How Much Does It Cost To Build A Paver Patio? What You Need To Know

Patio designed and installed by Grand Design Landscape

Are you planning on building a paver patio in your backyard? Are you asking yourself, “How much does it cost to build a paver patio?” Before you break out the toolbox and start laying down pavers, it’s important to understand all the costs associated with a patio installation project. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about the cost of building a paver patio, including the typical range, average installation cost by size, paver material cost, and other factors that affect the cost of building a paver patio. By the end of this post, you will have a good understanding of the cost of building a paver patio, as well as the various factors that can make it less or more expensive.

How Much Does It Cost To Build A Paver Patio?

Are you looking to spruce up your outdoor living space? A beautiful paver patio could be the perfect solution. But before you start building, it’s important to know how much it will cost. 

Let’s start by looking at the typical range most homeowners pay, as well as the national average.

Typical Range

According to data compiled by Home Advisor, some homeowners pay as little as $250 for a small 42-square-foot paver patio or as much as $60,000 for a large 2,000-square-foot patio. However, keep in mind that this price range encompasses not only patios of all different sizes but of different materials and various levels of quality of work.

In other words, $250 might be enough to create a small, DIY paver patio, but the quality of that patio is nowhere near what you would get for a professionally installed 2,000-square-foot patio with multiple types of materials from Grand Design Landscape.

National Average

Nationally, homeowners pay an average of $3,400 for a 280-square-foot paver patio, with a typical cost range between $2,400 and $7,000. On the other hand, a 280-square-foot patio from Grand Design Landscape costs an average of $7,000 (the higher end of the national average cost range).

So why does a paver patio from Grand Design Landscape cost more than the national average cited by Home Advisor? There are several caveats to keep in mind when considering national cost data from Home Advisor:

First and most importantly, the quality of work is not addressed in the average patio paver cost. To put it bluntly, you get what you pay for when it comes to labor costs and the quality of work. If you hire an inexperienced builder at a low cost, you will most likely get a low-quality patio.

Here at Grand Design Landscape, we understand the importance of quality. We are focused on delivering an outdoor living space that exceeds your expectations and leaves you more than satisfied with the entire experience–from the quality of the work to the professionalism of the team that installs it.

Our focus on quality is why we offer an industry-leading 3-year craftsmanship warranty on all our paver patios. Look at our Google reviews to get a sense of what you can expect with Grand Design Landscape versus a “Chuck-in-a-truck” who you may never see again after the job is complete.

Second, it should be noted that the national average cost of a paver patio figure cited above is weighted towards smaller projects since those are the types of paver patio projects that are most often done. The biggest patio size that Home Advisor looks at is 864 square feet. We regularly handle patio projects that are over 2,000 square feet. In other words, if you are looking to build a large, complex paver patio with high-end materials, you can expect to pay significantly higher prices than the low-cost averages cited by Home Advisor.

Last but not least, the material quality can drastically change the paver patio cost. In other words, the type of pavers you choose will be a major factor in your final cost (more on that in a little bit).

Average Installation Cost By Size

Small patio installed by Grand Design Landscape

The larger the area needing to be covered by pavers or stones (measured in square feet), the more expensive it will be. Here’s a breakdown of how much a patio will typically cost based on size and how our prices compare to those national averages. You can see more details about our patio installation pricing tiers and project completion timelines here.

Patio SizeAverage Cost RangeGrand Design Landscape Avg. Price *
10 x 20 (200 sq. ft.)$1,200 – $5,800$5,000
16 x 16 (256 sq. ft.)$1,500 – $7,700$6,400
16 x 20 (320 sq. ft.)$1,900 – $9,600$8,000
18 x 24 (432 sq. ft.)$2,600 – $13,000$10,800
24 x 36 (864 sq. ft.)$5,200 – $26,000$21,600
20 x 50 (1,000 sq. ft.)$6,250 – $30,200$25,000
40 x 50 (2,000 sq. ft.)$12,500 – $60,400$50,000+

*Prices are averages and may change depending on your yard size, overall needs, and any extra features you’d like your landscape design to have. We will provide an exact quote after the on-site assessment.

Paver Material Cost

Depending on the type of material used for your paver patio project, prices can vary significantly. Here’s a breakdown of the average cost of different kinds of pavers per square foot. (All cost data compiled by Home Advisor unless otherwise stated.)

Type Of Patio PaverAverage Cost Per Square Foot
Brick Pavers$4 – $8
Natural Stone Pavers$7 – $16
Porcelain$1.10 – $18*
Travertine$0.50 – $11.50*
Rubber$1.70 – $10*
Concrete Pavers$3 – $7
Flagstone$10 – $30**
Bluestone$18 – $24**
Slate$3.60 – $20*
Plastic$1.90 – $8*
Cobblestone$2.75 – $15*
Interlocking Pavers$3 – $6
PermeableWide pricing variation

*Pricing data courtesy of Home Guide.

**Pricing data courtesy of Bob Vila.

Other Factors That Affect the Cost To Build A Paver Patio

Large patio installation by Grand Design Landscape

Let’s take a closer look at the factors that can affect the cost of building a paver patio. 

Shape

The shape of your patio will affect the overall installation cost because certain shapes require more labor or materials than others. Generally speaking, more complex shapes require more materials, labor, and time which can drive up the cost of building your paver patio. On the other hand, simpler shapes may not necessarily cost less, as even simple shapes may require more fill material in order to level out any dips or bumps in the ground prior to installation. 

Paver Design

If you’re looking to create a unique and eye-catching patio, it will likely cost you a bit more. For example, intricate patterns such as mosaics or spirals will be more expensive to install than a typical herringbone layout. Complex designs require extra planning, attention to detail, and specialized skills–all of which contribute to higher costs.

Labor

The amount of labor involved in building your paver patio will depend on its size, the complexity of its design, and whether or not additional structures, such as retaining walls or steps, need to be built alongside it. Hiring a professional contractor is usually recommended for larger projects and those with intricate patterns, as they will know how best to approach certain aspects of construction, such as laying down foundation layers and setting up drainage systems correctly. 

Location

Where you live plays a role in determining how much your paver patio will cost since labor rates and materials costs vary from area to area. 

Purpose

Your intended purpose for your paver patio also affects its cost since each use has unique requirements that need to be taken into consideration when building. For example, if your patio also functions as a driveway, you’ll need to ensure that the paver installation can withstand the weight of a vehicle.

Be sure to discuss these specific requirements with whoever is carrying out the work so that everything runs smoothly throughout the duration of the project.  

Paver Patio Add-Ons

Complex patio built by Grand Design Landscape

A paver patio is a great way to add value to your home and upgrade your outdoor living space. However, the installation of a paver patio is just the beginning. You can take your outdoor living area to the next level with several paver patio add-ons.

Here are some of the most popular options for enhancing a paver patio. 

Lighting

Lights hanging over a patio installation done by Grand Design Landscape

One of the best ways to enhance a paver patio is to install lighting fixtures around it. With strategically placed lights, you can extend the time you spend outdoors and use your new patio space day or night. There are countless types of lighting options available, from solar string lights to tiki torches.

When selecting lighting fixtures for your paver patio, choose high-quality materials that will stand up against weather damage and provide long-lasting performance. Lighting costs vary widely depending on what type of lighting installation you select.

Pool

A pool with a surrounding patio installation

A pool can turn an ordinary paver patio into an oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Just remember that pools require regular maintenance, so be sure you’re prepared for this responsibility before adding one to your outdoor living area. Per Home Guide, most homeowners pay an average of $35,000 for an in-ground pool installation.

Hot Tub

a backyard with a pool surrounded by rocks.

Adding a hot tub to your paver patio is an excellent way to increase its use and enjoyability. If you decide to go this route, be sure that the professionals you hire are experienced in working with pavers because they’ll need to ensure that there is adequate drainage around the hot tub so as not to damage the pavers. Per Home Guide, most homeowners pay between $2,000 to $18,000 for a hot tub installation.

Outdoor Kitchen

an outdoor kitchen with a grill and bar.

An outdoor kitchen can turn any paver patio into an oasis–especially if you live in a warm climate such as Nevada, where outdoor cooking and dining are feasible year-round. Per Home Advisor, most homeowners pay an average of about $15,000 for an outdoor kitchen, but the price can go much higher with premium materials and upgraded appliances.

Landscaping

Beautiful landscaping of green grass and river rocks around a patio

No matter how beautiful your paver patio is, it won’t reach its full potential without some landscaping elements surrounding it. The kind of landscaping you choose will depend on personal preference. In any case, adding plants around your paver patio will enhance its beauty and create a more inviting atmosphere overall. You can expect to pay an average of $3,200 for new landscaping, according to Home Advisor.

Drainage System

Landscaping with drainage around a patio paver driveway

When building a paver patio, drainage should always be taken into consideration since water run-off can cause significant damage over time. Installing a proper drainage system will prevent this from happening by directing water away from the pavers and into nearby lawns or gardens instead. Be sure to discuss this option with contractors before beginning work so that everything is taken care of beforehand. According to Home Advisor, homeowners typically pay an average of about $4,200 for a drainage system installation.

Sealant

Sealing your pavers helps protect them from fading due to sun exposure as well as staining caused by dirt and debris buildup over time. A sealant also makes it easier to clean off any spills that occur during parties or gatherings held on the patio. Sealants come in various colors, so be sure to pick one that best complements your existing décor scheme. Per Home Advisor, sealing a patio typically costs between $1.50 to $3 per square foot.

Benefits Of Building A Paver Patio

Patio installation with custom design

For homeowners looking to create an outdoor sanctuary, a paver patio is definitely worth considering. Here are several benefits of building a paver patio:

  • Boosts curb appeal: A paver patio can significantly improve the value of your property.
  • Low maintenance: Paver patios are relatively easy to maintain after they have been installed–just an occasional power wash and perhaps a minor repair.
  • Outdoor living space: Building a paver patio creates cozy sitting areas for family and friends to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Durable: Paver patios can last up to 50 years or more if properly maintained.
  • Customizable: Paver patios can be built with unique patterns and configurations that reflect your personal taste.

DIY Paver Patio Cost Vs Hiring A Contractor

If you’re considering a paver patio, you may be wondering if you can save some money by tackling this project yourself. After all, why pay someone else to do work you’re willing and able to do?

That said, there are several advantages to hiring a contractor for your paver patio project. Pros have the tools and experience needed for a quick, flawless installation.

Keep in mind that while DIY labor can save you money in the short term, making the wrong decisions on installation could lead to costly problems down the line. Professional patio installers also know the best materials for the job, which can also save you time in the long run. 

Many times the decision to DIY a patio installation vs hiring a contractor comes down to two factors: time and quality. If you believe you have the necessary skills and are willing to spend time on the project, DIY may be the best route for you. Otherwise, for most people, hiring a contractor is going to be the best route because you are assured of a quality installation, and you don’t have to spend your valuable time building it.

How To Save Money On Your Paver Patio

Ready to get that beautiful patio but aren’t sure you can afford it? Here are a few tips on how to save money on your paver patio.

  • Consider DIYing the project yourself.
  • Pick a location for your patio that doesn’t require extra grading.
  • Do your own landscaping.
  • Look for clearance sales so you can get amazing deals on materials.
  • Consider mixing and matching different types of pavers if you aren’t able to get all the pavers at a discounted price.
  • Compare contractor estimates and read online reviews for those who specialize in paver patio installation.

Paver Patio FAQs

Patio with seating area

How do you calculate the number of pavers required for a patio?

After you have selected a paver material, you need to determine how many pavers are required per square foot. Then multiply that number by the total square footage of the patio.

Is paver edging required on a paver patio?

In short, yes. Paver patio edging provides an additional border that makes the edges more defined and stable. Edging can make all the difference in terms of achieving a crisp, orderly look and preventing future problems with patio integrity.

Is a permit required for a paver patio installation?

More often than not, you don’t need to apply for a permit when adding a paver patio in your backyard. However, if large-scale grading is needed on the property, then it’s likely that you’ll have to acquire special permission from local authorities before utilizing heavy machinery. To be safe and ensure no unexpected surprises crop up during installation, make sure to dial 811 first to verify any buried utility lines on the premises.

Get Your Paver Patio Professionally Installed By The Experts At Grand Design Landscape

A paver patio is a great addition to any home. It can provide a beautiful place to entertain guests or simply relax outdoors. The cost of building a paver patio depends on several factors, including the type of pavers used, the size of the patio, and the complexity of the design. 

If you decide that you would like to add a paver patio to your home but don’t want to do it yourself, we can help. Fill out our contact form today, and one of our representatives will get back to you soon.

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