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Custom Homes vs. Production Homes, Naples, Florida

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Custom Home Building vs. Production Builders

As you plan your new home, one of the first questions to consider is whether working with custom home builder or a higher volume home builder (also referred to as a production builder) is the best choice for you.

Both types of builders are excellent options and each can deliver a great new home for you. Much of the decision will rest in how many choices you wish to make — as well as how much design input you’d like to have during your home’s construction process. At its core, the difference between a production home builder and a custom home builder is simple:

A production builder simultaneously builds a community of homes based on a library of floor plans, each with a limited array of personalization options. 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.

Here's a breakdown of what to expect from each:

Production Builders

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

• Offer home and land as a package

• Offer a range of house plans to choose from

• Allow buyers to select their favorite style/design from a menu in several product categories

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

Custom Builders

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

• 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.

• You can work with a separate architect and builder — or with a design-build company that manages both the architectural design and the construction process.

• You’ll be more involved in the process and have the opportunity to make many decisions.

• You can pick from nearly any product in a category — within your budget, of course – rather than selecting from a defined menu of choices.

Nova Homes of South Florida is a custom home builder building in Naples, Marco Island, and Golden Gate Estates, Florida. Customers customize any plan, bring in a plan of their own, or Nova Homes will design a new custom home from scratch. Call 239.307.6116 or visit

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