I am in the budgeting stages..can someone help me in advising me how much is the going rate for framing only a basement...is priced by sqft or?
It takes between 9-10, 2 x 4's per 8 ft of wall, plus extras for corners. Doorways add about 4 more.
Closets add 4 more for the opening. Add up your total wall lengths including closets and divide by 8.
Multiply by 9 and add the extra ones calculated.
Multiply this by about $3/each. Any ductwork that needs to be framed in, add about $6/ft.
Multiply the total length of walls by about $5/ft and add to the previous total.
That will give you a "rough estimate". Any window buildouts, angled walls, stair enclosures, post enclosures, etc are all extras, priced individually.
Drywall is not included, only lumber and labour.
After you have calculated everything, divide the total costs by the square footage of the room(s). Don't forget to add allowances for taxes (14%) and some waste (5%). If access is restricted add some extra for time involved in getting materials in and out.
This is not a "fixed guideline" , as there are costs for delivering materials, clean up, site prep if required etc.
I hope this has been helpful.
I charge minimum $25.00 per linear foot of wall to frame 2" x 4" studs, board 1 side only with 1/2" GWB (gypsum wall board) and tape finish ready for paint. Interior walls that get boarded start at $30.00 per lin ft and can go as high as $50 depending on specs. I would allow what Wayne Dewhurst suggested about $15 -$20 per linear ft for materials and labour for framing only. I would also recommend that if you are budgeting just to frame you are probubly making a mistake you will certainly get a better price to frame, board, and tape as a package from a contractor than paying individually for each ( just my 2 cents )
I would estimate 1 stud for every 1' of wall. This should give you enough plus a little extra just in case. As for plates, just add up the linear feet of wall and times it by 2 for a t-bar ceiling and times it by 3 for a drywall ceiling. (top plates should be doubled if ceiling is drywall to allow for backing) Most Basements shouldn't need more than one box of nails (I use bostitch (2000 per box) about $20/box) Also you can use plain lumber but you must have poly between the wood and the concrete or you could just use pressure treated lumber for the bottom plates and glue the walls down (recommended if you have in-floor heating)
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