A general contractor is a builder. They're trained to execute a vision, not create one.
So you decide that you want to remodel your kitchen and/or bathroom.
I'm guessing it all started when you moved in. You thought, "This kitchen doesn't make sense." Or, "I hate my bathroom, the caulk is peeling and it always feels dirty."
Your next step is Pinterest. You collect a million ideas. You're inspired! You have a fight with your significant other other cost and reality and design taste.
And then you decide. WE'RE GOING TO DO IT!
You find a way to make it work financially.
Then you Google, "Contractors in Portland, Oregon." You read reviews. You make phone calls. You schedule site visit with contractors. You show them your inspiration photos and floor plan ideas.
They submit their bids and estimates. And then you decide on who you're going to hire.
And then this is where the stress starts to pile up.
Your contractor writes you this email-- and it says something like this:
We're happy to move forward. We can start in 4 weeks.
Please have all of the materials and finishes on-site in 4 weeks before we start demo.
I will need to know what paint color and sheen you want in 1 week and where the tile should stop.
I need to know how much grout to order.