Working With a Custom Home Builder vs. a Builder Who Customizes Spec Homes
Making the decision on whether to build a home customized to your own specifications or buy a spec home that can be customized to an extent is important. For more years than we can recall, owning a home has been the "American Dream." While some may be satisfied purchasing an already existing home, even one that has been lived in by several families over the years, some want a home that is truly their own in every sense. At B.L. Rieke, our Kansas City custom home builders want to help you make the decision of whether to build a home from the ground up, or work with a builder who customizes spec homes.
First of all, a little background on each. If you don't really know what a "spec" home is, it is a home that has been built to speculation by a builder who has no buyer identified in building the home. Essentially, it is a new home that is complete or nearly complete, sometimes leaving a few unfinished features so that a buyer can customize it to a point. A true custom home is built from the ground up, possibly on the lot or land of your choosing. These homes are built to your specifications in every aspect, so you choose the size/dimension of rooms, layout, total square footage, and are involved in every detail.
One important factor when choosing a spec home is that you do not have the option of choosing the lot, since the home is already built.
In working with a builder who customizes spec homes in the Kansas City metro area, you will find there are limits to what you can accomplish. Because the floor plan has already been determined by the builder, there may be a few customizations you can make, depending on how far into the construction process the home is when you buy it. You may be able to work with the builder in choosing flooring, cabinetry, counter tops, crown molding, or other color/design features, but you are limited in terms of layout, where doors and windows are located, and other aspects of the home.
Working with a custom home builder who build homes precisely to the homeowner's needs offers you more flexibility and input. Many builders own lots you can purchase and build on, or you can choose to build on your own lot. In building a custom home, you work with the builder and architect so that when your new home is complete, it is exactly as you had imagined and meets your needs in terms of design, color scheme, layout, size, functionality, and more. If you want an open floor plan that incorporates the living area and kitchen/dining room into a large, spacious area, no problem. Perhaps you are an active couple who enjoys fitness and would like a workout room or sauna. By working with a reputable custom home builder, you can literally bring your dreams to life.
If you don't mind sacrificing room size, features, function, or other aspects of a home, perhaps a spec home or other existing home is for you. However, for those who are passionate about endless possibilities and the opportunity to create a home that is truly suited to your unique lifestyle, consider choosing a Kansas City custom home builder who is dedicated to making your dreams come true.