Is there a difference between a builder and general contractor?

The answer is yes!  Like many industries, construction terms and titles can have different meanings depending on the individual and can be toss about with the assumption that you know the meaning(s).  Here's how we define them.

The builder is typically the individual who will actually construct your home that may include  

setting the foundation, raising the 

log walls, framing, roofing, install windows and doors, trim carpentry, etc. 

The general contractor (a.k.a the G.C.) will act as the project manager who will prepare and present you the construction contract and schedules, execute the schedules, monitor quality, coordinate and communicate with the subcontractors (s

ubcontractor is hired typically by the G.C. to perform specific work such as drywall, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, etc.)

, prepare the paperwork for draws for the title company and bank, communicate progress and issues to the homeowner, etc.

For smaller companies the builder not only swings a hammer, but serves as the general contractor.  This individual wears many hats and is typically on the jobsite daily.

So before you sign the construction contract, make sure you know who's wearing which hat!

By The Leelanau Log Home Company LLC

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