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How Much Does a Carpenter Cost?

 
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  Typical costs:
  • Carpenters typically charge $30-$100 or more an hour, depending on local rates and the complexity of the work performed. Total costs will depend on the size and type of project.
  • For example, installation of crown molding typically costs about $8-$12 a foot or $300-$500 for a 10'x10' room, but an elaborate design, heavy or exotic woods, irregular layouts or using multiple moldings to create a dramatic effect can cost up to $25-$35 a foot, or $1,000-$3,500 for a 10'x10' room. Having a carpenter create custom-built wainscoting (covering the bottom half of an interior wall) in a 10'x12' room can cost $1,000-$2,600 for just the labor; with lumber and other materials, total costs could be $1,200-$5,600 or more, depending on the type and quality of lumber.
  • Hiring a finish carpenter to create one-of-a-kind built-in shelving units can cost $2,000-$5,000 or more, not including lumber and other materials. Installing a custom closet organizing system typically costs $1,000-$5,000 and can be $20,000-$30,000 or more for exotic wood with a variety of luxury options.
  • Adding a non-load-bearing interior wall can cost $400-$1,500 for labor and materials for a wall 8' high and 18'-20' long.
  • Building a 9'x9' walk-in closet by constructing three new walls or a 26'x3' reach-in closet with two new walls (front and side) typically costs $4,000-$6,500 or more, depending on the type of lighting, doors and built-in-storage, plus ventilation for a walk-in closet.
Related articles: Built In Shelves, Crown Molding, Wainscoting, Handyman, Electrician, Plumber

Shopping for a carpenter:
  • Ask for recommendations for a local carpenter from family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, or at the local home improvement or hardware stores. ThisOldHouse.com lists tips for hiring a contractor[1] .
  • For extensive or complex projects, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry provides referrals to local contractors[2] .
  • Look for someone who specializes in the type of carpentry required. Although the use of these terms varies, typically a trim carpenter deals with interior molding and trim; a framing carpenter constructs walls and roofs; a finish carpenter does fine woodworking, cabinetry, furniture and other work requiring exact joins and minimal margins of error; and a cabinetmaker builds cabinets, wardrobes, dressers and other storage furniture.
  • Ask for and check references; verify the the carpenter is insured and licensed[3] by the state, and look for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[4] .
  • The carpenter should provide a written contract describing the work to be done, materials to be used, a payment schedule, a start date and an expected completion date. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry describes a well-written contract[5] .
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