Pavilion Info & Options Check out the Pavilion Options and Features We Offer.
The possibilities for your backyard pavilion are endless. While some people opt for the more standard Lakefront pavilion, others are looking for a high-end structure such as the vinyl Caribbean pavilion. Our pavilions provide you with various options from roof-style to stain or vinyl color. Each additional option or customization gives you the opportunity to make the pavilion you choose, uniquely yours.
In the following sections, you will find information pertaining to proper footer installation for your pavilions foundation. You can also see exactly what is included in the electrical package we offer. We also touch on some common inquires we get about fireplaces, lighting, and privacy walls. While we typically don’t install or sell these options, we have compiled some approximate prices to give you an idea as to how much it might cost you.
Are you unsure of what all is included with the purchase of a Lancaster County Backyard Pavilion? Don’t worry, we are here to help.
Choosing a Pavilion
If you are still unsure of what Pavilion you would like or where your new pavilion should be placed in your backyard, you need to check out our Outdoor Guidebook. This is a great guide for helping you purchase and locate the correct structure for your setting.
Your Pavilion’s Foundation
Do you have questions about how your new pavilion will fit into the schedule of your backyard project? Like any structure, the foundation is an important part of the project. Read below to know when to install footers or piers for the foundation of your pavilion.
Installing footers/piers will be one of the first items to install. The top of the footers should be just below the bottom of the paver stone level. Use our provided drawings for pier locations and specifications.
Install the base for the patio.
In the case of a paver patio, choose any of the following methods:
Wait to install the pavers until after the pavilion has been installed.
Install the pavers leaving out a section of pavers at each post location.
Install all of the pavers, but do not install the polymeric sand between the pavers at each post location. Then, several days prior to the pavilion install, have the pavers removed at each post location and expose the concrete mounting surface.
How to install footers/piers if I have an existing paver patio?
A section of pavers approximately 24-30” in diameter should be removed at each post location.
Install piers. The top of the pier should be approximately 1” below the bottom of the pavers.
This allows for a small layer of sand to be installed on top of the footer for easy paver installation.
The tops of the piers do not need to be level with each other.
Reinstall pavers. Cut and fit pavers around the posts.
How will my structure be anchored to a concrete surface such as piers or a concrete slab?
A flat area is needed in order to place the post bracket. We then drill into the concrete and insert wedge anchor bolts.
As the customer, you should not wet-set any brackets or j-bolts into the concrete.
*When you choose the Vinyl Ceiling or the Wood Cladding to be installed on the bottom side of the rafters, you may need to have a portion of the ceiling removed so the inspector can view the Hurricane ties securing the rafters to the beams. Alternatively, the cladding could be installed after the inspection.
Additional Customization & Options
The Electrical Package includes 1 switch & 1 receptacle on the same post and a drop-down wire in the center of ceiling; 14 Gauge wire – use with a 15 Amp breaker.
LCB supplies and installs the wiring within the pavilion. You should hire an electrician to run the power wire from the house to the pavilion and install the light/fan fixture in the pavilion.
Electrical details for Vinyl Pavilions
Can I add more outlets?
Yes, you can add more outlets on additional posts.
Near the top of the beam (for TV or LED strip lights around the top of the beam).
There are two basic methods to run the wiring to the pavilion post.
Method 1: Install a conduit in the exact center of the concrete pier.
The conduit should be protruding out the top of the concrete about 6”.
The electrical wire should protrude out 3 feet.
Method 2: Wait until the pavilion has been installed.
We install an exterior junction box approximately 18” above ground level.
Flexible conduit can be installed up to the Junction box.
Electrical details for Wood Pavilions
Can I add more outlets? – No
Install a conduit next to one of the posts.
The conduit should protrude out the top of the concrete about 16”.
The electrical wire should protrude 12” beyond the top of the conduit.
Electrical details for Timber Frame Pavilions
An electrical package is NOT offered for timber frame pavilions.
Installing an external conduit is a good alternative. If you instead prefer to run hidden wiring within the timbers, we may be able to assist in a per case scenario.
The approximate cost for a wood-burning fireplace is $20 -22k.
Do we do install Fireplaces?
No, we primarily work with the customer’s mason/contractor.
When recessed lighting or speakers are desired in the pavilion ceiling, we recommend either vinyl or wood cladding on the bottom side of the rafters thus creating a pocket/cavity for the electrical wires and recessed fixtures.
If inspections are required, this procedure usually requires an additional trip.
Center fan with lights.
Not sure about the exact downrod measurements you need for proper fan clearance? View the proper fan clearances here.
Center hanging light (pendant, chandelier).
LED strip lights on top of beam ledge.
Edison bulbs strung on hooks.
Direction lights near the top of the beam.
Up/down lighting for posts.
These work well on the Caribbean model.
It is NOT recommended on the Shoreline and Montford due to the decorative trim directly above the column.
Vinyl or stone veneered (Approximate cost – $3,000-5,000).
A good alternative option may be to simply install a privacy fence just outside but not connected to the pavilion.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pavilions
How do I order a Pavilion?
Request a formal estimate.
Sign the estimate and provide the deposit.
Your structure is ordered!
Can I customize the pavilion design?
LCB is able to fully customize any of our structures; however, we can typically only offer this to a small number of customers per year. Smaller levels of customization are more readily available. The amount of jobs is dependent on our lead time.
If customization is requested, the following Design Phase process can be expected:
You provide the size and structure design/details.
We provide a budget number.
You enter the Design Phase (payment required).
We draw the structure and work together with you to adjust the design as needed.
We provide a firm estimate.
Where do we install Pavilions?
We install Pavilions primarily in PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, NY, CT.
We install typical size backyard structures in an approximate 200-mile radius from our location. Outside of this approximate range, it may become cost-prohibitive for you.
For larger units (24×24 and larger) we are sometimes able to offer installation outside 200 miles.
Where does LCB ship DIY Pavilion kits?
We ship DIY kits within a 500-mile radius from our location for outdoor living structures.
Timber Frame Pavilion kits are available nationwide across the contiguous USA.
Are permits required?
This is a question for your local municipality.
We do not obtain the permits for you.
Why do timber frame pavilions cost more than standard wood or vinyl pavilions?
The sheer amount of wood required for a timber frame construction makes it more expensive than its wood or vinyl counterparts. Also, the mortise and tenon style of building requires a higher level of engineering and expertise to complete. These factors combine to make a timber frame pavilion cost more than a standard wood or vinyl pavilion.
Can I place a pergola or pavilion on bare ground?
To place a pergola/pavilion on bare ground, you should first install concrete piers that mound just a bit above the surface of the ground.
Do I need Post standoffs?
If your structure has exposed wooden posts and the patio consists of pavers with concrete footers/piers under the pavers, post standoffs are recommended so the bottoms of the wooden posts do not reside beneath the patio surface. The top of each concrete pier should be located 2.5” beneath the top of the paver stones in that exact area.
Can I attach a pavilion to my house?
Typically yes, but it usually requires additional planning, engineering, and inspections than a free-standing pavilion.
The following are a few preliminary factors to consider:
Is your house 1 story or 2 stories at the point of attachment?
Will the posts or roofline interfere with any doors or windows on your house?
Does your house have a basement in the area adjacent to the wall on which the pavilion would be attached?
What does the exterior of your house consist of (Vinyl siding, Hardie, Brick etc.)? A vinyl siding scenario is usually the simplest if attaching to a pavilion. The approximate additional cost for a pavilion attached to a home with vinyl siding is $8-12k.
Whether we are able to offer attached pavilions and the installation of the pavilion to your home, is dependent on our current lead time.
Can I mount a pavilion on my wood/composite deck?
Unless an engineer determines how to properly reinforce your deck, we do not recommend it.
A good alternative method is to install concrete footers/piers under your deck, install the pavilion incorporating longer posts, and then install the deck boards.
My patio is sloped. Do you factor this in while onsite?
Yes! We use a laser level and cut the posts onsite as needed.
Can LCB provide engineered stamped drawings if required by your municipality?
In most states, we are able to provide engineered/architectural stamped drawings for pavilions.
How to start planning for your outdoor living structure?