A bluestone patio was on my wishlist when we built, but tragically it didn’t make the budget! After all, the landscaping is done last in the home, right around when the house budget dried up.
So instead, we built a small, modestly sized 10’x10′ patio.
Our fence being built with our little paver patio here:
We just used basic paver blocks- forming a simple square right off our covered porch. It wasn’t the patio of my dreams, but we felt lucky to have the space.
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Our Bluestone Patio
A few summers later and we were ready for our patio makeover. We hired out a team to dig up the pavers, quadrupled the patio area to 400 sq. feet, and put down a beautiful bluestone patio that continued around the back of our home. This makeover wasn’t without it’s own “oopsie” moment involving a firepit gone wrong, so I want to share that with you too!
Why Choose Bluestone For Your Patio or Project
I wanted a bluestone patio more than any other type of cheaper alternative because of the added value to our home. Timeless, classic… you can’t find a paver that rivals the look!
Bluestone is a natural stone, highly sought after for their attractive blue color, becoming slightly grayer over time. However – depending on where the stone is from the color could actually vary at times – even on the tan side.
Bluestone is not just known for its’ beauty, though, but the stone’s longevity too. If installed and sealed properly, it will last you decades with no maintenance except a light power washing every few years!
It is a durable stone with incredible strength and density. It isn’t likely to break or chip easily. It is popular around pools because the surface does not get slippery or slick when wet. It handles temperature changes very well, and shouldn’t damage from freeze-thaw if you live in Northern areas.
Disadvantages of A Bluestone Patio
The big disadvantage in creating a bluestone patio as opposed to using another material is that the stones do get hot! We have 4 little ones who run around on that patio sans shoes all summer long. Let me tell you, the sun heats that stone up under their footsies and has them hoppin around, or scrambling to find their flip flops!
Bluestone is porous, so another biggie to be aware of is that it can stain. Red wine or red popsicle drips? They leave a dark mark if left untreated. So far the sun has bleached out all the little spots we’ve spilled on our patio. It’s not a huge concern – as vinegar, water and a brush should take stubborn stains out – but it’s something to consider as there might be a little maintenance keeping it fresh.
And finally, there is the cost – an obvious disadvantage – which I talk about below.
This is our 5 piece wicker sectional – don’t let the price tag scare you, it’s premium furniture and built to last decades. You can see our Outer patio furniture review here – or you can read about our patio makeover from drab to fab here!
Irregular Bluestone Vs. Rectangle
Irregular bluestone, or mosaic bluestone is cut into shapes that give an irregular pattern that fit together in unique shapes, like a puzzle. These are the shape that they are pulled from the quarry in. This random style give a more “natural” look to your space. It is best used for yards that favor winding paths, curves, or natural areas with wildflowers or more rustic styles. It creates a unique, natural yard! Sometimes irregular bluestone is the more affordable option.
Rectangle bluestone is cut into square tiles and rectangles, making it easier to lay. Typically there are a handful of different sizes of rectangular bluestone pieces, just repeated throughout the patio and put together in neat blocks. This look can give a patio a more formal appearance in style than irregular bluestone.
How Much Did Our Bluestone Patio Cost Us?
Buying just the bluestone itself – with no additional labor worked in – will cost you between $4 and $8 per square foot. Your basic bluestone patio with labor worked in will cost you $17 to $25 per square foot, depending on where you live.
We paid $6.00 per square feet of just the bluestone, here in our area of North Carolina.
We needed enough stone for 400 square feet (we enlarged the old patio space, remember?), so the total cost for just the stone alone was $2,400. We may have saved a little bit by going with irregular bluestone.
As far as the labor, we paid our hardscaper to dig up the old pavers and remove them, carve out an enlarged area for the new patio, run our downspouts / drain pipes under the patio, lay down and seal the bluestone, and put together and install a simple firepit in the bluestone patio (more on that later!).
This cost of his labor alone was $4,400, bringing the total cost of our bluestone patio to $6,800.
The breakdown of what we paid for the bluestone patio with everything included (except the firepit) came out to $17.00 per square foot. We have used this particular hardscaper before, and personally, it is my opinion that his labor costs are always on the lower end so you might be quoted higher.
Tips To Consider When Using Bluestone
I would encourage you to go as large as budget allows, if you have enough yard space! Bluestone is so beautiful to look at, it can take a normal patio and really elevate the space.
If your patio is against your home, I think it looks nice to leave a natural area in between the patio and the foundation, so you can have greenery or flowers right up against the house.
Similar to screening a fence with plants, it looks nicer this way. Originally we planned for this:
But mid project, we decided to butt our bluestone patio right up directly to the edge of the house.
A bed for flowers would have looked nicer but for maintenance, with 4 children already, I need to keep things easy. I figured I would rather plop down a few container pots of greenery that I could switch up as needed, and not worry about the maintenance of a flower bed each summer.
Bluestone Patios That Inspire Me
Once we have our furnishings out here this summer I will share some fresh photos! In the meantime, you might also like to see more of my home here.
I want to share a few of the patios that inspired me the most!
Via: Home Bunch
Via: Landscape Aesthetics
Via: Home Bunch