Custom vs. Production:   What's the Difference?

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

A custom builder typically creates a one-of-a-kind home that offers an even greater range of design choices that's often built on a single lot.  A production builder usually builds a community of homes based on a set library of floor plans, each with a limited lineup of customizable options.

Custom Builder

As the name implies, the process of building a custom home is less static because there are no pre-defined choices or menus to choose from.  With custom homebuilders:

  • The home can be built on land you own or land that you acquire;

  • You can supply a floor plan or commission a set of floor plans to be drawn from scratch;

  • A custom home can range from a simple ranch-style house to a more detailed multi-story floor plan designed around your lifestyle;

  • You will be more involved in the process and have the opportunity to make many decisions; and/or

  • You may choose from nearly any product in a category rather than selecting from a defined menu of choices.

Production Builder

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), most production-based home builders:

  • Offer home and land as a package;

  • Offer a variety of house plans;

  • Allows buyers to select their favorite design from a menu in several price point categories; and/or

  • Builds homes priced for first-time, move-up and luxury buyers.

What it boils down to is this:  It is about YOUR lifestyle and choices.  With a custom homebuilder, you get to have more of a say on how you want your living space to look.  You work directly with your custom homebuilder and can make choices right down to the smallest of details.

You have the ability to choose from different plans, finishes, styles and designs.  Trim, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, and appliances can all be substituted with a product of your choice.  There is no reason not to be totally satisfied with your new home.  You can also have the freedom from HOA rules and regulations, which allows you to live the lifestyle you choose.