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Timber Framing Installation Cost Guide

Most homeowners spend between $1,767 to $3,116 nationally.
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Part of any new construction, addition or major renovation is framing, and timber framing is the more popular and traditional option. In many ways, to install carpentry framing is to create the skeleton of the home. This frame is what the walls, roof and other major elements will be installed around, and it is vital that the framing is completed by a professional carpenter with plenty of experience. Since the cost of timber framing installation can vary wildly from project to project, this guide details some of the most common costs and helps homeowners to budget for the job.

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National Average Cost $3,028
Minimum Cost $100
Maximum Cost $10,300
Average Range $1,767 to $3,116
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Complexity of the Project Influences Cost

Framing a simple square or rectangular space will almost certainly be the cheapest kind of construction possible, but many homeowners want to investigate different types of home shapes. However, variations on the standard design increases the complications of timber framing, and costs can reflect that. A roof with a steep pitch, for example, is harder to frame than one that is less steep. Regardless of the complexity of your project, the average cost of timber framing for an entire home typically runs between $2,609 and $3,747.

Square Footage and Cost

Perhaps obviously, the cost of timber framing fluctuates depending on the total square footage of the home. A house of 1,000 square-feet will be much, much cheaper to frame than one that is 3,000 square-feet. Homeowners should keep this in mind when designing building plans for additions or new construction homes.

Materials and Their Influence on Total Cost

Not just any wood can be used for timber framing in a home. The lumber has to be a certain size, should have a low moisture content and needs to stand up well after decades of use. Working with harder woods, while perhaps more durable, will increase labor costs overall.

Ways to Cut Down on Timber Framing Costs

Homeowners who want to cut down on the costs of timber framing their home do have a few options beyond using lower-quality materials or reducing the square footage of the build. Lending a hand as manual labor can reduce costs, and so can eliminating some interior walls and embracing an open plan space.

While the total expense of timber framing a home can vary, this guide provides insight on which factors influence the cost.

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