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Stone Patios Cost

Installing an average 300 square foot natural stone patio costs $3,900 to $15,000 for both the materials and labor. You’ll pay anywhere from $15 to $50 per square foot depending on the stone you choose. Labor alone runs $8 to $15 per square foot with materials covering a wide range of $6 to $35 per square foot.

On the lowest end of the patio cost spectrum comes crushed rock and pea gravel. You’ll pay anywhere from $5 to $10 per square foot to install any type of gravel patio, driveway or path.

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Average Cost$9,000
High Cost$15,000
Low Cost$3,900
For a 300-square-foot patio

Patio Stones Prices

Cost ranges remain similar unless you’re buying truckloads, but you should know the various costs based on how you’re measuring and plan to purchase:

  • Single paver: $3-$16
  • Pallet: $250-$2,000
  • Per square foot: $5-$15 per square foot (some stones get to $35 per square foot)

While stone brings to mind irregularly shaped pieces, they also come in quite a few other sizes. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to put a price on each piece, since many of these come in kits of varying sizes to make a square area. For example, a kit or “patio-on-a-pallet” comes complete with precut pavers to make a multi-size pattern without the need to measure or cut.

Talk to a pro for detailed pricing on these common sizes:

  • 4x8
  • 6x6
  • 6x9
  • 8x8
  • 12x12
  • 14x14
  • 12x18
  • 16x16
  • 18x18
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Average Cost to Install a Stone Patio

The average cost to install a stone patio ranges from about $3,900 to $15,000 for a 300 square foot area. Regardless of the stone you choose, labor stays right in the $8 to $15 range, mostly depending on where you live. Materials make or break the budget, ranging from $5 to $35 per square foot.

Paver Stone Patio Costs Per Square Foot
TypeMaterial CostTotal Cost

Sandstone & Other Flagstones

Sandstone and flagstone pavers cost $11 to $30 per square foot to install. They’re one of the most popular and cost effective methods of turning your backyard into a rustic oasis. Most often, sandstone comes in natural shapes, meaning irregularly shaped. This takes a bit longer for the pro to install, so expect to add $1 to $2 per square foot for labor.

Limestone & Travertine

Limestone or travertine pavers cost $13 to $30 per square foot to install. Travertine pavers cost $9 to $17 on average to install. If you already have a hard base, like a concrete surface, you can simply install these materials as tile instead of a paver. Natural stone tile costs $900 to $2,500 to install.


Bluestone costs anywhere from $13 to $30 per square foot to install. It’s a natural, quarried product usually consisting of either sandstone or limestone. It’s called bluestone mainly because of its blueish gray appearance. 

Marble Pavers & Tile

Marble pavers cost anywhere from $15 to $35 per square foot to install. If you already have a durable surface, like a concrete patio, you can save some money by using tile. Marble tile floor installation costs $10 to $20 per square foot.

Slate Patio Cost Per Square Foot

You’ll pay $15 to $40 per square foot for a slate patio. Make sure to use slate paving stones and not slate tile. The thinner tile doesn’t have the strength for use outside, unless it’s put on like a veneer, over the top of an existing pathway, patio or reinforced deck. If you already have a concrete or reinforced patio you’re looking to cover, slate tile installation costs $13 to $35 per square foot.

Granite Cobblestone Patio

Granite cobblestones cost anywhere from $18 to $50 per square foot to install. It’s one of the costlier pavers but comes with a completely unique look. You can get a similar look using a concrete cobblestone for about half the price.

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Gravel Patio Cost

For a simple patio idea with natural stone, 200 square feet of pea gravel costs $300 to $400. Area prep and labor can bring that number closer to $1,500 to $2,500. You’ll pay $1-$4 per square foot for the materials or about $5 to $10 per square foot for a complete install, including labor. It’s a great cost effective way to add more space for outdoor games, grills or simply parking.

Crushed and Decomposed Granite Backyard Natural Stone Patios

Decomposed granite costs $1 to $3 per square foot. It’s spread much like gravel and only costs about $5 to $8 per square foot to install. Decomposed granite comes as a compactable sand like substance perfect for making walkways and patios.

Stone Walkway Cost

A stone walkway costs the same as a patio, or $15 to $30 per square foot on average to install. You might spend as little as $8 and up to $50 per square foot. The same processes apply in both cases.

Cost Factors to Building a Stone Patio

Cost factors you’ll need to consider when building your stone patio include everything from the patio design to permits and design fees.

Patio Factors & Features Costs
Fire pit$300-$1,400
Outdoor Kitchen$4,500-$21,000
Outdoor Designer$2,000-$6,700

Cost of a Stone Patio with Firepit

A firepit costs $300 to $1,400. It’s usually a little cheaper to install one during the build phase, but you can always put one in later.

Cost of a Stone Patio with an Outdoor Kitchen

Installing an outdoor kitchen costs $4,500 to $21,000. That can easily double the price of a stone patio. Some large and luxury kitchens even exceed $50,000.

Permits and Utilities

Adding utilities for lights, pools, kitchens, fire pits and any type of gas fired appliance adds both cost and the need to permit. Always check with your contractor and local building code enforcement agency for permitting requirements.

Landscape and Stone Patio Design Costs

Landscape design fees run $2,000 to $6,700 on average. For basic patios, a landscaper can take care of the design and installation. But for intricate projects, you’ll want to hire a designer who specializes in landscapes and hardscapes.

DIY Stone Patios vs. Hiring a Pro

Stone patios mean the highest end materials for your outdoor space. If you’re going to the expense of putting in the finest quality patio, you’re best off having them professionally installed for the finest quality finish.

Patios do make excellent DIY projects, if you have 40 to 50 hours of time to do it, not to mention the equipment and the know-how. If you do, it’s hard to make mistakes that’ll cost you anything more than time. For example, if you forget to tamp the soil and gravel correctly, you’ll end up with raised and sinking spots, meaning a redo of the entire project.

If you want a professional, clean, high end look, hire a patio installer near you today.


How much does a slate walkway cost?

A slate walkway costs $18 to $45 per square foot to install. It’ll cost half that if you use slate tile on concrete instead of pavers or flagstones.

How much does a 12x12 stone paver patio cost?

Generally, you’ll pay between $15 to $30 per square foot for most real stone paver patios.

Are concrete or stone pavers cheaper?

Concrete pavers are far cheaper than stone pavers. You’ll pay about the same in labor, but concrete pavers range from $0.50 to $5 each for most common sizes and styles. They mimic real stone and need more upkeep, but you’ll pay far less.

Is slate good for patios?

Slate makes a good choice for patios. Although it might need a little more upkeep than other stone types, its resilience makes for an excellent outdoor material.

What's the cheapest stone for a patio?

The cheapest stone for a patio, besides gravel or decomposed granite, is a flagstone made from sandstone.

What's the most durable patio stone?

The most durable patio stone depends on the area it’s used in. For example, you might find slate to be extremely durable in warmer climates but might end up cracking in cold climates with extreme freeze and thaw cycles. Talk to your local patio installer for advice for the best stone for your area.

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