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How do I find a good carpenter in D.C.?

Perform an online search to find top-rated carpenters in Washington, D.C. You can narrow your search by looking for a custom cabinet maker, a framing contractor, a trim or finish carpenter or even a general contractor, depending on the scope of your project. 

Make sure the carpenter you hire has positive reviews from customers and a good work history. And don’t be afraid to contact three or five carpenters to request free estimates, talk about timelines and ask questions.

How much does it cost to have kitchen cabinets installed?

In any kitchen, the cabinets are the main focus, so you want to make sure new or replacement cabinets are installed correctly. A professional carpenter can properly, securely mount new cabinets to the wall; the national average cost for this service is $7,725, although the cost varies widely depending on the type of cabinets, their material and their size, and the accessories you add. A typical fee is $70 per linear foot to remove existing cabinets and assemble and install new ones; the cost is less if you do the demolition and removal yourself. Stock cabinets are the least expensive to have installed, ranging from $75 to $400 each; semi-custom cabinets range from $150 to $900 each; and custom cabinets cost from $500 to $1,400 each. Wood cabinets are more expensive than those made from plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and finished with a laminate. Wood cabinets range in cost from $80 to $160 per linear foot. Laminate-finished cabinets cost $35 to $75 per linear foot, on average.

Do you tip cabinet installers?

In general, home service providers such as electricians, plumbers and contractors are professionals who don’t expect tips. They expect to do a job for you for the specific price they quoted. Of course, they may appreciate a tip for a job particularly well done or for which they’ve gone beyond what’s normally expected, such as completing the project early or under budget. Even better than a tip, it’s always appropriate to leave a positive review online after a good experience.

How much is custom cabinetry?

Custom cabinets can be built for any room, including bedroom closets and built-in armoires. Measured carefully and built precisely, custom cabinetry can increase storage and beautify any room. The national average for building custom cabinets ranges from $500 to $1,200 per linear foot. The cost is highly variable because there are so many styles, colors, glazes and other options. In general, the linear footage of the cabinets, the materials used to build them, and the cost of the labor will determine the cost. Solid wood costs more than plywood and wood veneer, and costs vary among different types of wood; maple and cherry cabinets are more expensive than pine. Glass-front cabinets can cost more, as can decorative hinges, handles and door pulls, which can cost $2-$45 each; choose carefully to stay within your budget and pull off the exact look you’re going for. Some carpenters also charge for installation, on average $100 per cabinet box. Additional molding and trim, such as crown molding at the ceiling, cost an average of $70 per 8-foot section, and adding finished ends to exposed cabinets averages $100-$200.

Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

What does a finish carpenter charge per hour?

On average, finish carpenters charge $60 per hour. However, this hourly rate will vary depending on where you live, the scope of the project and other factors. For a more accurate estimate, ask for price quotes from at least three finish carpenters in your area.

Do carpenters build houses?

Carpenters are trained to work with wood. That means that any part of your home that is built of wood is very likely to involve a carpenter. Framing carpenters will put up the wood that makes up the bones of your home. If you’re having a wood floor installed, it may be done by a carpenter — although being a carpenter is not a requirement to install flooring. Trim, baseboards, wainscoting and any other detail work is typically installed by a finish carpenter. The wood boxes of custom cabinets will be built and installed by a carpenter.

Although all of these components in your new or remodeled home are built by carpenters who specialize in building things with wood, a general contractor typically oversees construction of the entire house. If the general contractor is also a carpenter skilled in all these areas, they may well construct your entire home. More often, the general contractor subcontracts out the various building stages to different individuals, including carpenters.

How do you find a good carpenter?

To find a good carpenter near you, do the following:

  • Use Thumbtack to find a list of carpenters in your area.
  • Filter the list by selecting a specific carpentry service, such as general carpentry or cabinetry. 
  • Identify carpenters who have high ratings.
  • View the carpenters’ profiles and learn more about their specialties. 
  • Read their customer reviews and look at photos of their past work.

After you get a good sense of their quality of work, make sure the carpenter has the necessary credentials in your state. Then, request several cost estimates for your project(s).

Reviews for Washington carpenters
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick is an amazing carpenter with a creative eye and mindset. There doesn't seem to be much he couldn't do. We added picture moulding, closet shelving, hanging mirrors, tv mounts to our list. All done flawlessly
Stare's RestorationsStare's Restorations
Denise J.
Mr. Alvarado is an excellent carpenter. I am very pleased with the wooden steps he built to replace a old set of concrete ones. He is very professional, punctual, and his price was fair. He worked very quickly in, at some points, less than ideal weather conditions. yes, I would definitely use his services again and not hesitate to recommend him to someone else.
KM General Contractor LLCKM General Contractor LLC
Darby T.
Michael and his crew did an amazing job installing crown molding throughout my house. Their work looks fantastic even though they had very uneven, plaster walls and ceilings to work with. I have received tons of compliments since the install. Michael was the most responsive carpenter and made the process painless. His crew were professional and the price was very fair. Michael even came by the next week to re-caulk in a couple of areas where the wood had adjusted to the new house temperatures. He truly guarantees his work. I will definitely be using him again for future jobs.
Michael’s handymanMichael’s handyman
Yesenia A.
I’m so happy I found this carpenter! He did such an amazing job with the endless list of things I had to get done around my house. Including the installation of baseboards, trim, cabinet pulls, shelving, soap holder for bathroom, door knobs (internal and entrance), securing my bathroom sink, extra bars in closet for clothes, privacy door for fence, toilet paper holders, towel holders, several carpentry tasks, railing for my steps, painting (walls and brick), hinges on doors, railing and bannisters... So many things! I will be using his services again soon to install a storm door and backyard privacy door, and trim around my front entrance door.
VS Remodeling LLCVS Remodeling LLC
Kb B.
Where do I start? I had a fairly basic request - build an open top "box" to place my antique Moroccan door inside and top with glass so I could use it as a table top. They weren't available until February but requested I put down a 50% deposit of $800 without discussing the project with me. Given the good reviews, I felt confident doing so. Then, out of nowhere I received a message asking when I'd send the door to their workshop. What? Transport the 500 pound door that is valued at $7500 to their workshop? My contract said it would be done at my residence. Then, then they asked for $100 to come to my house to confirm the job couldn't be done onsite (which I refused to pay). Just bad business all around. Luckily, they refunded my $800 with no hassle, but I had been planning on them doing the work so now I have to search for another carpenter which will set back the timeline of my project and meanwhile I'm eating on a card table. I would be wary of ever working with this company because of the lack of consultation before asking for a deposit.
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