What Kind Of Budget Does Your Dream Patio Require?
When you tell people that your job revolves around building outdoor living spaces, you get used to fielding a lot of interesting questions. Plenty of folks dream of enhancing their home with a bigger, better patio. As expert Houston patio builders, one of the most common questions we get on this topic is just how much a top-quality patio should cost.
A great patio is a carefully-designed outdoor living space that significantly adds to the comfort, attractiveness, and livability of your home. It takes talent and skill to create a patio that matches your home’s aesthetics and enables the sorts of outdoor living you want to do: entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors.
To start with some very basic numbers, you need to start thinking in terms of square footage. We’ve found that the average covered outdoor space (and this includes everything from basic patios and porches to enclosed sun rooms) is about 300 square feet. This can come in all sorts of shapes – 10′ by 30′, 15′ by 20′, etc. – but it generally gives you enough room for a modest dining table as well as an additional seating area for relaxing. How much does it cost to install a new porch on this scale? For a very rough rule of thumb, you can expect to pay roughly $20,000 for a 300 square foot patio. Sunrooms with fully enclosed walls and windows cost more, generally on the order of $35,000. As you’d expect, costs rise as you increase the size of the new patio.
Another significant factor is the size and shape of your home. It’s actually easier and less expensive to tie a new patio onto a two-story home than a one-story home. If you already have an existing patio (e.g. flat concrete) that you simply want to enclose, you’ll save some money. What sort of finishes are you thinking about? The prices given above are for basic brushed concrete. If you’re picturing a more elaborate floor – something like tile, slate, stamped concrete, or even marble – you’ll need to increase your budget.
The question of matching your home’s existing construction may affect the price significantly. A basic patio cover would feature engineered siding (e.g. Hardie Plank) on the columns with paint picked to match your home. If you’d like to use brick or stone to reflect your home’s structure it will add to the price of your new patio.
The ceiling of your covered patio is another area where you could spend more money. Our basic costs would include a Hardie Plank ceiling painted to match your home and wiring for basic lights. You could opt for more elaborate finishes, such as tongue and groove boards or stained cedar, and more complex electrical systems like ceiling fans, recessed lights, and sound and video wiring. A 300 square foot covered patio with all of the ceiling enhancements described here would end up in the $25,000 to $30,000 range.
When All Is Said and Done
If you want to start getting really elaborate, there are endless enhancements you can make in the course of building a backyard living space. Would you like to create an outdoor kitchen? Install a fire pit or fireplace? Note that creating a suitable space for cooking – basically adding a food preparation area to your design – will expand the total square footage you need. 400 square feet is a typical size for a patio which includes an outdoor kitchen. Fittings and features which would be incorporated into such a project include custom granite counters, walls of stucco, brick, or stacked stone, and a suite of appliances (e.g. refrigerator, grill, sink). A decent outdoor kitchen (often “L” shaped) requires 14 linear feet of counter space. Depending on where and how you economize and splurge, a kitchen of this size will cost between $20,000 and $40,000. Your choice of appliances, countertop, side finishes, and power (i.e. natural gas or propane) will all affect the final price. Adding a fireplace generally, increases the cost of a covered patio by $12,00 to $15,000. Factors affecting the final cost include whether or not you choose to install a hearth and mantle and the type of stone you want to use. Consider a fire pit as a more affordable way to incorporate fire into your plans. These generally cost, $2,000 to $5,000. Adding a natural gas line will put the final cost of your fire pit in the upper end of this range.
Plan out your backyard living room by starting with the basics. Measure out the area you have available and find out just how much space you’d like to enclose. From there, start building a wish list of the features, upgrades, and finishes you’d like to incorporate into your project. Make sure to budget extra money for add-ons like an outdoor kitchen or a fireplace if you want to include them.
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