Carpentry completes and complements the overall building structure by adding style, diversity and longevity to it. And there is no way you, or anyone for that matter, can build your dream home without some carpentry work sprinkled around: be it building doors and windows, framing walls and partitions, putting in stairs and hardwood floors or fitting a new kitchen cabinet for your sweet home to look sweeter and stylish. Even to others!
The truth is there are no free lunches in the world. The better the woodwork you want, the lighter it will make your wallet. After all buying the high quality material or hiring some of the best local carpenters comes at a cost. But is there really no in-between where we can be economical without compromising on quality? Of course there is. Here is a list of few common scenarios where you – using our tips – can save some pounds without suffering too much on the quality front.
Scenario 1: Installing new doors and windows
Not every installation cost the same. The price varies with size, type of materials used and above all the type of finish. You can do nothing about the dimension and we don’t recommend opting for cheap and inferior materials, the best way to reduce unnecessary cost is in picking a smart type of finish. A painted finish costs more than natural wood. In the same way, getting a joinery shop tailor-make your doors and windows will prove to be more expensive than ordering a standard, ready-made stuff. Another way to be economical is to use pre-primed, pressed doors and then you can give them a color you wish. This way you get excellent finish without wasting too much efforts or pounds.
Veneered doors or windows work best if you want a hardwood and polished finish. Not only these are cheaper but also more resistant to warping than what solid doors and windows can ever be. Hiring a competent and reliable carpenter will open you to few more such ideas than ones listed here.
Scenario 2: Laying wooden floors
Not all woods are created equal. Some are costlier than others. For example, a walnut finish will set you back by a lot more than oak would. One of the best value-for-money options is engineered wood. Although it won’t be significantly cheaper, the labour cost will be less. Provided that the floor is pre-finished, you can skip on process of sanding and sealing – saving even more on labour cost. Engineered floors happen to be more stable, with less distortion and movement in comparison to original wood floors. What’s more, you can even re-sand and re-seal them. For more options, you can always resort to suggestions of the qualified carpenter you have hired.
Scenario 3: Fitting a new kitchen
If your heart is not set on “attractive-but-expensive” stone worktops, I suggest you consider other alternatives. Whatever worktop you go for, don’t tinker with the layout of kitchen. Be warned, changing the layout or moving stuff around will lead to the need of rewiring or fresh plumbing set-up – which will lighten your wallet further.