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Choosing Between Custom Homes, Semi-Custom Homes, and Spec Homes

We work on many residential development projects in Wellington and the rest of the Palm Beach County area. That means we’ve seen many homeowners make the decision between custom, semi-custom, and spec homes.


Today, we wanted to discuss the differences between these three types of home builds. We’ll also explain some of the things you should take into consideration when determining which one is right for you.

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What’s the Difference Between Custom, Semi-Custom, and Spec Homes?

  • If you choose to get a custom home, you can be involved in every step of the process. This includes finding the lot, as well as choosing the architect and construction team that can help build your home.

  • If you choose to get a semi-custom home, you’ll be able to choose between different floor plans your builder offers you. That said, you can make tweaks or choose to get add-ons.

  • If you choose to get a spec home, you are essentially going to have to take what the seller has already designed and built for you.

How Do You Choose Which One Is Right for You?

Everyone has their own priorities, so it’s impossible to say that there’s one choice that’s always the right one. Generally speaking, people with time and money prefer custom homes, since this allows them to plan everything just the way they’d like it.


That said, if you need a new home fast, you might be a better fit for the convenience that semi-custom and spec homes have to offer.


While spec homes are valued for their affordability and speed, buying one means you are stuck with the vision that the home seller had. They’re best for homeowners who aren’t picky, aren’t interested in design, and want to move in fast.


At What Stage Are Contractors and Architects Involved in the Process?

If you’re buying a semi-custom or spec home, it likely comes as no surprise that you will be working with land that the seller or contractor has picked.


That said, people often think that if they want to build a custom home, they need to find the land themselves. Once they have the land they want, they figure they can find the architect and then the contractor.


The truth is that the process is usually reversed. Usually, it’s best to find a builder, even if you’re building a custom home. It can be very difficult to find a plot of land. Builders have put in the time and effort necessary to do so.


They also have the experience necessary to ensure they’re finding the right land for homeowners. There are many factors that need to be considered, and builders will be able to draw on both local knowledge and construction experience.


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Looking for a Custom Home Builder in Palm Beach County?

You’ve come to the right place! At Fischman Construction, we’re committed to helping people build the home of their dreams. That’s why we’ve been successful in the luxury construction space for so many years. Whatever your vision is for a property, we’ll be happy to help you realize it.


Do you have any questions about what we can do for you? Would you like to speak with someone about your vision for your home? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re very excited to speak with you!

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