Over 30 years of experience

Established in 1999

Tier I & Tier II Contractor - Metro

Registered with State of TN

Licensed and Insured

Member BBB of TN

Specializing in:

Historic Restoration

Custom Timber frame and post
and beam homes

Log cabin additions and repairs

Residential remodel

Vintage materials
Grau General Contracting, LLC
"Bringing the Past & Future together"
Contact Information:

Telephone 931-682-0099 or  615-414-2070
3320 Water Valley Road Williamsport, TN 38487
Electronic mail:  
General Info:  gary@graugeneral.com
GGC was also the recipient of this 2009 Historical
Commission commendation
for historic
restoration of
The Hodge House in Warner Park.
We were also the recipient of two 2010- Historical Commission Of Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County
for historic restoration of Morgan House and Sevier Park Stone Building
We  were the recipient of the 2011 Historical Commission Of
Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County commendation
for the historic restoration of
The Croft House
@ The Nashville Zoo.

When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for
present alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as
we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred
because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor
and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.”
This quote by John Ruskin is featured as the introduction to a 4 volume set of antique carpentry manuals
published in 1923 titled “Audel’s Carpenters and Builders Guide.” These books were published during the
days of when a carpenter was hired to build a house, he showed up on site with a wooden box full of hand
tools with which he meticulously fabricated every wooden element with his own hands, often handling
every single piece of wood in the process. From the framing to the windows, doors and cabinets, to the
wooden flooring and trim and finally the exterior clapboards, these carpenters and builders were more
than workmen, they were craftsman who took pride in their work, and who often learned their trade from
their ancestors.

When I first read that quote, what struck me was just how far we have gotten from that mindset in today’s
building industry. Everything is now time and cost driven to a point where we have lowered the standards.
Houses are no longer built to withstand generations. Houses are now built by contractors with an I-phone
full of subcontractor’s phone numbers. At then end of the job, the future homeowner seldom knows the
names any of the tradesmen and craftsman that actually performed the construction. When we formed
Grau General Contracting LLC in 1999, our goal was to maintain the integrity and pride of our
predecessors and at the same time, utilize the positive advances in modern building technology. I believe
a company’s success should be measured by the satisfaction of their client. That is how we intend to
approach each project with client satisfaction and quality of work being the top priorities. Please take
some time to browse our website and see some the work we have completed as well as projects we
currently have in progress. We are passionate about our work and we hope that is evident in the pages
that follow. Thank you for visiting our website.


Gary R. Grau
On May 31st, 2012 Grau General Contracting was awarded the
"2012 Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville
Davidson County commendation
for the historic exterior renovations" of
Clover Bottom Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee.
Below is a recent newspaper article in The Donelson-Hermitage Ledger, dated December 5, 2012...
GGC is very proud of our employees for such an awesome job on this prestige project....

The (above) letter from Mr. Tim Walker,
Executive Director of the Metropolitan
Historical Commission, just letting us
know that they are very happy with the
quality of GGC's workmanship and look
forward to working with us again on
future projects.