If you choose to build your log home using a builder only ... that is, you are going to have your builder build your entire home from scratch... and you are not using a log home manufacturer for any portion of the project ... well this is directed at you.
That is the direction I have chosen to take. I have found that with a great deal of patience you can fiend a builder who will take on the entire construction process from septic to excavation to foundation to purchasing all logs, windows and doors and installing them to to putting on the roof to erecting all interior wall partitions to final grading and minor landscaping for less than buying a "package" through a log home kit manufacturer and hiring a GC or builder to complete the job.
The trick, if you can call it a trick, is called communication. And I mean clear in writing communication where there are absolutely no ambiguities in your relationship. I have found that it made sense (for me) to prepare a written document that I send to prospective builders prior to having them bid on the project. It outlines point by point what I expect from them in the construction relationship. For example; they most be licensed as must their subs, they they must carry appropriate insurance, The builder will provide written estimates for for every phase of the job before proceeding (I outline the phases). The builder agrees to a penalty clause if the job is not completed in the agreed to construction time, etc,. etc. and this is the obvious simple stuff. I point out to the builder that this is not a construction contract which will come once the job is awarded but simply a way that I feel comfortable doing business. If the builder agrees. I then send him drawings of the job so he can bid on it. If he doesn't like the way I want to do business than he says, thanks but no thanks.
This whole procedure saves a lot of time and understanding for the builder and for me. And it sure starts out the relationship on a flat playing field. No misunderstanding right from the get go.
Let me know your experiences in this area. Ted