By Gene and Katie Hamilton
The dictionary defines a gazebo as a small roofed building affording shade and rest. In our opinion, that doesn't begin to describe what it adds to a landscape. Many designers use a gazebo as the focal point of the yard because its open and intricate lines bring an old fashioned charm and design element that enhances its surroundings. And when you build a gazebo in your yard, it usually becomes a favorite place for kids as well as adults.
You can build a gazebo yourself or have it custom built by a carpenter. Or you can buy one ready-built or pre-assembled and delivered to your property for construction. Prices vary widely because not all gazebos are created equal. They come in a wide range of sizes and materials, including cedar, pressure-treated wood and vinyl. Most are designed to be built on top of a concrete slab, brick floor or wooden deck. When shopping for a gazebo, consider those designed with built-in seating and optional screens, accessories that make it pricier, but will extend its use and creature comforts.
You'll find them sold locally at home, lawn and garden centers, and on several Web sites, such as
If you're buying a ready-built gazebo, its location must be open and accessible to a good-sized delivery truck hauling a flatbed. If you have your gazebo custom built or build it yourself, truck access is not necessary.
It will cost $5,650 to buy a ready-built 9-foot octagonal cedar gazebo with a cupola, cedar shingles, and pressure-treated foundation and floor. If you have carpentry skills and tools, you can buy a pre-cut gazebo kit of similar size and material for $4,575 and built it yourself, saving 19 percent. Figure an additional cost for delivery.
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If you're planning to build a gazebo in your yard, check your property survey to make sure you build the structure on your property and not on your neighbor's. And be sure to ask your local building department if a permit is required for the addition of a gazebo before you begin.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to build a gazebo lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020