What does a builder do?A builders tasks vary widely, but generally builders will coordinate the different types of construction involved in building a house, office or other building.  An architect will usually design the structure and create blueprints and the builder will oversee the construction process.

A builder will often be involved in getting any necessary building permits and consents, and having land surveyed so they know what they’ll need in the way of drainage etc.  Once a builder has the land ready, they’ll begin building. Builders will remain on-site throughout the construction process to ensure that the structure is built correctly and according to plan.

As an example, during a new house build, a builder will initially oversee the foundations being laid, then the frame of the house being erected and then the roof.  Builders will then work with plumbers and electricians to get power and water to the house.  Other tradespeople may be employed to do different tasks. A carpenter may be required to put in flooring, landscapers to do the front yard and painters to paint the house inside and out.  As a builder will need to organise all these other tradespeople, they’ll need to know a lot about these different fields so they know that a job is being done correctly.  A builder will coordinate all the other tradespeople to ensure things are done in the correct order.

A Builders toolbox will often include:

  • Hammer and nails
  • Screws
  • Saws
  • Levels
  • Screwdrivers
  • Electrical tools

Builders may begin their job by helping the client to obtain building permits, and by surveying land in order to get a scope for how to go about building on it. Drainage and natural vegetation are usually assessed and acknowledged. Builders are on-site during construction checking that all aspects of the structure are built according to plan.

The services offered by a residential builder can vary widely. Many choose to specialize in particular types of projects, such as green homes, housing developments, custom homes, or homes of a particular style. When hiring a residential builder, a homeowner should plan to meet with multiple builders.