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8. Collins Custom Construction
from 15 reviews
5.0 (15)
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Tigard, OR
"First some background - Collins Custom Construction is cleaning up another contractors mess. My mother was left with a complete disaster from her previous contractor who did shoddy and incomplete work. I met with Daniel, the owner, and discussed the various issues and projects that need to be repaired or completed. Daniel was very understanding. He took the time to listen to my concerns for my mothers home. I was anxious to get this mess cleaned up and give my mom her peace-of-mind and a clean safe home. Daniel gave me a thoughtful, fair, professional and itemized quote. The work started in earnest with a crew of three moving seamlessly from area to area. I had purchased the materials and had them available so the work could continue with ease. Daniel and his crew did an excellent job attempting to deal with the problem areas in flooring. Initially flooring was going to be the biggest issue. More background - the project as a whole encompassed all trades, from plumbing and electrical to casework and general carpentry, to tiling and painting. Every room in my moms home was touched by either Daniel or his crew. Back to the work, the new floors look great, I am very pleased with the work around and problem solving to make the floors look great in spite of the previous contractors work. The walls were primed in the bathroom and kitchen. All the cabinet doors were removed and thoroughly sanded, primed and are at this posting being painted, new hardware will be installed after painting. Baseboards have ostensibly been layed throughout the home with just a few small areas still needing trim. A new walk in tiled shower has been plumbed and the tile, seat and grout is in as is some of the trim. The best review I could ever write is to say I would recommend Collins Custom Construction to family and friends. The workmanship to date has been exceptional. Daniel has been very responsive with my concerns and/or questions. He has been attentive, fair, reasonable and very invested in making sure my mom was happy with the end product. As of this posting I am extremely pleased with the overall quality of the work. More upon completion of the work. This is a final project review. I am thrilled. More importantly my mother is thrilled. The kitchen turned out better than we hoped. The cabinets were in really bad shape. We could not afford new cabinets, Daniel worked very hard to make the cabinets look as close to new as possible. They are white and bright and give my mother's home a fresh look. The floors turned out great. The new shower is beautiful. The tiling in the shower looks terrific, beautifully done. The crew worked late into the evening to meet the deadline. I appreciated the team's follow thru to the end of the project. All in all my mother is beyond happy. I have recommended Collins Custom Construction to neighbors. Collins started and finished strong."

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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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