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How much does it cost to build a pavilion?

Last updated Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

How much does it cost to build a pavilion?

How much cost to build a pavilion? List prices on our finely crafted wood pavilion kits 2021 average cost to build a pavilion is at $6,732 for a 10’ x 10’ and $26,612 for a 20’ x 32’ delivered within 150 miles of Lancaster County PA. The lumber is remilled at the factor to a smooth finish out of Premium #1 Pressure Treated Lumber. You could literally drive over a hundred miles and not see lumber like this – most people have never heard of it or ever seen it – it’s truly unique.

Wiliford Pavilion Project

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD A PAVILION – CONSIDER ALL OF THE “REAL” PAVILION COSTS

Materials are just the starting point. No question, the materials from the lumber yard are going to be MUCH cheaper than purchasing a high quality kit. And no doubt a local team can produce a functional structure that will keep the sun and rain off your heads. But if you factor in ALL of the pavilion costs, the savings are not as much as you may think. (Don’t leave out engineering.) Especially if how the structure is going to look in 5 years  in any way weighs into your decision making. 

MATERIAL QUALITY

The wet pressure treated lumber you’re familiar with at the lumber yard is perfectly adequate for many applications. In fact probably 80% of pavilions are made from this very common functional material. Part of your decision about which direction to take with your pavilion is what your finish expectations are. Wet pressure treated lumber is going to have fairly substantial splits and cracks right from the stack – which you already know if you’ve ever picked through the pile at the lumber yard trying to find the best pieces. Another thing you may not be aware of is that since it has a very high moisture content it’s going to twist and continue to split more as it dries out. 

This might be OK – OR you could possibly end up with structural problems if the wood warps and twists enough for it to start torquing against the fasteners or other members. 

END RESULT

How important is it to you what will your pavilion look like in five years? We have structures that have been in the field for many years – you can speak to their owners. We have so many – you may be able to actually see one especially if you’re in the NorthEast US. We have a massive photo library including close-ups – you will have a very good idea what YOUR pavilion is going to look like before you commit to anything. That pavilion you see in the drawings – what is that actually going to look like when it’s actually built. And even more importantly, what is it going to look like in 5 to 10 years – or longer. How about 20 years? You can see here in this picture to get an idea of what that could be. 

VINYL CLAD

We also offer elegantly finished vinyl clad pavilions for only slightly more than than wood only pavilions so you can avoid either allowing the pavilion to just look old and weathered, or the cost of restaining or painting as often as every 2 years if  you want to keep it looking new. 

If you’re considering building a pavilion from locally sourced materials – it’s easy enough to find drawings for FREE online –https://myoutdoorplans.com/pergola/20×30-pavilion-plans/

Here’s their material list – so you can contact your local lumber yards – (lumber prices over doubled since COVID.)

  • A12 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 132″ long POSTS
  • B – 4 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 206 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 240″ long TOP PLATES
  • C – 16 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 60″ long BRACES
  • D – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 68 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 408″ long TOP RIDGE

Wiliford Pavilion Project

ENGINEERING

Another factor to keep in mind is that if you’re planning on getting a permit for your pavilion, about a third of municipalities require sealed/certified drawings for approval. So once you’ve found that engineer, make sure you’re factoring that cost in to your total cost of your pavilion project. Our engineering costs for 80% of our standard product line pavilions are $500-$800 – and larger and more custom pavilions the most we’ve ever charged is $3,000 – and this on a 2400 square foot pavilion. 

We have the drawings available for our high quality pavilions but not the cut lists. You can see in the photos the extraordinary finish quality of our products. Amish craftsmanship is a big contributor to what you’re seeing here- the generational and cultural characteristics that are impossible to replicate. If you’ve ever seen an Amish woodworking team work together, you know of not only their craftsmanship but absolutely amazing work ethics and efficiency. 

CONSTRUCTION TIME

The 20’ x 40’ pavilion shown in this photo a 3-man crew would have assembled from a kit in about a day and a ½. The kit is produced in a highly efficient production operation at the same time as multiple other kits with an estimated total including packing the kit of 20 man hours. This particular one is less than 10 miles from Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia. You can see more details about this project here: wood pavilion near Dulles Airport, Northern Virginia.

Building your pavilion from scratch here’s what the process looks like of 90% of the pavilions:

  • Set the  posts in concrete and wait for the concrete to dry. 
  • Come back to cut and set the beams. 
  • Either cut and raise the rafters or set the trusses. (Often untreated.)
  • Roof sheathing (We use pressure treated  tongue and groove. Lower cost pavilions use either plywood or OSB.)
  • Roofing.
  • Wait for the lumber to dry out for 6-9 months.
  • Stain/paint. 

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