Pricing built ins
I’ve been given a set of prints to bid the trim package for. This is nothing new to me except for this time it is my responsibility to build the built in cabinets that stretch along a 15′ wall. There are three banks of adjustable bookshelves flanking a bumpout where the flatscreen will go. All have base cabinets underneath that will house a simple single shelf. I have built these plenty of times but on a time and material basis. I don’t know quite what I should charge for the labor on these. Any insight would be great.
Since you have done this in the past, have you maintained a good enough log that you can draw from for the time necessary to complete the project as described. You records would be the best reference as it is already geared toward your skill and production rate. Add the material, the logistic adjustment, your markup and you be there.
If you don't have the records to fall back on, think the job through and jot down the minutes to gather material, rip, shape, assemble etc and multiply by the number of times you do the task. Add the minutes, get the hours, multiply by the rate you need. Of course add in the oh #### factor, the markup etc and you be there again.
If you take a 200.00 a lin. ft guess here, you might not be there.
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In general, I estimate built-ins and cabinets at $100 - 110 per running foot for base cabs, plus 100 - 110 per running foot for uppers, plus 100 per door, plus 100 per drawer.
And for mid-range cabinets (or bookshelves-with-faceframe) I've not ever been very far off. (Mid-range = white interior, stained exterior, frame and flat panel doors, standard hardware (none of that soft-close stuff).
But your location, and your business plan, and your overhead, could be VERY different than mine.
i bid cabinetry at $650 / linear foot. That is for stain grade, spray lacquered, premium hardware, installed.