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Somewhere between a gazebo and a shed is the pergola. It is something that provides a bit of coverage or shade from the sun, but it also allows all of the air flow to reach those comfortably seated beneath it. It is an ideal structure to support vining plants and flowers, and can serve as a wonderful outdoor room.
The great thing about a pergola is that it is relatively easy to build, and requires only a intermediate knowledge of carpentry to succeed. For the purpose of this discussion we will assess the costs and requirements of constructing a DIY pergola*.
Many homeowners decide to install pergolas as a way to shade an overly sunny deck or patio. This means that a very common size for a pergola is roughly ten feet square - or 100 square feet in size. The traditional height is nine feet total, and the classic choice in lumber is cedar because the structure will be unprotected from the damages of heat, sun, ice, and water.
According to the DIYOrNot.com website the average costs of a DIY pergola total at $3100, which translates to $31 per square foot.
These costs will cover:
(avg. for 10 square feed)
Cost to build a pergola varies greatly by region. Get free estimates from deck, patio and porch contractors in your city.