So I am trying to convert my garage to family room. Due to permit
rules, I have to hire licensed folks for the major parts. It's a
relatively straightforward task, and I want to act as my own general
contractor (I work as a project manager at a bank, and I have some
I need to find someone that can help with some framing and stairs, and
I can't find a "carpenter".
I have brought in 4 guys so far, and every one of them has tried to
estimate the entire job, start to finish. For the last 2, I was very
clear that I only wanted help with the framing. They come back with an
estimate of like $13K or $17K which includes framing, electrical,
HVAC, etc. When I start to tear their estimate into smaller pieces,
like I originally asked, they tell me they aren't interested in such a
I have no problem hiring one person to do all the work, but I want
visiblity into all the parts so I can gaurantee quality. For instance,
while talking to these contractors, I heard two contractors wanting to
skimp me on the HVAC, and one got a little loose and easy with the
electrical permit rules.
So where can I find a "carpenter"? Seems that everybody is a
"contractor" now. The Yellow Pages don't even list anything under
"Carpenter". What am I doing wrong?