Custom vs. Semi-Custom vs. Production-Three Types of New Homes Available in DFW

When we discuss building new homes in DFW, there are three types of new construction homes that are available to prospective homeowners. They can choose between:

  1. Custom Homes

  2. Semi-Custom Homes

  3. Spec or Production Homes

We boast incredible builders in McKinney, TX in each category. But what’s the difference between the three types of new builds? Let’s dig in.

Custom Homes

When you build a custom home, you design every single detail of your new home build. You work with an architect to design everything from the layout to what type of trim will be added to your dining room. Out of the three options a custom home takes the most time to build, but the process is rewarding. This option is for those that have a vision or feel of what their new home should be.

Just because you are designing a home from scratch doesn't mean that the process can’t be enjoyable and fun! We have been a custom home builder in McKinney for over 10 years and have been building homes in DFW (Park Cities, Fairview, Van Alstyne, Dallas) for over 23 years. We work with a team of architects and designers to quickly and efficiently design your custom home.

We’ve made this process even more efficient by adding a private showroom to our office. So when designing your home, you will (at the same time) meet with the architect, builder, and preferred designer in our showroom. You will also have a consultation with a personal organizational expert and closet designer to make sure the storage areas of your home are personally designed just for you. Usually the builder will give an allowance on your new home estimate for specific selections in addition to the build cost (labor and materials).

If you are building on raw land, we have a team of engineers and highly engaged support staff to take care of ordinances (if any) and permits. We can search for the perfect piece of paradise with you, making sure that it’s suitable to build the home you envision. Building a custom home has never been easier with our one of a kind white-glove-service approach to custom home building. You can read more here about the 4 Phases of Building A Custom Home with us. Contact us to begin the custom build process.

A custom designed modern farmhouse in McKinney, TX. This home is now apart of Integrity Custom’s semi-custom home collection and available for immediate construction in  Sherman , TX.

A custom designed modern farmhouse in McKinney, TX. This home is now apart of Integrity Custom’s semi-custom home collection and available for immediate construction in Sherman, TX.

Semi Custom Homes

A semi custom home build is the best-of-both-worlds. A semi custom builder owns a library of home designs that are available to a prospective client. They pick a home design and the builder works with the homeowner to customize their selections, finishes and materials.

Integrity Custom’s new homes in Gateway Village in Denison, TX are an excellent example of a semi-custom home build. An architect, David Baca Studio, pre-designed five vintage-modern style homes. We are building 4 homes currently that will become spec homes. On the remaining 13 lots, a prospective client can choose their home design from our library of 5, and our preferred interior designer will walk them through the process of customizing the selections, finishes and materials.

We take your semi-customization a few steps further and consult with a professional organizer, closet expert, and even a home technology expert to customize the interior to suit your family’s needs. Our preferred interior designer has pre-chosen groups of selections based on price and style. It’s a good jumping off place to begin your custom design or the selections can speed up the process if time is a concern.

An Integrity Custom semi-custom home designed for  Gateway Village .

An Integrity Custom semi-custom home designed for Gateway Village.

Spec Home from a Production Builder

These home are completely move in ready. All the work has been done previously by the developer and builder. They have been designed and outfitted with the average homeowner of the area in mind.  But don’t let the word “average” fool you into thinking that every spec home is just “meh”. Although we are partial to building semi custom and custom homes, many spec homes in McKinney are extremely well designed. All of the finishes are usually on trend, and because it’s built to “sell”, a spec home is a great investment property. If you need a home quick and have zero interest in the design process, a spec home is your best option.

Out of the three types of new builds, which one is right for you? Reach out to us and we can help walk you through the process of deciding.

Learn about our Gateway Village Homes HERE. View our portfolio HERE. View our available property in McKinney HERE.

*The home builders in McKinney we recommend are:

Spec Homes/Production Builder: Highland Homes

Semi-Custom Builder: Darling Homes

Custom Home-Fuller Custom Homes (Along with being a great custom builder, George Fuller is also the mayor of McKinney, TX)

Contact Us for a more extensive list of recommended builders.





Custom Home Builder DFW-How To Build Or Remodel a Home in Four Phases

Being a custom home builder in DFW, we often see clients overwhelmed by the task of building a custom home or tackling a home renovation. We break down the steps of any custom build or remodel into four key phases.

Phase 1

Building a custom home requires vision casting. This is fun! After brainstorming sessions and visits to your home site, we turn your dreams into a set of actionable building plans. Integrity Custom works closely with experts in architecture and interior space planning to design spaces that are both beautiful and functional. We highly recommend that you hire a custom home builder that works closely with an architect and designer. Having both sitting at the table, along with a construction estimator, like we do at Integrity Custom, helps keep this phase stress free, productive and on budget. We also partner with engineers to assess the structural needs of your home. We come up with a master plan that neatly lays out your particular home building project and your budget. We may go back and forth many times on the final plans, tweaking them for preference and budget.

Depending on the scale of the project virtual reality technology (VRT) can also be used in helping you “walk through” your future home.

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Phase 2

Phase Two is the the nuts and bolts of the home build or home renovation process. It’s not sexy, and it goes without saying that there may be regret in this phase, especially if you are living in in the midst of a home remodel! It’s the taking-things-apart-to-make-them-better phase of building. If you are building a new home, you’ll get a chance to see the parts of your house that you’ll never see again. It consists of all the rough-in work such as plumbing, electrical, insulation, moving walls, and engineering. It’s messy and dirty, and we love every minute of it.

 
No walls or roof? Yep, it’s Phase 2 of the new home build process!

No walls or roof? Yep, it’s Phase 2 of the new home build process!

Phase 3

This is the trim-out phase, otherwise known as praise-Jesus-there-is-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel phase. We put in the cabinets, tile, sheetrock and all the pretty, shiny things. The master plan made in Phase 1 takes shape and your house begins to look like your dream home. This is when you can bring your friends over for a sneak peek and start planning your house warming party.

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Phase 4

If building your home was a college final, Phase Four would be the equivalent to a late night with a bright red pen! But since we’re home builders, we hand you a big roll of blue tape instead. You walk though your home, looking for places that may need a finishing touch. We add your items to our final punch list. We check off all the boxes before we wipe away the last layer of dust.

And the best part of it all? We close the door behind us, and leave you to soak in every moment of your new home; so immensely happy that you finally said yes to building your dream!

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Ready to take the first step towards building a custom home in DFW? Contact us HERE or call us at (214) 982-1340.

View our custom and semi custom homes in Gateway Village HERE.

View our available property in McKinney, TX HERE.

View our Portfolio HERE.

An Historic Cottage's Playful Exterior in McKinney, Texas.

We love the creativity and playful nature of this cottage in downtown McKinney. The homeowner hit the nail on the head, when choosing the color scheme and architectural accents, and has a gift for finding antique salvage pieces, like that gorgeous front antique door and hardware and cast iron tub-turned-planter.

One of the things we love most about this cottage is that it's a few blocks OUTSIDE of McKinney's historic district. I think sometimes an historical designation line prevents potential homeowners from finding their forever home, when in reality there are some real beauties just outside of the district, too.  Exercising the skill to think "outside of the box" and taking a leap of faith can lead to the proverbial pot of gold, as I think this homeowner has found.

And let's be honest, McKinney, TX is just an awesome place to live...east, west, north or south of the downtown square!

We are restoring and renovating the interior as well, so follow along for updates and more images soon!