Types of Carpentry in Construction

Types of Carpentry in Construction

Professional carpenters are highly specialized, much like in the fields of medicine, law, and education. While many people see carpentry as just one field, finding the right specialty can help you to zero in on a carpentering expert that can meet your particular needs. 

Let’s take you through the different types of carpentry in construction so that your project is completed the right way! 

Rough Carpentry / Framer 

Rough carpenters focus on the “rough” framing of a building. That means walls, roofs, floors, posts, beams, and rafters. Essentially, a framer is tasked with creating the skeleton of a structure, ensuring that the project meets project specifications, building codes, and strength standards that support the integrity of a construction endeavor. 

Finish Carpenter 

If rough carpenters build the skeleton, then finish carpenters build the nervous system. From staircases to molding to trims, the finish carpenter is responsible for everything visible from the outside. That’s why finish carpenters put such emphasis on cleanliness and the finer details of a construction project. 

Trim Carpenter 

Trim carpenters specialize in installing and repairing trim and molding. Doors, windows, baseboards, mantels, and more are in the trim carpenter’s wheelhouse, which is very precise work. Falling under the umbrella of a finishing carpenter, elements of the project need to be neat, clean, and attractive to the eye. 


Another one that falls under the finished carpenter tree, cabinetmaking carpenters are always in high demand. They are responsible for installing or remodeling cabinet spaces, whether it be in the kitchen or another unique room in your home. 

Formwork Carpenter 

Formwork carpenters are a branch of rough carpenters that take on the shuttering and falsework used in concrete construction. These carpenters build the molds that retain wet concrete in construction foundations, whether it be for large commercial endeavors or smaller residential projects. 

Cornice Carpenter

A cornice is a decorative molding that crowns buildings, furniture elements, windows, and more. Cornice carpenters are tasked with carrying out these moldings, which in many cases are designed to throw rainwater away from the walls of the building and protect windows from leaking. 

Green Carpenter 

Green carpenters take pride in environmentally-friendly practices. They do this by sourcing sustainable materials that will stand the test of time. Any type of carpenter listed above can be a green carpenter, so if you’re looking for sustainable building, this is your go-to group. 


Who knew carpentry was such a specialized business? Carpenters go through a ton of training to perfect their craft, and selecting the right one can go a long way to increase the functionality, stability, and beauty of your home or commercial property. 

Here at Carlton Building Services, we’re all about giving you the resources you need to take on any building project. Personally, we specialized in commercial renovations that requirement little interference but result in lots of improvement. 

Have additional questions or looking for some carpentry work done? Contact us today! We want to match you with the service that is right for you. 

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.