According to PaveTech, installing a 192 square foot patio will cost around 700 hundred dollars using pavers and doing all of the work yourself. If you use a contractor, the price will go up, but you’ll also have the peace of mind knowing it’s installed correctly.
But before you dive in, there are five things to consider. Read below to review what you need to think about before installing the patio.
1. What Will You Use the Patio For?
Thinking about the patio’s use prior to installation is critical. Will you use it as a place to read or relax? Will it be a place to entertain? The answers to these questions will dictate the size, location, and budge for this project.
2. Where Should You Install the Patio?
Once you decide what you’re going to use the patio for, you can find the right location. For example, if it’s going to be a place to relax, consider whether you want a sunny or shady spot. Is it going to be a place that complements a water fall, pool, or hot tub? If the purpose is to entertain, locate it close to your kitchen and/or outdoor grill. Think about convenience and access. You don’t want it to be difficult to get to the patio because you won’t use it as much.
- Once you decide on the location, don’t start the installation right away. Test it out first! Outline the perimeter and watch it at different times of the day for about a week or so. This exercise will give you valuable information e.g., how the sun hits the location.
- Don’t forget about utility lines. Make sure you know exactly where they are located in your yard. By law, your contractor must call Dig Safe before beginning any excavation or digging project anywhere in the US. This will ensure all lines are known and avoided throughout the construction. It wouldn’t be good if you installed a patio over utility lines and had to dig it up to get to the lines!
3. Who Will Do the Work and What’s Your Project’s Timeline?
Hiring an expert to do the job is good idea to ensure it’s done right. Then you’ll want to discuss the timeline for the prep work and installation. It may be dusty and noisy so keep that in mind if you’re entertaining. Also, if you have pets or children, they’ll need to stay away from the work site.
4. What Materials Will You Use?
There are a variety of materials you can use to build your patio. It’s important to do your research and pick the material that works best for you and your situation. You should also talk with your contractor before making any final decisions about materials. Ideally, your patio should mimic the look and feel of your home. Consider materials that work well with your landscape and home. Potential materials are below:
- Concrete is a very popular option, largely because it is one of the least expensive ways to quickly build a patio.
- Stamped concrete is concrete that uses textures and patterns to imitate wood, slate, tile, and more.
- Brick is a traditional option. It’s installed two ways: 1) by putting the brick on top of a thick gravel and sand layer without anything to secure the bricks together except compacted sand in between the individual brick or 2) by installing bricks on a concrete slab and bonding them together with grout or mortar, which makes it solid.
- Pavers come in a variety of different shapes and colors and provide one of the most versatile options for your patio project.
- Flagstone is popular because of the natural, earthy look that it provides.
- Natural Stone is the tried and true option because it’s been around forever.
Check out our recent blog for pros and cons of these materials.
5. How Will You Light Your Patio?
A functional patio requires lights. Where you locate the patio will dictate lighting options. If it’s away from the house, try using lanterns or install posts. If it’s closer to the house, you can mount fixtures onto the side of the house and they’ll illuminate your patio.
Once you think about these considerations, you’re ready to install your patio!