Cost to Lay a Patio

I’m a huge fan of using patio slabs in the garden, there are so many different colours and shapes to choose from and they tend to blend in very well with other materials such as railway sleepers, timber decking, bricks and grass.

Coupled with low-level lighting, patio slabs really can become a feature of any garden, large or small.

On this page we will cover the following:

  • a works schedule so you can see exactly how these slabs are laid
  • a guide price for a typical patio
  • a detailed look at the cost of all the materials you’ll need
  • a time-lapse video
  • where you can get ideas and inspiration
  • a look at drainage and planning permission

So, if you’re thinking about paying for a new garden patio, read this page to see how much it will set you back. We break the cost down so you can see the price of all the materials, the labour fee and also the amount a company will typically make as profit.

We work in the home improvement industry ourselves and have spent many years renovating properties, that experience includes landscape gardening projects such as patios. So keep reading to see how much a new patio costs.

A heads-up for first-time visitors to this site: this is just one of dozens of insightful price guides we have created.

See our full price list here.

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The Details – What’s Included in our Price

Here is a works schedule that outlines the work and materials involved with laying a new patio.

The price you see further down this page includes everything you see on this list.

The reason we show you this is because different landscape gardeners will use differing methods, so use our schedule as comparison guide:

  • Remove existing grass or patio etc that is in the area
  • Excavate to a depth of around 175mm depending on soil type
  • Compact soil with vibrating plate
  • Lay and compact approx 100mm of sub-base material
  • Bedding layer of cement around 30-40mm thickness
  • Bed slabs onto cement and point in joints
  • Dispose of waste materials, usually one large skip, perhaps two

Time Lapse Video of Paver Patio Installation:

What is Excluded?

We haven’t made any provision for drainage channels or soakaways, you may need this if the surface water from your patio doesn’t discharge into the lawn/flower beds.

We have assumed mid-priced slabs at around £14 per sq mtr supply only.

If access to the rear garden is an absolute nightmare, then extra time and cost should be calculated.

We also assumed that the work will take three days. If however, you want unusual patterns that require alot of cutting then the work may take a little longer.

Breakdown of Costs – Assuming a 35 Square Metre Patio

Sub-base – delivered in 6 x 1-tonne bags: £325+vat

Sand and cement – used for bedding and pointing: £150+vat

The slabs – variable in price but a mid-range product will cost: £580+vat for 35 sq mtrs

Waste disposal – assumes minimum 1 x skip: £175+vat

Labour – 2 men for three days (includes employer NI payments – £630

Net profit: £450 (see notes below)

VAT £462 (see notes below)

Total: £2775.00

Assumptions (read this)

Our price guide above assumes that the company you choose isn’t a “one man” type trader and they are VAT registered.

Some smaller businesses only aim to cover their wages and overheads so they won’t be looking to make much more beyond their own labour costs. If they are earning below the legal VAT threshold, they won’t charge this tax either.

More information about how you can legally avoid VAT can be found here.

Supply Only Price

Below are three examples covering the budget range up to the premium range, the price displayed includes delivery. All figures are for 35 square metres so just divide by this figure to give you a rough price per metre, allow up to +15% for breakages, waste and cutting.

Budget Range

Bradstone Edale

Slabs: £525 inc vat

Sub-base: £325+vat

Sand and cement: £150+vat

VAT: £95

Total: £1095.00

See product details

Mid-Range

Bradstone Bamburgh

Slabs: £1200 inc vat

Sub-base: £325+vat

Sand and cement: £150+vat

VAT: £95

Total:£1770.00

See product details

 

Premium Range

Bradstone Metallico

Slabs: £2450 inc vat

Sub-base: £325+vat

Sand and cement: £150+vat

VAT: £95

Total: £3020.00

See product details

See Over 1000 Inspiring Patio Ideas

Are you in need of a little garden inspiration?

As regular visitors to our site will know, we are huge fans of Pinterest, which in our opinion, is the best place on the web to find ideas and get inspiration.

Explore over 1000 patio ideas here

Other Sites Worth Checking Out

Because we work in the home improvement industry, we often find ourselves exploring other websites for guidance, hints, tips and ideas.

In addition to Pinterest, we think you’ll like the following sites:

The Landscaping Network has plenty of patio ideas and also guides for installation and lighting.

The Ideal Home Magazine is another great source of patio and garden ideas and is worth a read.

DIY Network is another site we like to browse through from time-to-time, you’ll find plenty of photos and ideas, along with how-to guides and videos.

When is the Best Time of Year to Lay a Patio?

As we have pointed out to visitors on other parts of this site, there are times of the year when tradespeople are busy and periods when they’re quiet.

Late Spring, Summer and the early Autumn seasons are the busiest times of the year for most landscape gardeners.

While the weather makes this a great time to replace a patio, it also means:

  • you’ll have to wait longer for your landscape gardener as they’ll be busy
  • some businesses outsource their extra workload to subcontractors, which can lead to low-quality workmanship
  • you won’t get any discounts that are offered during quieter periods of the year

As some of you may be aware, some landscape gardeners reduce their prices during quiet spells, just to keep their business ticking over until the profictable season arrives.

The opposite happens during the summer season, prices tend to rise.

It’s all a matter of supply and demand.

How Can You Turn This to Your Advantage?

Simple – plan your garden improvement project during the winter.

Make plans, source quotes and get chatting to landscape gardeners.

Find out how busy they are and when they can start the work.

If they can start next week, you’ll know they aren’t very busy and you could probably get a discount if you haggled a bit more.

Bonus – by planning your project in advance, you’ll have the work all wrapped up in time for mid-Springtime.

So avoid the rush of homeowners calling landscape gardeners during the summer and get the work done promptly and possibly even score a discount.

Read Reviews and Get a Fixed Quote

We have done our best to break down the cost of a new patio, including reasonable labour costs, necessary base materials and examples of common slab types. However, these are just guideline prices.

The days of opening the Yellow Pages book and guessing which business is best are thankfully, long gone.

There are dozens of vetting and review based websites where you can check the experience and credentials of local tradespeople.

Mybuilder and Checkatrade are popular services in the United Kingdom.

We have teamed up with Rated People, a popular service that can provide you with several prices for your gardening project.

You can check the credentials of the landscape gardeners, explore their previous reviews and ratings, then make a decision.

To get a fixed written quote from Rated People which is based on your garden’s unique specifications, just hit the link below:

Get a Quote Online

More:

As the patio has a hardcore base, a cement bedding layer and patio slabs on top, it's very unlikely that weeds will grow through. However, there is no harm in placing a weed prevention mat under the hardcore base, they can prevent stubborn and invasive weeds from causing issues. They cost around £30 for enough to cover a 35 square metre patio.

A new soakaway is normally very expensive, but only because the ground needs to be dug up. However, if you having a new driveway or patio installed, the garden will already be partially excavated so it's just a case of going a bit deeper and installing drainage crates, some pipework and a drain head or channel.

See drainage channels here

See soakaway crates here

You will find an excellent range of building calculators on the Paving Expert website. Here you can calculate exactly how much sand, cement, hardcore and slabs are needed to create a new patio. It also includes calculators for driveways and other projects.
For patios and hard surfaces in a rear garden, you won't need planning permission unless your property is a listed building. Any works that involve significant embanking or terracing may need permission. Any patio or similar hard surface to the front of the property will need planning permission unless the material is permeable or rainwater is allowed to drain naturally via a lawn, border or soakaway system.

Below you can find a link to our recently updated trade day rates page:

Day Rates For Tradespeople

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