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#8005 - 08/15/01 12:04 PM Labor estimating
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Hey, I am a designer and builder in Montana and need to know more about estimating timberframing labor. I am doing bigger and better projects here in Montana and am curious about standard prices for joinery around the country. We are doing both structural and accent work. I get the impression labor around here in under charging for such beautiful work.
Any pricing guidlines out there??

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#8006 - 08/16/01 07:11 AM Re: Labor estimating
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I don't think there's anything out there that would even come close to "standardized pricing", especially when working on historical projects.

Our experience in north central Ohio indicates a new home with a new frame will finish in the $125 to $150 per square foot range. In general the frame/panel package will cost 35-40% of the overall cost and the timber frame is 70-80% of that amount. Conversions of historic buildings such as barns into a home can run significantly more.

Good luck with your projects and make sure the artists who effect them are well paid. Congatulations for understanding how important that is!

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#8007 - 12/10/01 12:29 PM Re: Labor estimating
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Quote:
Originally posted by Rudy R Christian:
I don't think there's anything out there that would even come close to "standardized pricing", especially when working on historical projects.

Our experience in north central Ohio indicates a new home with a new frame will finish in the $125 to $150 per square foot range. In general the frame/panel package will cost 35-40% of the overall cost and the timber frame is 70-80% of that amount. Conversions of historic buildings such as barns into a home can run significantly more.

Good luck with your projects and make sure the artists who effect them are well paid. Congatulations for understanding how important that is!

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#8008 - 12/10/01 12:40 PM Re: Labor estimating
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Oops on that first reply.

Rudy, given the percentages you stated above, can you further estimate the costs percetanges for:
1) the timbers themselves
2) labor to cut and raise the frame?

Thanks,

Eddie

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#8009 - 12/10/01 07:21 PM Re: Labor estimating
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Eddie,

In BRN (Big Round Numbers) we figure 20% & 60%. The last 20% is overhead and profit if you're lucky.

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Rudy

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#8010 - 12/12/01 03:22 PM Re: Labor estimating
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Rudy,

Great. The BRNs are good enough for me.

Thanks,

Eddie

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