After a long day at work one of the best feelings is coming home and enjoying your outdoor living space. It is a time to sit back and relax with a glass of wine, watch the children and pets play outside, socialize with friends and family, grill, and sit by a fire pit . Having a nice outdoor living space usually starts with the focal point of your backyard, your patio. Whether you are looking to have your morning coffee while watching the sunrise, or have a relaxing fire after a stressful week, your entire patio is one of those spaces that you can make entirely your own. There are so many ways a patio can be built ( brick pavers, flagstone, cobblestone, natural stone etc.) and customized (herringbone design, outdoor kitchen, paver walkways, patio edging) so that you are able to enjoy your patio area to its full potential, to what works for you, and your lifestyle. Whether you have a large or small outdoor living space, a patio (Whether hired out or DIY) can transform your space into your own private oasis without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.
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So, how much does a patio made with paving stones cost?
Typical patios that are 15’ x 15’ in size and built with pavers, run anywhere between $5,000-$10,000
No two paver patios are alike, and there are many different things that can make the price of a patio go up or down, like square footage of the paver patio, whether polymeric sand is used, and how much gravel is placed. (These are all needed if you want your patio to last). To give you an idea of what you can get for a certain price range, we have broken it down into three very different patio’s, with three different budgets.
Paver Patio #1 – Size: 15’ x 15’ $5,000-$10,000 +
This is a type of patio that will have you excited to end your day sitting in a comfy chair enjoying the scenery of your outdoor living space with a drink in your hand. Made out of concrete patio pavers, it can have square or round edges, and enough space to put a table, chairs, and a small BBQ on it. The patio pavers come in a wide variety of colors to match your house, or whatever color you would like, allowing you to customize the look you are going for. This area is welcoming, and is a nice space to entertain a few guests.
Paver Patio #2- Size 15’x15’ $20,000-$40,000 +
This patio is made with patio concrete pavers as well, and has a few tweaks to the design of the patio. It can be raised, have round edges, and a border outline, giving the bricks a nice contrast. Flagstone, a herringbone pattern, or whatever design the homeowner wants can give this concrete pave patio a custom feel. A small roof structure can be built over part of the patio, allowing the space to be used in any type of weather. The half of the patio that is open is a great spot to suntan, or to put a water table or sensory table for the kids to play with while you sit back and enjoy the peacefulness or the outdoors. There is no doubt that this type of patio will have you wanting to spend all of your time outside enjoying nature.
Paver Patio #3- Size 30’x30’ $50,000- $100,000 +
Picture yourself walking out to the outdoor living space of a luxury hotel. You instantly feel relaxed and calm. This is what a brick paver patio designed like this can make you feel every time you step into your backyard. The design of a luxury patio has endless possibilities, allowing you to create your dream space and add whatever you want. This type of patio can be built with flagstone pavers or large pavers, and can be raised, tiered, or a combination of the two. It is a large space, allowing for lots of design options. Depending on the size of your space, you can even have a paver walkway built around your patio with pavers, in any paver pattern you can dream up.
This type of patio screams entertaining, and can come with an outdoor kitchen that includes kitchen island, sink and a large grill. A natural gas hookup for the grill and fire pit will allow you to avoid the unsightly look of having to use a propane tank to cook. This is great, because you won’t have to go refill the propane tanks before every event you host anymore, saving you time and money.
There is nothing more frustrating than having a BBQ and having the weather not co-operate. This area is covered by a 16’ x 16’ roof structure with wide wooden beams. This structure provides shelter so that you can continue your party without worry. Due to how the large square feet of the patio , you won’t have to worry about your BBQ or your table and chairs getting wet. All of your furniture and appliances will be protected.
One thing that really sticks out with this type of patio is the look of the concrete patio bricks. An acid wash is used on the brick pavers once the patio installation is complete to get any white film, or effloresce, off of the brick pavers. Efflorescence is something that happens naturally to the pavers, giving them a dull, worn, look.
Why pay for nice brick only to have it look dingy once installed? When the pavers are dry they are then sealed, giving them that “wet” look that brings out the colors of the brick, and adds to the look of richness to the area.
As for a seating area, there is enough space for a big table to eat at comfortably, allowing space for all guests to move around the patio without feeling squished. A custom wood table top can be made, and placed between two beams. This not only adds a unique look to the patio, but works as an extra area for seating, or a space to put food.
Couches or comfy chairs can be set up at the end of the roof structure, with enough room to allow six people to fit comfortably. This is a great spot to put a natural gas fire pit and to watch the game or cuddle up with a movie. T.V’s can be mounted anywhere that works for your space, and WIFI can be set up outside. This is great if you want to watch Netflix, or if you want to use your laptop outside. A chandelier, or any preferred lighting, can be placed in the middle of the roof structure, on the beams, or anywhere else, and can provide light, or just give that space an extra elegant feel and ambiance.
Part of having a luxury patio is being able to enjoy it all year round, not just in the spring and summer. Having a large roof structure allows the space to be used during every weather, and season. During rain storms you can sit on your outdoor couch and listen to the rain beat against the roof without getting wet, and enjoy the fresh smell of rain. In the winter you can get cozy with a blanket while snow is falling, and the fire will keep you warm. This space is great when eating lunch outside to protect you from the sun if you do not wish to eat in the uncovered area.
The open area of the patio allows enough space for loungers to suntan and catch up with friends. This is a great area to throw a yoga mat down and do a workout. A small pool or hot tub could even be put on the edge of the patio, allowing your children to enjoy the space as well. If you wanted to really add a focal point to your patio, you could even add a waterfall or pond at the corner of it. There is nothing more relaxing than hearing a water feature from the comforts of your backyard.
With a patio like this you will want to stay home instead of going on vacation. Instead of going out for expensive dinners, you will want to entertain at your place with your outdoor kitchen, and friends and family will love coming over to relax on your patio.
If you are thinking about selling your home a patio like this will knock the socks off of potential buyers. Most people looking to buy a home want a nice outdoor area to enjoy, and any patio upgrade will help you sell your house!
As you can see from the examples above you can really do whatever you want to make your patio fit not only your needs, but fulfill your dream of having that high end space you have always wanted. Patios can be built to meet your budget, and letting your contractor know how much you want to spend will help them design you a great outdoor space.
For more information on patio pavers please check out Top 12 problems with patios you should know.
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