Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What do I need a General Contractor For?

“I recently went to a new doctor and I noticed that he was located in something called ‘the Professional Building’… I felt better right away.” - George Carlin.  Perception is everything. In this day and age building science moves at such a rapid pace it can be difficult to stay up to date.  100 short years ago most of the material that went into a home came out of a field, a quarry, or a saw mill.  These days quite a few of the materials in new construction are composites and many could have very well been one of your recycled beverage bottles.  The raw frame is about the only material that an early 20th century builder would recognize and the time honored traditions do not always apply.  Today’s professionals need to be savvy in order to understand the difference between a proven innovation and an untested fad.  Like many industries this requires an investment in continuing education and a commitment to personal growth.  The average home owner will not know what the difference is between Tyvek, Typar, Triflex, Felt paper, or bituminous waterproofing, let alone when or how they should be applied, if at all.  A good general contractor is supposed to be an advocate for the owner and make sure that they understand what they are getting.  The Contractor also ensures that the work being performed by the various tradesmen on the job, of which there are about 15, is coordinated and that the workmen are competent. The little things count just as much as the big things. The skill set that a professional contractor brings to the table allows them to manage the big picture while keeping an eye on the small details so that everything comes together in a way that meets or exceeds the clients expectations.  Emerson wrote, “A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.”  Hire a professional; you’ll feel better right away.
Zach Baker
Starr Construction

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