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Posted by: from Calgary
4/16/2014 at 8:26:49 PM

I'll make different changes in my house. I am working with various trades.

I'm curious to know the price per sq.ft on wood framing, steel framing, drywall, mudding and paint?

What do you suggest for the basement, wood framing or steel framing?

Thank you for your advice.

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Date/Time4/17/2014 at 3:05:10 AM

Framing is priced by linear foot not square ft. with rates differing on hight of the wall, timeframe and working hours(anytime/business hours/nights, etc) but not on residential projects where space is limited and harder to work and access. Basements are always framed with wood studs, except balkades, I prefer steel studs for space saving. I also prefer using treated lumber for plates. It's a little more to it than watching a video online ;)

No offense but you might get really quick over your head being your own Gen Contractor as mistakes at framing will cost at boarding and so forth, and on unfinished projects any contractor worth his salt will charge at least double his normal rates as he'd have to address all the mistakes made by others before he'd put his name on the line as the last person to work on and complete it.

Alex Marius Macovei

C.Ex.L.- Contractor Experts Link

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Date/Time4/17/2014 at 3:18:21 AM

As for the price for drywall, ready for paint starts at $3.50, primed/painted/stippled/knockdown add $1-2.50/sq ft.

Rates get better if we do the whole job - framing/boarding/taping as I won't have to deal with someone else's mistakes. Easy access to work site and flexible work hours/deadline will also bring the price down.

Let me know if you have any other questions


Alex Marius Macovei

C.Ex.L. - Contractor Experts Link

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Date/Time4/17/2014 at 5:43:34 PM

Steel framing is great becuase it never worps, never having to worry about crowns and bows in wood. It makes for better, straighter walls, the down side is any backing that needs to be installed is more time comsuming, and has to be thought through before the drywall is put up, a steel stud has very little suport so unless you can hang off drywall plugs, which carry very little weight, you will need backing.

Try and find one contractor to do framing, backing, boarding, taping, and paint, it usually means that more care will be taken.

And dont look at the lowest price, you do get what you paid for. look instead for references, and a portfolio of past work. Ask your electricain and plumber who they usually work with, the better the trades can communicate the easier it will make your job as general contractor.

Good luck.

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Date/Time4/25/2014 at 4:03:04 PM

My price for framing wood or metal $3 per sqf

Dry wall $ 4 per sqf

Muddling $ 3 per nsqf

Paint $ 2 per sqf

Labor only

In basement steel framing is better in my opinion.


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Sebastian in Winnipeg
Date/Time1/30/2016 at 10:45:32 PM

I can definitelyy answer that question.

I seen someone post a reply to this comment saying go with wood and use treated for the plates, well I can give you a few reasons why you shouldn't go with wood. Steel studs is the new technology in construction. I have my interior system mechanic ticket and I will say that steel is quicker to build with, it's lighter to work with, it's FIRE RATED, it's about 2 1/2 times stronger than wood and best of all, it's termite proof and mold resistant. steel studs do not fluctuate in price like spruce or treated green. So to answer your question, "basements is the BEST place to use steel. Plus the just engineered 1/2" gypsum board to be fire rated as well. 5/8" was the minimum for separation walls like in condo's. But your ceilings should always be boarded with 5/8" for fire rating. You can usually charge $15-$20 per sheet for install. Farming (depends on the experience) $3-$5 L/ft $5-$8 on exterior framing and for tape and mud, same as interior framing. Paint, a jerneymen can charge around $50-$60 per hour or $2-$4 per L/ft.

I hope this was help full. Thank you for your time.

S.M.T Interiors inc.

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John in Halifax
Date/Time4/14/2016 at 3:18:40 PM

First check with your local building muncipality as to can you use metal studs in your home there are some areas where you cannot use metal studs in residential homes also note if you are allowed you may not be allowed to use rumex cable which is the aluminum casing that covers electrical wires also cost double the money

So check your local building codes especially if your planning on reselling your home at a later date

Best of luck

Ps wood framing if done right is the way to go and best to have building inspections done by professionals.

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