Cost to Build a Gazebo – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 5650

$ 4575

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 65% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Build a Gazebo noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does a gazebo cost? The contractor cost to build a gazebo is $5,650 vs. doing it yourself for $4,575. 

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.

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.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.