Build a Gazebo Cost

How much does it cost to build a gazebo?

Gazebos are charming, but they are also useful. They can be decorative, but they can also serve as a very comfortable outdoor living space. This is particularly true when the structure is outfitted with screens and functional doors. Most plans for gazebos also include built-in benches to ensure that the structures provide a great spot for relaxation.

Is the construction of an average gazebo a DIY project? According to the experts, it is not recommended that a homeowner tackle the site preparation, construction, and finishing work on a gazebo because these steps involve the use of heavy machinery and advanced carpentry techniques.

For the purpose of this conversation we will consider the costs and requirements for the construction of a custom 9' octagonal wooden gazebo on a residential lot. According to, the price of a wooden gazebo will range from $1500 to $2500, and the cost for a similarly sized model constructed of vinyl 1 will be $2100 to $3600. Why the difference? Vinyl 1 is far more durable and asks for very little maintenance. This makes it an ideal choice for those who don't want to stain the gazebo regularly or who will install it near a boggy or damp area that is prone to mildew.

Cost breakdown

The costs for the project described will include:

  • Excavation and site preparation - the pricing for this work is going to vary according to the size and the needs of the gazebo. There may be some leveling or excavation required, and there may even be the need for some fiber tubes to be put in place for concrete piers - which is especially true in areas where heavy frost can cause the building to shift;
  • Concrete - the price for a single cubic yard of concrete is $75, and most structures will not demand any more than one or two yards to serve as piers or as a continuous slab foundation 2; and
  • Materials - this gazebo is going to rely on cedar and pressure treated materials that are impervious to insects and rot. These materials will also not easily warp or crack under a huge variety of outdoor conditions. The roofing on this structure is going to be cedar shingles 3 in order to provide both a stylish finish and a lot of durability too.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Prefabricated structures - the vast majority of shed and barn vendors also make prefabricated gazebos available too. Quite often these structures can be custom designed to match the color and style of the existing home, and they can be delivered and properly setup on the owner's yard or property. These are remarkably expensive items, however, and it does pay to first explore options in having a professional construct one instead. It is important to remember that the total price of such a structure might be somewhat close to a custom built model, but there will also be the shipping and delivery fees and applicable sales taxes too.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
2 Slab foundation: A layer of concrete, poured over a prepared surface of soil or gravel, that supports a house or other building structure
3 Shingles: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.

Cost to build a gazebo varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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