Builder or GC: What’s the difference?
Log home builders typically handle the construction of your home. This can include setting the foundation, framing and roofing, as well as erecting the log walls. Builders often don’t handle mechanicals, such as heating/cooling, electrical or plumbing. A GC orchestrates and manages the team of subcontractors. He’s the big-picture guy. Sometimes a builder acts as a general contractor; he’ll use his own crew to construct your home and subcontract the mechanical work. This certainly isn’t a problem, if he’s experienced. In rural areas, builders almost always have to be GCs to maintain their business. In other areas, GCs can focus on the entire project and manage the site builders.