So You're Thinking
of Selecting a Builder?
Contractor Vs. Builder
Selecting the
right builder
Are you really comparing apples to apples?
Contract Vs.
Time and Material
Who is
Responsible anyway?
Become an expert at identifying quality
Is there a difference?

Is There a Difference?

General Contractor

A general contractor or “contractor” is a person or company that organizes and oversees a construction project from start to finish. They complete the job by hiring different subtrades to perform each step of the project. For example: They would hire excavators to prepare the site, a concrete company to form and poor the foundation, framers to put up the shell and so on. They make their money by charging a percentage on top of all the subtrades’ bills. This is a common way for individuals who do not have hands on knowledge of the building process, or no longer want to work in a hands on way, to run a successful construction company.


A builder is a person or company that brings in a crew that works from start to finish on your project. The crew is generally trained to do every aspect of the construction process, from concrete to roofing to painting, keeping the use of subtrades to a minimum. (Because of the complexity of the work and the additional licenses required, mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is always contracted out to professionals.) A builder gets paid one of two ways. One is called “contract” and other is “time and material”. It is up to you to decide what works best for your project.

Some builders focus strictly on the carpentry end of the project while outsourcing the rest to subtrades. Also a very common relationship known as a Builder/ Contractor.

Sheppard Construction

A high-end builder like ourselves, prefer to be intensely involved in every aspect of the construction process. We take great pride in our work and want to ensure the utmost quality and efficiency. We can achieve this by keeping everything “in house” and confining the subtrade work to trades we have close relationships with, who can meet our high standards. That way we are certain you will get the best product, made with the highest quality workmanship and materials. We like to have fluent and accurate communication with our customers and find it easier working in such a personal environment.




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