Price per square foot to lay pavers

What should I expect to pay per square foot to lay pavers in Charlotte, NC?

Let’s start with the grade of the land. The steeper the grade, the higher the cost. This can require but is not limited to fill dirt, more crushed stone and aggregate, retaining wall block, etc…

Next, the size of the patio matters when it comes to price per square foot. The larger the patio, the cost per square foot may come down due to efficiencies in labor. When you have a small patio, the same things need to happen and the labor needs to make a minimum amount to make it worthwhile.

The substrate or material type also affects the price per square foot. Paver patios are made by various manufacturers with different price points from companies such as Belgard or Pavestone. The patterns may also affect labor costs.

When you think about having a paver patio designed-and-build by a professional patio company, the price per square foot should come in between $14 – $25 per square foot.

If you are considering adding a patio to your Charlotte-area home, give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350. Take a look at some great Charlotte paver patio pictures on our paver patio photo gallery.  Also enjoy perusing our stone patio photo gallery.


How much does a screen porch cost?

When researching screen porch pricing, you will need the following information in order to get a more accurate idea of pricing:

  1. What will the roof style be (gable, shed, hip, flat)?
  2. How and where does the porch need to be tied into the house or will it be free-standing?
  3. What are the ideal dimensions or square footage that you are looking to have built?
  4. What are the materials that you are desiring to use?
  5. How about electrical requirements (ceiling fan, outlets, lights, etc….)
  6. What finishing touches do you want (paint/stain)?
  7. What is the height from grade?

If you can approximate this information, you can save a lot of time obtaining quotes!

To see wonderful screen porch designs, visit our Charlotte screened porch photo gallery.

Gable Roof Screen Porch with Custom Fireplace


Want to extend your patio? Can it match?

Patio extensions are more and more common. What happens is people’s lifestyles change and they want larger spaces whether it’s to accommodate more furniture, features such as fire pits, or simply entertain more outdoors.

The challenges vary by the type of patio material that is already in place as to effective the extension will be. We can start with concrete. Even though you plan on expanding the concrete, even it weathers. In addition, you have different finishes from brushed to smooth. One way to make your concrete patio extension look uniform is to use a solid stain over both the new and existing concrete!

Paver patio’s also weather. Once solution my be to pick up some of the existing pavers and mix them in with the new batch to make it more uniform. The other item to be aware of with pavers is the change in grade to where the extension is desired as retaining wall may be required.


Travertine patio’s are very easy to extend as they have minimal fade and are a more natural stone. They also are larger sizes and the labor to blend in would be less that pavers!

Flagstone patio’s would also be fairly simple to expand and color fade should not be a challenge as again the flagstones are a natural material!

Another possibility for concrete patios is to do a “concrete overlay” over the existing patio and then make the extension a comparable thickness and this way the entire patio appears to be have been laid at once. This requires a minimum of a 3″ overlay. To see patio designs, go to


Covered patio pricing, how much does a porch cost?

Are you researching the price of a covered patio? We are going to provide some updated pricing for porches to provide some guidelines.

While a simple square foot price can you get you part way there, there are many other considerations.

Is there an existing patio? Are there footings around the perimeter? Is the patio cover going to be attached to the house or free-standing? All of these questions affect the pricing of a covered patio. What is the roof line? A gable roof will cost slightly more than a shed roof and a hip roof or flat roof will add more than a gable. Is the roof going to be attached to the house wall or need to be tied into the existing roof line? When the roof needs to be tied into the existing shingles, it adds to the cost as well.

If you are figuring a roof over an existing patio of any substrate, you will need to add to this figure depending on the type of roofing, columns, footings, etc….

In today’s figures, we would say around $50 – 70 per square foot to cover a patio. If the roof will be less than 120 square feet, you will pay more per square foot due to the inefficiency of material and labor. You can see many covered patio designs at


Do I need to screen in my porch in Charlotte, NC?

For years, everyone felt the need to screen in their porch in the Carolina’s. More and more over the past 3 years, we have seen a shift to what we would call “open porches” or covered patios or covered decks.

These are basically the same structures with a roof and columns but one has a screen with a screen door and the other does not.

Why the trend to open porches? First and foremost, people like an unobstructed view. The fact is, most screen porches require more vertical posts than open porches to connect the screen to. When an open porch is designed, you can get away with fewer columns and they tend to be more substantial or wider columns. Often times when there is no screen, we use various decorative trims on the columns that don’t work as well when you attach the screen.

By installing larger ceiling fans, many times you can achieve the goal of the screen. The blowing fans tend to bother flying insects and they tend to stay on the perimeter. The advent of mosquito repellent companies, such as Mosquito Squad in Charlotte also plays a factor in enabling a homeowner to keep their covered porches open! To see great screen porch and open porch designs, go to


Covering an outdoor kitchen, code issues?

Depending on which jurisdiction you live in, covering an outdoor kitchen can be a code violation.

You have to dig deeper though, what does it mean to “cover” an outdoor kitchen? In many cases, people are intending to put a solid roof over it to keep out of the elements. In the Carolina’s, there are many counties that will only allow this if you purchase and install a hood vent to take the fumes through the roof of the structure. These can be quite costly and you really need an expert to install it properly


In some counties, if the roof is not screened in and you put the cooking station on the perimeter of the roof, they allow that to pass.

A common cover is a pergola like the one featured above left. This is allowed in all jurisdictions because the covering is not solid allowing the fumes to dissipate. Pergolas are very appealing aesthetically and do provide some protection from the sun if there are enough timbers installed above. They do not however keep the rain from hitting you.

Retractable awnings are another form of cover and there are no building codes against awnings. Make sure you check with a licensed general contractor or the county building department to see what your options are. If you want to see a complete photo gallery of outdoor kitchens, go to


How do I know if my deck can be repaired or needs replaced? Is my deck safe?

Decks can be viewed two distinctly different ways. One, a place for entertainment, relaxation, and beauty. The second, a way to exit the back of your home without having to immediately walk down steps and is strictly functional.

In either case, the safety of your deck is paramount. In almost all cases, decks are elevated off grade and pose a safety threat if they are improperly built or simply begin to rot. Decks need consistent maintenance to maintain their safety to include sealing and checking the sub-structure.

To determine if your deck can simply be repaired versus replaced, it is recommended to have a professional inspect in at least every 3 years. Some of the key areas to inspect include looking at the attachment from underneath the deck where it’s attached to the house.  In addition, the joists where they meet the ledger board and where they are attached to the perimeter band.

The rail is another important safety check. If your deck is elevated for than 30″ from grade, it is a requirement to have a 36″ tall rail. Check the attachment strength of the rail and that it does not have too much give to it. People tend to lean against rails and there are many reported rail collapses in this past year alone! To protect against potential safety issues, contact a professional who is licensed and specializes in decks. If you are in the Carolina’s, go to