Cutting down waste on construction projects will help limit costs

Nathan Law

Since last year, lumber and plywood products have more than doubled in price and most other products used in home construction and remodeling have increased in cost by 10 to 30 percent or more. Housing indexes, which measure the price of housing, are at record levels and everything is hard […]

Since last year, lumber and plywood products have more than doubled in price and most other products used in home construction and remodeling have increased in cost by 10 to 30 percent or more. Housing indexes, which measure the price of housing, are at record levels and everything is hard to find.

To illustrate how extensive the prices of building materials have increased, consider these five items, which are some of the most popular items used in construction in Lake and Sumter Counties.

From May 2020 to now, 2×4-92 5/8 spruce wall studs have increased $4.11 each while 2×4-16 dimensional spruce has jumped $8.44 per board. 7/16 OSB sheathing is up $24.43 per sheet while 5/8 CDX pine plywood has soared a whopping $30.33 per sheet. 3 1/4 colonial base moulding is up almost 30 percent (or 8 cents per lineal foot). These are huge increases and that is real money.

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