How much does it cost to frame a wall? –

Dry Wall Contractor

Building an interior wall in your home has several benefits. Not only can it improve your living experience, it can also increase your home’s resale value, depending on the sort of new room or area it creates. In construction lingo, you often see this sort of interior construction project referred to as “framing a wall.” Though often synonymous with “installing a wall,” technically framing is only the first step: It means erecting an internal frame to serve as the basic scaffold or skeleton of your wall, to strengthen and anchor it.

The average cost of framing an interior wall can be anywhere from $7 to $16 per square foot, according to HomeAdvisor. But that’s only part of the project. There are many additional components involved in completing your wall, including the installation of drywall, the addition of openings and electrical outlets, and the type of finish, says Mischa Fisher, chief economist for home improvement site Angi. These factors can boost the price tag to $20 to $30 per linear foot.

All told, installing a wall can cost $2,500 to $6,100, according to the home maintenance site Thumbtack. That covers not only the labor required but also supplies, such as connectors, fasteners, and dimensional lumber. Pricing also typically includes necessary consultations, preparation, setup, and cleanup, as well as disposal of extra materials.

Let’s look more closely into the costs of adding a wall to a room, ways to save money and how to finance your wall framing project.

What’s in an interior wall?

Before getting into the costs of building a wall, we should define a few terms.

There are two types of interior walls: load-bearing and non-load-bearing. A load-bearing interior wall is one that supports both its weight and other structural aspects of the home: the ceiling beams, the roof or the floors. A non-load-bearing interior wall is not integral to your home’s structure and is instead an individual item that supports its own weight and only that. 

Regardless, all interior walls consist of four parts:

  • Bottom plate: This horizontal plate is affixed to the floor, using it for support. 
  • Top plate: Also called a two-by-four, the top plate runs parallel to the bottom plate and affixes the vertical studs to the ceiling.  
  • Studs: Spaced apart every 16 inches and connecting the two plates, studs are vertical two-by-four planks that provide definition for drywall and finish surfaces.
  • Drywall: A board made of layers of material bonded to a gypsum plaster core, drywall is fastened to both sides of the wall to anchor and cover it — its outer skin, so to speak. 

How much does it cost to build a wall?

While interior wall installations generally run in the low four figures, …….


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