There is no question that custom home building is one of the fastest growing residential real estate markets in the nation. First it is important to note that this process varies greatly depending on which type of builder you intend to use. This is because there are substantial differences between mass production home builders and custom home builders that specialize in custom home building. So we are going to highlight the main ways in which custom home construction and design are done across the country, to assist you in determining which construction style best fits your personal desires, neighborhood, and budget. We will also examine the various options available for custom home construction.
When deciding on whether or not to use a custom home builder to build your dream home, it is important to understand the difference between a custom home builder and floor plan builder. A custom home builder is someone who designs your house and then builds it from the ground up. A floor plan builder only designs the floor plan of your house. In other words, the plan is already drawn up. Once the floor plan is finalized, the house is built around the layout of the plan.
Most mass produced builders like Loomis, Perkins, Terramare, and National Home Company produce homes in the United States in what is known as a down-to-earth style. This simply means that most of these builders have a simple yet functional layout and minimal features. While this may be fine for the typical consumer, the builder with more experience and creativity will bring a distinctive and unique new home to the market. Here is a quick overview of the three main types of builders that can help you purchase your new home:
The Production Home Builder: While this type of custom home builder may have a vast amount of experience, the majority of these homes will be of a run-of-the-mill construction. These homes will be of basic construction and have standard exterior materials. They will also follow standard floor plans that are easy to follow. The production homes will not have any unique features or architectural creations.
The Custom Home Builders: The custom home builder with more experience will create a unique and custom model for each client. These models will be hand crafted and unique models of each section of the house will be created. Most production builders will have a set of standard floor plans that are easy to follow. However, the custom builder will have all the room sizes, materials, and features necessary to create a truly one-of-a-kind model.
The Realtor: While many consumers believe that an agent is solely responsible for finding their new home, the custom home builder can play a large part in finding your perfect new home as well. The realtor will spend time on showing homes and helping individuals select the perfect location. They will also be able to perform many services such as showing homes to potential buyers, helping individuals plan for renovations, and assisting with financing. In addition to all of these services, the realtor will work as a supplier of advertising and services to potential clients. Many times the realtor will make referrals to a builder as well.
The Marketing Team: While marketing is the responsibility of the agents, the custom home builder can assist with many aspects of marketing including building brochures, newspaper ads, flyers, websites, television commercials, and Internet ads. The marketing team can also do many things including setting up sign campaigns, door to door demonstrations, radio and TV commercials, and special offers. The marketing team will also assist in the preparation of the building permits, as well as submitting required paperwork. Most of these companies will have several representatives available to handle questions and requests for materials at any time.
The Designers: While most custom builders are general contractors, some specialize in particular areas of construction. These designers can be found in different cities, and they will often meet with homeowners to discuss their needs and suggest possible designs. This is especially useful for larger renovation jobs. These designers are responsible for everything from drafting blueprints and coordinating with contractors to bringing the vision and design to reality.