Looking for a General Contractor in Spokane?

Looking for a General Contractor in Spokane?

At Craig’s Building Services, we strive to embody the spirit of our beautiful Pacific Northwest region: relaxed, generous, serene, modern, and hard-working. We would be happy to take on just about any home-building project you can dream up.

We’re always trying to build up our skills and be the best we possibly can at our chosen craft, and we continually adjust and improve our abilities as well perform research on the latest standards, so that we can apply ourselves rigorously to the process. Our end goal is always to deliver a satisfying building experience to every client. As a general contractor in Spokane, we are honored to build and refurbish right here in the place we call home.

For more than 20 years we have had the pleasure of working on a variety of custom homes here in Spokane & Spokane Valley. Whether you need someone to match historic qualities in your original home, or you need a high-performance shop or garage built, we provide finely-honed workmanship and ecologically friendly construction techniques to transform our clients’ projects into a place they can call home.

Whether you need a complete structural restoration for fire, water, and storm damage, or you’d like to benefit from a custom paint job or new cabinets, Craig’s Building Services can provide you with a wide range of building services related to insurance claims, home repair, business repair, or remodeling for Spokane and all surrounding areas.

Spokane General Contractor For Hire

We’re capable of helping you with the remodeling process even if the property has stood for many years, and we value the character and story these old building contain within.

We would be honored to help you renovate a new or aging home to fulfill the needs many households have these days.
From beginning to end we would love to be your general contractor and be a part of your next building project. We’re incredibly proud of the work our team has done together. Our framers and carpenters are highly skilled, extremely dependable, as well as innovative.
Your project is safe in our hands.

Contact us at 509-868-8972 or by email on this page to get a bid on your next construction project. Or check out our Houzz listing for more information.

4 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

4 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

In some cases, it will make sense to hire a professional instead of taking on the task all by yourself. However, if you choose the wrong contractor you’ll be looking at costly delays, substandard quality of work, and perhaps even legal issues later down the road.

The following tips will help you understand what to look for in a professional contractor to ensure you’ll have a good working relationship with the person you select.

#1 – Always Trust Your Instincts First

Keep in mind that the contractor you pick may be around your family working within your home for weeks or months on end while they begin to modify the way your home looks and functions. So, if you get the sense that you don’t like a contractor for whatever reason, we recommend that you will probably want to avoid that person.

If someone says something that you would even remotely consider an embellishment, that could be reason enough not to trust that company and you should move on to the next contractor on your list. You really need to trust this person 100 percent, not just 95 percent.

#2 – Ensure a Contractor is prepared to Work in Your Area

Any contractor worth their salt will have both a professional license as well as insurance that demonstrates that a person is both credible and knowledgeable. A license itself is proof that a contractor has taken an exam and proven that they understand building codes and appropriate building procedures. Once you see a license, you can probably start to let your guard down a bit, as this will minimize the risk of getting ripped off. If you want to be completely sure, write down the contractor’s license number, many of them can be searched online to verify their existence.

If a contractor does not have insurance and a worker happens to gets hurt on your project, you could be held liable for damages. The same goes for any accident that damages your next-door neighbor’s house. So, step two would be to verify the contractor’s insurance.

3. Pick a Contractor w/ Experience for Specific Project

We recommend you do some research contractors to determine who has experience with your specific type of project. There are many projects that are highly regulated and even code-specific, so you’ll want a person who knows the exacting details of what is required.

If you plan on asking more than one contractor for a bid, you should send each one the same set of specifications and plans, as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) advises on its website. You won’t be able to effectively compare the estimates from multiple contractors if they plan on using different plans or brands of building materials.

4. Don’t Start Work Without a Detailed Contract

Any building contract should cover the costs, specific brands of items being used, the approximate starting and finish dates, as well as the complete set of drawings being used alongside the written specifications. You can never have too many details in a contract. If a certain brand for a part hasn’t been agreed upon, the contract might create an allowance instead, like having a maximum of up to $500 for the front door.
Many homeowners choose to speak with multiple contractors to get bids on their job, but then they can’t remember which contractor told them what. The contract needs to spell out every detail. A contract is really all about expectation setting, right down to what color the hinges are. If everything can be agreed upon upfront, then there will be far less surprises later on.

Contact Craig’s Building Services today to get an estimate on your next building project. We have years of experience in our field and would be happy to help you create the home of your dreams.

A Nice Day For Drive

A Nice Day For Drive

I always love to see the projects that I have drawn blueprints for after they have been completed and are being used for what they were intended to be used for and so recently Elaine and I decided to go on a drive and visit a  projects in Central Washington.

The home was located in Desert Aire, an interesting community on the Columbia River about 22 miles south of the Vantage bridge. A thousand-acre development originally developed for the well-off to build vacation and seasonal homes and enjoy the golf course and marina. A billboard calls it “The Palm Springs of Washington” and indeed it gets only 7 inches of rain compared to Spokane’s 16.5 inches.

I had never been there before our recent trip and had never heard of it before last winter when I got an email from Karen Chiaramonte, of Kirkland, who had been designing a new house on the same software program, Sketchup, that I use and love.

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I was extremely impressed at both how well she had learned Sketch Up and how far along she had gotten with the design for the home that she and her partner, Cecil Rodreguez wanted to begin building in the early Spring and then live in with her parents.
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For the most part Karen had the layout nailed and I design the roof and helped with some ideas and practical adjustments to make sure that the home that she had envisioned came to life in the best possible form. Once the model was hammered out, I drafted a full set of plans which they gave to their builder who got permits and went to work building this great home.
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Their modern home design in Central Washington was a standout in the community.
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Windows bring the outside in and expand interior spaces. With a ceiling sloping from 14′ to 12′ and all that glass, the great room of this home is very well lit and spacious.
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The view out back looks across a small airstrip to the mountains bordering the west bank of the Columbia River.
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Elaine’s favorite part of the exterior design was the front entry.
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Especially their dramatic front door.
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While I love the whole house, my favorite part was that they appreciated my efforts on helping to design their beautiful new home that they recently hired me to draft plans for the airport hanger they are planning to build on the lot next door. That ought to be worth another trip, or at least a side trip on way to Seattle someday soon.

Why we are the best choice to help you build

Hello, I am Craig Swanson of Craig’s Building Services and Spokane Home Design, in Spokane, Washington. I have an unusual education that most floor plan drafters, house designers and architects don’t have. I actually know how to build the plans that I draw because I have been building many of the projects that I have designed for several years. I started out at the age of 12 working with my father learning to put in foundations. Then I learned framing and finish carpentry in my 20’s. Later in my 30’s I had a crew of carpenters that worked at constructing the homes for my family’s home-building company. During a period of ten years in the 1990’s we built about 400 homes in Spokane as general contractors. As a foundation tradesman growing up and later on my own, I learned  what is required in a set of house blueprints for that portion of the building process. To this day I put in the footings on the houses I build and sometimes do the entire foundation. The custom home floor plan is the most important to the framer and I have framed literally hundreds of homes with crews as the laborer, the cut man, the layout man, and the boss man. As I draft the building plans, I am envisioning how the pieces will  be cut and nailed and joined together in a way that very few other draftsman have the experience to do. I understand things like how roofs go together and how crucial it is to give stairways the proper space they will actually require because I have framed off too many plans that did not. As a general contractor I know what the other trades need on the plan, what the building department needs and what the contractor needs to bid the project and then build it. In this regard, I am a great resource for anyone who is new to the building process. Because I build a few homes each year with the help of my wife, I know firsthand what you are getting into and can answer many of your questions and provide recommendations on techniques, products, suppliers and sub-contractors. We understand issues you will be dealing with like the loan process, the permit process and the property development process. What this means is that I speak the language of all the different tradesmen who will work with their hands and tools as they perform all the jobs on your new home from the excavator who punches in the hole to the basement contractor who will pour the mud into his forms to build your new home’s foundation to the framers who will take a bunch lumber and that foundation and transform them into your new home using only the tools they haul in their rigs, their sweat and their know-how. I speak the language of the general contractor who will study and learn the custom home floor plans that I have drafted by  your guidance. He will quickly know what he needs to know to send them out to his team of subs and suppliers for estimating and then to the building department for permitting. And if he has any questions, I am always available. And most importantly, I speak the language of the homeowner. Partly because I am one and have raised my family in the home I was raised in. But mostly because I have worked for many years building and remodelling, designing and drafting plans for custom homes for people of all types. I have encourage d and helped the ones who wanted to pitch in. More than once, I have had owners show up nearly every day and work right along side of me. And never once have I not enjoyed their company. I think that is because they have all become friends and they know we are equals, I just know a lot more in this one small area that for a brief time is very important in each custom home owner’s life.