At Suriano Homes, we deal with many potential home owners that expect a new home buy to be much like a used home purchase. Find the neighborhood, find a house and move in. But not all home building is the same. By same I don’t just mean same quality of product and house value, but I mean “types” of homes built. Once we exchange our hello’s, I often try to gauge what neighborhood the interested home owner desires to be in and then I see what they know about custom homes building in general. Suriano Homes is a custom home builder. I define that below with the other two types of home building. Spec Home Building, Tract Home Building and Custom Home Building all have their pro’s and con’s and are quite different. Lets compare and contrast the three types of home building below:
SPEC HOMES – The term “spec” is short for speculative home for sale. Builders, even custom builders sometimes build homes for sale with no particular buyer in mind. … An experienced builder will know what people like and are willing to buy. Some builders specialize in spec homes.
Tract housing – also known colloquially in the United States and Canada as cookie-cutter housing, is a type of housing development in which multiple similar homes are built on a tract of land which is subdivided into individual small lots.
A custom home – is a one-of-a-kind home that is designed for a specific client and for a particular location. The custom home builder may use plans created by an architect or by a professional home designer. Custom homes afford consumers the opportunity to control layout, lot size, and accessibility.
At Suriano Homes, we have many opportunities to custom build your dream home. It may take a little more time than a turn key spec home or a tract home that is manufactured quickly with very similar traits from home to home, but the rewards are well worth it. It will be unmistakably “your” design. Your touches on granite, cabinetry, flooring, window choices, roof color, landscaping, appliances, fixtures, etc. Knowing the difference between the three “types” of home builds can save you time and energy because typically neighborhoods fall into these categories as a whole (not always). For instance in our new custom home community there are eight featured builders (Waterbridge), but we also from time to time have several spec homes for sale. Be educated in the difference and that will help you know how to address each builder you talk with!