Custom Home or Semi-Custom Home: What’s the Difference?

Do you hope to build your dream home on your own lot? When it comes to constructing a new home, you need to ensure that the location and building accommodate your family, lifestyle, and preferences. Consequently, choosing the right design services for the site and construction project is crucial.

The two primary house design options include custom homes and semi-custom homes. Each process has unique benefits and drawbacks, especially when it comes to design flexibility, build requirements, and costs. The degree of input you want to have in the building process and your home builder’s expertise also influence this decision.

Which design option is suitable for your family? This guide takes an in-depth look at the difference between a custom- and semi-custom home.

Custom Home: Design Your Dream Home from Scratch

With a custom home design, you have complete control over every aspect of your property, such as:

● The floor plan design

● The size and number of bedrooms

● The building materials

The fully customizable design option is viable if you have been planning your ideal home your entire life and want to create a unique living space for your family.

This approach allows your builder to incorporate the unique topography of your land, along with energy-efficient features and aesthetic design styles. When following this design approach, you have the freedom to explore and customize existing ideas to fit the home of your dreams. You can also create bedrooms and living spaces designs that meet your household’s needs.

You have the ability to move walls, add doorways, increase your ceiling height and make other variations to the layout. You have full control over the lighting and cabinetry, both in terms of design and functionality. You can truly custom fit every single space of the house to your needs.

Drawing up a budget is critical if you want to build a custom house. You might also need to save money to meet your project requirements. If you are applying for a building loan, keep interest rates and fees as low as possible. Also keep in mind the longer timeline for a fully custom home.

Semi-Custom Home: Build from Existing Floor Plans

The semi-custom approach involves using an existing design then making adaptations to suit your preferences and style. With this option, you can ensure that the home you build meets all your basic requirements, such as the correct number of bedrooms for your family, a convenient layout, and the right kitchen size. Your builder should help you navigate the more minor details, such as the roofing materials, insulation type, and plumbing.

A semi-custom build doesn’t offer the same possibilities as a custom option. For example, with a semi-custom design, you can’t increase the size of your living space to accommodate special furniture.

Your control is limited to the cosmetic aspects of the house, including the type of flooring, countertops, paint color, and a few other miscellaneous items.  With less control over the other aspects, you can expect this type of build to be a relatively quicker process.

Your design will also not necessarily be congruent to the unique features of your land. For example, homeowners serious about conservation can incorporate existing trees into their design with a custom home build. With a semi-custom build, the builder needs to prepare a standard footprint.

This option also doesn’t allow you to maximize your new home’s energy efficiency or make optimal use of space. If you want to incorporate outdoor elements into your interior, a custom home might be the better option for you.

Schar Construction: We Build Dream Homes in Eugene, OR

At Schar Construction, we are a custom home builder serving homeowners and developers in Eugene, OR. Our architect will work alongside you from the beginning to ensure that we include all your preferences and lifestyle features into your new home’s design. We will also ensure that your new house is energy efficient and structurally sound.

Our team uses the latest construction methods and technologies, eliminating errors and ensuring aesthetic finishes. Whether you want a home with an unusual layout, unique rooms, or beautiful outdoor views, we can help. If you want the services of a reputable home builder, be sure to contact us at (541) 255-1624. 



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