Builder or GC: What’s the dif­fer­ence?

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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.

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