If any of you read the last blog I wrote it was about with using a builder for the entire log home construction project rather than buying logs from a log home manufacturer and then having them sub out the rest of the construction work. I still think this is the most cost efficient way to proceed but I have run into the most perplexing set of circumstances that makes me wonder if I'm losing my mind.
Let me start off by telling you that I own somewhat over 3 acres of land in the mountains near Waynesville, NC. A gently sloping property for the most part that would make building fairly doable. After contacting several log nome manufacturers, meeting with them and getting prices way beyond my budget, I decided to give the direct builder thing a fling. At first I thought I had gone to heaven. I met a builder who did a great job getting estimates for me. His pricing was way and I mean way lower than the log home manufacturing guys I had spoken with. He even gave me the actual pricing from Haywood Lumber Company. And I mean right down to the penny. Everything looked great except the people who were to buy my current house backed out of the deal so all bets were off. I immediately contacted the builder and told him that the project was on hold. That was the last I ever heard from this builder. He doesn't answer either his emails nor his phone calls. Well, I cleverly figured out ... that's all for him (even though I must admit I was disappointed).
Still believing in the "builder" approach and now with scaled down house plans in hand, I contacted two other builders. Frankly, I was astonished at the numbers they threw at me, (I use the word "threw" because of their attitudes), you would think that they were doing me a favor by building my log home. Needless to say, that has gone no ware.
I don't know ... Is there a recession going on or not. You would think that these people would be doing back flips to do business with us. Maybe I got it wrong, I'm in the recession and they're not.
All I'm looking for is an honest builder, without an attitude problem, that understands my problems as much as he wants the world to know his problems (or his ego). In these times, patience is a virtue. Are there any virtues builders in the Waynesville area out there?
Then, just maybe, I wont wind up in the funny farm.