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Question DetailsAsked on 8/17/2013

What is cost per square foot for plaster and lathe full replacement including lathe? What is it without lathe?

Old 1927 house. Has major renovation and need to replace plaster and lathe walls that have been removed.

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Lath and Plaster removal can run from about $2-5/SF depending mostly on how much the business owner hates the job - very time consuming and requires a lot of flooring protection, and lot of time tracking down all the nails. Of course, if you do that part yourself cuts a lot of cost off the job.

Drywall costs about $1.50-2.50/SF or about $3/SF with a plaster texture coat which you will not be able to distinguish visually from lath and plaster - flat installed and taped untextured typically just over $1/SF installed on existing bare studs.

New lath and plaster, though you can only find plasterers who still do this in the largest and usually only eastern cities, runs about $5-10/SF complete - no competition with drywall, and requires a much higher level of skill to do right, so you generally only see it today in historic building resotrations, and even then most cheat and use drywall or concrete backer board with a plaster skimcoat over it for about $3-4/SF.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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