“Isn’t construction just construction, regardless of residential or commercial construction? What’s the big difference?”

As you investigate the construction industry in search of either a quality residential or commercial construction company, there are a few items you should probably understand about each side before getting started.

Residential Construction

The Informal, Yet Emotional Side of Construction

There’s a reason why you’ll likely see the word “home” rather than “house” upon entering the world of residential construction. You’re building the place where you’re going to live, where you lay your head down at night—not just where your organization happens to conduct business. This attitude runs through the bidding, buying, and construction process. Most residential construction projects are conducted by contractors—specialists who were recommended via word of mouth or after getting to know the individuals involved. While this can be a good thing, it also means that business is conducted more on promises and handshakes than on official business letterhead and the like. Also, because residential contractors only have so many workers employed by them, the timeline for the completion of a house is relatively relaxed in comparison to other construction endeavors.

Architectural Elements Over Substance

Residential construction puts much more emphasis on what makes a structure perfect for your family and less about the general public. Fewer accessibility regulations are required in a home’s construction—but then again, fewer are needed. Unless the owner of the home has a disability, such requirements are mostly unnecessary. In the same vein, most homes have similar purposes—to be a home where one sleeps, eats, relaxes, and the like. Because of this fairly standard use, most home designs are also fairly standard.

Commercial Construction

More Official

Unlike handshake deals with contractors who were recommended by a friend-of-a-friend, commercial construction projects are likely the result of a bid from a commercial construction company—and typically one of many. The official atmosphere also tends to mean more prompt, professional responses, and deadlines that the company is willing to put more workers toward to complete rather than fall behind.

Different Rules

Unlike a home that can theoretically take on many dimensions and still be in compliance with local building code ordinances, commercial construction code requirements are much different. Commercial structures have a wide variety of safety and dimensional requirements before an organization can use said location to conduct business. Frequently, the materials for these structures will be much more substantial than home construction and thus will require the use of specialized tools.

Diversity of Structures to Meet Commercial Needs

As mentioned before, a residential structure only has a handful of requirements—eating, sleeping, leisure, and not much more. A commercial structure, on the other way, may need to accommodate every possible need. A single commercial structure may need to house a retail space, a stock room, an office, loading dock, breakroom, public restrooms, commercial kitchen, and anything else one can imagine. Medical facilities differ from restaurants. Warehouses differ from shopping malls. Because of this, commercial construction professionals need to well versed in how to build any of these such structures for their clients.

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If you still have questions about commercial construction, the specialists from Cowen Construction in Tulsa, OK are happy to help.

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