Acting As General Contractor While Framing Your New Home

23 Aug 2015 13:56

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So you want to act as your own general contractor and frame your new house. You have to prove that you know what you want and what you’ll be doing. You will need a lot of planning, confidence, and of course, a bit of money.


Pros & Cons Of Being Your Own Contractor

It’s probable to be your own contractor and save money. You need to gauge if you have the time, skills, and technical know-how to finish the job. If you lack certain knowledge, you can hire people (subcontractors) to help you with it.


  • If it all goes perfectly, you can save 15% to 20% of construction expenses
  • You have full control of the construction and you can decide and get what you really want.
  • If you get a good framer (subcontractor), he will fill your lack of experience on the job.
  • You will have the fulfillment of framing your own house.


  • Unanticipated expenses
  • Time and energy consuming
  • The work will probably have more complications, due to your lack of experience.
  • Risk of cost overruns
  • Difficulty in obtaining construction loans


Framing is the most amusing part of construction. This is where all of your work turn out to be perceptible. It will start to look like a house. It starts instantly after your foundation has passed inspection. Pat yourself in the back. You are the general contractor and this is your house. You will just hire a subcontractor to frame your house.

Responsibility Of Your Framer

He does just what the name says ─ he builds the frame. It includes everything, the walls, floors, roof, and foundation.
Other things your framer does::
1. Install external doors and windows.
2. Install sheathing
3. Apply house wrap moisture barrier
4. Apply roofing felt


Your Responsibility As A General Contractor

As a general contractor, here are some of your tasks which involves framing:

1. Before you start framing, you have to choose your primary lumber supplier well, check if the sizes that you want is in stock for them. If not, look for an alternate supplier or try to pre-order to have the supplies right away. Another option is to change the window selections based on the stock of the supplier. Make sure to let your framer know if there are changes in the materials to be used

2. Make sure that your framer knows that he needs to “cull” the lumber. It means keeping the distorted pieces to return to the store. This is mainly significant on lumber for beams. These can be 24 ft. in length or more, and are occasionally warped.

3. It is your obligation to order the wood and all materials needed for framing.

4. Order the material in installment, do not buy everything at once. To make sure that you get the right amount of every material at the right time.

5. Always keep in touch or make sure that you have constant contact with your subcontractor/framer so that the ordering of the materials can be done as early as possible. Some contractors allow their subcontractors to order for them but for a first timer, it is better that you order on your own so that every material and every payment goes through you.

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