House Framing Costs
Most homeowners spend between $900 and $3,028 nationally. Get free estimates from local framing contractors.
When considering the costs involved with framing a home, you must account for both labor as well as materials. While framing a home or room is a service most general contractors can provide, more complicated framing may require the use of a skilled carpenter. In addition, different situations call for a various assortment of possible materials that can greatly affect job costs.
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If there is no existing framework, the job can be very labor intensive and drive up costs. If the framing is for an addition or a new home, use of an experienced carpenter is essential. In addition to having an advanced understanding of building codes, a carpenter will also have a better structural comprehension of the job. In certain cases, an engineer or architect may also be hired to ensure the stability of advanced framework. Both of these skilled contractors should provide a contract with a flat rate for their labor.
The materials needed to frame a home can be a great expense. In addition to large amounts of treated lumber in many different sizes, things such as screws and special bolts can add up very quickly. Although many times an afterthought, large amounts of plywood can be a very costly expense as well. One of the most costly services due to labor and materials is properly insulating the home, which is often a job done while framing. You should call an energy efficiency specialist to designate the different types of insulation needed for different areas of the house before purchasing the materials themselves.
Framing where there is an existing structure — such as remodeling a basement — cuts costs on both labor and materials. Wooden beams are attached directly to the concrete floor to lay the base of the frame, and the studs and top crossbeam can then be built on that. This is certainly easier than framing an entire home or renovation from nothing.
As with almost any job, there are things you can do to significantly decrease the overall cost. Use of aluminum rather than wooden studs is one such way. Not only is aluminum lighter and therefore easier to work with, but it is also space effective and much more inexpensive. In addition to its cost effectiveness, aluminum is much more fire-resistant than its wooden counterparts. Because metal studs are cheaper, lighter, and more space-efficient, use of the material should also significantly decrease labor costs.
Other than the use of aluminum where it can be used, framing is one aspect of home building that has not changed very much. It can still be a very costly service to have done, and your insistence on the use of aluminum can greatly offset this. Unfortunately, there really is nowhere else you can "cut corners."
There will always be a contractor that will do the job for less than the person you hired, but treating your home as an investment is very important. An important aspect of this is hiring the best person for the job, not the cheapest. This is especially important when talking about framing in the home.
Last updated on May 2, 2017