Custom Home Builders vs. Spec Home Builders

Custom Home Builders

When it comes to new homes, you can split our services into separate categories: custom homes and spec homes (move-in ready homes). Each has their advantages and disadvantages, and deciding the best route to take depends entirely on your needs, budget, time, and desire to control the details. JP Builders, custom home builders, let us know more about it.

What is a Custom Home?

A custom home project is one where you work directly with a homebuilder, and possibly your own architect, to design, plan, and select every detail about the home’s construction, layout, and finish. And when we say ‘everything’ we literally mean everything. You’re responsible for selecting everything from the number of bedrooms to the color of the door knobs.

Custom homes are perfect for people who are very detail oriented, enjoy a thorough process, and generally not willing to compromise on their vision.

  • On a high level, here’s an example of the types of decisions you’d be making if you choose to build a custom home:
  • General home plan and floor plan including which walls go where, all the closets, ceilings, windows, doors, etc.
  • Exterior materials (brick, siding, board, stone) and deciding the locations to batten the all down
  • Building materials and finishes including hardwood, styles, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, etc.

What is a Spec Home?

When the resources and land are available, it’s common practice for homebuilders to build move-in ready homes on new lots. These homes, known in the industry as “speculative” or “spec” homes, are build with the average homebuyer in mind.

Spec homes designs are accommodating and outfitted with selections that appeal to just about everyone. That’s the whole point. If you know you want a new home, but aren’t interested or willing to customize one from scratch, then you should look into buying a spec home.

Since spec homes are designed to sell, they make excellent investments in case you need to move in the future.

We Build Custom Homes and Spec Homes

Whether you want to build a custom home or spec home in Los Angeles, you’re going to need a contractor to build your house. Whether you’re planning to live in your custom dream home, or build a spec home to sell, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to discuss your project.