How Much Does a Raised Patio Cost?

Typical Range:

$10 - $85

Find out how much your project will cost.

Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated January 21, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Raised patios typically cost between $10 and $85 per square foot. So, for an average-size patio of 12-by-18 feet, you'd pay $2,160 to $18,360. The large price range is due largely to the vastly differing costs of materials. Plus, raised patios are usually $2 to $6 per square foot more than a regular ground-level patio costs due to the extra labor required to get the job done right.

Average Cost to Build a Raised Patio

Average Cost $47.50 per sq. ft. 
High Cost $85 per sq. ft.
Low Cost $10 per sq. ft. 

Raised Patio Price

The price of materials to build a raised patio varies from $1 to $35 per square foot. At the lower end, gravel is the least expensive while high-end granite cobblestones cost the most.

Raised Patio Installation Costs

Labor costs $8 to $50 per square foot, with most people paying $10 to $30 per square foot. How much you'll pay for labor depends on your location, how much preparation and leveling is needed on the construction site, and which materials you choose. 

For example, labor for installing a raised patio with gravel or large slabs costs considerably less than the labor necessary for a raised granite cobblestone patio where each stone is set, by hand, in concrete or resin.

Raised Patio Cost by Size

Just like regular patios, raised patios can be any size you need. You may want a small 8-foot area to accommodate a little bistro dining table for two and a few tiki torches. Alternatively, you might want something grander that's big enough to accommodate an outdoor kitchen, a hot tub, and an outdoor lounge or dining area.

The cost of your patio depends on the size as well as the materials.

Raised Patio Size Cost Range (All-in) Average Cost (All-in)
8x8 ft. (64 sq. ft.) $640 – $5,440 $3,040
8x10 ft. (80 sq. ft.) $800 – $6,400 $3,600
10x10 ft. (100 sq. ft.) $1,000 – $8,000 $4,500
10x12 ft. (120 sq. ft.) $1,200 – $9,600 $5,400
12x12 ft. (144 sq. ft.) $1,440 – $11,520 $6,480
12x16 ft. (180 sq. ft.) $1,800 – $14,400 $8,100
10x20 ft. (200 sq. ft.) $2,000 – $16,000 $9,000
12x20 ft. (240 sq. ft.) $2,400 – $19,200 $10,800
16x16 ft. (256 sq. ft.) $2,560 – $20,480 $11,520
14x20 ft. (280 sq. ft.) $2,800 – $22,400 $12,600
12x24 ft. (288 sq. ft.) $2,880 – $23,040 $12,960
16x20 ft. (320 sq. ft.) $3,200 – $25,600 $14,400
20x20 ft. (400 sq. ft.) $4,000 – $32,000 $18,000
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Cost to Build a Raised Patio by Material

The choice of materials is extensive. If you're building a raised patio on a tight budget, you can opt for gravel or concrete. If, however, you're building a higher-end patio, consider flagstone or slate. Take a look at popular raised patio materials and their typical costs.

Material Cost Range Average Cost
Gravel $7 – $16 per sq. ft. $11.50 per sq. ft.
Concrete $8 – $16 per sq. ft. $12 per sq. ft.
Brick $10 – $18 per sq. ft. $14 per sq. ft.
Stone $12 – $46 per sq. ft. $29 per sq. ft.
Tile $17 – $26 per sq. ft. $21.50 per sq. ft.
Stamped concrete $17 – $36 per sq. ft. $26.50 per sq. ft.
Flagstone $17 – $36 per sq. ft. $26.50 per sq. ft.
Slate $17 – $46 per sq. ft. $31.50 per sq. ft.
Paver $18 – $31 per sq. ft. $24.50 per sq. ft.
Bluestone $20 – $30 per sq. ft. $25 per sq. ft.

Cost of Raised Patio Extras and Upgrades

For most people, having the bare patio laid is only the foundation of perfecting their outdoor space. Once the patio is laid and ready to use, you'll most likely want to add a range of extras to the space, or even have them built-in during construction as part of your project, so remember to budget for these finishing touches and upgrades when you're planning your project.

Patio Extra Cost Range Average Cost
Lighting $10 – $200 $105
Sitting wall $40 – $60 per linear foot $50 per linear foot
Heater $100 – $500 $300
Furniture $200 – $2,000 $1,100
Fire pit $300 – £1,400 $850
Walkway $500 – $1,000 $750
Roof $2,200 – $13,500 $7850
Pergola $2,500 – $6,000 $4,250
Hot tub $4,000 – $8,500 $6,250
Outdoor kitchen $7,000 – $20,000 $13,500

Factors That Impact the Cost of Installing a Raised Patio

It's not just the materials, labor, and upgrades that make up the total cost of your raised patio project. There are several other factors that can also impact how much you'll pay. 


Permits can set you back up to $500. How much you'll pay for permits, whether you need a permit at all, and the type of permit you need depends on where you live and the size and structure of the patio you're building. It's worth checking the necessary regulations with your municipality. However, talk to your contractor, too. If you've hired a reputable local patio installer, they will most likely take care of all permit issues as part of your project fee.

Extending a Roof

Much like a porch roof, you can extend your home's roof to cover your patio, assuming the patio is suitably located. Extending the roof to shelter the patio costs $7 to $11 per square foot, on average. 

Adding a Roof

If you want to add a roof to your patio, you'll pay $10 to $62 per square foot, depending on if you go for a removable soft cover, like an awning, a shady, decorative structure like a pergola, or a permanent, durable structure like a fully shingled roof. Each of these options can be freestanding or attached to your home.

Repair and Maintenance

Repair should be minimal if the installation quality is high because brick, stone, and concrete tend to be very durable and long-lasting. Your raised patio will, however, need some regular basic cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking its best. If you've used concrete and you notice cracking, you'll need to hire a local patio repair company to repair it before it worsens. And, to keep the patio looking like new, it's a good idea to pressure wash it yearly.


If the patio has a natural slope away from your property, you likely won't need an additional drain at all. However, if the patio is flat or the ground beneath slopes towards your house, you'll need to have suitable drainage installed. Patio drainage costs $10 to $50 per linear foot.

You can choose from a French drain that sits beneath the patio's surface and directs the water away from your home, or a slope drain that sits on the outside of the patio and drains water through a pipe down a slope to a more suitable location.


If you have an existing patio but want to replace it with a new one, you need to account for the cost of demolition in your project budget. Expect to pay $5 per square foot to remove the old patio before the crew can begin building the new one.

DIY vs. Professional Raised Patio Installation

Because of the level of work and the skill involved in correctly building a raised patio, it's better to hire a professional than to try and do it yourself. If, for example, the subbase or the foundation is laid incorrectly or the ground beneath is too unstable, your patio will require continual repair and maintenance and will have a very short lifespan. However, with professional installation, a patio can last decades with minimal maintenance and add value to your home. Plus, patio repair typically costs $675 to $2,175, so repeated repair calls can quickly add up.

Therefore, it makes more financial sense to hire a patio installer than to go the DIY route.

FAQs About Raised Patio Installation

Is it more affordable to build a raised deck or a raised patio?

Patios are usually more affordable to build than decks. However, it depends on the material you use to build with and the type of deck or patio you want. Take a look at our deck vs. patio guide for a detailed comparison.

Does a raised patio increase the value of a home?

Yes, a raised patio can increase your property value. You should recoup 55% of the cost of the patio installation in the increased value of your home. Note that decks and porches increase home value and offer a better ROI than patios. 

Do I need a permit to build a patio?

Yes, you usually need a permit to build a patio. But the exact requirements vary by state and municipality, so be sure to talk with your contractor and understand the requirements before you begin construction.

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