We are in late stages of finishing out a house in Southeast Kansas.
We dug the hole last August and moved in, unfinished, during March
When you break "wood" into categories of construction lumber and
finish hardwood products prices are generally down from our bids of
16-18 months ago.
Construction Lumber - All dimensional lumber (2x4, 2x6, etc) was
delivered cheaper than bid. Recent trips to the lumber yard seems to
indicate prices have dropped even more since last autumn, but not
much. Nearly all of the sheet goods (Ply, OSB, etc,) was delivered at
the bid price. I credit part of the price decline to a very good
lumber dealer who works hard to keep his customers happy.
Hardwood - The SE Kansas and SW Missouri area is full of Oak, Walnut,
Pecan, Hickory and similar hardwoods. I don't believe the prices for
these materials has changed much in the past three years. However I
did pick up 150 bf of Red Oak a couple of weeks ago and it was
slightly cheaper than the mills price list. But based on
conversation, I think he gave us a good price knowing we would be
back. In other words, they were feeling the pinch too.
We have two local "cabinet shops" and both are very busy. O