Should you use a custom home builder or volume builder
As you plan to build your new home, one of the first questions you’ll need to ask yourself is whether you want to work with a custom home builder or volume builder. Both types of builders are excellent options and each can deliver a great new home for you.
Which type of builder you elect to use ultimately depends on which one will best suit your needs in terms of budget, floor plan layout and the type of block you wish to build on or are looking to buy.
One builder mass produces the same range of homes many times over to offer their clients the maximum sized home for the cheapest price possible. The other has no pre-defined or set plans and will tailor-make a home to your needs. Renmark Homes has a solid reputation for building beautiful custom homes.
Volume builders mainly construct homes in master planned communities, usually located in the fringe suburbs of Melbourne, where land is cheapest and in plentiful supply.
A volume builder may construct hundreds or even thousands of homes per year.
They typically offer:
- house & land packages where they build their plan on land they have allocated by the developer
- house only packages where they build their plan on your land, which could be in any suburb of Melbourne
- Allow buyers to only select from their range of homes, and not build other builders plans
- Give buyers a limited range of upgrades and facade options to personalise their purchase
- Build homes priced for first-home buyers or people generally on tighter budgets.
A volume builder can usually deliver the same size home for less money than a custom builder. The reasons lie in volume purchasing power by buying building materials, labour and land at higher volumes.
Mass production removes many of the choices that you may wish to make prior to building your new home. Volume builders tend to have stringent requirements on the types of blocks they will build on and rarely allow changes to the basic structure (the floor plan, layout and size of rooms). Requested changes will affect the production of the home, increase costs and cause confusion on site. Basically what you see is what you get in terms of home ranges or designs.
Volume building companies tend to be larger corporate builders. They can work state wide and even nationally; a large organisation with many staff and departments.
Volume builders use a very systemic process. You will typically start at a display home where you will choose a home design from the builder’s range. The next step is to select an elevation of your preference.
Finally you and a consultant will work together to further personalize your new home by all the upgrade options that your require.
Once you sign your building contract, work on your new home will commence soon after. The salesperson is no longer part of the process once the contract is signed and will normally hand you over to another department to manage the building stage.
This process can lack personalisation as you are one of many customers the company will deal with.
Custom Home Builder
As the name implies, the process of building a custom home is often seen as the opposite of building a home with a volume builder. This is because the owner drives the process and as such there are no pre defined choices. You start with a blank canvas and end up with a tailor made home, purpose designed and built to your needs.
The final house plan has usually evolved from an idea, often with input from your builder and architect. The process from concept to completion is a partnership between the owner and the builder.
You will find that most people that engage a custom home builder have built before and have a very good idea of what they want in their home.
Expect to pay a little more for a custom home than a mass produced home of similar size and floor plan. The actual price will depend on a number of variables. The most obvious being the size of the home, the complexity of the design, the inclusions you select and the type of block it will be built on. The key to working with a custom home builder is to establish a realistic budget and to stick to it, even when you are enticed by a higher cost option.
You’ll find that by working with us or other custom builders, you will have a greater involvement in the process and are able to make small adjustments to inclusion during the building process. The time it takes to build a new home will be longer than selecting a mass produced home.
Custom home builders tend to be smaller family businesses. They are often on the tools, offer a more personal service and you will have a direct line of communication to the builder.
Unlike a volume builder, custom home builders will construct homes for clients that have their own plans. Custom home builders will have the expertise to build most designs on most blocks and have no issue in sourcing inclusions that the client has asked for.
Appointing a builder is about getting the right fit for your requirements. Knowing the difference in approach between a custom home builder or a volume builder will determine that you appoint the right builder for your new home.
No matter which way you decide to go, building your home is truly an exciting time. Talk to Renmark today about your initial enquiry and have some of your questions answered. Ph 1300 367 345