Lumber costs

ronellisApril 24, 2010

I am building a house in central Texas and I got a quote from my builder to upgrade the interior trim to stain grade knotty pine instead of painted. The quote seemed reasonable, but I decided I'd rather have cypress trim since that will match the front door I'm having made, and it is native to the area.

The quote for cypress was more than twice as much. Does that seem right? I'm having a hard time researching this online, since most lumberyards don't post their prices online. Can anyone suggest a resource for lumber costs?

I'd like to use a wood for the trim that is native to the area. In addition to cypress, those woods are pecan and red oak. Would pecan or red oak be more reasonable than the cypress?


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Wasn't there a huge upcharge in the installation cost of the stained grade pine?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 10:46PM
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The upcharge for pine did not seem unreasonable. The upcharge for cypress was more than twice that of pine.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 10:50PM
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I don't know where you live, but here in the Dallas area there are a few dealers that deal in specialty woods. If you can find such a dealer in your area, price cypress.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 9:49AM
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Its all in the grade of wood. Knotty pine has to be the cheapest. Cypress has got to be at least double the price.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 10:34AM
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I agree with the above post. Knotty pine will cost about 1/2 as much as cypress,cedar, oak, etc..

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 8:29PM
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If you want to see really high prices, look at hardwoods.

Poplar trim is high but reasonable, until you remember it is for painting.

Oak gets painful quickly in any piece more than a 1-2 inches wide.
Clear hardwoods in pieces more than a few feet long are snapped up by the furniture factories, leaving nothing but short pieces for molding manufacture.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 4:28PM
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