Vinyl, traditional style pavilion with outdoor seating near a pool.

How Gazebos, Pergolas & Pavilions Add Home Value

If you’ve been thinking about adding a gazebo, pergola, or pavilion to your backyard space to add home value, you might be wondering if it’s worth the money you’ll spend. The truth is, just like many home improvements, an outdoor structure can be an investment that improves your quality of life now and increases the resale value of your home down the road.

Additional square footage to add home value

While outdoor structures don’t technically count toward the total square footage of your home, they do provide much of the privacy and functionality of an indoor room. Plus, just about any outdoor structure can be outfitted with furniture, lighting, and entertainment extras,

essentially giving your home an additional outdoor room.

Add in the fact that your new outdoor room will soon become everyone’s favorite and that square footage becomes very valuable indeed.

When it comes to resale value for your home, the larger the structure, the greater the appeal, as long as the structure is scaled well with other backyard elements and blends with the surrounding landscape.

Essential shade & protection

Outdoor structures make it more pleasant to be outdoors with a variety of features designed to create shade, offer protection from light showers, and even keep pesky insects at bay. The amount of protection you get will depend on the structure you choose.

12-Octagon-Vinyl-GazeboIf you want lots of shade, opt for either a gazebo or pavilion, both of which are designed with shingled roofing that blocks the sun’s rays from above quite nicely.

While pergolas do provide some shade protection, the slats in their open-roof design don’t block sunlight completely. Of course, if you prefer the more open feel of a pergola and still want shade protection, you can opt for an optional shade cover to use on particularly sunny days.

Gazebos and pavilions are also a nice choice for protection against light rain showers. The open-roof style of pergolas will provide some protection from light rain, but not much.

Want to keep bees, flies, and mosquitoes from joining the party? Choose a gazebo and add an optional screen package to keep insects out. That is, as long as you keep the door closed.


Whether you love to entertain or simply enjoy spending time outdoors, an outdoor structure can add versatility to your backyard space, changing to meet your lifestyle needs.

Go from quiet, intimate space to party central in a heartbeat. Your choice of style, furniture, lighting, and accessories will set the mood, with your outdoor structure serving as the perfect backdrop.

Hampton Pavilion
Hampton Pavilion with Cupola

Pavilions are a particularly good choice for outdoor entertaining, with their covered roofs and open space for outdoor kitchen equipment.

Love flowers or gardening? Both gazebos and pergolas make ideal garden companions. Choose a gazebo for plenty of space for hanging plants or window boxes. A pergola can become a garden centerpiece with lattice sides that encourage vines and plants to climb and explore.

Unique appeal

Outdoor structures add a character all their own to any outdoor space. While gazebos offer a decidedly romantic charm, pergolas and pavilions create architectural interest, with strong posts and open-beamed construction that’s become quite popular in recent years.

Regardless of the style you choose, your new outdoor structure will enhance your living space, encouraging you and your family to enjoy the outdoors more often.

When it comes time to sell your home, having an outdoor structure just might boost your property value, provided it’s in great shape. The reason? The unique appeal of an outdoor structure will have prospective homeowners dreaming about summer barbecues and nights out under the stars. Your property will be both more memorable and have a higher perceived value that’s hard to beat.

While only you can decide if a new outdoor structure makes sense for your backyard based on your budget and priorities, it’s good to know that a well-built outdoor structure can offer lots of value that goes way beyond simple enjoyment. We invite you to check out our selection of outdoor structures to see the possibilities for yourself!