Someone has to put all the pieces together and it’s the building contractor who coordinates the construction of houses and other buildings. They organise everything from arranging or interpreting the plans to quoting for the job, having the plans approved, organising sub-contractors to do the building, ordering materials, supervising all work, organising all payments , inspections and any matters relating to loans and contracts. Many building contractors undertake some of the work personally. For example if a building contractor began their career as a carpenter he/she might do the carpentry work involved in the project.
Most building contractors are self-employed as a sole proprietor or partner in a small company or as a company director in a larger firm. They usually specialise in one area of construction, such as new homes, extensions or renovations of established homes, shopping centres and factories.
Most building contractors usually started their careers with an apprenticeship in a building trade. After gaining the trade qualification, and with further building experience under their belt, they study to become a registered builder which leads them into areas such as site supervision and construction management.