Your project is now in the Building Phase, which means it’s time for it to get passed from your design consultant to your dedicated project manager. Expect to have a phone call with your project manager at this point so they can answer any questions that may have arisen and provide you with an estimated completion date. Remember, on site assembly typically only takes a day or two.
Your project manager will be there to coordinate with you, as well as any additional contractors that you’ve hired onto the project, including engineers, masons, or electricians as well as with our in-house production and scheduling teams. Their goal is to make the entire process as easy and stress-free for you as possible.
Before you know it, you’ll be sitting under the shade of your backyard pavilion and enjoying the comfort and beauty you and your family deserve.
The precise details of each project vary depending on who is going to be assembling your pavilion, pergola or gazebo.
We have supplemental instructions if you’re getting a kit you plan to build yourself. You should allow 2-4 days to build your structure with 3 people working on it. We never tell people they can build their structure in one day not knowing who is going to be doing the work.
Problems are relatively rare, but if something isn’t right and we don’t get it fixed on that first trip, we will promptly return to make it right!
Because of transportation costs, it’s less costly to get someone local to prepare the site and build your foundation. You’ll be working with your Project Manager on the phone and by email so you’ll have all the exact specifications of your structure to share with your foundation contractor. What is exactly required for site preparation varies by municipality.
Remember, our team will guide you through this whole process.
Some projects are very simple while others are more complicated – such as an elevated gazebo attached to an existing deck. However, there is nothing that we can’t handle or help find a solution. For example, we recently sent a gazebo kit and bridge up to Massachusetts that was engineered with 3 to 4 foot pillars attached to the top of concrete footers. If your site is uneven as that one was, we can help you find the perfect solution so do not stress.
We look forward to helping you with your planning process. We’re here to help make things go as smooth as possible and our experience helps you to avoid unnecessary surprises.
American Landscape Structures specializes exclusively in made to order, built on site landscape structures from shop-made kits built by our factory crews, by homeowners or by local contractors. Our national reach allows us to focus ONLY on pergolas, pavilions and gazebos not sheds, room additions, furniture, etc. which means we are specialists in what we do. That includes helping you with the permitting process.
First off, the permitting process is your responsibility to complete, but we’ll be there to guide you.
Pergola code requirements vary based on location. Don’t freak out after asking, “Do I need approval for a pergola?” Anyone wanting a pavilion, pergola or gazebo may not even need a building permit for backyard pergolas. Learn the answer to the question, “Do I have to get a permit for a gazebo?”
Concerned about building codes and permits? American Landscape Structures offers guidance. Our skilled consultants can work with clients who have questions like, “How do I get a permit to build a gazebo?” and “Do I need a building permit for a pavilion?” We aim to simplify the backyard building process.
The decision is made: the backyard will soon be getting dolled up with a beautiful new structure. What are the next steps? How should homeowners proceed on this exciting new adventure? Asking, “Do I have to get a permit for a gazebo?” or similar questions can lead to what can be an annoying answer of, “It depends.”
Different laws and code requirements exist throughout the U.S., so answering a seemingly normal question of “Do I need a building permit for a pavilion?” can become complicated. Additionally, the size, intended features and proposed site location may all come into play.
Turn plans into reality by reaching out to the municipality where the structure is to be built. Some jurisdictions may not require approval for structures measuring no more than 150 square feet. Other places are big into paperwork.
Differences can vary more in areas where specific weather issues such as earthquakes or hurricanes are common. Permitting rules may be more stringent based on the population density or zoning; how likely is one backyard structure going to impact other homeowners living nearby?
Ask a clerk at the local permit office, “How do I get a permit to build a gazebo?” Authorities could explain that this step may not even be necessary based on job specifics.
Our professional consultants at American Landscape Structures can simplify this whole experience. If there are questions, we can clarify or find out where to get definitive answers. Interested in quality project renderings? We can accommodate!
Do I need approval for a pergola? Whatever the answer turns out to be, there are three types of drawings that may be able to help expedite the permitting process.
Construction Drawings. These blueprints provide a diagram of what is planning to be built and how. Specific building methods may be noted when relevant. Proposed materials and techniques are listed in such illustrations.
Cost: Standard project construction drawings are free; drawings for custom structures typically range from $100 to $200.
Engineering Drawings. Only necessary in roughly 15 percent of backyard building scenarios, these structural drawings give recipients an idea of the nuts and bolts of the proposed construction. These designs highlight relevant architectural and technical details.
Cost: Crafted by certified engineers, these renderings can run $800-plus, depending on the project’s scope.
Plat Drawings. These representations show the physical area where the structure will be built. Measurements may need verification, but this is a great starting point to see the location with lot boundaries, existing structures and visible utility lines.
Cost: Homeowners probably already have this document so the price is technically free; if not, it should be fairly easy to request one from the local municipality.
When the right company is riding shotgun, deciding on a structure design can be the hard part. If a building permit for backyard pergola is needed, we can send homeowners down the right road to get it done. We provide the legwork and resources to accomplish construction goals for our clients, whether or not their projects need permitting.
The fact is, it’s very rare but it happens sometimes. It’s usually a zoning issue or something to do with proximity to a property line or the % of impervious area on your property. If you aren’t able to get a permit and you’ve already placed a down payment, then we’ll refund your money. We don’t charge you any admin or processing fee. The only amount that is not refundable is if we prepared engineered drawings for you or in the case of larger projects, the amount specified in your term sheet. That amount will be on your order or term sheet and is non-refundable.
Remember! We are here to guide you through this entire process. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting under the shade of your backyard pavilion and enjoying the comfort and beauty you and your family deserve.