One of my favorite parts about being a homeowner is the fact that I get to be extremely creative with my backyard. While I’m not a professional landscape artist by any means, I do love thinking of new ideas for how to improve my backyard on a budget.
Last year, our big project was to put in a new outdoor patio with seating and a small stone fire pit, and this year we’d like to boost up the area even more by adding a pergola.
While many people think that having a pergola or gazebo in your backyard will set you back thousands of dollars, the reality is that if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of do it yourself pergola options out there for you to take advantage of.
How To Build Your Own Pergola
If you’ve decided to take the DIY route and are interested in building a pergola for yourself, you have a lot of different options you can take. First and foremost, there are plenty of DIY pergola plans available online, many of them for an extremely low cost. These are proven blueprints that have been designed by professionals, and are a good way to go if you’re not entirely sure what you’re doing, or aren’t as experienced with small household construction projects as you might like to be.
If you’re feeling a little more courageous, however, then there’s a lot to be said for designing your own pergola yourself. After all, what could be better than a backyard structure that was custom designed for your own house and garden!
If this sounds like something you want to take on, I do recommend that you use an existing plan as a basis for your idea, and work to customize the pre-set blueprint to fit your individual scenario. In my mind, that will provide the right balance of individual creativity and proven plans.
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Costs and Other Questions
If you’re still hesitant to dive right into your project, then you may have a few unanswered questions about the logistics of building your own pergola.
Probably the most common question is about cost. The truth is that there isn’t a single hard and fast rule when it comes to how much your structure will cost. The reality is that it depends on the size of the pergola you want to build, what types of materials you use, whether you want it covered, and whether you use a pre-existing kit.
In general though it’s good to assume it will cost you anywhere from $300-400 for a basic pergola where you individually buy all the materials yourself up to a few thousand for luxury kits that come with a retractable roof and/or siding.
Another common question is how long it will take you to finish the project, and again it will vary based on the scope. If you use a pre-existing kit, you can easily be done in just a few hours. For a complete DIY version, many people find that they can realistically finish the project in a long weekend.