What is the difference between a General Contractor and Design+Build Contractor?

A question that many people ask is: what exactly is a general contractor?


This term can be confusing to anyone not involved in the building trades as the word “contractor” is often used to describe anyone who drives a pickup truck with tools in the back. Framers, drywallers, electricians, concrete workers, are all sometimes referred to by the generic title of “contractor.”


General contractor, building contractor, construction company, these terms can all reference the same thing: a firm or company that manages the design, schedule, and production of a project. A general contractor will hire and manage plumbers, electricians, and any of the subcontractors that will be involved in a project, to ensure that the original intent of the design is achieved.


A general contractor may or may not have employees that physically complete any of the work, but will coordinate and contract with the necessary workers to execute each part of the process. This type of contractor is a good fit for projects that require multiple moving pieces. For something like a kitchen remodel or an addition you may need framers, plumbers, electricians, drywallers, painters, tile and flooring installers, and HVAC technicians.



As a licensed General Contractor, ReNew Creations is able to plan and provide project management to all of these different elements to ensure original design intent is achieved. We utilize our own carpenters as well as vetted subcontractors where most efficient.


What sets ReNew Creations apart from other General Contractors is that we are also a “design-build” firm. We don’t just receive a build plan from a customer and execute it, we start at the very beginning. Our team sits down with the client to brainstorm, discuss options, and put together a comprehensive plan that includes every finished detail before we even start work.


If you are dreaming of a project that requires the expertise of a design-build firm, reach out to ReNew Design + Build. We would be happy to chat and see if we are a good fit for you and your project; if we’re not, we want to make sure you find the right contractor for you!


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