Joinery Work: Costs and Prices in Switzerland

November 10, 2022
  1. How much does a joiner cost per hour?
  2. Price example 1: How much does a new kitchen cost?
  3. Price example 2: How much does a new parquet floor cost?
  4. Price example 3: How much does a built-in wardrobe cost?
  5. Price example 4: How much does a wooden facade cost?
  6. Price example 5: How much does a new roof truss cost?
  7. Price example 6: How much do new wooden windows cost?
  8. Price example 7: How much does a carport cost?

There are many arguments in favor of wood as a building material. Wood grows back, is 100 percent ecologically degradable and converts carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen. In addition, wood has a low dead weight, but a high compressive strength and tensile strength. In rooms, wood provides a healthy feel-good climate, creates a comfortable living atmosphere and regulates humidity. That's why wood is more relevant today than ever before - and joiners are the experts for wood and interior construction.

How much does a joiner cost per hour?

Most joiners in Switzerland expect to be paid between 80 and 140 Swiss francs per hour. The differences are relatively large from region to region. According to the rates of Association of Swiss master carpenters and furniture manufacturers (VSSM) (available in German), the costs are as following:

  • a project manager costs 132 francs an hour,
  • a skilled joiner costs 101 francs an hour,
  • one hour of machine work on standard machines costs 130 francs,
  • one hour of machine work on special machines costs 177 francs and
  • one hour of assembly work including hand machines costs 115 francs.

These are average values for Switzerland and are only guidelines that can be adjusted by the regional VSSM sections.

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Price example 1: How much does a new kitchen cost?

Joiners build, among other things, kitchen furniture. The price of a new kitchen depends on the size of the room and, above all, on your requirements in terms of design, appliances and materials: A(n) ...

  • … simple kitchen (tea kitchen) without kitchen appliances costs about 5'000 Swiss francs.
  • ... standard kitchen with a simple oven, steam extractor, dishwasher, ceramic hob and refrigerator with freezer compartment costs about 20,000 Swiss francs or more.
  • ... upscale kitchen with kitchen fronts made of real wood, countertops made of solid wood or natural stone, modern faucets, as well as high-quality, energy-efficient and smart appliances costs about 50,000 Swiss francs.
  • ... Luxury kitchen costs 100,000 Swiss francs or more. For that, you get custom kitchen furniture with wider cabinets and drawers, handleless lacquer fronts, fine materials like walnut or slate for the countertops, and professional gastro appliances.

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In our article «Kitchen Renovation: How Much Does Your New Kitchen Cost?», you will find, in addition to a more detailed cost overview, four money-saving tips for your new kitchen.

Price example 2: How much does a new parquet floor cost?

Joiners also install wooden floors, such as parquet. The cost depends on the wood, the area of the rooms, the layout of the rooms and the effort (including travel time). For an oak parquet, expect to pay 80 to 120 Swiss francs per square meter, and for a cherry tree parquet, 160 to 200 Swiss francs per square meter. Three-layer and prefinished parquet as well as solid wood planks cost more than wooden floors coated with precious wood veneer. On the other hand, solid wood and parquet will last up to 50 years if you seal the floors, maintain them regularly and treat them gently.

Costs Joiner: Built-in Wardrobe under the Stairs
Joiners build custom furniture such as space-saving built-in wardrobes under stairs.

Price example 3: How much does a built-in wardrobe cost?

Joiners specializing in furniture and interior fittings make individual custom-made furniture. Among other things, beds, bookshelves, cabinets, chairs or tables. You can expect to pay 2,000 to 2,500 Swiss francs per linear meter for a floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobe that makes optimum use of the space under the stairs from the first floor to the second floor, for example. The price depends on the cost of labor and wood. Maple, acacia, birch, beech, oak, alder, ash, cherry and walnut are suitable for furniture construction. Cherry or walnut is more expensive than maple or other hardwoods.

Price example 4: How much does a wooden facade cost?

The cost of a wooden facade depends primarily on the area and the quality of the wood, but also on the processing method, the facade boards and the insulation thickness. To make a rough estimate, you can expect to pay between 250 and 550 Swiss francs per square meter (including labor costs). For this you get a substructure of support battens, insulation with water vapor permeable foil and wood cladding. The better the quality of the wood, the less work (and costs) you will have with maintenance. Therefore, it is worth spending a little more on the new wooden facade.

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Cantons and municipalities promote energy-related renovation measures. At gebäudeprogramm.ch (available in German), find out how to apply for subsidies for thermal insulation of facades.

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In our article «Renovating the Façade Pays Off», you will learn how to recognize damage, which cracks are dangerous and why a facade renovation will pay off for you in the long run.

Price example 5: How much does a new roof truss cost?

If you want to replace the wooden structure of the roof truss, you should count on 140-280 Swiss francs per square meter. If the supporting structure and building envelope need to be renovated, it is worth renovating the entire roof. For a complete renovation with above-rafter insulation, you should expect to pay 450 to 650 Swiss francs per square meter. For this you can remove the roof truss. Calculate 60 to 80 Swiss francs per square meter of wall for the interior lining (labor and materials). Add to that the cost of floor heating (120 to 160 Swiss francs per square meter) or radiators (200 to 400 Swiss francs per radiator) and connection to the heating system. For a floor covering, you should budget 80 to 250 Swiss francs per square meter.

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Cantons and municipalities promote energy-related renovation measures. At gebäudeprogramm.ch (available in German), find out how to apply for subsidies for thermal insulation of roof trusses.

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A number of different craftsmen are involved in a roof truss conversion. Our construction coach coordinates and supervises for you the work of joiners, heating installers and floor layers.

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Price example 6: How much do new wooden windows cost?

Simple wood windows cost less than wood-aluminum windows, double-glazed windows are less expensive than triple-glazed windows, and windows with one sash cost less than windows with two sashes. Calculate plus/minus 330 Swiss francs per square meter for double-glazed windows and plus/minus 360 Swiss francs per square meter for triple-glazed windows. Add to this the extra costs for extras such as tilt and turn fittings, better sound insulation or safety glass.


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New windows are only financially supported as part of an overall renovation.


Price example 7: How much does a carport cost?

Wood quality is particularly important for a carport because the wood is exposed to wind and weather 365 days a year. Native wood such as spruce or larch contains a lot of natural tree resin and is therefore more resistant than other types of wood. A carport made of pressure-impregnated carport wood costs about 7,500 to 15,000 Swiss francs, a metal carport several times more.

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For a carport, you will most likely need a building permit: read in the article «Building Permit: When Do You Need One and When Not?», how to submit a building permit application.

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