What’s the Difference Between Custom Home and Volume Home Builders?

Smithkon Group builds custom homes on the Mornington Peninsula. What’s the difference between custom home builders and volume home builders?
When you’re looking to build a new home on the Mornington Peninsula, there are a lot of questions you’ll need to answer, well before the first hole is dug. Chief amongst them is whether to choose a custom home builder or a volume home builder.

There are advantages to both, so which choice is right for you?
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When you’re looking to build a new home on the Mornington Peninsula, there are a lot of questions you’ll need to answer, well before the first hole is dug. Chief amongst them is whether to choose a custom home builder or a volume home builder.

There are advantages to both, so which choice is right for you?

Custom home builders on the Mornington Peninsula

Put simply, custom home builders build homes specifically for individual clients. Each and every home they build is a one-of-a-kind, designed and built specifically to suit the needs and dreams of each homeowner. Just as importantly, it’s designed and built to specifically suit the site.

Put another way, a custom home doesn’t exist in any way, shape or form, before the clients meet with their builder. It’s only after ideas, needs and wants take shape that a custom home is created.

This is one of the reasons that Smithkon Group decided to build custom homes, here on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. We love working with clients to bring their ideas to life. As we say, it’s not someone else’s vision for a new home, it’s yours.

Volume home builders on the Mornington Peninsula

Volume home builders do offer choice, but it’s limited. Generally, you can choose from a range of existing house plans. With some volume home builders, you can make changes to plans but these are generally minor and restricted. 

As the name suggests, volume home builders typically mass build houses. In some cases, they may build hundreds of houses a year. Some volume home builders also offer house and land packages.

Is choice the only real difference?

The big difference, therefore, between custom home builders and volume home builders is choice.

With a custom home builder, you’re starting with a blank canvas and the only limitations are your imagination and budget. Every aspect of your home is open for change, including the size, architectural style, number of rooms, height of the ceilings, the materials and finishes, energy efficiency, the all important kitchen and bathroom designs, lighting and fixtures, storage, colours and much more.

Volume home builders don’t offer this choice. For some people, this can actually be an advantage. If you’re the type of person who will grapple over every decision or will lie awake at night tossing up between two different shades of white for the ceiling, a volume home can be a better option. The limited range of choices can make the process a lot easier for you.

So, while the major difference appears to be choice, it’s also about how much you want to be involved. A custom home will suit a person who wants to have input and a say in every aspect of their new home. A volume home may suit someone who simply wants a solution.

It’s important to note that good custom home builders (e.g. Smithkon Group on the Mornington Peninsula!) recognise that designing and building a home can be a daunting experience for some people. These builders support their clients throughout the entire process.

For example, at Smithkon Group, we’ll guide you every step of the way, from the planning and approval process right through to completion of your custom home. While building custom homes is a primary goal, we also want clients to enjoy the process and do our best to ensure it’s as stress-free as possible.

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Are custom homes more expensive to build than volume homes?

While choice is the key selling proposition of custom home builders, for volume home builders you’d expect it to be cost. In many cases, this can be correct. Mass production leads to greater buying power for materials, which can lead to savings for the new homeowners.

However, you do need to be clear on exactly what you’re getting when choosing a volume home builder. For example, prices for homes usually only include basic features and finishes. When higher-quality finishes, features and upgrades are added, the price can skyrocket. This is why there are times when a custom home builder on the Mornington Peninsula can build your new home for less than a volume home builder.

It’s why one of the key pieces of advice – whether you choose a custom home builder or a volume home builder – is to be clear on all features, quality and overall finish of your home before signing a contract. Also check that everything is included, such as heating and cooling, floor covering, window dressings and lights.

Custom home builders on the Mornington Peninsula. Smithkon Group is the team to trust

At the end of the day, choosing a team to build your new home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Which is why it’s vital to choose a builder that understands the trust you’re providing them.

“We understand the responsibility that we are engaged to do. We’re building people’s dream homes and we’re proud of every single home that we’re a part of,” says Smithkon Group Director, Alexander Smith.

When choosing your custom home builder on the Mornington Peninsula, choose Smithkon Group. You’ll be glad you did.

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September 5, 2023

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