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On Your Lot Builders Offer a Diverse Selection of Home Designs

The Sanibel Model offered by Nova Homes of South Florida.

There are many advantages that an on your lot custom home builder brings to a project. When building within a gated community, builders are restricted. These builders are called Production Builders and must adhere to strict guidelines. With a custom builder, you have much more freedom and the opportunity to get everything you desire in your new home.

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

  • As a buyer working with a production home builder, you’ll typically start by selecting a lot for your home and your favorite floor plan from the builder’s library of plans. The next step is to select an elevation. Many production builders also offer the opportunity to specify the use of a bonus room; based on your needs, a bonus room can be built as an extra bedroom, a study or even a media room. Next, you and the builder will work together — often in a design center— to further personalize your new home by selecting design options, home styles, colors, finishes and other key products in your home such as appliances, cabinets, countertops and carpet and flooring. Buyers who select a production builder typically cannot change the basic structure — i.e. the layout of rooms or square footage — but each model has a wide array of attractive options to choose from to personalize your home in many respects.

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.

  • The Custom Home Process Expect to pay more for a custom home than a production model of similar size and floor plan; after all, the typical custom builder doesn't enjoy the economies of scale and labor efficiencies that a production builder does. Of course, the actual price will depend on a number of variables — the most obvious being the size of the home, the intricacy of its design, the building products and materials you select, and the land you purchase. While many people associate custom homes with large and expensive homes, a custom home can range from a simple ranch-style home to a more elaborate and multi-story floor plan designed around your lifestyle. Once you select a custom builder, you can supply your own floor plan or work with an architect to design a home from scratch. As a custom-home buyer, you can select most of the details in your home and you can even work closely with your builder to design a floor plan that works around existing trees on your land and that places your windows to take advantage of the best views. When building a custom home, your choices are nearly unlimited. The main restrictions are your budget and any building code or zoning limitations. If you find that freedom to create a home from a blank sheet of paper to be exciting, then building a custom home is likely for you.

Nova Homes of South Florida, one of Naples' Best Builders is currently building custom homes throughout Southwest Florida. This on your lot builders has an inventory of homesites to choose from and can build on your existing lot. Every home is customized to fit the lifestyle and budget of each homeowner. Homes range in price from the $200s to over $2 million. For more information please call 239.307.6116 or visit

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