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By Tim on October 12


Can someone give me a general idea of a reasonable price per square foot for framing without supplies? I'm not sure if this will be helpful, but here's a little information about my roof. Gable pitches are 12\14 Roof pitch is 12\12. Does the size of the home matter on price per square foot?
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By Mickie in Kansas City, MO on October 18


It really depends on what part of the country you are building in. In my area the cost runs around $6-$7 dollars per sq ft., but it depends on the design of the house as well. I've talked to people on the East Coast that are paying as much as $12-$14 sq ft. Best advice call several framers in your area and get several bids.


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By J.BRYAN in Pineville, NC on October 10


Hi Tim,

Two framers tell us they would charge $5-$5.75 a sf.

We are in North Carolina.

Bryan


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By Marc in Defuniak Springs, FL on October 10


Tim,

We are using ICF with trusses from a truss company (Dietrich metal flooring, 3/4 TG).

Our best quote from a builder locally was $7700 for 2620sq. They will build interior walls. Hang windows and doors, set trusses, and do roof decking and build the basement stairs as well.

If Florida math serves me, it is close to $3sq for labor (no materials), and a great group of guys to boot.

Good Luck

M

 


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By John in Erie, CO on October 10


Get real bids for your area, anything else will leave you disappointed.

My house is ICF exterior, and the basement had already been capped.

Framing bids ranged from $4sf to $10sf huge variety.  All are expensive considering the exterior walls were done and the main level TJI's sub-floor was already installed.


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By Lori in Reno, NV on October 11


It is great when we all try to help other O-B, everyone posting in response to Tim may want to PM him since his orignal post is from 2003. He may not read the site as often, but could use our input.


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By Marc in Defuniak Springs, FL on October 12


Lori,

Thats so funny, I did not even notice the year I hope my windows and doors come out right with that kind of attention to detail they could be set sideways!!!

M


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By Lisa in ellijay, GA on January 9


 I, am grateful for all the answers! Also, don't hit me, but the framer we are using (who is really great) is only $2.50/sq ft!!
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By Gerald in Pensacola, FL on January 13


Wow!  That is a great price. Our bids ranged from $6.50 to $3.50 per sq. ft.  We checked out the work of the lowest bid and he does great work, so we will be going with him.
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By Tom in Black Diamond, WA on February 2


I live in the Pac NW along the I-5 corridor in between Seattle and Tacoma, WA.

Material + Labor for stick frame residence is approx $15/sf.

Material costs are approx $7/sf.

Labor costs are approx $8/sf.

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Material + Labor for stick frame garage is approx $9/sf.

Material costs are approx $4/sf.

Labor costs are approx $5/sf.

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Here are the specs:  2,500sf rambler with detached 728sf garage:

  • Garage is slab on grade, and materials will include 2x4 walls + OSB sheathing, headers, trusses + OSB sheathing.
  • Residence is over a crawl space, and materials will include TJI + sub floor, 2x6 exterior walls + OSB sheathing, headers, interior walls, trusses + OSB sheathing.

Please consider value engineering, such as two foot centers for all exterior stud layouts to fall directly under truss layout. 

We can discuss these considerations but right now this is just a general ballpark estimate to keep us in line with current industry standards in my region.

 


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By Tom in Black Diamond, WA on February 3


As a follow-up to yesterdays posting, let me share additional framing cost estimates as a result of responses from suppliers and owner builders to my original posting:

Seattle/Tacoma tends to be just at the national average when it comes to framing costs, possibly a little higher in average costs but not too much more.

For a stick framed residence on an average to custom home, material costs can be $10-$11sf, especially if TJIs are utilized as a building component versus dimensional lumber in the floor system.

Framing subs are charging in the $6-$7sf range, but can be as much as $8sf for more complicated roofs on multi-story homes.

Material + labor for a stick frame residence is approx $18sf, based on the current project I am doing as well as the average of what others are reporting to me on their jobs.

Hope this is helpful to the forum.

 


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