There are a lot of things that need to happen in order to have a project move from an idea to completion. The portion that we take care of as a General Contractor and Custom Home Builder is Project Management and Site Supervision.
Yes, we also do a lot of carpentry work in-house but that is separate from what we're talking about here. That work could also be done by a subcontractors but we choose to do some of the important work ourselves in order to control the quality and keep the projects moving along nicely.
Here is a list of what could be included for the Project Management and Site Supervision of your project:
Not all of the items above are necessarily required for each project but it is what we would take care of when needed.
Simply put, we are not Designers, Architectural Technologists, Architects or Engineers. We are carpenters and have been trained as such just like the aforementioned in each of their particular categories.
We believe a successful project requires a great team to fill in all the requirements and we are filling in the category of Project Management, Site Supervision and Carpentry. We are more than happy to provide input throughout the design process as it relates to constructibility but we will not do design work (nor do you want carpenters to do designer work).
Here are some examples of things that would need to be provided by somebody else:
Will we offer input on the items above? Absolutely! But the input is in response to the question "Do you think we should go with option A or option B?" as opposed to "What size vanity should we put in, what colour should it be and which faucet should we choose?"
It's important to note that we're happy to get costing for you for options you are considering. All the items listed above that need to be provided by somebody else may require some input from us on costing in order for you to make a decision and we understand that. So when the options need to be narrowed down and cost is one of the factors, tag us in!
The more we have designed and planned out ahead of time, the smoother the project will go. Does this mean everything needs to be decided on before construction starts? No. In fact some things may not be able to be decided on until later.
For example, we don't need to know your paint colours at the time of framing but we will need to know where you plan on mounting things to the wall so that we can include backing where required. You will also want to know where you are going to place furniture so that the designer can complete the electrical plan for the electrician before we insulate and drywall.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to think about and many team members required. This is not a one-man operation. We have multiple people involved with each project from our company alone and we pull on the experience and knowledge of our subcontractors as required.