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Production Builder vs. Custom Home Builder – Weighing Your Options.

Let’s start off by defining a production homebuilder as one that builds in volume. These are the builders that deliver cookie cutter communities where you climb into a trailer or visit their design center and make your home selections from a library of floor plans and a limited group of predetermined options.

A production builder is a good solution if you fall in love with a particular community or you simply need to cut corners on cost. These builders are often buying in volume and can offer a satisfactory product at a moderate price tag. The selection process is simplified by limiting your options on elevations, floor plans and finishings.

For the buyer that clearly has a vision for their new home, a custom homebuilder may be the right solution. This builder starts with a clean slate. They design your home by listening to your desires and expectations. The process often involves an architect but can be streamlined by choosing a design/build firm. With this process, you will be making all of the choices on your homes interior and exterior finishings, and this includes the smallest of details.

This is obviously the correct choice if you have a clear vision of what you’re looking for and details that you can’t find with your average production company. It may be important to mention that you don’t have to buy luxury to consider the custom approach, most custom builders work in many styles and sizes of homes.

By choosing the custom route, one of the obstacles you will have to overcome is the land purchase. If you have a home size and style in mind, you have to acquire a parcel of land that will work well with your vision. Some parcels have unusual shapes, restrictions, and setbacks that limit building options, but any good custom builder will be able to help you through this process. From there, the design and build stages begin opening the door for you to make personal selections that work within your established budget.

Most often, you will be directed to a library of pre-existing home designs, which can serve as inspiration or just a place to start. Paquin Design Build has a similar library that can be found at Prospective homebuyers will often begin by choosing a style and floorplan that they like and make personal adjustments from there.

A few other reasons that make choosing a custom homebuilder a great option are listed below:

  • Planning for your future. If you’re planning on starting a big family, bringing a parent home to live with you, or maybe aging out of that second-floor bedroom, you can design your home to accommodate your needs.

  • Energy Efficiency. While even production builders are offering energy efficiency in their home options, a custom option will allow you the opportunity to build-in the options that are important to you and substantially lower your monthly energy bills.

  • Smart Home Choices. With new Smart Home Technology hitting the market each day, you can design your home with these options in mind. Integrate audio systems, smart appliances, and home automation from the start, which will provide comfort, convenience, and safety in your new home.

  • Modern Floor Plans. Today, most new buyers are expecting large flexible spaces flooded with natural light. These spaces bridge the gap between the necessities of everyday life and relaxation. By building custom, you can create a warm and welcoming space for friends or family to gather.

  • Location. Select a piece of land in the school district your looking for. Build a couple of blocks from your aging parents. Reduce your commute time to work. These are things to consider when selecting a home that will enhance your quality of life.

  • Fall in Love. Falling in love with every nook and cranny of your new space is priceless and something that can only be experienced.

If you’re in the market for a new home and are trying to decide which way to go, give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you have which will deliver a little clarity to the decisions you’re trying to make. Visit us online at or by calling 410-643-7811.

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