Average Labour Cost/Price to Lay a Patio, Slabs or Paving

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(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does It Cost to Lay a Patio?

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Job 1
Lets keep it simple. A rectangular foot traffic only patio, just below lawn level across the back of your house. So that’s 6.5 metres wide and 4.5 deep. There’s an old path there at the moment, the rest is lawn and it goes right up to each side fence. You have found and paid for the slabs in the local merchants, he is organising delivery along with the stuff he needs

This will take 2 men, 5 days to dig out, dump the turf and topsoil on a tarp in the garden, lay and compact the foundation which will include the broken up path, lay the slabs on dabs of muck (mortar) cutting a few at the edges, brush in the pointing and hold their hand out for payment.

Materials including the slabs and hiring the “whacker” £825, Labour £1300

Job 2
Same job but the garden slopes down so you want a foot high retaining wall at the lawn end with what will always be an annoying little step in the middle. The wall will continue at the sides back to the house and have copings all round. He still has to dig out, there’s the wall’s foundation to lay and you can’t just lay hardcore on the lawn. He will also need a lot more of it. This will take 2 men 7 days.

Materials £1100. Labour £1820,

Job 3
Same as either of the above but you have decided you want different sized slabs and a circle in the middle. This will take longer and you will have slabs left over because no one knows how many of each kind you want until the last one is laid. He will also have to go back to the merchants to by the ones he needs to finish off with.

He will hate you for this, so will charge an extra day and a half, so add….

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