How Much Does a DIY Pergola Cost? (Part 1)

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If the desire to create a structure burns inside you, there is no better way than to build your own pergola. This DIY project is ambitious enough to permanently change the look of your garden, but it only requires intermediate construction skills and simple materials available from your local residential center. Best of all, the cost of the pergola can be balanced against the value it adds to your property.

DIY Pergola Cost

One of the best things about a DIY pergola is its moderate cost. A DIY pergola will generally cost less than more complex outdoor structures like patio covers and gazebos, even more than gazebos and trellises.

As with any DIY project at home, you only pay for the materials, not the work. An exception could be paving. Many homeowners can successfully lay stone or concrete pavers, but large concrete slabs often look and perform best when executed by a concrete professional.

Pergola cost of a kit

A small aluminum pergola that measures 10 square feet starts at around $400 and costs up to $800. This type of pergola usually includes a retractable cover.

Wood increases the cost of the pergola, both due to the cost of materials and the increase in transport weight. Cedar pergolas measuring 10 square feet with trellis covers start at around $1,200. 3-by-5-meter cedar pergolas with open sloping or arched lattice roofs cost between $5,000 and $8,000.

Cost of the pergola built from scratch

A basic garden pergola measuring 2.5 meters wide by 5 meters long, constructed of pressure-treated lumber and mounted to the ground with concrete, can be built for around $570. This cost does not include taxes, shipping, and handling. paving. Appearance grade pressure treated lumber will increase the price.

Since this pergola includes materials like ready-mixed concrete, gravel, and over 40 pieces of heavy wood, you may want the materials delivered rather than pulling them out yourself.

DIY Pergolas Installation Basics

Building your own pergola takes a lot of work, but is easy to understand. Only six posts define the perimeter of this 2.5 x 5-meter structure. At the top, there is a light partial roof built one at a time, ideal for ground floors.

The hardest part of building this pergola is digging the holes in the posts and then putting four-by-four concrete posts in those holes. Renting a gas earth auger for a day is usually enough time to dig these holes. Otherwise, if the ground is soft and you have a bulldozer, you can use it.

It may be necessary to apply for a building permit before building a DIY pergola. A pergola is often classified as an external auxiliary structure separated by local licensing offices.

Pergolas vs. Other Outdoor Structures


Traditional pergolas, which often stretch for miles to shade horse riding trails, have been modernized and adapted for residential use. Backyard pergolas are shorter and look more like outdoor patio structures than long walkway decks.

But pergolas still share the same spirit of honoring flora and eventual wildlife visitors. Adorned with creeping plants like jasmine and even lighting, the backyard pergolas provide a wonderful space to relax, dine, socialize, or just get some rest.


  • Easier to build than many other types of external structures.
  • Encourages the growth of low plants
  • Low maintenance


  • It does not protect from the sun or rain (although sun protection can be added)
  • Naked pergolas can get ugly
  • hard to move

Patio Cover

A patio cover is a structure attached to the house that provides full coverage for the area below. The roof is generally held at a low angle. Since one side of the patio deck is supported by the house, the other side is supported by two or more posts.


A gazebo is a large, free-standing external structure, usually round, hexagonal, or octagonal. Its roof is usually sloped at a high angle. Inside, the gazebo is protected from the elements and may have permanent accessories, such as benches.


Built over an open-air path, a gazebo is a short, arched, or flat hallway intended for growing short plants. A gazebo can provide a beautiful entrance to a property.


A trellis is a flat, ladder-shaped garden structure that attaches to the side of a house, shed, or fence. A truss is simple and inexpensive to build. A trellis is only for plant growth; it does not provide

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