The costs on this page represent a combination of 1) sample of costs provided to us by framing contractors around the country and 2) research done by our staff. To get a more precise estimate, we recommend that you request a quote from a local framing company near you.
House framing cost is roughly $27,600 to $48,300 for a 2300-sf house depending on your geographic location. The cost may also increase depending on what materials are used. For example, wood framing will be less expensive than steel framing.
Labor cost for framing is roughly $7 to $11 per square foot. If your home design has complex architectural elements such as intersecting walls or unusual roofing styles, the cost of labor may increase due to the increased level of expertise required.
Labor cost for framing per square foot:
Labor cost for framing for a 1700-sf home: $11,900 to $18,700.
Labor cost for framing for a 2000-sf home: $14,000 to $22,000.
Labor cost for framing for a 2300-sf home: $16,100 to $25,300.
Labor cost for framing for a 2600-sf home: $18,200 to $28,600.
These estimates are rounded. These costs do not include additional time and material required for complex architectural designs. The upper end of these ranges include expensive geographic locations.
There are many things to consider when you are planning your house framing project. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Methods Used to Prepare Labor Cost for Framing Estimates
Since framing projects are relatively straight forward, a per square foot approach is commonly used. The contractor will base their quote on the total square footage of your home and the number of stories. If your house has a more complex design, the contractor will likely factor that in to the cost per square foot. If you are interested finding out how much it will cost to frame a house in your area, Request a Price Quote.
Reasons for House Framing Cost Variances
Framing contractors use a combination of methods to evaluate and price projects. They take several factors into consideration that impact the cost of the project, including:
Size of house. House size is the primary cost consideration. Smaller homes may have a higher cost per square foot cost than larger homes (discounts may apply as the size of the project goes up).
Materials. Materials like steel are more expensive and harder to work with than wood. Steel framing is almost always more expensive than wood house framing.
Architectural designs. If the plans for your home are complex or unusual, the overall cost of the project may increase.
Geography. If you are in a high cost area or in an area that is difficult to reach (more travel time), then costs will generally be higher.