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When creating your plan of action for building your custom home, you may come across the question of whether to use a custom or production home building company. Custom home builders, like Delahunt Homes, are smaller and work with you one on one to get the house of your dreams. Or a higher-volume home builder also referred to as a production home builder. Both types of builders are excellent options and each can deliver a great new home for you. Much of the decision will rest in how many choices you wish to make – as well as how much design input you’d like to have, in partnership with your builder, during your home’s construction process.

There is a simple difference between a custom home builder and a production home builder:

A production home builder works simultaneously to build multiple homes based on a library of different home plans. You will have a catalogue of different options that you can pick from in regards to customizing you home. Some of the things that you may be able to choose from a menu of options offered by the builder are:

  • Appliances
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Flooring

A custom home builder like Delahunt Homes, creates a one-of-a-kind custom home with a wide array of options. If you are the type of person that wants to have full control of every detail that is31 being put in your home, many people often opt to work with a custom home builder.

In some parts of the country, particularly in southern or western states, the production model of construction accounts for most new homes build. In other areas, such as Northeast for example, custom homes comprise a much larger share of new homes. The being said, both types are available in most parts of the country. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from each:

Production Builders:

There are really to different types of production builders, locally based and regional firms.

Locally based production builders construct homes in multiple new home communities in a specific city or region. National builders construct hundreds or even thousands of homes per year. According to the National Association of Home Builder (NAHB), most production-based home builders:

  • Offer home and land as a package
  • Offer a range of house plans to choose from
  • Allow buyers to select their favorite style/design from a menu in several product categories
  • Build homes priced for the first-time, move-up and luxury buyers

This is where price becomes a factor, a production home builder can usually deliver the same size home for less money than a custom home builder. So if you are looking for the most cost effective way to build a home then production builders may be the way for you to go. Production builders also buy building material in bulk which can save you money in the long run. Just as large airlines can lock in low fuel prices by ordering in volume, production builders can use their size to order materials for hundreds of homes at a time, often at lower prices.

Land is a big part of a production builder’s strategy. Often, production builders will build master-planned communities. A production builder’s scale and access to a large number of lots is such communities also allow the construction process to be fine-tuned for great efficiency.

On the other hand, buyers who select a production builder typically cannot change the basic structure- the floor plan, layout of the rooms and square footage stays the same. In addition, many builders offer series of “good, better and best” options as corresponding price points to help simplify your production choices.Delahunt-Homes_West-Linn-Custom-built-home-exterior

Custom Home builders:

Do you have your eyes on a particular piece of land, want to build in an established neighborhood, already have a set of floorplans, or want to be heavily involved in each step of your home’s design? Then a custom home builder is the way to go.

As the name implies, the process of building a custom home is less scripted than a production home, because there are no pre-defined choices or menu to choose from. Sky’s the limit! With a custom home:

  • The home can be built on land you own or land that you acquire
  • You can supply a floorplan or commission a set of home plans to be drawn from scratch
  • You can work with a separate architect and builder, or with a design-build company that manages both the architectural design and the construction process.
  • You’ll be more involved in the process and have the opportunity to make many decisions
  • You can pick from nearly any product in a category – within your budge, of course – rather than selecting from defined menu choices.

With custom home builders, you can usually expect to pay a bit more than the production model of a similar size and floor plan. The actual price will depend on a number of variables:

  • Size of the house
  • Intricacy of its design
  • Building products and materials
  • Land purchase

Salem_Final-33While many people associate custom homes with large and expensive homes, a custom home can range from a simple ranch-style home to a more elaborate and multi-story floor plan designed around your lifestyle.

Since most custom builders create homes in a variety of architectural styles and price ranges, a great place to start when selecting a custom builder is to ask to see photos of the past homes they’ve built. Many custom builders maintain strong relationships with past home buyers, so you may also be able to work with a custom builder to set up an appointment to visit a home they’ve previously built.

During each stage of design, you’ll have a very wide range of choices to make your home truly unique. Given the many choices involved, it’s not unusual for custom home buyers to experience a few more emotional ups and downs than a production home buyer may experience in their new home journey. That said, knowing what to expect at each stage – and especially what choices you’ll make and when – can make your custom home process smooth and result in the home you’ve always dreamed about.

Equipped with the information above, you’re ready to decide if a production or custom builder is your best bet. A good production or custom builder will each deliver a high quality home that’s personalized for you with much better energy efficiency and indoor air quality than a typical resale home. So, the difference comes down to how many choices you’d like to make to determine the unique look and feel of your new home.

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Todd Delahunt

Delahunt Homes is a residential, custom, luxury home builder serving the Portland Metropolitan area and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. We've been building custom dream homes featured in The Street of Dreams since 1992.
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