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How Much Does a Carpenter Cost?

 
low costHourly Rate: $30-$100+average costBuilt-in Shelves: $2,000-$5,000+high costWalk-in Closet: $4,000-$6,500+
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] .
  • 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 by the state.
  • 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[2] .
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Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Tisha Conlin in Buna, TX.Posted: August 23rd, 2020 06:08PM
Type of Project: Paint and hang trimCarpenter: Buna
I am wanting to pay no more Than 5k for correcting their screw ups
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Amount: $235.00
Posted by: Jonesy in Columbia, MO.Posted: June 18th, 2019 12:06PM
Type of Project: Repaired 4' section of soffitCarpenter: Edward the Handyman, CoMo
He was very thorough, the job got bigger as he went into it, but he didn't change his price on me. It was a fixed bid. It ended up taking about 6 hours (some of that traveling to/from store), and he paid for materials (but not paint). I think I got a good deal.
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patio
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: cathz in kent, WA.Posted: July 7th, 2016 09:07PM
Type of Project: patioCarpenter: 400
patio with roof 12hight,12lenght,24 wedge
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Professional office / waiting room looks like a yacht.
Amount: $33.00
Posted by: Benjimin Church in Newport, RI.Posted: May 18th, 2015 07:05PM
Type of Project: CustomCarpenter: Michael Botelho
A marine carpenter from the Newport area. I met Mike through a marina. He was first contracted on my sailing yacht. Impressed with skilled craftsmanship I decided to have my newly built office resemble my yacht interior. At first I hired an interior decorator, It quickly became apparent they had no idea what I was trying to accomplish. After parting ways with the decorator I had to fix everything. Mike was full of ideas and fixed problems. He became my designer while doing his own craft. He was also able to refer tradesman in the marine field, like sail makers (curtains), fabric (chairs & waiting room seats),& varnish work for custom teak woodwork, built ins, & my center piece, a beautiful laminated mantle & beam Mike fabricated. This custom project took time, but so worth the wait! I have a conversation piece that is unique it is great for breaking the ice with my new clients. I will be doing business again with Mike in the future, ten out of ten!
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