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Custom or Production Home: Choosing the Best Option for You

If you want to build a new home — whether because you’re tired of dealing with other people’s dirt (a bigger reason than you might think) or just want to have something completely brand new and original — you first need to consider whether to go with a custom home or a production home.

Custom Homes

A custom home is designed specifically for a client on land purchased by the client. If you want your home to stand out in the crowd with unique architecture or you want to include specific design elements and features (a bowling alley in the basement, perhaps, or a special gourmet kitchen), then going custom might be the right choice for you.

A builder that specializes in custom homes may have its own architects and interior designers to consult with. They may develop a floor and site plan or the builder may offer a selection of fully customizable floor plans. Another option is to bring your own architect and designer to the table.

Building a custom home may seem out of reach financially for many people — but that’s not necessarily the case. It comes down to budgeting. “You can have a nice home within your budget,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes, a production builder based in Rockford, Mich., with a background in custom homes.

You should work with your builder to choose materials wisely and cost-effectively and to determine your design priorities, such as that gourmet kitchen. “People associate quality with the type of building process, but what they’re talking about are the amenities,” Bitely said. “But you can have high-end homes with high-end amenities that are not high quality.”

Many custom builders can help you locate a lot to build on, but if you already own the land where you want to build, you need to make sure the land is properly evaluated by a civil engineer prior to construction. “There might be added costs involved if there are problems with the property,” Bitely said.

Some of the issues to consider include local zoning or specific structuring requirements, soil types and structure, power line easements, accessibility to water and sewage infrastructure and so on.

Production Homes

Production homebuilders, whether national builders or regional ones, generally offer a range of design plans in a community of preselected lots at various price points. These builders built a larger volume of homes simultaneously.

If you are first-time buyer, a production home might be a good choice because you don’t have to make quite so many decisions right out of the gate as you would with a custom home. But you would still have plenty of opportunities to put your stamp on your new home — which is the fun part of building new in the first place.

Some production builders, like Sable Homes, are taking production homes almost to the fully customized level with a wider range of design and material options thanks to more streamlined and efficient building processes and materials management. “We offer customization within structured plans according to people’s wants and needs and their budget,” Bitely said.

Production homes are also a good option for homebuyers who want or need a quicker turnaround time in construction. A production home generally takes about six months to complete, while a custom home can take considerably longer, such as up to a year, depending on the scope of the project.


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Whether you’re building a new home or are just plain curious, here’s a sneak peek at what homeowners can expect in the coming year.

Bigger Is Not Always Better

One of the most significant changes among the trends in home design and construction is that homes are actually getting smaller, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The average size of a new, single-family home is expected to be around 2,152 square feet — that’s 10 percent smaller than it was in 2010.

Part of the reason is the recent downturn in the economy, which made a lot of consumers more conscious of their finances. Another is a renewed focus in lowering heating and cooling costs, diminished expectations for home price appreciation and an aging demographic that doesn’t require huge amounts of space.

Living Room — What Living Room?

Living rooms continue to be replaced by great rooms that combine kitchens and family rooms, with plenty of room to do everything from homework to entertaining. Many of the NAHB survey respondents expect living rooms to vanish altogether, but it’s not the only room fading away. Mudrooms, third bathrooms and formal dining rooms are also expected to slowly disappear from new-home plans.

It’s So Easy Being Green

The trend toward energy-efficient windows and appliances — as well as engineered woods and high energy-efficiency ratings — is expected to reach an all-time high as consumers continue to become aware of the long-term savings and other positive implications associated with energy efficiency.

Also trending are water-efficient features such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets. Features we’re less likely to see in new-home construction include insulation beyond what’s required by code, solar heating and tankless water heaters.

The New Kitchen Basics

Recessed lighting, double sinks and ample room to sit and eat are the top trends in kitchen designs, according to the NAHB survey. Whether it’s actual table space or a simple breakfast bar, families are moving toward enjoying all of their meals — even those enjoyed on special occasions — in the great room.

Massive walk-in pantries, desk and computer areas and large central islands are not as sought-after as they once were, while extras such as wine coolers and hot water dispensers are all but disappearing.

Some Things Change — Others Stay The Same

Trends in colors and materials are perhaps the likeliest to change from year to year, as these decisions are largely a matter of taste and preference. Mixed metals, such as copper and gold, or metals mixed with wood, are expected to become popular in 2015, says Denise Dick, vice president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

“Copper in particular is becoming very hot, as are grays and blacks.” The latter colors seem to be the new neutrals, as they work with a variety of additional colors and materials. Expect to see everything from hardware to fixtures, and perhaps even trim, in these new neutral shades. At Maison & Objet, the premier design fair in Paris, metallics were everywhere — even in kitchens where not only copper, but gold and bronze popped up. The result is a luxe look that works with most color combinations.

Warm And Cozy Kitchens

Those sleek, ultra-contemporary kitchens are also no longer as popular as they once were. Many homeowners realize this is not a universally beloved look and the decision to go this route can affect your ability to resell a home.

“Clean and simple is still important, but not necessarily contemporary,” says Dick, who is also the owner of Signature Kitchens by Design in Carrollton, Texas. This means designs that merge both modern and traditional details, such as Shaker-style cabinets, will continue to trend as they tend to have wider appeal. The idea is to exude a warm and welcoming feeling over the colder look of contemporary kitchen cabinets.

Cool To The Touch

Consumers are developing a new-found appreciation for texture, especially when it comes to engineered woods and stones that mimic raw materials. The textured surfaces give these materials a unique feel that seems more organic than the high-gloss, smooth surfaces of years past. Rather than honing everything until it looks shiny and new, homeowners are leaving materials in their natural form, so as to appreciate their true beauty.

Making A Splash In The Bathroom

Both designers and builders report receiving requests for fixtures that control multiple water sources. Additionally, they receive requests for touchscreen displays that give homeowners more control over features such as water flow and temperature.

Freestanding bathtubs are also becoming more affordable. From curved to angular and from vintage to contemporary, today there are myriad of styles in a variety of price points.

On the flip side, homeowners are becoming more realistic about their use of tubs, as well as space. As a result, some are forgoing tubs altogether in favor of more space. For those who much prefer a shower on a regular basis, the space savings can mean the difference between having a linen closet or a two-person shower versus a giant tub that’s barely used. source:

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