Cost to Build a Lattice Enclosure

Cost to Build a Lattice Enclosure

How much does it cost to build a lattice enclosure? The contractor cost to build a lattice enclosure is $422 vs. doing it yourself for $170 and saving 59 percent. Adjust the cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 10.4 DIY 16.0
Money Pro $422 DIY $170
Per Unite Cost
Per Unit Cost $422 Total Cost



By Gene and Katie Hamilton

When you have something to hide near or attached to your house, consider building a lattice enclosure, an attractive way to conceal an old oil or gas tank or to store large garbage cans. Plastic lattice panels create good-looking cover-ups, and the material is durable and maintenance-free. You'll find it in garden, home and lumber centers sold in white, green, gray and almond, in 4-foot-by-8-foot panels and molded U-shaped channels that frame the panels using screws. The material can be easily cut with a handsaw, so it's a good first-time carpentry project for a beginner.

A carpenter will charge $422 to build an 8-foot high, L-shaped enclosure that measures 4-feet-by-8-feet, which includes labor and material. You can buy the materials for $170 and build it yourself and save 59 percent. The materials include the lattice panels, channels, screws, crushed stone and 4-by-4 rot-resistant lumber for the three posts. Digging the post holes is the most strenuous part of the job; consider renting a post hole digger to make the job easier. For tools, you need a measuring tape, handsaw, electric drill and a shovel. Use non-rusting or stainless steel screws and pre-drill all the holes.

If you have an open area around the foundation of your house, consider using this material to enclose it. The open weave design allows ventilation and is an attractive alternative to siding.

Don't want to do this job yourself? To find a contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right, click Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local prescreened contractors.

Here is a plan from DIY Deck Plans for a Lattice Privacy Screen.

Now you know the average cost to build a lattice enclosure, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Cost updated 2018

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DIY 98%
PRO 2%

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