In this Audiopost, we speak with General Contractor Jay Cates of Cates Fine Homes.  I have worked with Jay on several projects in the Twin City area and thought it would be a great idea to have him discuss the building process.  Some of the topics include:

-What is a General Contractor?
-What steps or questions should people take or ask when looking to hire a Contractor?
-When is the best time to get the contractor involved in a project?
-What are the costs associated with hiring a contractor as well as any other project costs?
-Briefly walk us through a construction project from beginning to end.
-Any differences between new construction and a remodeling?
-What if the Owner wants to complete some of the work themselves?

You can reach Jay with additional questions at
Phone: (651)-439-2844 or Email:

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Written by Michael Huber AIA LEED AP
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