When you use a main contractor, you hand your completed designs over to a professional who then arranges a team of subcontractors to complete the work.

This is perfect for those who know what they want design wise (working with or without an architect to form detailed plans), but would prefer someone else to take control of the actual build.

It does not have to mean losing control entirely – you will still need to make regular site visits – but you will need to find a contractor who you have full faith in. This route suits people who are lacking in time and/or building experience.

As you are handing a lot of responsibility over to someone else, you will pay more for this route, than if you were self-managing. However, many are happy to pay for the peace of mind that someone else will co-ordinate deliveries and workmen for them.

Advice for those looking to use a main contractor:

  • Remember you are not signing all responsibility over to someone else. You will still need to make payments and check on work to be sure you are happy with progress.
  • Communication is key with this route. You need to feel comfortable talking to your main contractor about any problems.
  • Don’t just pick someone with good credentials — their abilities are the highest priority, but you also need to work with them on a personal level.

Case studies

Learn more from those who have taken the main contractor route.

A hillside home with running costs of just £10 per week

traditional style country home that took 7 months to build

A striking home on a river bank

Stan Bolt designed home in Newton Ferrers

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