Adding a patio to your backyard can provide a welcoming space to relax or entertain. However, you need to ensure the patio you build fits your budget. Materials, size and whether you choose a contractor or build yourself can affect the final cost of your patio. Learning all the possible factors before you start to plan will help you pick the right patio for your situation.
A contractor-installed brick patio can cost £7.40 per 30cm squared (1 square foot) or more in February 2011, due to the labour involved. Kudzu estimates the most costly professionally-installed brick patios at between £1,625 and £3,250. However, brick patios are among the simplest patios to install yourself. You just need to be willing to put in the time. According to Ask the Builder, a 4.6 x 6m (15 x 20 foot) brick or concrete paver patio can require between 100 and 150 man-hours to build. As of 2008, building a patio from 4cm (1 1/2 inch) paving brick costs around £1.80 per 30cm squared (1 square foot), or a little more than £195 for a 3 x 3.5m (10 x 12 foot) patio.
As of 2011 and according to Concrete Network, a simple poured concrete patio with one decorative technique or colour can cost as little as £3 per 30 cm squared (1 square foot), or about £468 after installation for a 3 x 3.5m (10 x 12 foot) patio. Adding more colours or a contrasting border can increase costs to £6 to £9 per 30cm squared (1 square foot), or between £780 and £1,170. Saw cutting, borders and hand-applied colouring techniques can also increase the cost of your concrete patio. Pouring a simple patio yourself can cut costs. According to Concrete Network, concrete for a 3 x 3.5m (10 x 12 foot) concrete patio 10cm (4 inches) thick would cost around £71.
Bluestone or flagstone patios are among the most attractive and durable options. They're also some of the most expensive patio materials available. According to CostHelper, you can expect to pay between £9 and £11 per 30cm squared (1 square foot) for a contractor-installed flagstone patio, or between £975 and 2,160 for a 3 X 3.5m (10 x 12 foot) installation. According to Kudzu, some fancy flagstone patios can cost as much as £16 per 30cm squared (1 square foot).
Extra features such as outdoor heaters can increase the cost of your patio. According to CostHelper, extras can run anywhere from £130 to £3,250. Shelter brings prices up, too. Adding an outdoor umbrella costs only about £32, but an awning can run between £195 and £1,300. Wooden patio covers can cost anywhere between £325 and £6,500, and aluminium roofs tend to cost between £3,900 and £5,200.