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How much will it cost for carpentry and joinery work in my home?

Carpenters and joiners work with wood and have the skill set to create beautiful bespoke pieces of furniture. They are able to fit and repair doors, windows, floors and staircases. A joiner will build the structures for a house (window frames, staircase…) in a workshop off-site whereas the carpenter will build smaller projects on site like the perfect alcove shelves for your home as well as install, maintain and repair the structures the joiner has made for you. To make it less daunting when deciding on your project, HaMuch has put together information including questions to ask to keep the project running smoothly, to how much to budget as well as how to find the right carpenter and joiner for you.

Managing money and getting off on the right foot with your carpenter and joiner

When choosing a carpenter and joiner try to get 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service and what is being offered at what price. Ask if the quotes include removing left over debris after installation, this might be left over sawn wood or if the project is to be a replacement, then the removal of the old replaced broken piece e.g. banister. Make sure there won’t be any hidden charges, that the quote includes accessories needed for the project, e.g. nails and glue. Ask the carpenter and joiner if they are vat registered so you know to add VAT on top of the quoted price. Always insist on being given a ‘written quote’ to avoid disputes over payment and job expectations at the end of the project, plus don’t agree to any upfront money prior to the project commencing.

Study your quote to see if materials have been included or if you need to still supply materials. If you do, then make sure to order the wood plus 10% extra for wastage.

Depending on the skill required for your project, check what qualifications the carpenter and joiner has (e.g. NVQ or City & Guilds). Where possible, try to choose a carpenter and joiner that is part of a reputable association, some noteworthy associations are; Institute of Carpenters (IOC), British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Guild of Master Craftsmen or the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Also take into account the number of years the carpenter and joiner has been in business to get an understanding of their years of experience. If choosing a joiner, see if you can pop in to their workshop for an idea of quality of craftsmanship on other projects they are working on.

Depending on the size of the project the carpenter and joiner may be using an apprentice or an employee, make sure the quote covers any extra ‘hands’ needed for the project. Before the project commences, have an agreed end date so you can be prepared for how long to expect the project to take and to have workers in your home, possibly needing you to arrange daily parking for their vans. Agree to the amount of vans you can have parked on your street or drive.

Defining the quality and detail of the carpentry

When your chosen carpenter and joiner arrives at your home to quote the job, be clear what project you need doing. If you are considering turning a section of your bedroom into a built-in wardrobe, have an idea on the placement of the wardrobe, the size and depth you would like, how many shelves versus hanging space suit your personal requirements, do you want sliding or opening doors, must the doors be mirrored or designed with wood panelling, what wood would you like the wardrobe constructed in, do you want it painted or vanished. The more detail you can discuss, the more accurate your quote can be from the start with an idea of time to complete the project.

If you are needing a loft ladder constructed and installed or a staircase banister repaired, make sure which ever room or section of the house the project is in, the carpenter and joiner can easily carry tools into the area to measure up and see the amount of work needing to be achieved. If you are wanting to discuss pulling up old carpet to restore existing wooden flooring buried underneath, make sure that the room has floor space available the carpenter to get a good look at the floor surface area.

While discussing your project, get advice and opinions on materials, design and overall look of the finished project. If they are building furniture for you, discuss what would be the best wood to source for the project as well as where you could source wood at trade rates. Pine is great for being versatile and easy to work with but can’t hold very heavy objects on a shelf. Plywood is a sturdier option and is a good choice as it is inexpensive and unlike MDF won’t sag over time. If your project is to fit a back door ask for advice on best style of door to purchase that would suit your style home (e.g an oak cottage door) and have the carpenter and joiner look at your existing doorframe to ensure a replacement door can be fitted to the existing frame.

Rough guide for how much basic carpentry and joinery work in your home costs;

Job

Job details

Estimate

Bespoke chair

Design and create a wooden chair

£300

Bespoke shelving

Design and install shelves in an alcove, no painting

£200

Bespoke small furniture

A small bookcase or a bathroom cabinet, cupboard door
replacement for existing cupboard

£300

Bespoke large furniture

Design and install a built-in wardrobe, cupboard, cabinet or desk

£600

Doors - inside

Replacement and hanging of a new interior door
shaving if needed to fit

£100

Doors – outside

Replacement and hanging of a new exterior door
shaving if needed to fit

£100

Flat pack assembly

Putting together IKEA style furniture

£100

Furniture repair

Repair scratches, scuffs on furniture

£200

Flooring

Lay a flat and prepared floor in an average size room

£250

Board a loft

Lay flooring in a loft that covers a 2 bed house

£600

Skirting boards

Create and fit new skirting boards for a room

£250

Window frame

Make a wooden replacement sash window frame

£700

Rates for other trades

Carpenter & Joiner Rates: Average Hourly and Daily Rates
Carpenter & Joiner: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Carpenter & Joiner near Aberdeen£23£198
Carpenter & Joiner near Aberdeenshire£26£207
Carpenter & Joiner near Amber Valley£26£194
Carpenter & Joiner near Angus£26£215
Carpenter & Joiner near Arun£29£222
Carpenter & Joiner near Ashfield£25£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Aylesbury Vale£37£220
Carpenter & Joiner near Barnsley£25£178
Carpenter & Joiner near Basildon£34£220
Carpenter & Joiner near Basingstoke & Deane£36£199
Carpenter & Joiner near Bassetlaw£23£166
Carpenter & Joiner near Bath & North East Somerset£24£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Bedford£35£233
Carpenter & Joiner near Belfast£16£131
Carpenter & Joiner near Birmingham£29£177
Carpenter & Joiner near Blackburn£23£163
Carpenter & Joiner near Blackpool£33£157
Carpenter & Joiner near Bolton£26£184
Carpenter & Joiner near Bournemouth£29£199
Carpenter & Joiner near Bracknell Forest£36£220
Carpenter & Joiner near Bradford£23£167
Carpenter & Joiner near Braintree£29£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Breckland£22£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Bridgend£24£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Brighton£28£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Bristol£24£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Broadland£19£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Broxtowe£24£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Bury£32£187
Carpenter & Joiner near Caerphilly£28£183
Carpenter & Joiner near Calderdale£23£160
Carpenter & Joiner near Cambridge£27£226
Carpenter & Joiner near Canterbury£24£178
Carpenter & Joiner near Cardiff£23£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Carmarthenshire£18£155
Carpenter & Joiner near Charnwood£23£191
Carpenter & Joiner near Chelmsford£30£215
Carpenter & Joiner near Cheltenham£31£232
Carpenter & Joiner near Cherwell£36£236
Carpenter & Joiner near Chester£24£174
Carpenter & Joiner near Colchester£25£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Conway£21£170
Carpenter & Joiner near Coventry£25£178
Carpenter & Joiner near Crewe & Nantwich£32£279
Carpenter & Joiner near Dacorum£31£215
Carpenter & Joiner near Derby£25£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Doncaster£22£166
Carpenter & Joiner near Dover£20£160
Carpenter & Joiner near Dudley£28£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Dumfries & Galloway£20£160
Carpenter & Joiner near Dundee£27£219
Carpenter & Joiner near East Ayrshire£26£232
Carpenter & Joiner near East Devon£22£175
Carpenter & Joiner near East Dunbartonshire£37£169
Carpenter & Joiner near East Hampshire£23£199
Carpenter & Joiner near East Hertfordshire£35£241
Carpenter & Joiner near East Riding£22£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Eastleigh£30£222
Carpenter & Joiner near Edinburgh£26£203
Carpenter & Joiner near Elmbridge£35£229
Carpenter & Joiner near Epping Forest£38£227
Carpenter & Joiner near Erewash£25£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Exeter£22£165
Carpenter & Joiner near Falkirk£23£170
Carpenter & Joiner near Fife£28£232
Carpenter & Joiner near Flintshire£23£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Gateshead£23£191
Carpenter & Joiner near Gedling£23£189
Carpenter & Joiner near Glasgow£35£173
Carpenter & Joiner near Gloucester£28£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Guildford£31£219
Carpenter & Joiner near Gwynedd£20£159
Carpenter & Joiner near Halton£27£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Harrogate£22£161
Carpenter & Joiner near Havant & Waterloo£28£207
Carpenter & Joiner near Highland£25£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Horsham£27£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Huntingdonshire£34£209
Carpenter & Joiner near Ipswich£26£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Isle of Wight£28£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Kingston-upon-Hull£20£164
Carpenter & Joiner near Kirklees£23£171
Carpenter & Joiner near Knowsley£24£165
Carpenter & Joiner near Lancaster£24£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Leeds£24£170
Carpenter & Joiner near Leicester£23£191
Carpenter & Joiner near Lisburn£16£129
Carpenter & Joiner near Liverpool£24£167
Carpenter & Joiner near London£37£223
Carpenter & Joiner near Luton£34£221
Carpenter & Joiner near Macclesfield£37£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Maidstone£27£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Manchester£32£191
Carpenter & Joiner near Mid Bedfordshire£34£229
Carpenter & Joiner near Mid Sussex£26£203
Carpenter & Joiner near Middlesbrough£44£213
Carpenter & Joiner near Milton Keynes£28£205
Carpenter & Joiner near Neath Port Talbot£22£174
Carpenter & Joiner near New Forest£29£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Newbury£37£198
Carpenter & Joiner near Newcastle-under-Lyme£24£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£23£191
Carpenter & Joiner near Newport£23£184
Carpenter & Joiner near North Ayrshire£23£194
Carpenter & Joiner near North East Lincolnshire£25£200
Carpenter & Joiner near North Hertfordshire£35£247
Carpenter & Joiner near North Lanarkshire£36£162
Carpenter & Joiner near North Lincolnshire£20£164
Carpenter & Joiner near North Somerset£24£200
Carpenter & Joiner near North Tyneside£23£193
Carpenter & Joiner near North Wiltshire£27£201
Carpenter & Joiner near Northampton£25£194
Carpenter & Joiner near Norwich£20£179
Carpenter & Joiner near Nottingham£25£199
Carpenter & Joiner near Nuneaton & Bedworth£26£176
Carpenter & Joiner near Oldham£31£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Oxford£32£228
Carpenter & Joiner near Pembrokeshire£22£200
Carpenter & Joiner near Perth & Kinross£29£228
Carpenter & Joiner near Peterborough£32£208
Carpenter & Joiner near Plymouth£20£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Poole£29£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Portsmouth£28£208
Carpenter & Joiner near Preston£30£156
Carpenter & Joiner near Reading£35£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Redcar & Cleveland£20£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Reigate & Banstead£34£225
Carpenter & Joiner near Renfrewshire£38£182
Carpenter & Joiner near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£29£171
Carpenter & Joiner near Rochdale£31£181
Carpenter & Joiner near Rotherham£22£171
Carpenter & Joiner near Salford£31£189
Carpenter & Joiner near Salisbury£25£160
Carpenter & Joiner near Sandwell£28£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Scarborough£28£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Scottish Borders£27£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Sefton£22£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Sevenoaks£28£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Sheffield£22£171
Carpenter & Joiner near Slough£33£220
Carpenter & Joiner near Solihull£28£172
Carpenter & Joiner near South Ayrshire£25£211
Carpenter & Joiner near South Bedfordshire£35£233
Carpenter & Joiner near South Cambridgeshire£26£241
Carpenter & Joiner near South Gloucestershire£23£193
Carpenter & Joiner near South Kesteven£22£190
Carpenter & Joiner near South Lanarkshire£22£168
Carpenter & Joiner near South Oxfordshire£35£228
Carpenter & Joiner near South Somerset£31£278
Carpenter & Joiner near South Tyneside£24£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Southampton£29£218
Carpenter & Joiner near Southend-on-Sea£29£195
Carpenter & Joiner near St Albans£31£218
Carpenter & Joiner near St Helens£24£170
Carpenter & Joiner near Stafford£34£199
Carpenter & Joiner near Stockport£34£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Stockton-on-Tees£42£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Stoke-on-Trent£26£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Stratford-on-Avon£27£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Stroud£25£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Suffolk Coastal£27£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Sunderland£23£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Swale£27£200
Carpenter & Joiner near Swansea£20£168
Carpenter & Joiner near Tameside£32£193
Carpenter & Joiner near Teignbridge£28£199
Carpenter & Joiner near Tendring£26£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Test Valley£29£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Thamesdown£22£173
Carpenter & Joiner near Thanet£20£180
Carpenter & Joiner near The Wrekin£25£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Thurrock£30£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Torbay£26£186
Carpenter & Joiner near Trafford£33£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Vale of Glamorgan£26£184
Carpenter & Joiner near Vale of White Horse£30£219
Carpenter & Joiner near Vale Royal£23£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Wakefield£23£171
Carpenter & Joiner near Walsall£29£173
Carpenter & Joiner near Warrington£29£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Warwick£24£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Waveney£24£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Waverley£28£200
Carpenter & Joiner near Wealden£26£212
Carpenter & Joiner near West Lancashire£26£165
Carpenter & Joiner near West Lothian£25£187
Carpenter & Joiner near West Wiltshire£27£201
Carpenter & Joiner near Wigan£23£173
Carpenter & Joiner near Windsor & Maidenhead£33£219
Carpenter & Joiner near Wirral£25£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Wokingham£34£214
Carpenter & Joiner near Wolverhampton£32£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Wrexham Maelor£24£185
Carpenter & Joiner near Wychavon£26£182
Carpenter & Joiner near Wycombe£33£228
Carpenter & Joiner near York£22£186