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How Much Does a Paver Patio Cost?

Adding a paver patio to your property is one of the best ways to upgrade your outdoor space. Custom paver patios provide a truly unique gathering area for entertaining family and friends. They can also be visually stunning with dozens of materials, shapes and designs to choose from.

But how much does a paver patio cost when it comes down to materials and labor? How do you factor in things like paver type, location and the terrain of the proposed work area? Check out this guide to learn more before you plan out your dream paver patio.

Factors to Consider

The options are almost endless when it comes to choosing the specifics for a paver patio. There is a wide range of paver options, which means you can spend a lot of time looking for the best ones to match your home’s style. All of these different factors can alter the overall cost of your paver patio. If you look at these factors before you plan out the project, you can avoid sticker shock in the future.


You want the patio to be large enough for all of your entertaining needs but small enough to be within your budget. A patio should not be so small that there is no room for seating, a grill or fire pit. If you have a deck at your home, a good rule of thumb is to have your patio match its square footage (at a minimum).

The Design

There are a variety of design and paver installation styles to choose from. These install patterns will shape the appearance of your patio and can vary depending on the paver sizes, style and colors. Some of these installation options include soldier courses (borders),  herringbone and randomized patterns. Utilizing installation patterns with the right color choices can create a truly one-of-a-kind look to your outdoor space.


Paver patios are usually priced by the square foot. On average, a paver patio or walkway will cost between $15-$25 per square foot. These numbers should only be used as a guide because there are dozens of factors that can impact pricing, such as the brand and style of paver (some brands cost more than others), terrain of your property, how accessible the work area is for large equipment and more.

Most paver patio projects installed by professionals that will stand behind their work will start at $2,000 and increase from there. And while there is no “typical” back yard patio because every project is different, expect to pay between $4,000 – $8,000+ to have a patio built that is large enough to be a gathering space and will be durable against the elements.

Grading and Leveling

A long-lasting paver patio is the result of a thoroughly planned installation that takes into account a proper grade and slope. If your backyard is not very flat, your project may require additional grading, site prep or even retaining walls to ensure the patio can be built properly.


Paver patios typically do not require a permit. However, you may need a permit if the complete project involves excavation or other services to prepare the work area. The company you work with for installation should be able to guide you through any local requirements.

If you are looking to install a paver patio at your home, contact the experts at Peters’ Patio & Landscape today. Serving southern Minnesota, including Rochester, Owatonna, Faribault, Northfield, Cannon Falls and portions of the south metro including Apple Valley, Inver Grove Heights and more.

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