Unit Pricing for Production Trim Carpentry
Pros discuss the ballpark price of trimming production homes, and throw a tip or two for making time on the job. November 19, 2005
I'm a self-employed finish carpenter in Hawaii. I am pricing a job consisting of a 104 unit tract of townhomes, with four basic floor plans. I would be doing two units a week, for one year. The casing is 2-1/4 colonial, with no wrap on the windows, only sills. There would be no radiused drywall corners, no crown on the uppers, and postformed tops. The homes have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and average kitchen. Would $1.20/sf. be a fair price to charge? Does anyone have any other advice?
(Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum)
From contributor A:
From the information you given I'd say go for it. I get approximately the same here in NY. The bonus for you is that windows are only stool and apron. With two units a week, you’d better hire a helper or two. Check into some production tips also to speed things along. If you have to cut all of the casing, make a tick mark on the wall, at 83" for example, and stand all the legs up against a wall. Then mark all your rights and lefts. For all the head pieces, make up a board with all of the different door sizes on it, for example 2/4, 2/6 etc. This may speed things up a bit for you. Another suggestion would be to attach casing to one side of door before you install it. Then install door, shim from backside, then trim.
From contributor B:
Considering baseboards, doors, window stools, kitchen cabinets, kitchen counter tops, 2 bathroom vanities, that charge sounds low for Nashville, TN much less for Hawaii or NY
From contributor C:
I agree with contributor B. Hire two helpers and add $1.00 p/f. By the time you guys do 3-4 houses you’ll be flying and possibly finish ahead of schedule which obviously means more profit for you. But definitely price it up! An oak tread costs me $6.00 to make and I can get $60.00 for it in MA.
From contributor D:
I agree with contributor A. That’s how I do it and I average right at 13.5 min. per interior door.
Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?
Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base
KnowledgeBase: Architectural Millwork
KnowledgeBase: Architectural Millwork: Millwork Installer
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
any manner without permission of the Editor.
Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.
The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices.
What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe
for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use
of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation,
and at their own risk.
335 Bedell Road
Montrose, PA 18801
Copyright © 1996-2020 - WOODWEB ® Inc.