colorado carpenter cost

larkspur801July 26, 2014

Does anyone have information on carpenter rates for the Castle Rock/Monument area of Colorado? A GC we had initially intended to use for a whole house remodel claims the going rate is $62 an hour, $75 with his GC markup, for demo and rough framing; higher skill rate is much higher, and he and a fellow contractor do much of the work themselves. He also claims this is the rate insurance companies pay for carpentry in this area. This seems high for demo and rough framing based on our recent experience in a high cost market. A major piece of the work is an architect & engineer designed 800sf wood deck with fortress rail approx 9 ft above grade with new, engineer designed foundation piers separately contracted.

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GreenDesigns

It doesn't matter what the GC pays his employees. They still bid the entire job as the entire job, not by the hour. In fact, skilled subs like carpenters are usually paid that way as well. It's usually only beginner go-fers that are hourly rather than 1099 subs.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:14PM
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Trebruchet

larkspur801:

Neither you nor the contractor set the rates. That is the job of the marketplace. It doesn't matter how high or low it seems to you.

I think the rates sound just right, but I get $90.00 per hour, drive and administrative time included.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 6:02PM
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weedyacres

The best way to find out is make a couple more calls and get a couple more bids.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:20PM
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lucillle

If you get a subscription to Angies's List, the reviews of various jobs show the cost and what was done. That might be a general way to get an idea.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:08AM
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larkspur801

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. We have followed up as you suggested by getting several bids which was a good basis for a discussion with the GC. He agreed there need to be some adjustments and we've clarified his proposals. We are new to this website but have spent hours reading various topics. It is amazingly informative. Again, thanks for your input.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 4:06PM
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snookums2

"Neither you nor the contractor set the rates. That is the job of the marketplace. It doesn't matter how high or low it seems to you."

Thanks for doing your part; not just blindly signing contracts like sheep. We must remember, we *are* the marketplace and prices will follow what the market will bear, what consumers are willing to pay for something.

Whatever we can do to help promote efficiency in all aspects and avoid waste and lost time, as well, will help keep prices down and in check.

This post was edited by snookums2 on Wed, Jul 30, 14 at 17:27

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 4:45PM
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geoffrey_b

I would get atleast 18 bids.

This is why the price is so high - people 'tire kicking' over and over.

I'm not a carpenter.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:28PM
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snookums2

"We have followed up as you suggested by getting several bids which was a good basis for a discussion with the GC. He agreed there need to be some adjustments and we've clarified his proposals"

He got several bids, as he should have. Do you really think he should just blindly sign away his savings to the first bidder on his project? Is that how you do things?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:43PM
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