Build a Patio Cost

How much does it cost to build a patio?

A patio can be made from many different materials including stone, pavers, and concrete. For this discussion we will look at the requirements and costs associated with the installation of a 192 square foot (12'x16') concrete patio. Of many home improvement projects, a patio installation is one considered to usually be a "DIY" project, but the scope of this particular design might require professionals to get the job done. After all, it is difficult to imagine handling the 200+ bags of Pre-Mix concrete that would be required for a patio of this size or the lifting of the hundreds of pounds of gravel that must be used as the base.

For the patio installation, the typical costs include:

  • According to PaveTech, the average concrete patio will cost around $700 using pavers and doing all of the work independently. When professional concrete contractors and excavators are used the costs will obviously climb substantially. Traditionally, a patio at the size mentioned will cost roughly $2,000 to $4,000. The resale value of this update would hold at the high-end of $3,200, or an 80% return on investment.
  • The above figures place the patio installation at $21 per square foot. This pricing structure assumes that masons, excavators and carpenters will charge an average of $70 per hour.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Upgrading quality of materials, especially where concrete is concerned can often yield a much longer life span on the patio. This could mean a concrete with a "fiber mesh" added to the mixture, or one that has colored stones added for visual appeal instead. Some contractors will even reinforce a patio slab with "rebar" for longevity.
  • Consider inquiring about "stamped" concrete if you want a textured or patterned look to the patio. This can give the concrete the look of stone, pavers, or bricks.

Additional considerations and costs

If you are going to work with a contractor it is completely acceptable to ask for at least three different bids from three different groups. This is going to give a very accurate idea of the total costs and the level of control you will have over project.