By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To add an inviting element to your backyard, consider building an arbor, an outdoor accessory that’s a popular feature in today’s well dressed gardens. Place an arbor at the entrance to a yard and its simple elegance welcomes visitors, or use one as the centerpiece of a landscape plan and plant it with climbers.
Years ago, there were limited choices in arbors expensive custom-built designs or mass-produced in less-than-perfect wood and both were high maintenance. They often rotted from the extremes of weather, and required either paint or stain to protect them. Today you’ll find a dazzling array of vinyl garden products, including arbors, which are easy-to-assemble and provide years of maintenance-free outdoor living.
You can buy a kit for an arbor that measures approximately 60-inches wide by 86-inches high, and is installed with post anchors in the soil for about $470. A landscape contractor will charge $750 for the job, which includes the arbor and labor. You’ll save 36 percent by doing this job yourself. The kit includes the frame, arched top and side panels, end caps, anchors and adhesive to fasten it together. You’ll find vinyl garden arbor kits sold online and locally at lawn and garden and home centers.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to build a garden arbor 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 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.