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Question DetailsAsked on 6/20/2013

how much to lay a 20x20 paver patio?

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The pavers themselves run from as low as $1/SF for plain rectangular concrete, to about $5/SF for patterned and variable colored ones (not including real stone, whcih can go up to $100/SF in cost). Add in another $1/SF or so for subgrade gravel and sand.

Assuming the place you are going to put it is essentially level, then excavating the 6-12 inches for the subgrade, placing and compacting the subgrade and sand bedding layer, placing the stone, compacting in the stone and joint filling complete should run about $7-10/SF in labor and equipment cost.

Therefore, installed cost could run from maybe $9/SF for plain Jane variety to $16/SF or so for multi-colored or fancy placement pattern.

Added cost items would be a timber or concrete border curb to keep stones from moving out of alignment (although high retaining wall blocks embedded directly in the ground WITHOUT bedding or sand (except to fill them) work pretty good for that), seating or fire pit, walls around it, placing on new concrete slab, etc.

Also higher cost if ground needs levelling, difficult access (have to hand-haul materials to location because a dump buggy or bobcat will not fit there, or if you are crossing lawn to get there and want it protected from traffic, or repaired to fill in slight depressions from equipment tires.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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