I'm working on a kitchen project. The kitchen is 16'x16' with 8'
ceilings and a couple closets. I had a straight up drywall guy give me
a quote of $40/sheet or about $700. Then I had a plaster-over-
blueboard come in and I got a quote of $7100. Is that what one should
expect for these two different techniques or was one of the guys not
That seems somewhat extreme, but plaster _is_ labor-intensive. It may
be he doesn't particularly want the small job, too, so is pricing it at
a "trouble factor". The latter would depend, one would presume, on how
local conditions are as to whether work is plentiful or not. The price
would seem to not indicate a real need to price work w/ the sharp pencil
Sounds like the low end of the spectrum for the drywall and the high
end for the plastering. Where are you located? You should get more
bids on the plastering. I'm in California, and I recently had a
similar size kitchen done, along with a stairway and a hallway and a
closet, plus a 3-coat 40 square foot repair in another room, for
$3600. I had already hung the blueboard myself.
Is the plaster bid for one coat plaster(1 coat of finish) or 2 coat plaster?
(basecoat/finishcoat)Does the room have "finished" floors? Are the cabinets
stacked in the room? Is the window/door baseboard trim still on? Is the room
full of other "stuff"(refg.,stove,ect.) that you are still using? Are the
outlets "hot"? Is the ceiling strapped and all the old nails and screws
pulled , demo work done and the room cleaned up? Is it a PITA to get 12 foot
rock to the room? Are you a "busybody" who will be hovering around all the
time?(no offense) All theses things and MORE go into any bid I give. The
drywall bid seems a little low and the plaster bid seems a little high
depending on the above questions. With drywall you can move things around
,flat tape to trim ,use drop clothes ,ect. Just takes a little more time
which is why I think the drywall bid is low..With plaster EVERYTHING must be
out of room , floors covered with felt paper,trim masked off and covered
with poly and he will probably have to mix plaster and clean up tools and
mixing barrel outside depending on how much "mess" is allowed and if the
barrel bouncing around will damage floors which is a major PITA especially
if it's cold where you are. The floors leading to the kitchen and closest
bathroom should also be covered as they will be tracking plaster
around....Then all the poly , tape,felt paper ,ect. must all be taken down
and disposed off ,room cleaned up and stuff carried back in....As you can
see ALOT more work with plaster especially in a finished house with people
trying to live there and still trying to use appliances,ect.... Hope this
Is the window/door baseboard trim still on?
Is the ceiling strapped and all the old nails and screws
Is it a PITA to get 12 foot
It's 8 foot, and no, you can basically drive a truck through the
Are you a "busybody" who will be hovering around all the
I recommend that everybody educates themselves about the job and
hovers around reminding the contractors of how important quality is
for you. If you do not, you are virtually guaranteed of getting subpar
results, unless you are one of those rare breed of contractors, like
benick I am sure, who work on your house as if it were theirs. (Yes,
that would explain the quote, but I wasn't there for the estimate).
Everything is out of the room and room is tightly boarded off.
The estimate says that it'll take two days for a crew of two people.
Assuming the materials are $1200, that's $1500/person/day. I do not
believe that that's the market price for plasterers. If it is, then
I'll abandon my efforts to become a diy plumber and become a plasterer.
You said room was 16x16 which means they will use 12 foot sheetrock..Less
butts...Ceiling height was 8 foot you said...Yes I do my jobs like it was my
own . I don't mind someone sticking their head in and checking progress
occasionally , but it drives me crazy to have someone set up a lawnchair and
sit there all day under foot watching every move like I'm a criminal or
something and asking a bunch of stupid questions. I'm not there to "train "
you for free and I don't need some know it all home owner to try to tell me
how to do my job or "remind me about quality" every hour...Perhaps the
plasterer sensed you were gonna be a PITA and bid accordingly and the
drywall guy wasn't as good at picking guys like you out ..He'll learn
though..I did...Oh. by the way your "assumption" of 1200 for materials is
about 600 short....If you think plaster is so easy,try it
yourself...LOL...Just remember it's impossible to sand plaster so get it
right the first time..It's a ONE shot deal..LOL...
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