How Much An Outdoor Living Space You’ll Love Costs

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People In Johnstown, Fort Collins, Loveland, And The Surrounding Areas Are Investing To Create An Amazing Outdoor Area For Hosting And Relaxing In

Covered patio with fireplace

Outdoor living spaces are an amazing addition to any home. Looking up the cost is a great place to start in your journey to getting one.

In this post, you can discover the cost to build an outdoor living space and the main factors that change it.

Let’s Transform It!

“Transform what?” asks Liz, joining Chris in their backyard.

“Our back yard. It looks so sad and empty” sighs David. “All I can see are grass and some nice plants. It’s a little too plain. Kind of hard to relax in and almost impossible for hosting”

“I know you, and you saying this means you have a plan,” says Liz. David smiles, looking over at her. “An outdoor living space.” Liz’s eyes widen. “Really?! That would be amazing!”

David nods. “I was hoping you’d think that. Our first step is looking up ‘how much does an outdoor living space cost’ on Google.”

Liz smiles broadly. “Well, then let’s look right now,” she says, fishing her phone from her pocket.

Here’s what the couple finds out:

How Much It Costs To Build An Outdoor Living Space

Patio with outdoor kitchen

Outdoor living spaces can cost anywhere from $55,000 to $125,000 and higher. It mostly depends on the size of your yard, scope of work, structures, material choice, upgrades, and accessibility.

Basic Outdoor Living Space Cost – About $55,000. This includes a small 10-by-20 square foot patio, concrete paving, a simple seating wall, a wood shade structure like a pergola, and a small accent feature like a fire pit.

Average Outdoor Living Space Cost – About $85,000. This includes a paver patio with fire pit, simple seating wall, doorsteps, accent shapes, new planting material, small pergola or pavilion, and basic exterior lighting.

High-End Outdoor Living Space Cost – About $125,000. This includes a large paver patio with entertainment areas, a combination grill and bar, raised sections, large pavilion, stone steps, walkway, premium lighting, planting material, and drip irrigation system.

You can see an example of each of these on our outdoor living page.

*Prices are averages and may change depending on the factors below

6 Main Factors That Can Change The Cost For An Outdoor Living Space

Covered patio with bar and outdoor kitchen

Size of your yard. Bigger yards mean more space to work with. Most clients take advantage of this space and make the most of it. Smaller yards have less area and clients still create amazing spaces with it.

Scope of work. The more you want us to do the higher the cost will be. This is because there’s an increase in time, labor, and materials. Sometimes we need to rent special equipment too.

Structures. Patios, decks, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, water features, and all structures are different. They have different processes, timelines, materials, and workloads. 

Material choice. This plays into what structures you want. Lumber and stone have different costs, which means decks and patios can. Then you can choose different types of these materials.

Upgrades. Surround sound, better lighting, a television, and more upgrades are available to you! They may add to the cost but they’ll also add to your enjoyment.

Accessibility. If we can’t access your area easily, we’ll have to figure something out. This usually adds on cost either due to labor increase or us having to temporarily take down part of a fence.

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“The first step is done!” says Chris happily. Liz nods, smiling. “And now we get to keep planning while we’re on a roll here. Let’s see what other posts this blog has that we can use for answers.”