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Question DetailsAsked on 1/31/2018

We are building a home in ColumbusOh and we want to hv smooth much would this upgrade cost?

The standard is knockdown and we want to go with smooth ceiling atleast in foyer, kitchen and dining area.approx 1000sqft

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Assuming the drywall joints and finishing has not been done yet - typically from zero (with some contractors who routinely do smooth surface drywalling) to around 6-25¢/SF additional depending on how much the contractor has people capable of doing this level of work. That would be for Level 4 surface. Google about the 5 levels of preparation and smoothing - level 5 involves mudding the entire surface after the joints are finished to give a smooth, uniform surface to the entire surface. Quality of joint prep same as Level 4, just making the entire surface uniform to get uniform appearance after painting.
For Level 5, commonly only done in high-end homes these days for new tract construction but is gaining popularity over textured ceilings - I have seen up to $0.50-1.00/SF add-on cost by contractors not used to doing it, especially on ceilings (harder to do there than on walls because it is back-breaking work and ceiling also show non-uniformity better than walls), but contractors used to doing it maybe still in the 12-25¢/SF or even less additional cost to knockdown. This assumes the work has not been done yet - if knockdown already, going to smooth surface will likely cost about $1-1.50/SF additional - possibly even more, especially if it interrupts his schedule or walls are painted or flooring is already down. Of course, this would be typical up-front negotiated cost differences - if you are laready under contract, especially if he is behindn on budget or on schedule, your general contractor's bid might come in much higher, basically as a deterrent.

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