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Twin Locust Gazebos & Outdoor Lawn Furniture
Serving Southeastern PA, Northern MD, NJ, and DE
Phone: 717-246-2455

The Pros & Cons of Doing it Yourself

Thinking about doing it yourself? Sure, you could build it. However, let's look at the total picture - honestly. You'll need to set aside a couple of hours for planning the design of your gazebo and then creating a materials list. Let's not forget 15% extra for cutting waste and unusable stock.

Now you head for local building supply center to pick up your material (assuming you have a truck). Depending on how many miles it is, and how big your gazebo is going to be, figure you'll make that round trip at least 3 times. And don't make any construction mistakes or forget anything or you'll be going back a 4th time. How much time and gas mileage expense do we have invested now and we haven't driven our first nail? Did you remember to pick up that new saw blade?

Figure with a buddy, you could knock the structure together in a couple of weekends. Add 32 hours for you and 32 for him. Add 64 hours for you if your buddy doesn't show up. And let's hope it doesn't rain. Ready for paint now? That will be a few more hours, plus paint / stain, brushes, rollers, etc. (and another trip back to the store).

Now let's look at your finished product. Is it perfectly plumb, level, and square? On the inside, how does your construction look? Close tolerances with tight joints? Or big gaps?

Assuming you still have all your fingers, how many hours total did you spend on the project, including driving for materials? At mimumum wage, times your hours, what does that equate to? How much invested in materials, gas, and tools?

Consider this:

All of our gazebos, barns, sheds, and garages are pre-built inside our dry, well lit manufacturing plant and then delivered to your site where they are fully assembled, finished, and ready for immediate use. Our structures are built to the highest standards by our experienced employees who do this day after day, building an average of 5 structures a day, or approximately 100 units a month. Yes, we have it down to a science.

For your convenience, all you have to do is stop in at one of our locations, pick out the gazebo you want, choose among many options such as size, roofing materials, and colors, and that's it. Now you can go play a few rounds of golf or go fishing, or go home and watch the game. Your completely finished gazebo will be delivered before you know it! And more than likely for less cost than if you had done it yourself.

At this time, certain models are available in kit form. If access to your location is restricted, we will deliver and assemble a kit for you. In some cases, we will ship a kit to a location that is outside of our normal delivery area. We may decide to offer building kits in the future for shipping to other states if there is enough interest. Dealers are welcome - Please contact us for wholesale pricing.