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Forum topic by scottishbob posted 03-06-2014 05:47 PM 83131 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2014 05:47 PM

Hi Guys
Have been recently asked to price for a job
2 built-in alcove units either side of a chimney breast,
Made from mdf and painted similar to this pic.
i would appreciate your input on what to charge
each unit will be 4ft 1/2 foot wide by 7ft high
spray finish in white
I figure it will take no more than €220 in material

only looking for a rough ball part figure!
thanks bob

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Shawn Masterson

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 03:13 AM

I would price it at around $2000 installed, but I don’t use mdf.
it would be birch plywood, and poplar or maple face frames.

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 03:22 AM

I would price it closer to $2,700. It all depends on where you live. I work in the western suburbs of chicago and some pricy homes. If I were to do this in Manhattan on a 34th floor unit my price would probably triple.

So ball park figure, 1,500-9,000 depending on where your building.

There was a recent post about figuring your cost of work recently on here that I suggest you search. It has great info.


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#3 posted 03-17-2014 01:49 PM

its Ironic the price difference between where I live (West side of South Bend)and Chicago.

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 04:44 PM

I don’t do MDF either. have used some MDO for a painted project that needed to have better structure than MDF has alone (e.g. screw holding).

Surprised the costs are so cheap – @ 220 in materials.

Red Flags: Do you have to match current baseboard?
I notice in the pic – the room has tall baseboards and all is well.
But sometimes a customer wants a match to existing baseboard. Or they want the unit to go to the ceiling, so you have to match current crown molding in the room – - which may be some out of production hand cut material from 100 years ago.

I like the soft close hinges – e.g. Blum Blue motion. they run ~15 USD/pair – - so 60 dollars for hinges, and ~40 dollars in knob/pulls (10 dollars each).

So I see a hundred dollars in hardware, before buying wood…. but I have no idea the prices around the UK.

That being said, and assuming I didn’t have to match a weird crown molding – - I would expect ~1000/unit… so 2 grand for the job.

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