You might be thinking that your backyard is missing something. It could be a shed for storage, a swing set for the kids, or maybe a gazebo to make up for the lack of tree coverage that usually makes the heat unbearable without frequent trips back inside. Adding that little something to your backyard can get your family more motivated to go outside and actually get fresh air.
A gazebo is both a practical and decorative addition to your backyard. It’s somewhere to run under in the event of sudden rainfall, it’s somewhere to sit under to enjoy the rainfall with a warm drink, and it’s somewhere to gather during a barbecue to get some shade. But just like with any other house project, the first step is to plan.
Where Will the Gazebo Go?
Finding a place for your gazebo takes some careful consideration. The perfect spot is usually:
- Level and flat for support and to avoid any water pooling
- Away from young trees that can interfere as the roots grow
- Where you can reach without trampling a flower bed, tree stump, or bike pile
- Practical – close to the door to avoid the elements or in the center where guest can gather
- Big enough to fit your gazebo
Don’t forget to measure the area where you think you will be placing your gazebo. This will help with choosing the right one that fits perfectly.
Finding the Right Gazebo
Next, it’s time to choose the gazebo for your backyard. With your measurements, you can narrow down your search to gazebos that will fit. Then you can consider the material for your structure which can depend on the weather or your backyard aesthetic. Gazebos can come in several different materials like:
Low end wood like pine and cedar cost around $4000, whereas higher end wood like redwood can be upwards of $7000. Your choice depends on your budget and style. And remember to use pressure-treated wood or coated composites for areas you won’t be staining.
Vinyl can be made to look like wood, brick, or metal at a fair cost between $4,500 – $8,000 and is virtually maintenance free.
Choosing between cast or wrought iron, steel, and aluminum can cost anywhere from $2,500 – $8,000 depending on the climate. For more moderate climates, it’s ideal to use a sturdier metal like iron or steel.
- Brick, formed concrete, block
Brick gazebos will cost around $2,500 – $4,000 and formed concrete and blocks will cost less. These materials are sturdy and retain heat.
The easiest option, arguably, is to install a gazebo with a kit that comes with prepared materials. All you need to do is follow the instructions. Gazebo kits can cost from $2,500 to $10,000 depending on the material, quality, and size.
Installing a Gazebo
Now, it’s time to put it all together. You can either DIY or hire a professional contractor to install your gazebo. Professional installation can cost between $1,000 to $1,500 depending on where you live. Be sure to do your research and check any references!