Sonoma Pergola: Buy or DIY?

February 12, 2018

When planning an outdoor room a pergola is an important part of the overall design. Beyond choosing the style of what you want, it is important to consider your overall cost and time spent. Whether you are a dealer looking to provide pergolas to your customers, or a retail consumer looking to build your own pergola, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company wants to help you figure that out. Below is a comparison of what it would cost, both time and dollars, to DIY a Sonoma 12 foot Pergola or purchase from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company. 

SONOMA16-R Wood Pergola

Do It Yourself Construction

ACTION ITEM                                                                                   ESTIMATED TIME

Putting together a plan for constructing                                              1 days

Constructing each column of pergola                                                   2 days

Constructing each arched rafter (8 rafters)                                          3 days

Constructing each straight rafter (10 rafters)                                      2 days

Detailing, sanding, routing edges, grooves, etc.                                   3 days

Staining and drying                                                                                  2 days

Buying hardware, miscellaneous                                                            1 days

Delivery, installation                                                                                 1 day

   Total Time To Construct Pergola                     15 days         


Estimated cost of lumber                                                                       $1350

Estimated cost of hardware                                                                   $450

Estimated cost of stain                                                                          $175

Estimated tool rental, other materials needed                                    $350

15 days labor, 10 hours per day, 1 person @ $15 per hour                $2,250

   Total Estimated Cost                                          $4,575

These would be estimated costs for a landscaper building a 12’ arched wood pergola by themselves.  This would involve 15 working days and $4,575 worth of materials/labor.  This is also assuming this landscaper can get down to the fine details of the pergola and have the exact look that you get when you see a Sonoma 12 Pergola from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Sonoma Pergola

ACTION ITEMS                                                                              ESTIMATED TIME   

Order Sonoma 12 Pergola from OGC                                                 1 minute

Ship and deliver pergola                                                                       5 days

Install Pergola                                                                                        4 hours

           Total Time                                                                     5 days, 4 hours, 1 minute

                                                                                                          ESTIMATED COST

Sonoma 12 Redwood Pergola                                             Retail Value                 $3,799

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