Option 1 - Hire a ProfessionalThe easiest path to log or timber home satisfaction is to have a pro build it. In choosing this option, you’ll still be intimately involved in the planning and design of the home, but then turn it over to a builder who will take the reins on its construction.
Choosing the right professional to accomplish this task is not without challenges, and it will cost you the most, but building a log or timber home is a complex task that requires a vast amount of knowledge. A builder’s expertise is the shortest route to enable you to get into your new home on time and on budget.
Option 2 - Be Your Own General Contractor
A more time-consuming option is to act as your own general contractor (GC). A GC organizes the process, which entails a bit of risk, since the proverbial buck stops with you. You’ll identify, evaluate and meet with all subcontractors, as well as prepare all the specifications for each trade. You’ll have to obtain and evaluate subcontractor bids and prepare a complete cost estimate for the project. You’ll also have to establish legal contracts between you and your subs, obtain insurance and educate yourself on all local building codes, plus attend to other details, such as pulling building permits, setting construction schedules, ordering materials and managing the job site.
A potential downside to working with subcontractors as your own GC is that subs typically maintain relationships with professional builders from whom they have the ability to get ongoing work. With the owner-GC, this will be a one-off job for them. There’s a danger they won’t be loyal to you — maybe even not finish your job so they can take another with an established builder. Plus, you may end up paying more for construction materials, since a pro GC often can obtain bulk discounts that aren’t available to laymen.