High-volume vs. Custom: Building a new home is a blank canvas for your wants and needs

2013-07-07T11:30:00Z 2013-07-09T12:33:05Z High-volume vs. Custom: Building a new home is a blank canvas for your wants and needsMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 07, 2013 11:30 am  • 

Like the Idea of a new home, but not sure where to start?

New homes provide the latest design choices, allowing you to personalize and customize your dream home, not fix-up someone else’s. They offer flexible, open floor plans with larger kitchens, better storage options and wiring to accommodate all the latest modern technology.

So if you’re sold on new construction, the next step is choosing the right builder for you, and that choice starts with the decision between a smaller, custom home builder or a higher-volume home builder.

A custom builder typically creates a one-of-a-kind home that offers the greatest range of design choices and can be built virtually anywhere on a single lot. Buyers who want input on all the details of their new home typically work with a custom builder.

Higher-volume builders simultaneously build multiple homes based on a library of home plans. Each home may be customized based on an individual builder’s criteria. Buyers typically personalize their home by selecting products in different categories from a menu of options and upgrades available from the builder at various price points, including appliances, cabinets, countertops and flooring.

So, much of the decision will rely upon how many choices you want to make during the building process. Do you want full input on the design or are you willing to compromise here and there? How involved do you want to be in your home’s construction process?

Of course, location and budget are also always factors when choosing a builder for your new home.

When it comes to higher-volume builders, buying the right type of land is often a big part of their strategy. Many of them build homes in large, master-planned communities with a selection of amenities from preserved natural green spaces to dramatic water features and fishing ponds, community playgrounds and sports fields, clubhouses, swimming pools and fitness centers. Plus, due to their larger scale and access to a number of home sites, these builders can fine-tune the construction process for the greatest efficiency so they can often deliver the same size home for less money than a custom builder.

Along with using scale to generate cost savings, higher-volume builders must focus on quality. The best of the best carefully design and engineer all the components and systems of their homes to work well together, resulting in a product that is significantly more energy-efficient and comfortable than an older home.

However, if you already own a particular piece of land, have your eye on a home site in an established neighborhood or prefer specific features in a floor plan, you’re needs will be better met by a custom builder.

Even though many people associate custom builders with larger, more expensive homes, the fact of the matter is customer builders will work with you to develop a plan that works for your lifestyle and budget. Price is determined by the size of the home plus all of the personal design details, building products and materials selected, as well as the land.

Custom builders typically know a great deal about a variety of different locations, so they can steer you to a home site that meets your needs in order to get started. Then, you can check out examples of a custom builder’s work – from both photographs and actual homes – to get an idea of whether or not your dream falls within your comfort zone price-wise. The more you know upfront, the easier it will be to determine a realistic budget. After all, you are virtually starting with a blank slate when you work with a custom builder.

Either way – higher-volume or custom builder - can be an excellent choice depending on your individual wants and needs. Check out a few of each in order to better understand all your options. The end result will a great new home where you can move right in and be immediately settled - without making a single improvement!

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