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Building a Custom Home vs a Production Home

If you’re thinking of building a new home, there are a lot of things you need to consider before you start.

  1. What style of home do you want?
  2. Where do you want to build?
  3. What is your budget?

While there are a few options when it comes to the design and method of building, your primary options are true custom, semi-custom, and production homes. You may be wondering what the difference is between these two, and which one is best for you. So let’s talk about it.

AUTHOR: Paragon Homes
CATEGORIES: Home Construction

Building a production home

Tract homes are often called “Cookie-Cutter Homes,” because they look almost exactly like those surrounding them. While these homes are brand new, it’s unlikely that you will be able to customize them much. These homes are often found in housing developments or neighborhoods with a lot of townhomes. If a community or housing development is primarily made up of tract homes, the builders will likely offer some options for customization. However, these customizations are rather limited, having more to do with paint colors and door styles.

The price of tract homes is one of the biggest factors that draws people to them. Due to the fact that they use the same designs over and over, tract homes tend to take less time and skill to build, reducing labor costs. Additionally, due to the repetitive nature of these designs, the cost of materials and skilled labor is less, diminishing the overall price of a tract home. These homes also have cheaper finishes and use cheaper materials.

Building a custom home

Custom homes, as their name suggests, are homes that you work with a designer and builder to customize, fitting your exact needs, style, and vision. Every part of the process is a decision that you make with your team. With these homes, you are part of the process from the very beginning, up until the completion of your home. When finished, you will have a house that is (hopefully) exactly what you wanted (as long as the architect, designer, and builder work together to capture your overall vision). This flexibility is what draws so many people to these kinds of homes.

However, a downside to custom homes is that they are much more expensive. Of course, the price does vary a bit depending on the design and fixtures you choose. Even if you stick to the cheaper options, it’s still a little more expensive because it requires more time and skill, and it is unlikely that the materials will have been bought in bulk.

So, which is right for you? Well, that depends entirely on your needs and budget. A production home isn’t a bad option, but they offer little flexibility in their design; made up for by the fact that they’re a lot cheaper and are lower quality materials and finishes. On the other hand, with a custom home, you’re going to end up paying more, and it’s going to take longer to build. However, once it’s finished, you’ll have the house of your dreams that is customized to your lifestyle, budget, and quality standards. Really, it all depends on you and how you answer the 3 questions we outlined above:

  1. What kind of home do you want?
  2. Where do you want to build?
  3. What is your budget?

If you’re looking for a custom home, then we here at Paragon Custom Homes can help you out. Our experienced and skilled team will guide you through the building process and make sure we capture your vision so you will be happy with not only the end product, but the process along the way!