Home Gym Kristi's Studio

Sticker Shock

Have any of you been to the home improvement store lately to purchase large amounts of lumber, plywood, or trim? Did you nearly fall over from complete shock when the cashier told you the total price?

This was my experience yesterday. After taking time off from home-related projects during the holiday weekend, I was ready to hit the ground running yesterday, and get on with the next project in our home gym. In case you missed it, I finally finished the walls, and they look like this…

colorful gradient vertical stripe walls - 24

You can click here to read more about that project.

With the walls done, I’m now ready to move on to the trim — window and door casings, crown molding, and baseboards. So after taking all of the measurements and making my shopping list, I headed to Home Depot to pick up everything I’d need to completely trim out this room.

Generally, I can trim out a room for about $350 (for a small to medium room) to about $600 (for a large room with more windows). And of course, I’ve known that lumber and wood products cost more right now because I’ve purchased these things over the last couple of months, but it’s been one board, or one quarter sheet of plywood, or a couple of pieces of trim at a time. This was my first time to buy lumber and trim in such a big quantity for one whole room.

And, oh my gosh, I nearly fell over when the girl got everything rung up. Just the lumber and trim to trim out this one room cost $1,174.08. Here’s what almost $1200 worth of lumber and trim looks like…

trim for home gym

I always buy the pre-primed fingerjoint boards because they’re cheaper and make trimming out windows faster because they’re already primed. But even these cheaper boards added up very quickly.

Honestly, the first thought in my mind was, “How in the world are people affording to build houses right now?!” This has me so baffled. The cost of lumber right now has about quadrupled, and yet the housing market is booming. Builders can’t keep up with the demand. It’s crazy!

But it’s not just the cost that has me baffled. It’s the supply (which, of course, is affecting the cost). I walk through our Home Depot, and the lumber aisle has sections that are bare. Same with the plywood. Just in getting the lumber and trim for my room, I had to make some pretty major changes to my list as I was shopping because sizes I needed were completely out. And it’s been this way for at least two or three months. So how in the world are builders getting enough supply of building materials to build all of these new houses to meet demand?

Anyway, it baffles me. I know that the lumber mills will eventually get back up and running to full capacity again, and that will bring the supply up and the costs will come back down (or at least, I hope). But it makes me wonder what the heck to do in the meantime. My plan had been to finish up the home gym and then get started on my studio. My studio not only needs to be completely trimmed out, but my plan also includes building several walls of cabinets. Have you seen the cost of plywood lately?

cost of plywood july 2021

That’s $84 for one sheet of 3/4″ plywood! And you can see in the picture that that’s not even the pretty stuff. That’s the pine plywood that’s sanded somewhat smooth on one side, but the other side is rough.

For those of you who have building and remodeling projects in the works, or pending projects that you need to get started on or finished, how are you handling this? Are you doing only what absolutely needs to get done right now, and holding off on the rest? Are you pushing forward full steam regardless of the costs?

I’m especially curious if any of you are building houses right now, and how all of this is affecting you. Did you consider holding off and seeing if prices would come down later this year as (hopefully) production gets ramped back up? And if you decided to go ahead right now despite costs, what went into that decision?

I have what I need right now to keep me busy on the home gym for the next couple of weeks. But when I’m finished with that and ready to start on my studio, I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do. It might be a good time for me to hold off on any big building projects, and instead focus on some smaller projects. The exterior of our house could use some attention. Maybe it’s a good time to do some landscaping or something like that that doesn’t require large amounts of lumber and wood products while we wait and see if production might ramp up and costs may come down.

Anyway, how are y’all handling this? Are you holding off on big building projects, or are you full steam ahead?

You Might Also Like...

60 Comments

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Cathy
    July 7, 2021 at 10:53 am

    We are in the design phase of building a new home and have decided to carry on to the point that we are “shovel ready”—probably in a couple of months—and will reevaluate then. We also have been trimming square footage where we can in order to help bring costs down, but what we budgeted for this home a year ago versus what will cost now is in the $50/square foot more range. But no one in the industry has high hopes or good information that prices will come down significantly in the near future.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Sewducky
    July 7, 2021 at 11:02 am

    We were going to do a deck, it was +$8k in Sept. Instead I bought a new used car…so we can save some $ off of repair bills. We are waiting for the price on treated stuff to go down. The bottom just started falling for the plain 2X4’s in May (stock LBS went from $1500+ for 1k lbft to $500-$600 now) so we are waiting till fall since we didn’t get it done in spring, or next spring. The prices are so high from people being pushed to buy existing homes from a low amount of new homes. New homes are $30-$50k more materials-wise, and then more for higher labor costs. Generally flippers are getting what a new home was. A home across from me (same sq ft bed/bath) was flipped all new floors, roof, cabinets, paint, but ranch just sold in under a week for 2x what I refinanced this winter (to get $ to reside with fiber cement siding). So, for the next 4-6 months, if you are a flipper that did do work, you’ll make the most.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Bobbie
    July 7, 2021 at 11:04 am

    About 5 months ago, I called and asked a former student questions about buying a new car. His answer was if you find what you want get it now, not next month. Glad we did. Three weeks ago I started trying to replace my dishwasher.
    After several bad experiences, I got on Lowe’s web site and changed stores to found one I liked in stock, not having to order, even though I had to go with best brand and higher price than I normally would. Getting appliances is ridiculous. I understand from beauty shop gossip lots of major shop from home stores are out of tons of stuff. I’m getting a new microwave and range hood now while I can find it in stock. Also, heard last week shortage of paint and big price increase, especially eggshell finish. Thank goodness when I finished painting a room last month I went out and got another gallon for next project. A friend is building a new house will be finished next month. Getting materials was a big deal, ordering way in advance. Yes, she’s sure cost is going to be big increase. So who knows how long this is going to last. The appliance guy at Lowe’s says problem is he doesn’t think they are making any at this time.

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      Diane
      July 7, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      I need cabinets for my studio area and am looking at used cabinets now. I wanted a wall of floor cabinets and upper cabinets with a counter. Habitat for Humanity Restore & FB Marketplace have been good sources.

      I also wanted to replace my kitchen desk with a six drawer-pull out drawer pantry. The cabinetmaker was here today and he is going to be able to use the wood from the existing desktop on the new cabinet & the side wall as well, to save on costs. It is solid oak. It will be 36″ wide & 33″ tall and 22″ deep.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Lisa
    July 7, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Landscaping materials are through the roof right now too!! We are holding off on the deck we planned to build this summer. Hoping we can have it built before next summer, but we will just be watching lumber prices.

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      CAROL A
      July 7, 2021 at 11:37 am

      I’m looking to repurpose old things for my stuff. My deck project is to reduce the size of it and save that old wood for other things. I usually buy too much of stuff have on hand for a rainy day so that has gotten me through the last few projects I have left. I have not noticed any crazy price or inventory issues in my area near Chicago. Hopefully that doesn’t go nuts before I can get my chimney painted. My trim is also in a standstill until we see better prices.

      • Reply To This Comment ↓
        Carol A
        July 7, 2021 at 11:42 am

        Oops… Supposed to be… Not crazy prices for paint yet in my market… Wood is crazy

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      Joyce Prescott
      July 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

      Same here. Had an above ground pool installed. Needless to say the ladder will have to stay for a bit.

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      Letícia
      July 7, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      From what I understand from the real state market in the USA – bY reading from Brazil. There are few new homes in the market for all the reasons you pointed out. That is why old houses are selling so fast and so high. This is what happens when governments shut the economy off for over a year.

      Here in Brazil it looks like we are heading into an economic downturn with high inflation. Building materials are also expensive and scarce, but here we build mostly in brick and mortar.

      • Reply To This Comment ↓
        Sherry
        July 11, 2021 at 1:53 pm

        The cost going up is due to printing money by the government. Every dollar printed is backed by U.S. products. More money printed, the more our products across the board will rise. People need educated to stop government spending. Before they did away with the gold standard, a new Ford Lincoln could be bought for $3000.00. Inflation is government spending money.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Jennifer
    July 7, 2021 at 11:14 am

    I’ve been seeing people selling their surplus wood products on Facebook Marketplace. Piles of plywood, $25/sheet. You could keep an eye on that. Another thing I have heard from more than one craftsman (as opposed to handyman) who specializes in hardwood floors is that quarter round or shoe molding is a sign of poor workmanship and is used to hide when the craftsman didn’t take the time to install the flooring properly. Now, even though I know many people use it because they think it makes a room look more high-end, I can’t get that out of my mind.

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      Carswell
      July 7, 2021 at 11:26 am

      I prefer shoe moulding to quarter round – but is absolutely NOT a sign of poor workmanship.

      No house new or old has 100% level floors and square walls, and inconsistencies are the rule in older homes that have settled. The shoe or quarter round allows you to mask all of that and to my mind, looks more finished.

      • Reply To This Comment ↓
        Jennifer
        July 10, 2021 at 9:11 pm

        I hear you. I’m just telling you what I’ve heard from more than one professional craftsman. I think it’s a thing of we’ve gotten used to seeing it because craftsmen who don’t want to take the time to do it right used it for so long.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Vicki
    July 7, 2021 at 11:18 am

    We have a General Construction Co. Yes, yes wood prices are skyrocketing and they might level off but no one is expecting them to fall. The Texas storm last winter has affected production in a number of areas. Also production facilities all over the country are having problems hiring people because of supplemental payments. One supplier told us lumber has gone up 500 % in the last year. All this being said hone building is among if not the top markets right now. Go figure 🤷🏻‍♀️ There is lots more info out there with more explanation than I’ve offered here. We’ve had to purchase wood early for projects that have already been started. I could go on and on. Bottom line: if you have any DIY projects of any size you want to do, buy your wood NOW. We purchased wood gir our own new deck 2 months ago.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Cyndee Shaw
    July 7, 2021 at 11:19 am

    My husband went to A&M School of Law and one of his classmates was building a house. They got a contract cancellation letter from their builder who then turned around and relisted the home for 100k more. No notice and nothing they could do. It’s crazy.

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      Joan Hornung
      July 7, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      OMG – how awful. Our plan was to downsize and build a small house on our vacant lot. What bad timing for us. Probably need to cancel out the whole idea for now. Meanwhile, my cousins wanted to also downsize, and although they are realtors, cannot even find a home they would want, for a price even close to normal. Florida has gone insane – a house worth $350 thousand sold for $515 thousand on our street and needs at least a $100 thousand renovation. Very old and outdated. I guess for now we are all stuck and have to put things on hold until this all turns around. People are flocking the Florida now more than ever – the building up is enormous – the preserve areas are gone. Sad to watch. BUT, I understand why they are moving here. Kristi, I think you idea of working on other things right now is best.

      • Reply To This Comment ↓
        Laurie LaCross-Wright
        July 7, 2021 at 1:23 pm

        Just out of general interest I’ve been keeping an eye on Florida real estate prices since we began planning our move from Michigan in late 2014. We finally made the move at the end of 2015 but even then real estate prices had jumped by at least 25%. You’re right, housing prices have rocketed way beyond reasonable levels. Last week I heard of people having to refinance their mortgage before even taking possession of the custom modular homes they’d ordered because the manufacturer had to bump the price significantly due to price increases in the building materials. I don’t know how anyone can afford these prices. We’re holding off on almost all our home improvement projects for the time being and we had briefly considered buying a different property but quickly decided to stay put after looking at current home prices.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    marcia greene
    July 7, 2021 at 11:20 am

    inflation – not doing at this time

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Cathy In WV
    July 7, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Kristi, is this going to affect getting your master bed and bath done soon, or are you going to have to delay that again?

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Athena
    July 7, 2021 at 11:25 am

    We’re holding off on as much as we can and continuing to do projects that we’ve already purchased materials for. It is crazy how expensive everything is! We’ve got plenty to keep us busy that we already have the supplies for.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Karen
    July 7, 2021 at 11:29 am

    I listened to a podcast recently which listed fires in California (and perhaps other parts of the US? not sure, it is a German podcast) as well as pest problems in Canada as some of the reasons why the wood supply has dwindled so much. And of course demand has risen with everybody doing big DIY projects during lockdown or getting busy on building/renovating their homes. it is the same over here in Germany and the conclusion of the podcast, sadly, as that it is not going to change much in a short time, as the demand has risen world-wide 🙁 I really hope you find a solution that works for you for your studio projects, it would be sad if you had to postpone that for a longer time… Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Elaine
    July 7, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Try putting a notice up on whatever local FB group makes sense; here people put stuff they want to buy, as well as sell, on the [City] rummage page. If you say you want extra sheets of plywood stored indoors you might even get people offloading stuff to you for free. A lot of people have surplus building materials lying around from past or never-finished construction projects, especially people who got divorced or whose spouse died. Another option: your local Habitat for Humanity shop. Ours offers building materials and you can pick through it at your leisure.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Colleen
    July 7, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Yeah we got an estimate for a deck, basic, ground level, no rails needed or steps, 14 x 16 $10,000.00, the materials were only $1000.00 . Trying to figure out where the extra $$ was going. I am pretty good at figuring out what is needed for a project, normally 99.9 percent spot on, so where is the 9 grand being used? This was literally a one day project. Did labor costs also go up that much?

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      Sewducky
      July 7, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      For ours we wanted the guy to pull a permit, the costs for the permit with the city are okay, but the permit requires some information on the submitals because we are in a river corridor. The people administering the environmental rules think it’s just a simple table. It’s an expensive hard cost to that requires at least two specialized vendors (surveyor and environmental engineer) to measure, locate, and tabulate the relevant information. There’s no way to DIY it, so a skilled, honest homeowner can’t just measure it out. No wonder my previous deck was rotting off the house. So now I got a 1k survey estimated but crickets from environmental pros so far because it’s a residential small job. (and I used to work for one!). If you read this far, thank you for tolerating this vent.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Heather
    July 7, 2021 at 11:41 am

    We’ve been waiting for prices to come down to do a couple of bigger projects. I read this very promising article the other day that says prices are finally starting to come down…slowly. I’m crossing my fingers that we start to see some of the prices come down and the supply go up. This was put out by our IA news station, but appears to be written from someone in Florida. https://www.kcrg.com/2021/07/02/us-lumber-prices-begin-tumble/?fbclid=IwAR0XsfkdsHUNrj4C-ocKG4GERFvf1fGaSRGH0vuFMfD7Lwco6VymlbzDe4U

    • Reply To This Comment ↓
      Heather
      July 7, 2021 at 11:49 am

      I also listened to an economist a couple of weeks ago on CNN, and he was saying this current lumber shortage and higher pricing is temporary. He said that most of the U.S. lumber is supplied by mills in Canada and they only recently resumed working full-time (post-pandemic). He made it sound like we should start to see the supply meet demands and then the supply will exceed demand and drive the prices back down. The economist was quite reassuring that this current inflation of building materials is temporary and that being patient should pay off.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Susanna
    July 7, 2021 at 11:45 am

    In upper SC, I found a ‘salvage lumber shop’ that sells moldings, baseboard, etc. You may have something like that near-ish to you. Their prices are dirt cheap, like $6 for a 16′ piece of primed baseboard that is 5 1/2 inches wide. I finished a 200 square foot room for @ $100.00 for all the trim I needed. Good luck!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Bobbi
    July 7, 2021 at 11:46 am

    I’m surprised you buy your wood at Home Depot, they are always more expensive than lumberyards. I live in Orange County, California and just bought a sheet of white birch plywood for $57 at my local lumberyard. I buy my mouldings at a store that specializes in mouldings. I love Home Depot, but would never buy wood there.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Maureen S. Donahue
    July 7, 2021 at 11:47 am

    I do not know if landscaping projects in TX in August are a great idea…

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Andy
    July 7, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Here in England we are struggling too.
    For instance, DIY stores are only allowing a certain amount of building materials per person, and the professionals are unable to source the timber easily, and when they do, it’s hideously expensive.
    Am waiting to repair some broken fencing prior to putting the house up for sale, but at the moment, nothing can be done.
    So now we wait…..

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Valeria C McDonald
    July 7, 2021 at 11:58 am

    My son is building a 2600 sqft house, lumber had to be bought in late May. $60,000 more than budget. Decision to go forward based on 1) living with mil since his house sold in October; 2) new baby due in August; 3) no sure sign of lower prices.

    Doors, windows, and appliances are on order 2-3 months prior to anticipated need. All have run higher than budget. He is acting as his own contractor so prices were not locked in.

    A friend’s son is buying a new construction home. His name was on a list to call if one became available at $220,000. He had to immediately make the decision or they moved to the next name on the list. The same house, in next construction phase will sale for more than $300K.

    Did you read Home Depot has contracted for there own ship to bring items in from Asia to meet their needs? The story was on the internet several weeks ago. Additionally ships are backed up in our ports waiting to be unloaded. Once empty they are returning to Asia for more goods. Increasing our trade budget since our raw goods are staying here.

    Start your landscaping. It’s hot but you can get the beds at least built. Check FB for individuals selling plants. Texas nursery prices are very high because of the February freeze. I bit the bullet on some plants, but remind myself, small plants will grow and if they don’t, I don’t need them. Good luck.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Robin
    July 7, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Many mills shut down because of COVID and now many millworkers are working overtime because mills are still short staffed. (If anyone believes millworkers retired on the pittance that were stimulus checks, they’re dreaming.) There is also a higher tariff on lumber imported from Canada (tradewars), and US mills can’t make up the shortfall. No doubt even when the workforce or tariff percentage resolves profiteers won’t want to give up the higher prices, leaving contractors and consumers paying a king’s ransom without recourse.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Charlotte
    July 7, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I’m in Canada & the cost of building materials has sky rocketed here too! And stock in stores is limited…appliances are mostly having to be ordered. My daughter needed a new washer/dryer combo…(in May). Unless they have sets in stock…order delivery time then was late August. And the price of homes..more than doubled in price…and usually sell in one day…with multiple offers. It’s insane…

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Trish
    July 7, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Both my older girls and hubbies just bought houses, they were over bid numerous times so they had to put in bids $10,000 over asking price to finally get houses, these were for houses in the $140,000 price range (in Kansas that’s a 2-3 bed 1-2 bath house)
    We’re looking to get a deck on the back of our house and my contractor said it might be cheaper to go with concrete with the high prices of wood right now.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Rebecca B
    July 7, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I think focusing on the outside for a while sounds like a good plan, however it is soooo hot right now, it must be absolutely stifling in Texas!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Toni
    July 7, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    We are rethinking a number of projects with the prices being what they are and wanting fire resistant material. We were fortunate to have on hand enough supplies for a long planned small deck. The design of our pergola has changed, we will do it in phases, the top will be shade cloth for now. We need to replace some stairs outside, currently wood, may become concrete.
    I almost fell over when I saw a 2”x2”x8’ furring strip was $10+!
    We will see how it goes and adjust when needed.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Alexsandra Thompson
    July 7, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I am in Canada and lumber prices here are nuts, IF you can find what you need. mostly there are empty shelves/bays where lumber would be.

    My siblings and I inherited a 100-acre family farm. My goal has always been to build, but when COVID hit, it delayed surveys and applications to sever the farm into 4 parts.

    We just now. after more than a year, been approved by the township to do this, after the traditional meetings were replaced with Zoom meetings. We are not the only ones going through this, so it takes time. The legal stuff is still not done, but getting closer. With the price of lumber, I am not looking to build in the next 2 years.

    We are dismantling the 160-year-old farmhouse and will be reusing hardwood floors, tongue and groove pine from the ceilings and anything else we can salvage. It’s going into a sea can for the time being.

    In terms of building, I have 5 years after the old house comes down to start building. If I wait any longer, the development fees skyrocket.

    In the meantime, the value of my own home has increased, but I am not sure at this point whether it will be enough to build the new farmhouse. I hope that in two years, lumber prices will either level off or drop to normal levels.

    I am blessed that I had not started building before the pandemic. So many people were not so lucky.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Kathryn Cuming
    July 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    With being locked into our home during Covid I decided to redesign the kitchen and bathroom to remove the 80s cabinetry and replace it with some custom designed and built A&C style cabinets. However, since the lottery gods have not blessed me yet I cannot afford any plywood or lumber to do this project. So I will have to wait until the prices of lumber don’t require smelling salts. Hoping that this fall will be reasonable.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Jane
    July 7, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    We are holding off on redoing deck until next Spring. We are finishing up complete renovation of 1902 Carriage House. Luckily we are at the punch list stage with all wood and appliances already in place. Furnishing it will be a hassle. Long wait for sofa, etc., too.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Julie
    July 7, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    We built a near 4 season porch last year, lots of windows, patio door, vaulted ceiling, LVT. We did the electric & lighting. Even last year We had to wait an extra 4-6 weeks for floor joists, the windows and roof trusses and they were ordered prior to things really taking off. When the contractor came to check for any issues this spring he told us the bid would have gone from $45K last year to 90K this year. Our garage door guy said he is waiting 6 months for his doors. We had to buy range for the house we sold and boy did they get a nice one as couldn’t get a more basic one without an incredible wait. Had to pay more for the most basic things like the well water test.

    The house being built across the street was near done, then went in to hold mode, has been without garage doors for months and months. Now having activity again.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Connie
    July 7, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    I had planned a kitchen and master bathroom remodel but have decided to hold off until some of this craziness subsides. After beginning to look for a contractor, my eyes were opened big-time. Some are no longer even giving estimates because they are booked until years end. Some show up but then never submit an estimate. Its a common problem around here so I decided to wait until early next year. I’ll just concentrate on the smaller “this and that” projects that need to be done. This is a common problem around the Atlanta area and so some contractors are running more jobs consecutively so it makes each job take longer. Husbands daughter is having that problem with her bathrooms remodel. Workmen are there for two days then gone for three.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    BobsGal
    July 7, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    YIKES….! Kristi that’s a WOWZER for sure… Wonder if it’s dictated by location in the country…. I haven’t had a need to go to my local Home Depot here in North East Florida lately… but will take photos the next time I’m in there…. It’s like having to take a second mortgage before you’ve even finished building the house….

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Lisa Johnson
    July 7, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    The prices on lumber are horrific! I would suggest the thrift store at Habitat for Humanity if you have one anywhere near you. Ours is great, and they really have tons of stuff! I call in advance and ask about the availability of whatever I’m looking for, that way you aren’t wasting a trip if they don’t have it!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Barbara
    July 7, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Yes, Kristi, here in Canada people are putting off projects if at all possible. Like waiting to re-do their wood decks.
    We wanted to do our roof this year, its a wood shingle to asphalt conversion so requires plywood or OSB sheathing. Estimate was $27,000. We are waiting another year.
    One roofer who gave us an estimate said he was going everyday to buy 25 sheets, because that was the limit allowed to purchase.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Linda
    July 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I’m not so sure it’s the lack of production causing this. I have seen several different videos of lumber just sitting in PILES and piles along several places on the Canadian side as well as videos of some of the same thing in MI. I think it’s something different!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Heidi
    July 7, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    We had wanted to build a 10×12 work shed this summer, and are planning on a fairly significant addition to our house in the nearish future. Both projects are on hold right now in the hopes that lumber prices will actually drop within the next year or two. It’s truly unbelievable. We’re definitely focusing on the projects we can do right now with what we already have, or that don’t involve lumber!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Mrs Mike
    July 7, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    yes, my brother is building a home in OR right now and had to get the framing done in June in order to move in no later than 12/1 of this year. The framing came in WAY over what was budgeted when he had his plans drawn up last year and broke ground in Feb. But there was no delaying the framing 🙁 We had bought extra boards to help our neighbor re-do her facia boards in the spring and now we’re thankful since we have rotted boards that need replacing too. I read the price bottomed out at the end of June, so I’m hoping we’ll see some of that reduction in the next month. Hoping….

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Jenn Huber
    July 7, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    We live just north of Fort Worth, and we’ve been told by several sources that the plant supply chain has been killed by the nightmare winter freeze. One vendor told us it takes about 3 years to grow a 15 gallon plant, and a lot of Texas suppliers lost 70-80% of their stock. Buy your plants now because I think it’s going to be slim pickings over the next couple years!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Mason Leskowitz
    July 7, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    We are building a small potting shed, but before purchasing lumber, we went through our garage with a fine tooth comb! Found plenty we were able to reuse, but still had to purchase some !!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Alta Craig
    July 7, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    I’m wondering if next year, which will be an election year, will see prices coming down sharply. In the meantime, there are lots of good ideas in the comments above. Just do what you can and let the rest wait.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Sherry
    July 8, 2021 at 12:12 am

    It is stunning to see these horrendous wood prices these days.
    I’m glad paint hasn’t gone crazy because I just love,love,love the multi-coloured stripes in the gym. It is lively and invigorating. Just what you need to get motivated to do a few ore reps.
    I’m so glad your studio is back on the schedule.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Karen Edgin
    July 8, 2021 at 9:03 am

    My son is building a house and got a letter from his builder that he would need to pay $50,000 more.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    OAH
    July 8, 2021 at 9:50 am

    I bought a lot of wood for my vegetable garden. I built 2 boxes 4X8, 12″ boards, I built 2 boxes 4X4 and 2 very nice wood tomato cages and one bean trellis. In January this wood, plus a quart of wood stain for the cages and trellis was about $800. I was in shock and then I decided I needed one more 4×4 box and it was going to cost $120 plus the need for more hardware so I just passed and will use my baby pool again.
    I have also decided not to mulch my pathways, as mulch has gone up and I have chickens so they tend to just scratch it around where I don’t want it. I have decided to do 12×12-inch pavers which I had just got for a walkway.
    I will consider cinder blocks for anymore raised beds. I also need to build a new fence and have considered doing a cinder block with stone veneer. I’m with the rest of you in that I will be waiting to do anything now. Of course this will lead to a lot of lost jobs in the meantime.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Terrie
    July 8, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    I just bought 16 pressure treated 2X4X10’s. They used to be about $4 each. I paid $16.98 each. It was a necessity because I have to fix some fencing to keep the dogs in. But – STICKER SHOCK!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    JillM
    July 8, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    We are doing a kitchen remodel at the moment. We purchased the cabinets a few months ago before the supply chain issues hit (this particular company). I also ordered-and fully paid for-new appliances 4 months ago to ensure they were ready in time. The dishwasher still hasn’t arrived, with no ETA. We switched that out for an in-stock model that was similar. Contractors are scheduled out so it was a lot of planning ahead. Other remodel projects will likely be on hold (bathroom), until things calm down some. I also heard that lumber prices are falling, but not reflected in the stores yet. They said by fall it should calm. Realtors have been advising people to hold off on purchasing a house if they can. Southeast Iowa.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Sherre
    July 9, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    It’s not just wood, it’s most major building materials. I’m an architect and specialize in building envelopes. Most of our roof replacement projects that were scheduled for this summer have been postponed until next year due to shortage on insulation, cover board, roof membranes, basically all of it. We had a steel project finish up in May, and the contractors told us the steel prices had increased by 500% or so over the course of a week. For the contractors who CAN get their hands on material, they’re trying to hit the owners with $50,000+ change orders because of material escalation. The supply chains are broken.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Angela
    July 10, 2021 at 1:00 am

    I am in the middle of building a shed/workshop. When I started planning it, plywood for the floors was about $20. It creeped up to $35, but I wasn’t ready to install it yet. It then jumped to $50 and I was so shocked that it took me three days to go back to buy it only to discover it had jumped to $80 a sheet! Thank goodness the majority of wood is from pallets or I wouldn’t be able to justify building it. The 2x4s are outrageous. Thought I had found a deal on FB for plywood, but then the guy said it was sold when I was almost at his house. I did, however, find free windows and asphalt paper the next day on Facebook, so it worked out. Seems the real estate market is crazy everywhere. Houses are going for $200K over asking price in my area.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Marianne in Mo.
    July 11, 2021 at 10:22 am

    My husband tells me lumber prices here in Mo. near St. Louis are triple what he paid for the same stuff in 2019. I believe the shutdown was a major cause. Manufacturing is still not even near 100%, shipping is costing more, overseas items are in government battles. We just had to repair our 4 year old dishwasher at a cost over $300. But it was half less than half the price of buying a new one, if we could even find one! Looking online while we waited for the repairman, I found that only the higher priced DW’s were in stock, and estimated time of arrivals were 2-3 months for the ones we could afford. And I would not be surprised if that would get extended. I think we will all have to practice a lot of patience over the next few years, until the entire world struggles to get back to even close to normal. Having said that, if you can afford to do it, and have your supplies on hand, I would soldier on with any projects you have wanted to do. It takes a long time for prices to balance out and manufacturers to create a supply that can support lowering prices, and you could very well be waiting in excess of 5+ years! Brainstorm alternative materials or eliminate/postpone all but essential items until availability returns. Look in to salvage items that can be repurposed. Use your creativity to achieve the goals!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    LORRAINE M MCEWAN
    July 12, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    It’s a worldwide problem!! Due to Covid and people spending more time at home, together with government incentives to keep the building industry moving forward, timber is in short supply everywhere. When something is in short supply the cost goes up unfortunately. We are holding off doing our renovations for this very reason, until things settle down… which may take a few years unfortunately.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    designdreamer
    July 15, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    SIL owns his own business, and he can’t find people to do the work, in addition to keeping workers. (so that’s also adding to costs)
    We want to sell (downsize) and we could get a great price for our house, but then we’d probably have to pay a comparable price for a smaller house.