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9. Cheshire Contracting LLC
from 2 reviews
5.0 (2)
  • 12 years in business
  • Serves Danbury, CT
"I already had a design concept in mind, I just needed a group of solid professionals to execute my plan. Jason, who is either the owner or partner visited my home and we walked through options and the various levels of service he could provide. He quickly identified that my electrical panel would need to be upgraded as well to comply with new building code regulations. This was something no other contractors brought up, I was able to confirm his assertion after a quick review of local building ordnances. This seemly little event assured me that Jason and his team knew their stuff and had the experience I was looking for. I ended up choosing the bid from Cheshire Contracting and Jason was able to schedule the project about 6 weeks after we came to agreement. Jason put me in contact with Cheshire Contracting's inhouse designer who provided me with a 3D render of the project based on the scribbled napkin I provided them with. They were able to piece together exactly what I was going for. There were a few things that needed clarification, but with little lag in communication sorting all of that out was actually a pleasant experience which gave me a sense of participation I'm uncertain I would have received with other companies. It turned out that Jason was assigned as the project manager for my build out and I could not be happier with the level of service which he and co provided. He and his crew (who were consistently the same people) we on time every day, showed up when they said they would, were always available via phone, text and even WhatsApp. At the end of each day, the construction area was cleaned and prepped for whatever was coming up the next day. The work area was immaculate when they were not in my home! There were also some unintended challenges which I presume arise with most construction projects and Jason and his team handled each of them with ease and professionalism making sure I knew all of my options and the best way to approach each issue. The project was completed in a little over 4 weeks, which was 2 weeks faster than originally anticipated. The quality of the workmanship was top notch! I am very VERY happy and satisfied with the end results and would most definitely hire and refer Cheshire Contracting for future remodels! A++"

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What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

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