After interviewing builders and looking at examples of their work, we were under the impression that most builders care about making money and getting it done. We should have understood this going in, we all understand that builders are like any other business, they are in it to make money. Unfortunately we saw cutting corners on material and labor and mostly fair workmanship. There were some glimpses of greatness, like great door/window installation and roofing, and some very poor examples of framing and siding. This varied from builder to builder, no one had the total package.
Additionally, most of the quotes were over our budget and some were quite high, much more than we had expected. Most builders markup materials...labor costs are what they are. We felt we had more time than money, so we decided to build it ourselves. So, here we go! Lowest builder quote below.