New Patio Cost Guide
A look at prices in 2023. By an expert.
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My name is Daniel and I previously worked as a project manager.
My role included overseeing landscape gardening projects in the UK and many of those included new patio installations.
While there are hundreds of different patio styles and shapes, my goal here is to provide you with a realistic price for a new patio.
In this guide, I’ll look at:
- How much landscape gardeners typically charge.
- The cost per square metre.
- Comparing patio prices to garden decking and driveway surfaces such as resin.
- How to get a custom quote.
+ many more in our FAQs section
I have a very good idea of how much a new patio costs as I have years of experience in this area but in 2023 I asked 29 landscape gardeners from around the UK how much they charge for a new patio.
As no two patio projects are ever the same, below, you’ll find a breakdown of the project details. Everything listed here is included in the prices that you’ll find further down the page:
- Excavate the existing ground and remove waste material.
- Level ground.
- Create a sound sub-base with crushed and compacted hardcore to around 100mm in depth.
- Lay a weed proof membrane.
- Create a laying course of sand or sand/cement at 25-40mm deep.
- Supply and lay slabs on a gradient of 1:60 so the rainwater drains off the patio and doesn’t pool.
- Point-in joints with mortar to leave a neat finish.
- All waste material is taken away and disposed of.
- All prices displayed below include VAT.
The prices below are an average of the figures given to me for a straightforward patio installation as described above. Do note the extra costs to consider, as shown further down the page.
Patio Project 1: New Patio 25 Sq Mtrs
The prices shown below are for a straight-forward project with the following:
- Good access to the garden.
- Rectangular shape.
- Slabs priced at £30 per sq mtr.
- No drainage channels or soakaway is needed.
- No walls or steps.
- No fancy pointing.
- An expectation that the work will take around two days.
|Location:||Price inc VAT:|
|London and South||£2750 - £3250|
|Midlands and North||£2250 - £2750|
Project 2: As Above But With Extras
The price below is also for a patio at 25 square metres and is also for slabs priced at £30, but there’s some extra work needed:
- Steps to patio doors.
- Extra levelling of the ground as it’s on a slope.
- Drainage channel to an existing soakaway.
- Access to the garden is somewhat of an issue as it’s quite far from the road, so there’s the extra distance to carry the materials.
The price below reflects the extra cost of the materials to level the ground, the drainage channels and the extra labour.
|Location:||Price inc VAT:|
|London and South||£3250 - £3750|
|Midlands and North||£2750 - £3250|
Price Per Square Metre For a New Patio
Per square metre pricing is difficult to achieve without looking at the project as each garden is different but the cost per square metre is lower if the garden is bigger.
Don’t forget, you can save up £10 per square metre by choosing cheaper slabs.
Use the figures below as a very rough guide, for anything else, get a custom quote.
|Location:||Price inc VAT:|
|London and South||£120 - £130 per sq mtr|
|Midlands and North||£100 - £120 per sq mtr|
Extra Costs to Consider
The prices above are fairly typical, straightforward patio installations.
However, in my experience, there are often extra cost to consider:
Drainage – the prices we’ve displayed assume that the rainwater can drain off the patio into a flowerbed or lawn. That might not be possible with your garden, and you may need a drainage solution such as drainage channels and a soakaway. This will cost more.
Major levelling works – not every garden is level, and if you need extensive groundwork completed, to get the garden level for a patio, this will cost more.
Steps and brick walls – this isn’t something we’ve costed for in our patio price example. If your project involves lots of brick walls around the patio and plenty of steps, you’ll need to get a custom quote.
Patio type – there are hundreds of different patio slabs to choose from, the cheapest are priced around £20 per square metre (supply only) but aren’t good for much. Top-quality slabs go up to just over £125 per square metre. The base price for a decent slab is around £30 per metre and our patio cost guide is based on slabs at this price range.
Patio shape – square or rectangular patios produce very little wastage during the construction stage. The slabs are laid neatly, and very few cuts are required. Circular, curved or triangular patios require a lot of extra cuts and this creates much more waste. The amount of wastage, that’s cuts of slabs that can’t be used elsewhere on the project, can more than triple if you have a complicated patio design, perhaps a patio with lots of curves for example. My price guide assumes a good old-fashioned rectangular patio.
Any extra work required such as raising flowerbeds, tree removal, brick walls, large doorsteps or relocating underground pipes or cables etc., can add to the patio cost.
Smaller firms will charge more than larger companies – needless to say, a small firm with one or two workers will charge much less than a larger firm with more overheads and profit expectations. I’ve worked with smaller firms and larger businesses, and the difference in their prices can be significant.
A Quote From an Expert
Shawn Ritson has over 20 years experience of hard landscaping and he offered our readers this advice:
The most crucial aspect of any patio project is constructing the base properly. Once this has been set correctly, laying the slabs is easier and achieving a perfect result is possible. Some contractors provide their customers with cheap quotes because they are cutting corners – constructing a solid base isn’t cheap and requires lots of sand and other materials. Without a decent base, the patio is likely move over time.
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Check out my guides to decking, drainage and also my driveway cost guides below:
Garden Timber Decking (see how much garden decking costs here) – a popular alternative to patios but can be intertwined with a patio for a unique effect. Decking requires more maintenance but creates a more natural look for the garden.
Soakaways (see how much a soakaway costs here) – rainwater soakaways hold rainwater underground until it can slowly seep into the ground. They help to reduce flash surface flooding and are one of several drainage options. If you need to install a soakaway for a garden, driveway or roof guttering, check my guide to soakaway prices.
Our Driveway Price Guide (see driveway price guide here) – I’ve displayed the going rate for tarmac, pattern concrete, block paving, resin and gravel. I prefer the low-maintenance features of resin, although it’s at the upper end of the price scale. Gravel is the cheapest option but requires the most ongoing maintenance.
Get Your Custom New Patio Price
Patio price guides like mine can be helpful for budgeting, and many of our visitors use them as a better-than-ballpark estimate.
However, as every patio project is different, I suggest you get a personalized quote based on the specifics of your project.
- Get an accurate price in writing.
- A prompt service, get your custom patio price quickly, often in hours, not days.
- Read vetted reviews that are only from past customers, not from untrusted sources.
- You can compare patio prices online from up to three different landscape gardeners.
Garden Patios: Questions and Answers
Can I Save Money by Leaving the Existing Patio in Place and Covering it With New Slabs?
This certainly would save money as there would be less waste and the project could be completed in less time. However, based on my experience, whether this is feasible or not will depend on:
- How high the new patio would be and whether this would cause issues at doorways or the damp course.
- Whether the existing patio and sub-base are sound or likely to shift.
- The overall shape of the new patio
How Recent Are These Patio Prices?
I published this patio price guide in 2023.
Where Did These figures Come From?
I contacted 29 landscape gardening specialists from several towns around the UK. The figures displayed are an average of the prices supplied to us by them.
I have plenty of experience myself as a project manager, but this was mostly in the south of the UK – I sourced prices nationwide to get an idea of what the national average price is.
Do I Need to Get Planning Permission For a Concrete or Patio Driveway?
If your patio is over five square metres in size and is located at the front of your property, you’ll need to adhere to strict rules regarding surface rainwater management. If that’s not possible, you’ll need to apply for planning permission.
For patios in gardens not facing public roads (i.e. back gardens), you shouldn’t need to apply for planning permission unless your property is subject to planning restrictions.
Can The Slabs be Laid Over Dirt? Can I Do This Type of Work Myself?
In my experience, the sub-base is the most important aspect of any patio project. It should be strong enough to support the slabs and anything on them, including outdoor furniture, sheds and foot traffic etc.
Without adequate support under the patio, it may shift, and cracks or gaps may appear, which will lead to water ingress and further issues. Weeds can also be a problem if the patio is laid onto dirt or a very thin sub-base.
The sub-base is usually made from 100-125mm of crushed and compacted hardcore with an additional 25-40mm bedding layer of sand or cement between the sub-base and the slabs.
While many patios are laid by competent DIYers, it’s not an easy project. Complex patios, such as those with curves or split levels should be done, in our opinion, by an experienced landscaper.
Are There Any Landcsaping Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?
BALI – The British Association of Landscape Industries has a register of over 900 approved companies that offer soft and hard landscaping services. I used this service to find firms in the past and am happy to recommend them.
Also, you can try the Association of Professional Landscapers where you find firms that’ll offer prices for patios and other hard landscaping projects.
You can also use our network of tradespeople to find a good quality installer and of course, there’s Checkatrade, Trustmark, Which? and other general trader associations that you’ve probably heard of. In our opinion, the more memberships a tradesperson or company has, the more likely they are to do a good job.
Where is the Best Place to Ask a Technical Question About The Installation of a Patio?
I’ve found that Tony McCormack’s The Paving Expert is by far the best place for technical information related to paving and driveways in the UK. It’s the go-to resource for both landscapers and DIYers.
How Long Does It Take To Lay a Patio?
Most landscapers I’ve worked with can lay around 25 square metres per day, but that is just the laying of the slabs and excludes the preparation work and pointing the mortar joint.
The time required depends on so many factors:
- What is access like to the garden? How far is the garden from the road/skip etc.?
- How difficult it is to excavate the area, levelling etc.
- Whether drainage is required, also soakaways etc.
- Steps, wall or any extras needed.
- The type of pointing chosen – it takes minutes to brush in a sand/cement mix but peaked pointing takes hours, even for a small patio (see pointing options here)
- The weather.
For a straught-forward 25 square metre, rectangular patio with good access, I would assume:
Day 1 – Excavating and removing waste and laying sub-base.
Day 2 – Lay slabs.
Day 3 – Pointing and finishing off.
Extra time – allow extra time for drainage installation, construction of soakaway, walls, steps etc.
Obviously, the more workers on a project, the quicker it will go.
The author of this guide, Daniel, has laid dozens of patios and, in his role as project manager, has overseen dozens more.
While the prices on this page are based on feedback from 29 firms he contacted, the advice offered is based on years of experience within the industry.
We know that accuracy is essential, so we asked Paul Farley to fact-check the content before publication.
The prices we’ve displayed are not an offer but could help you budget for your next project.
Author: Daniel Woodley
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys gardening, hiking and scrambling. He frequently posts videos to his popular YouTube Channel and is well known in the hiking community.
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