Average Costs for Framing a House
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Average Costs for Framing a House

Framing is considered the most expensive part of building a house. The cost to frame a house varies, depending on the house size, its design, site elevation (or slope), regional cost of labour and materials used. Framing makes up about 8%-12% of a home renovation’s cost. While exact costs for framing a house can sometimes be problematic to predict, there are general guidelines that can orient you what will drive costs up.

Most contractors charge for framing between $4 and $10 per square foot. The more complex your plans are, the more you can expect to pay. Extra slopes and valleys add to both time and materials.Every framing of intersecting wall requires more studs, increasing material needs. Complexity of your house plan influence on price. Unique designs requiring specialized plans also increase house framing costs because more labour and expert knowledge are needed than for a standard one.For example, a simple, 2,000-square foot home estimated at $4 per square foot only costs $8,000 while a complex two-story house of the same size estimated at $9 per square foot has a higher total price of $18,000.

  • Type of framing.

Stick framing a wall is the most common and least expensive, while timber framing is a special type that uses carpentry rather than nails to hold the frame in place. It costs approximately $200 a square foot.Specialty details such as soffits, high ceilings and tall windows increase the overall cost of framing a house.

  • Materials and labours.

The cost of labour plays less of one, but it still needs to be taken into account. The price of lumber influences a lot on the total cost. Specific jobs have their own considerations, though average pricing tends to run between $4 to $10 per square foot with an additional $3 to $6 per square foot for materials. In urban areas, expect to pay on the higher end of this range–perhaps a little above depending on demand. Some professionals charge per square foot versus the amount of time spent with a project.

The average cost for framing 2,000-square foot single-story house runs between $14,000 and $32,000 with extra$4,000-$16,000 for sheathing and wrap. For framing interior walls, efficient crown moulding and baseboard installation, you will pay on average$1,800,$7 to $12 per square foot.

In order to obtain an honest, accurate and detailed cost estimate, choose a trusted professional.