Production Homes vs. Custom Homes: Pro’s and Con’s


When it comes time to build a new home, several questions come to mind.

What floor plan will we want? Where will we want to live? What features do we need our home to have? 

But, one of the biggest questions you need to ask yourself is: Should we go with a production home or a custom home?

There is not right or wrong answer here. The answer to this question all depends on you and your family. Personal needs, lifestyle, budget, location, and many other factors.

Production homes and custom homes vary completely. The look, cost, building process and experience are all different.

Production Homes

Production homes are surrounded by other houses with a similar design. These communities are usually seen in suburban areas. Often times these homes are built by large-volume homebuilders.

Like anything, building a production home has both positive and negative aspects. One of the benefits to choosing a production home is the amount of time and money it can save. Due to fewer options, the building process tends to go more quickly and cost much less than a custom home would. Another benefit is the fact that there are less options to choose from. This creates less stress as your choices for home finishings and floor plans are narrowed down extremely.

While production homes can cost less and have a quicker building process, there are a few downsides. Many of these houses are referred to as “cookie-cutter,” which has a negative tone to it. These homes are not as uniquely built as custom homes. Although the narrowed-down options seem to create less stress and make the process go faster, the downside is that you’re only able to select from the options the homebuilder gives you.

Custom Homes

Custom homes are built from the ground up as complete one-of-a-kind homes. They’re often built from scratch and involve a mix of styles as the homebuyer is extremely involved in the process.

There are many benefits to building a custom home. As a homebuyer, you’re able to collaborate with the homebuilder, the architect and all who are involved to create the house of your dreams. You also receive a lot of personal attention from your builder, which can arguably lead to a higher quality product. The homebuyer is involved in every aspect of the home, from the foundation to the light fixtures.

The custom home building process, while unique and catered to your personal preferences is usually much more expensive and time-consuming. This is due to the large amount of decisions to be made and the careful, more-detailed method of piecing together the various aspects of your custom home.

Evaluate where you are time-wise and with your budget before deciding which road to take: production or custom.

If you’re interested in building a custom home, call 225-751-8898 for your free consultation! We’d love to help build the home of your dreams. 


  1. Dave Anderson says

    My wife and I are debating between buying a production home versus a custom home. I like the idea of collaborating with the builder of the home to make it our own. I also like that custom homes are a little outside of the urban area of the city because they are build on land that was not used for the cookie cutter homes. The other thing is that custom homes are more expensive, so my wife and I will need to talk this over a lot more.

  2. Lillian Schaeffer says

    I like how you mentioned that custom homes allow the buyer to be involved in every part of the house. My husband and I have decided that we want our next house to be the home of our dreams. I think it would be amazing to be able to make choices about everything, and we’d be able to achieve a dream house if that were the case, so maybe we’ll build a custom home.

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