When it comes to building the home of your dreams, there are many choices involved. The first choice for many clients is selecting a production builder or a custom builder for their project. 

When researching these options, you will find there are pros and cons to both production and custom homes, but the best option for you will depend on your specific wants and needs.

Below we’ve highlighted key details of both building options to aid in making your decision. 


What is a Production Builder?

Production builders are referred to as high volume home builders since they are building a community of homes instead of just one. They typically have a library of floor plans and selections, but limited options for personalization. 

Most suburbs utilize this building method and many buyers are attracted to the simplicity of preset floor plans and finishes. Production homes are perfect for those who want a faster building timeline and minimal customization.

Most production home builders:

  • Offer land and home as a package
  • Build homes for first-time luxury buyers
  • Allow buyers to choose their desired style or design from a limited menu of options

What is a Custom Home Builder?

A custom home builder creates a unique, one-of-kind home that offers a wide range of personalization options, on the lot of a client's choice. At Redknot Homes, we offer 100% custom and semi-custom options.

production home vs custom homes

Custom homes avoid the stereotype of being cookie-cutter, unlike their production home counterparts. Custom homes are perfect for people who have specific design ideas, want a unique home, and are excited by the more involved custom building process. 

Redknot Homes:

  • Can build on your land, one of our lots or we can help you acquire the land you desire
  • Can offer unlimited design options that fit within your budget
  • Manage both the architectural design and construction process from start to finish
  • Can build a supplied floor plan or create custom floor plans for you
  • Heavily involves the owner in the project to personalize every aspect of the home


The Production Home Process

A large part of the production builder’s strategy lies with buying the right type of land. With a high volume, often systematic approach to construction, they typically build homes in large master communities and are able to fine-tune most aspects in the construction process. 

The developer of the community works closely with the builder to insure an attractive mix of homes. To vary the look of each home, there are often different elevations for each floor plan. By changing window placements, gables, and the shape and size of the front porch, a single floor plan can achieve a variety of looks. These homes can also be built with different colors and materials such as varying shades of brick, stucco, and siding. 

Buyers typically start the process by selecting a lot within the community and their favorite floor plan option as well as the desired elevation. Next, the buyers will work with the builders to personalize their homes by selecting colors, finishes, and other key products such as appliances, countertops, and flooring. 

It is important to note that buyers who choose a production builder will likely not be able to change the basic structure of the home and floor plans they have chosen. 


The Custom Home Process

The custom home building process features many more variables, which include the size of the home, selected building products, type of building lot, and customized home design. 

After selecting a custom home builder, you can either supply your own floor plan, work with an independent architect, or work with the custom builder and their team (which includes an architect), to design your home. You’ll be able to customize all the features and details of your home. This allows you to take full advantage of your lot’s landscape and strategically place windows, doors and decks for optimal views and natural lighting. 

Unlike a production home, your choices are nearly unlimited with the biggest restriction often being budget. While custom homes can be more costly, Redknot Homes has great relationships with local suppliers, contractors and designers to help keep your project within budget.


The Main Difference Between Custom Homes and Production Homes 

The main difference in the home building process for custom homes vs production homes is the planning process. This process is typically longer for a custom project than a production home. Building a semi-custom home with a custom builder eliminates much of that planning process for those interested in a custom home on an expedited timeline. Make sure to review the expected timeframe of your custom build upfront to avoid any surprises.


Selecting your Building Method

Now that we’ve covered the differences between custom homes and production homes, we hope you feel more comfortable choosing the right option for your home. If you are interested in building a custom or semi-custom home in Greater Cincinnati, OH, we would be happy to assist you in building your home. Contact us today for a free consultation.