Construction of any kind is a very detail-oriented process. If you are constructing a school, medical facility, or office building there are steps that must be taken to ensure the safety of construction workers, and users of the completed building. While permits, licenses and specifications vary with each project the general order of operations remains the same.

When working with an experienced construction firm like Commercial Build Inc. (CBI), you can be sure that your project will follow this general timeline, handle any scope of project and be completed in a timely manner. Here is a general overview of the stages of construction and what can be expected at each stage. 


The beginning of every construction project is concept and design.  Starting first with a concept, followed by a design and blueprints. This can be done with the help of an experienced architect to make sure everything is structurally sound and up-to-code. We take great care working with our clients to ensure that each building will suit their needs and continue to for years to come.


Once the blueprints and construction plans are finalized, the next step is to obtain the correct building and construction permits. This process is not always complete immediately and will be ongoing throughout the construction project. Some permits are needed to obtain different permits at different times. Working with an experienced construction company such as CBI helps this process. Our experience in obtaining the proper permits at the right time helps our process in a timely manner.


After you have the initial building permits, your construction project will begin by clearing and excavating the land you want to build. Clearing includes removing any trees, rocks, and/or other obstacles that are in the way of the building. This also includes any leveling or grading the ground that is necessary.

Once the land has been cleared and excavated, the foundation can be poured. Depending on the size of your building and the stability of the land, preparing the subsurface may need to be done prior to the foundation being poured.


Once the foundation has been poured and cured, framing begins on your building. This may include installing wood frames or steel beams. This process does take a while and it is important that everything is done correctly so that it is structurally sound. This stage sets the groundwork upon which all the other aspects of your building will follow.


After a building has been framed out, a specialty contractor will come in to complete rough electrical and plumbing. This means that pipes and wires are installed where they need to go. This job is not completed at this point, however, it helps to get the rough work in place so that insulation, drywall, and ceilings can go in.


Concurrently with the rough electrical and plumbing work, roofers come in to complete the roof on the building. This is important so that any further work inside of the building can take place, due to rain and outdoor elements damaging the work in the remaining steps.


Once the exterior walls and roof are complete, the heating and cooling needs are addressed. Vents, ductwork and the heating and cooling unit are all installed. 

As soon as the heating and cooling is complete, the interior is completed. This includes finishing insulation, putting up drywall and adding ceilings. An electrician often comes out during this stage and finishes up adding outlets and lighting fixtures. 

Once the interior walls are up, the fixtures inside of a space can be finalized. This includes things like cabinets, windows, toilets, doors and elevators (if an office building).


The final stage of construction involves putting the finishing touches on the building. This involves painting walls, installing countertops and flooring, and adding faucets.  Once this stage is done, you will have a final inspection and you will have a beautiful building to last many years.

At CBI, we are proud to be experienced contractors that can assist you with all aspects of construction. Our team can help you with every step of your building project. Contact us today to learn more about who we are, what services we offer and how we can help you. 

We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at

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If you have an older building you may be learning that it is no longer energy efficient or you are running into other issues as it ages.  It may be starting to be worn down, be out of building or fire codes, or not meeting your business needs.  If the time has come to decide what to do to ensure it remains functional, useful and atheistically pleasing — how will you decide what to do — renovate, remodel or rebuild? 

Many people are not aware of the differences in these three options or which is right for them. CBI can help explain the differences and help you make the best decision.


A renovation is when the building is restored to a good state. Renovating is the least invasive choice out of the three options. When renovating, it typically involves small fixes to a building that help to repair and improve the overall aesthetic of the building.

Renovation may be the best choice for you if the building is in need of repairs, such as patching drywall and updating paint, replacing or updating floors,  or updating electrical work. When you renovate, the overall design and layout remains unchanged and only the building is repaired and updated with a new “face” to be in good working order. Renovations are generally undertaken to enhance the functionality of a space or to increase the resale value.


A remodel consists of changing the layout or structure of the building.  The structure of the space may change, walls may move or the layout/flow of the building is changed.

Some examples of remodel projects are:

  •   Fully transforming the structure or layout of a commercial space
  •   Creating space needed that is in compliance for COVID-19

If your building is older and is not ADA or COVID compliant, remodeling the structure may be needed to ensure it meets code and is safe for occupants.  Additionally if you have an office building and it is older and was designed to have smaller offices but now you need a larger layout, remodeling can help move walls and have a move open floor plan.


Rebuilding consists of tearing down the existing building and constructing a new one.  This is the most costly choice of the three options.

When remodeling or renovating become more costly that rebuilding, that makes rebuilding the best option.  Additionally if the building itself is no longer structurally sound, it may be best to tear it down.  If you want to change every aspect about the building, or change the size of the building, removing the current building and rebuilding becomes the obvious choice.


If you have an older building that is in need of new life with improved functionality, or to be compliant with building regulations, CBI can help you. CBI can help you decide

whether to renovate, remodel, or rebuild with design, administrative, project supervision, project management and expert technical services. With a team of general contractors, construction managers, and engineers, we can help you with your construction project no matter the scope.

We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at