Contractors who normally take on
complete remodels or whole-house
new construction projects occasionally
find themselves working as subcontractors.
This often happens, for example,
when a contractor who loses the bid for
the primary contract takes on just the
framing. Whether the contract for this
work is with the owner or with the GC,
there are plenty of opportunities for
To prove my point, here are a few scenarios
I encountered in my law practice.
In one case, the framing sub discovered
that the GC expected him to provide an
itemized material takeoff for a 7,000-
square-foot structure, even though he
was not furnishing the materials.
In another case, the owner expected
the framing sub to construct a 180-footlong