Carpenters work with wood, the most popular, affordable and natural material which beautifies and adds “warmth” to any space and can help you with any type of construction. Meet them through AtYourService’s detailed guide!
Most people think that being a carpenter is a very simple and easy profession. However, it is one of the most difficult professions one can do.
Just think about it a little; for anything you wish to build with wood, you need serious thinking in order to find all the possible solutions for your space, plus a great knowledge of mathematics and geometry to calculate and create your designs.
Add some architecture to all that, a bit of drawing talent and of course, you have to be good and accurate at measuring and definitely have a talent in decoration and finally, in working with wood. It’s not a walk in the park.
Just to get an idea what it really takes to be a carpenter, grab some planks of wood and try making something really easy, such as a table or a desk. It will either be really hard, or if you’ve never did it before, don’t try it at all, it will be a waste of good wood. :)
So, a good professional carpenter actually combines many professions with great skill and accuracy. That means that if you want the best results, you must find the top technicians.
Who is who
Of course, carpentry is not just one thing.
It may have to do with many types of constructions and a big range of products. Most people confuse all this, since in Cyprus, we have so many words to describe the profession and all categories. We use carpenter, furniture maker, joiner, woodworker and pelekanos! :)
In general, and for most people, all these words almost mean the same, with very small differences, depending on the area and the words mostly used by locals or maybe the type of constructions and products mostly constructed or sold in the area.
A furniture maker mostly makes and sells ready-made furniture, while a woodworker might be more involved with the preparation and merchandize of wood, but again, nothing is strict.
In general, there are three types of carpentry work:
- the rough carpentry which mostly has to do with the creation of buildings, building frames and various large constructions such as ships
- the finish and trim carpentry which has to do with finishing in the interior of a house, such as door frames, doors, windows and everything made of wood visible to you in a finished building’s interior and
- all other types of professionals that work with wood and make furniture and small structures for functional or decorative purposes. Of course, this category also includes all professionals who just sell or repair anything made of wood.
So let’s not bother about the correct title, let’s first see the whole range of services offered by all types of professionals, in order to know what’s at your disposal:
Wood services and products
Wood is a magnificent natural material that adds warmth and beautifies most spaces in a unique way and is tremendously flexible for any type of construction, of any shape and any difficulty level. Plus, it is relatively economical and that is why it is so popular.
Take a look below for all the services of a carpenter, a furniture maker, a joiner, a woodworker and a pelekanos! :)
Range: closets, shelves, doors, ready-made kitchen furniture, bathroom furniture, living room furniture, dining room furniture, etc.
Services: ready-made furniture trading, custom made furniture, renovations and repairs.
Range: rabote (wood paneled ceiling) for ceilings as well as walls, wooden floors (indoor and outdoor), doors, windows, shutters, kiosks, patio platforms, tents, benches, lofts, fitted in furniture, paravans or customized constructions to cover any space.
Of course, this includes all types of constructions as for example, building a hidden storage cabinet in your bathroom or cover an ugly wall with wood panels.
A big advantage of wood is that it can be incorporated in any style and thus, it is not limiting regarding your decoration plans and vision. It can support all styles, from a very classic, impressive and aristocratic decor to a rustic, ultramodern or even a very old-looking decor.
So, you may choose wood as your basic material and with that you may “build” your shop’s new image, renovate your house or even transform a whole room with just wood (cover ceilings, walls and floors, or have build-in furniture) as for instance, a kid’s room.
Most shop owners wishing to add warmth and natural beauty to their space, choose wood too, as the main material for their renovation. The range of products and constructions at your disposal is really wide.
Wooden shelves, floors and walls, complicated constructions for all kinds of built-in furniture for storage, benches of any shape and special cases / shelves, customized for specific products. For example, for your wine selling shop, you can have a unique cellar wall with holders for dozens of bottles.
Wood is a very affordable solution in comparison to other material. Furthermore, if the technician is experienced, he has the power to completely transform your shop’s image.
Of course, a very important part of the wooden products and works, are the prefabricated houses. They are usually made of Scandinavian companies and are either delivered as finished houses from the factory or they are assembled in each country.
In any case, this is one of the most popular solutions for prefab houses, since the wooden homes are healthy, strong and flexible as any prefabricated building, but they also look more natural, plus they are entirely made of a natural material!
Closets, kitchen cabinets, countertops, inner and outer doors, shelves and built in furniture, you may ask any carpenter for all the above, of course taking into account their expertise and experience for each type of structure and work.
You may find carpenters that are amazing at kitchen cabinets but you can rarely hire them for wooden ceilings or flooring, too. Thus, you need a carpenter with an expertise in the specific construction you wish to build.
Furthermore, there are various handymen who can also make most wooden constructions and with great results. However, if you want a bigger or a more professional job, then it’s good to go straight to a wood professional.
A carpenter is just like a tailor. You will always wear something unique, the fabric will be of much better quality and the suit will be tailored to your body. A good carpenter is usually the first person you call for any change in your house, which he comes to know better than you, after a while.
So, if you still haven’t built such a valuable relationship, this is what to look after in order to find your own good family carpenter:
What to expect of a good carpenter
To find him when you need him
The joke with the technicians that are so hard to find just like doctors – and who cost even more – is not a joke at all when you need someone now.
So, that honest and conscientious carpenter who will answer his phone, who will visit you within a reasonable period of time and who will give you solutions and his services if needed, is a big thing nowadays.
To suggest the best possible solutions for you
Sometimes, although there are so many ready-made solutions in the market, you still need customized solutions, made to fit your own space, whether because you want a design that doesn’t exist or because you just want to cover a flaw.
Your carpenter must study your space and its needs, make suggestions on what can be done and has to be able to make any customized structure, exactly the way you want it.
To finish in time
The great demand for carpenters and especially for the excellent ones can sometimes cause a problem with their deadlines and make it hard for them to keep their promises and delivery dates.
Your contractor should be a professional but not only regarding his skills. He should be able to know when to turn down a job if it’s going to have a negative impact to the rest of his clients and his reputation.
To provide top material in better prices
As a professional who buys wood, furniture or any other readymade structures all the time, your carpenter should be able to supply you with the very best quality of wood or any other needed material for your job, at much better prices than you would if you made the purchases yourself.
So, in case he charges you a lot more than a retail store, then maybe you should talk to him about it.
To cooperate with other professionals
In case you need a combination of his skills and the skills of another professional for a specific structure, such as for instance, a kiosk made of metal and wood, or you need an upholsterer to add fabric to your sofa, he should be able to suggest his own solutions and partners.
In general, a proper professional carpenter should have a network of trusted people to suggest so that he can guarantee a good cooperation and results.
Just try to hire a painter for your kitchen and in the same time, a carpenter to change the kitchen cabinets. Then ask them to cooperate and deliver the project in a week. Trust me, a dog and a cat will work together a lot better! :)
To be experienced in building safety
Many framers or rough carpentry professionals must keep the same safety standards, as a builder does. If for instance, you need a wooden garage then this structure has to be strong and safe.
So, you have to ask him or see his previous work in order to make sure that he knows everything about these standards and building safety.
For a customized structure, you must ask for a contract which will definitely mention the type of the agreed structure and design, the material to be used, the agreed amount of money and for what exactly (material, work, tools, helpers). Finally, it has to mention the delivery date.
If on the other hand, this is a very large project which will cost much more and requires a long period of time, he should also provide guarantees in case of damage, destruction or even working accidents. Also, make sure the contract includes compensation for the case of late delivery.
What to ask before you hire a carpenter
If his offer is the final price
Many professionals even after discussing in detail your project and agreeing everything with you might charge a different price at the end, claiming that their offer was just an estimate and not the final price. Ask if this is the final price and also ask if there will be any extra costs during the project.
To itemize his price
You have to know exactly the cost for each aspect of the project, so if you will have to negotiate, you will know exactly what will be cut and from which part of the project.
If he will do it himself
Many contractors have never seen what a plank of wood looks like. They will tell you the price and then have others do the actual work. So, you should ask if he personally is the carpenter. If not, he should inform you who are the professionals to work on your project, their qualifications and previous work.
What a carpenter charges
Regarding services, a carpentry job usually depends on many things. A carpenter will charge you for all or some of the following:
- the on-site assessment
- the study and customized solutions he will suggest
- the cost of materials
- his work
- the tools to be used (renting of machinery etc.)
- the helpers he might need
So, as you may see, it is hard and sometimes impossible to estimate the costs if you don’t know exactly what is included in the project. But even hypothetically, if everything is readymade and you only wish to know how much he charges for his work, the amount can be from 20€ per hour up to 80€.
If you wonder why there is such a difference between professionals, then have in mind that everything depends on the job and its difficulty level. Also, this happens for the same reason that a famous doctor will charge you three times more than the rest. :)
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And don’t forget the most important thing, statistically certain to guarantee you the success of your project: many ice coffees for the crew and your mom’s sweet kitromilaki! :)