Special trade contractor and building departments

Welcome to the special trade contractor page where you will find information on each phase of the housebuilding process.

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Not all of us are natural engineers…

So we all need a little help with our projects.

***Building Departments***

House Floor Plan
Basic plans for getting started.

Permit requirements and application examples.

Blueprint models and requirements.

Description of foundation requirements.

Floor joists placement and subfloor.

House Framing
Walls, roof, windows, and door framing.

Covering walls and the roof.

Stair construction and estimation.

Windows and Doors
Placement of windows and doors.

Plumbing essentials and techniques.

Electrical diagrams and installation.

Vinyl Siding
Basics on siding installation.

Types of roofs and installation methods.

Types of heat systems and ductwork.

Information and sizes of insulation.

Hanging and taping drywall.

Finish Work
Basics of finish work.

Home Network
Running and terminating comm cables.

These are the departments of contractors. If the homeowner can do any of the work instead of hiring it out, he or she can save a lot of money on home loans and mortgages.

By doing all the construction systems, you can save up to two-thirds on the cost of the home. That makes all the effort a worthwhile project.

For the rest of your life, you’ll receive benefits in the form of lower monthly payments and extra equity for using in emergencies or investments or whatever you want.

Any contractor will charge right around $200 per hour. That’s what your own sweat equity is worth.

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