If you don’t like the idea of having to lift heavy objects by yourself (or you are physically limited not to do it), then hiring a general contractor or a local landscaper is your best bet. You will also need special tools for this project, as you will need to measure and cut the materials you’ll use.
Expert-Backed Tip: For your long-term patio upgrades, you may also want to consider hiring the same contractor. This ensures the quality of work remains consistent.
Is a Patio Project Worth the Money?
Homeowners who enjoy lounging around the home or socializing with friends and loved ones in an entertaining outdoor space can benefit from a paver patio the most.
If the same applies to you, then investing in a paver patio will be worth it in the long run! Keep in mind that it will also boost the value of your property and improve your daily quality of living.