Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to build a home! Since there are many aspects to home building, naturally, you will need to work with many different subcontractors. To help in the planning process, Small House Building has put together a list of the different subcontractors that you’ll need to factor into the building equation.
Real Estate Attorney — While hopefully your building process is smooth sailing, hiring an attorney that specializes in real estate law will help you navigate through any legal issues that may arise. For example, you may need legal advice regarding land acquisition, project financing, or negotiating contracts with your subs.
Land Surveyor — Even if this seems obvious, confirming the property lines can save you a lot of time and money in the long run by avoiding building on the wrong land. Land surveyors do just that – they will measure, locate, and document your property’s boundaries.
Architect — Before any work can begin, you’ll need to work with an architect to put your building design to paper. Keep in mind that building designs often need various levels of approval from local municipalities and Structural Engineers.
Excavators — Just as you might suspect, Excavators are responsible for digging up the ground to create space in which to build the foundation and basement of the home.
Carpenters — Carpenters, also called framers, are responsible for the first phases of building, in which the frame and foundation of your house is erected. Finding a good carpenter is key to making the project easier in the long run. Keep in mind that you may need “Finishing Carpenters” to install the final touches on your home, like installing cabinetry, drywall and other common household structures.
Roofers — Once the skeleton of the home is built, you’ll need to hire a Roofer to put a lid on it. Roofing is one of the more expensive projects in the building process, but don’t skimp on this, a good roof is key to protecting your houses’ integrity.
Electricians — Electricians will install all of the necessary electrical infrastructure, such as the wiring, fixtures, etc. Be sure to work with someone who knows about high-efficiency lighting to help save you extra money on your electricity bill.
Plumbers — Plumbers take care of all of your home’s water system, from design to installation and maintenance. Select a Plumber with experience in sustainable plumbing design to save money on your energy and water bill.
HVAC Contractor — HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. An HVAC contractor will ensure that your home has all of the appropriate appliances, ducts and vents to make heating and cooling safe, comfortable and energy efficient.
Insulation Contractor — Insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy in your home. While some insulation can be installed on your own, a trained Insulation Contractor is key to ensure energy waste is minimized.
Flooring Carpenter — Whether it’s tiles, carpet or hardwood, be sure to hire a professional Flooring Carpenter to lay the flooring in your home.
Painting/Siding Contractor — Whether you’re painting the outside of your masterpiece or putting up siding, an exterior contractor is necessary to put the final touches on your home and make it look beautiful to the outside world!
Cleaning Crew — After all is said and done, don’t forget to hire a Cleaning Crew to pick up and dispose of all waste.
General Contractor — Finally, General Contractors are essentially project supervisors who oversee all aspects of the building process, including selecting and managing many of the subcontractors mentioned above. If you’re not familiar with the building world or you simply don’t have the time to take on this task yourself, General Contractors can be an extension of you by taking care of everything from A to Z.