Professional skill is required to create a patio hardscape that's even and durable, whether common or exotic materials are used. When properly created and maintained, this outdoor entertaining area can add value to your home.
Factors that can affect the cost of a patio include grading, excavating, and filling. Adding details such as steps, side walls, and a raised terrace can increase the build time and the amount of materials used. Prices also vary by location, with work in urban areas costing more than in rural locations.
At £3 a square foot, cement is one of the cheapest materials that can be used for a patio. This puts the cost of a 1,000-square-foot patio at £3,900. Patterns, such as scored lines every 18 inches, can add interest.
A natural material, travertine is a stone that comes in pre-cut shapes. Because the stone comes in a variety of patterns or colours, it instantly adds interest. It doesn't discolour and it stays cool underfoot even during hot conditions. These stones run about £14 a foot, making a 1,000-square-foot patio cost about £14,300.