Two construction workers in white hats on a commercial construction site.

When you are planning a construction project, it is important to understand the differences between residential and commercial construction. Both residential and commercial construction must follow local codes and regulations. Obtaining the proper permits and taking the appropriate steps to ensure safety and compliance are just a few of the considerations to keep in mind.

So, how are commercial and residential construction projects different? 

Residential Vs Commercial Construction: Key Differences

The main difference between residential and commercial construction is the type of building or structure being constructed, namely regarding how the building will be used upon completion.

Residential Construction

Residential properties primarily refer to single-family homes, though multi-family complexes can also be considered residential. Single-family homes can be custom-built by a residential contractor, or they can be built from a pre-existing residential plan.

Residential construction involves developing the foundation of the home, constructing the walls and roof, installing windows and doors, adding plumbing and electrical systems, applying finishes like paint, tile or siding, and landscaping the yard.

The scope of residential construction is often limited to residential zoning regulations and local building codes. 

Commercial Construction

On the other hand, commercial construction projects can range from office buildings to warehouses, hospitals, factories, and more. Any building or structure that can be leased or sold in the private sector can be considered a commercial construction. In other words, commercial construction involves any property or building that is not primarily used as a residence, and is instead used for commerce, business, industry, or trade.

Commercial buildings typically require additional considerations like engineering elements, fire safety measures, waterproofing systems, and other specialized needs. The building must also meet local zoning and commercial code requirements. 

Other Types of Construction Projects

Beyond residential and commercial projects, there are a range of other types of construction projects, such as multi-family residential properties (such as apartment complexes), industrial facilities, and more. Each type of construction will require different considerations, permits, equipment, and expertise. 

Examples of Commercial Construction Projects

The classification of commercial construction is varied and can include a range of buildings and structures such as:

  • Office buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Factories
  • Multi-family rental properties (i.e., apartment complexes)
  • Industrial facilities
  • Retail stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Sports stadiums
  • Schools
  • Government buildings

A commercial building project simply refers to any structure or facility that is created for business, industrial, educational, or government purposes. Multi-family properties can be considered commercial if they have five or more residential units built to be leased or rented. 

Benefits of Working with a Professional Contractor For Your Commercial Building Project

A man in a yellow jacket and white hard hat stands on a commercial construction site.

When it comes to residential or commercial construction, it’s important to work with a professional contractor who is experienced in the type of project you are undertaking. This ensures that your building will be constructed safely and up to code, while meeting all applicable zoning requirements.

Ganneston Construction offers a full range of services for commercial construction projects. Our experienced team of professionals is equipped to design and build new structures, as well as provide historic renovation services

Start to Finish Support

Ganneston Construction provides a comprehensive suite of services for commercial, multi-family, and industrial construction projects.

We offer pre- and post-construction services such as permitting assistance, project management, and more. We’ll ensure that your project is compliant with zoning requirements and local building codes. 

Decades of Experience

We have decades of experience in the construction industry, so you can trust that your project will be completed on-time, within budget, and with the highest quality standards when you work with our experienced professionals who understand the complexities of commercial construction projects. 

High Quality Standards

We strive to provide our customers with the highest quality construction services. We use only the best materials, adhere to stringent safety standards, and deliver high-quality workmanship so that you can trust that your project will be built to last. 

A Commitment to Customer Service

At Ganneston Construction, we believe in meeting the needs of our customers. We are committed to providing attentive customer service and an excellent end result that will exceed your expectations. 

Partner With Ganneston Construction for Your Commercial Construction Project

When you work with Ganneston Construction for your commercial building project, you can rest assured knowing that we can handle all the details from start to finish. Whether you’re building an apartment complex, an elementary school, or a new office, we have the expertise and experience to help make your project a success.

Contact us today to learn more about our commercial construction services and how we can help with your project.

We look forward to partnering with you! 

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