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StairDesigner Costings

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July 6, 2021 - 7:16 am
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Hi Duayne,


Yes, you are right. There is only 1 possibility to calculate the price and it is based on the volume in the materials. I will check with the developers if something is likely to be done in that direction. 




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July 6, 2021 - 3:12 am
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how do you add meter price or per ft.  ,  if the default is meter 3 or cubic in. ,it appears that the units can only be set once for everything and can’t be individually changed , am I wrong on that !


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June 23, 2021 - 10:53 pm
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Hi Kevin,


This is difficult to say as you have to consider the wood cost, wood waste percentage, labour, overhead cost, material usage, transport, finishing products, and the type of wood used.  

So there are a lot of variables depending on your company setup. 


Wood price settings in stairdesigner are based on volume m³. You can reflect a manufacturing price with SD. use of wood, machining + eventual sand down and assembly. It depends on the time you need to prepare and machine the stair. This can lead you to set a m³ price that can reflect that part of the cost and labour.


Once defined it works well for all future stairs. You might want to calculate a meter price for other parts of the stair, like handrails. 

Other costs like finishing products, on-site work, transport, overhead cost, profit margin you need to add on. 

Once you have a good view of these costs in the build you can apply them with a certain factor depending on the total volume of the stair. 

Another cost is also the type of stair. A curved stair has a higher price than a regular stair as the labour time is much more important.

So it will become clear by experience as you will have to level out the different price aspects.




June 23, 2021 - 8:26 pm
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In StairDesigner you can input your cost of materials and have an idea of material usage etc, but I am interested if anyone can advise how they cost a complete build of a staircase including labour, materials, overheads etc.

As yet I have not made a full staircase as I have been training on stair design and a large CNC for the last few months, but I am already being asked to supply quotes which is a bit difficult as I am at the moment none the wiser as to how long a build will take to formulate costings.

Any help or advice would be really appreciated.

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