Cost to Build a Lattice Enclosure – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 422

$ 170

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 96% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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