Fishindude got me thinking about 'contractors'. Around here, we seem to have two types. Professional grade outfits that usually charge a penny, but do mostly professional work, and then, everybody else, who do varying levels of 'quality' work. It is my opinion one wants to stay away from the latter. Sometimes they can do much cheaper work, but it also means, they can do substandard builds. I peruse builds all the time, and I can see a quality or crap build from a few feet away. The problem is avoiding the high priced outfits, and finding a fair contractor. Most of our contractor builds are built with high priced outfits...they have several houses on the go (none of which, are modest cabins). A neighbor did find a reputable builder (old-timer who kept up with the times) to build them a fully insulated garage and bunkhouse (with plumbing). The tally came close to OP price range. I was impressed. Wasn't anything fancy, but was done up to snuff. Plus, it was done quickly and efficiently. This contractor lives in hood, and is what I'd call a gem among the rough. No BS, all business. No up-charging. The story I heard, is this guy was on builds where the neighbor's husband happened to do some sub-trade work, and this builder was watching them like a hawk to see they worked hard...lol. It also gave the husband a gander at his work and more importantly, his work ethic.
The problem is finding that guy/gal who has integrity. Word of mouth is a good starting point, but make sure you investigate further. What might be good work to a clueless homeowner, could be crap (I've seen that too - too often). I also find homeowners who hire someone, fudge the true cost. It isn't til much later, I get the full tally, and think, they got fleeced. Folks don't like to admit mistakes. Human nature.