The warm Summer months often get people thinking: What if we had a brand new deck? How about a gazebo somewhere on the property? Both of these features can be highly desirable focal points for the exterior of a home. They’re also great for entertaining and relaxing. These days homeowners are also building decks and gazebos with build-in lifestyle features, such as kitchens and exercise areas, to effectively increase the functional square footage of their homes. Why not take advantage of that outdoor space and by constructing practical, useful features?
It’s a fair question to ask, given the amount of underutilized outdoor space in America’s residential properties today.
In many cases, however, adding a new outdoor deck or gazebo simply does not seem realistic. Homeowners will consider such a project, imagining how enjoyable the final results would be—but in the end, they dismiss the idea. Why? The answer is simple: Cost.
If money were no object, you’d be on the phone with an outdoor deck specialist today, asking how soon they could start on your project. But building a new feature for your home means building it into your annual budget—and for most people, household finances may already be stretched tight. A new deck or gazebo may not be the highest priority on the list.
But is it really that expensive? Is that outdoor amenity really so far out of reach? Many people are surprised when they learn the actual costs of building a new deck or gazebo for their home. It’s certainly a real investment of real dollars, but the average prices might make you think twice about deferring another year.
The average American building a brand new deck for their home will spend around $2,000 on the low end, and $10,000 on the high end. Costs can go higher, of course, if you want upscale features such as a built-in kitchen. But it’s surprising how much you can get for a few thousand dollars—and the results can last for decades.
In terms of gazebos, it’s actually possible to have a very basic structure built for less than $1,000. However, when you start talking about expansive gazebos using exotic materials, your costs can reach the $10,000 mark or higher.
Knowing exactly where your project will fall along these prices ranges depends on size, features, materials, and workmanship.
So what’s the next step?
Finding a reputable deck and gazebo builder is the single most important thing you can do, whether you’re ready to commission a project or simply want to explore your options. As a discerning homeowner who wants to make your home investments count, you should only contact reputable outdoor deck and gazebo builders who exhibit the following traits:
Years of documented experience
Licensed, bonded and insured
Proven history of satisfied clients
Workmanship guaranteed in contract
Commitment to the finest materials
As long as your contractor meets these requirements, you can be reasonable sure you’re getting solid information—and if you decide to go for it, you can be confident in both the process and the final results.
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