How much does a new patio cost? Expert budgeting advice

natural stone patio laid outside stone barn style property
Patio costs will vary depending on material choice, size and design (Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

A well-designed patio frequently takes centre stage when picturing the ideal outdoor area. Whether it's used as a gathering place for weekend barbecues or as a peaceful hideaway for morning coffees and a good book, patio design ideas generally add another useable space to your garden - especially when the grass is wet or the ground too uneven for furniture 

But as with any building project, there's always the nagging question of how much it will actually cost to realise that goal. 

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Decking material costs / m2
Premium PVC£70
Hardwood (Yellow Balau)£92
Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.