Spent 2 years building a modern, contemporary house. 2 GCs, 4 concrete subs, 2 electrical subs later, it is 99% done. Never again.
If you want a variation of a traditional house, build. Most GCs can handle it. Otherwise, buy and remodel.
Either way, you are screwed as most subs do average work, don't show up, and yet always want to be paid ASAP.