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How to Budget for a Patio

it's important to budget for a patio

A patio is an extension of your home, a place for family and friends to relax and enjoy each other’s company – surrounded with fond memories, it’s one of those areas that make a home what it is. 

When budgeting for an update to an existing patio or having a new one built, it is important to keep in mind those factors that most drastically influence the cost, including the type of patio, size, and landscaping.

At Valley Landscaping, we understand the importance of designing a patio that you will love while staying within your budget. Find out how we can help you with your patio installation by contacting us at 410.983.6261. A licensed contractor will guide you in making the decision best for your wallet.

Type of Patio

The first thing you need to do when determining your new patio’s budget is to decide on which kind you want to go with. The surface or finish of the designated area can be made from many materials, some being more expensive than others.

Brushed Concrete – average $12 – $22 per sq. ft.

Concrete is the next best thing to gravel when it comes to cost-efficient patios. Far more durable, appealing, and comfortable than gravel, concrete is probably the better option.

Stamped Concrete – $18 – $15 per sq. ft.

Stamped concrete has a variety of color options and patterns. It is much more decorative than a regular concrete slab. This is a great choice for something that looks great at good value.

Pavers – average $25 – $45 per sq. ft.

When it comes to look and comfort, it is hard to beat a paver patio. You will pay a little more for this option as you will need a concrete slab poured before the tile can be installed.

Flagstone – average $15-$20 per sq. ft

Flagstone comes in different colors and is one of the most popular options due to its irregularity in shape and patterns. Despite the increased price, you can be sure that every dollar spent on a long-lasting flagstone patio is going to be worth it.

Other Things to Consider

Now that you know what surface options are out there and what you can expect the average price of each to be, it is time to cover the remaining factors that will impact the budget.


Outside of the material used for your patio, the other main contributing factor will be the overall size of the patio that you plan to have built. Walkways to and from the patio and other hardscaping should be considered here.


If you plan on going all out with your new patio design, then you are going to want to determine any added amenities you might want, such as:


Another often overlooked part of a patio build budget is the landscaping that is going to be required after the patio is finished. Failing to account for post-build landscaping work tends to result in a patio that looks underdeveloped or incomplete, and there’s nothing more frustrating than a completed project that still looks unfinished.

Learn More About Patio Installation Services at Valley Landscaping

Here at Valley Landscaping, our roots go back over 17 years, and in that time, we have become the premier choice for the area’s hardscaping needs. Contact us today at 410.983.6261 so we can start taking the necessary steps in creating your family’s new favorite space while respecting your budget.