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Question DetailsAsked on 1/20/2017

around fireplace 12' long 8' tall I have rock. Want rock removed and custom bookshelves added how much will that be

The rocks are huge and heavy. how much would demolition be and then how much for the custom shelves?

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For what I call a typical large river stone fireplace hearth/facade (stones up to about 1-1.5 feet in dimension), NOT including doing anything to the firebox/chimney itself as I interpret your question, probably on the order of $1,500-2,500 is what I would expect - plus another $500-900 ballpark probably for drywalling or drywall repair and painting. In all probability, will need all new drywall in the area the rocks covered. This is assuming the stone you see is a facade - NOT the front of the fireplace - a qualified Chimney Repair contractor should first determine that - or your removal contractor digging into the adjacent drywall a bit to be sure it is just a facade, NOT part of the chimney. If part of the chimney, all bets are off and you might be talking quite a few thousand $ to modify the chimney.

Custom bookshelves professionally installed - can run from a couple or a few hundred $/LF of shelf unit (assuming about 8' high and a foot deep or less) for kit or box store shelving cut to fit, more like commonly around $400-700/LF for simple softwood or plywood veneer, simply stained or painted - generally more like $1000/LF range for custom hardwood but simple, then on up into the several to as much as $10,000/LF for true works of woorworking art. Obviously a VERY wide range, so you need to get several custom Cabinetry or Carpenter - Woodworking (your Search the List categories for this type of shelving) contractors to come out and give you a quote - meaning generally you need a pretty good concept or example photos off the web of what you want, and be ready to talk specifics on shelf and bin heights and depths.

DIY - sometimes a hundred or two/LF for box-store units that you disassemble and cut the shelving to length to suit, about $100-200/LF commonly for hardwood for the materials only - into the $300-400/LF for exotic woods or units more than maximum standard 10 or 12" board width.

Note these are all REALLY rough numbers because you can have all variations of complexity, finishes, component woods, design loading, number of shelves in the 8' height, etc.

Hint - bear in mind if flooring is ever replaced, nice to be able to move the shelves - so not going full height - leave an inch clearance or so - allows easier removal and movement in the future. Ditto if you think you want custom-fitted but might want to take them with you if you move - make so they can be disassembled reasonably or into units 3-4 feet wide, and can be tilted flat then on edge to move, so leave ceiling clearance in those cases.

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