New Homes

When and Why Should You Use A General Contractor?

vertex-carpentryWhat is a general contractor? According to dictionary.com, a general contractor is defined as “the person who contracts for and assumes responsibility for completing a construction project and hires, supervises, and pays all subcontractors”. Simple concept, right?

A good general contractor is no paper-pusher who simply checks on the work of others. A good general contractor spends hours on planning and administration before ever laying a hammer on your house. In a well-managed project, even a simple one, the general contractor will follow a very methodical process to plan the scope of the project, establish the timelines, set a budget, book time with expert resources in various trades, apply for permits, complete inspections- all the while reacting to myriad issues that inevitably come up with any home improvement project. And this all happens BEFORE any “actual” work begins.

Many homeowners are tempted to act as their own general contractor on a remodel project, and sometimes even on home construction. This is not the role to skimp on- not just because of the complexity of most home improvement projects, but because of the enormous body of knowledge and wide network of professional relationships a high-quality General Contractor will bring to your project.

At Vertex Carpentry, I pride myself in the relationships I have with skilled labor and experts of all kinds in the trades. I have decades of experience with construction projects of all size, and the leverage to work through surprises that crop up throughout the construction phase. Close management and tight supervision of even the smallest details are hallmarks of the high quality work that Vertex Carpentry is known for. I am hands-on: every site; every day.

At Vertex, we recognize that budgets are not simply suggestions; we work with customers to create a beautiful custom build, addition or remodel that is exactly what they’ve envisioned for their home, within the scope and timeline we’ve set.

Let us take the headache of managing your project so you don’t have to.

Go to work, and let us do ours.

Complete Tear Down and Rebuild

Creating Your Dream Home

Complete Tear-down and Rebuild

When Renovation just isn’t enough

Sometimes you find the perfect spot for your ‘Dream Home’ but unfortunately there is an existing house on the property that does not meet your needs. Here is an example of just such a project.

Dream Home, demolition renovation

This was the 1st step to safely and completely remove the existing cottage to make room for this couple’s ‘Dream Home”

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Here is the demolition from a different angle. Note that every effort is taken to minimize the spread of debris, and that it is immediately removed to the waiting dumpster.

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Here is the new foundation after forms have been removed. The “brick” patterning is from the Stamped form.

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After the framing has been put in place the entire home is Tyvek wrapped as a moisture barrier it also helps seal the home against drafts

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The new home construction framed and Tyvek’d

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Here is the completed project, framing window, siding and foundation details

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Here is the front view of the new “Dream Home” for this Southern MD couple.