There are huge savings possible on the cost for labor if you are creating archways and other challenging framing projects, such as skylight framing. Use metal studs when doing these complicated framing projects. Metal is easier and faster to cut, shape and attach to the nearby framing members than are wood studs. Your contractor may be thinking of this already but, if not, mention it to him or her. If you are doing the construction yourself, use metal studs as you will save in labor costs and save on the total cost of the project.