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.

Updating An Outdated Bathroom in McKinney

Modern Farmhouses. We’re known as the modern farmhouse builders in McKinney, but that’s not the only trick up our sleeve. This luxury bathroom remodel complete with sleek marble floors and modern brass accents is a break away from our beloved subway tile & reclaimed wood.

Regardless of style or scale, the core values of Integrity Custom remain the same. Craftsmanship, attention to detail and quality are the common threads in each of our projects. We tell your story by creating spaces that are well built and a joy to live in.

Working with the homeowner and designer, we transformed an outdated master bathroom into a modern spa-like retreat. Floating cabinets, marble floors, under the cabinet lights and hidden medicine cabinets are luxury details. The soaking tub is showcased by floor to ceiling tile and a glamorous modern light.

This master bathroom remodel is STUNNING, but that’s not just what it’s about at the end of the day. We helped create a space that will bring many moments of peace, fulfillment and relaxation to the homeowners. Quality build + quality design + quality materials = quality moments

Do you have questions about remodeling your home? Or maybe you’ve had your heart set on a custom new build, but are wondering if remodeling could be a good fit? We’d love to answer any questions you may have, brainstorm design ideas with you, and then put together an easy estimate so you’ll have all the facts to make an informed decision. CONTACT US here.

See the complete list of vendors below.

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A laundry hamper is concealed behind a custom door.

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Floating cabinets make the space feel light and modern.

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His and hers vanities.

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Under the cabinet lights add to the light and airy glow effect of the room.

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There is a touch release, hidden medicine cabinet in each mirror.

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The Modern Farmhouse

Watercolor by Audrey DeFord

Watercolor by Audrey DeFord

The Modern Farmhouse new construction project in historic McKinney was a pinnacle project of 2017. The nuts and bolts of this home have been circulating in my head for over 10 years. Inspired by a home I fervently followed being built in Oak Cliff, rough design ideas were transformed into buildable plans by the perfect serendipitous storm of client, available lot and time. 

Of course, those were humble beginnings. The homeowners have a serious background in design, and knew the exact features that would turn this house into THEIR home. 

Reclaimed shiplap, an antique staircase, and patterned concrete tiles are just a few of the details that contribute to the home's wow factor, which is not pushy or showy. Luxury touches, grounded in comfort create spaces that are calm and livable. Isn't that everything a home should be?

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Living room view with door leading into the library/office.

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A combination of stone, reclaimed wood and poured concrete on the fireplace surround.

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Reclaimed shiplap ceiling paired with Crate & Barrel Sconces for a true Modern Farmhouse look.

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Patterned concrete tile and a modern soaking tub in the master bath.

A reclaimed staircase from the late 1800's. 

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The upstairs office. 

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The upstairs media room features a screened in balcony porch. 

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Outdoor living spaces still in progress. 

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A version of this home is available for new construction and is currently planned to be built in Gateway Village. Contact us to begin designing your dream home. 

Creativity Through Constraint In An Historic Cottage

"Boosting Creativity Through Constraints and Creative Constraint: Why Tighter Boundaries Propel Greater Results are the names of two articles in a sea of many that are popping up in media outlets ranging from business to fashion. It seems there is a creativity boost when the "sky ISN'T the limit".  Environments with restraints, restrictions, rules, and boundaries (what ever names they happen to go by) are catalysts for creativity. In other words, thinking "within a box", spurs "out of the box" thinking. When boundaries are movable, there's simply no reason to crush through them. 

Potential clients walk into our office and say "We've talked to a few people, heard it's not possible, but they've said to reach out to you anyway." Or we walk a delapidated property with a potential buyers for the first time and after sharing their vision, look at us sheepily and say "Are we crazy....can this even be done?" Those conversations end up being the first steps in our most satisfying projects. 

Historic properties, and really all renovations or restorations for that matter, have their own playbook, a set of rules pre-determined by the hands that built them or the bank account that's funding them.  Granted, items like plumbing and electrical can be moved, but isn't your focus more intense when your chess opponent has your king in check? "GAME ON", right? 

We have a special place in our heart for the dreamers that take on that playbook, crumple it up, and free throw it right in the garbage pail. This historic McKinney cottage, built in 1935, has been featured in Country Living Magazine and more recently on Oprah.com. It's inspiration is far more reaching than the walls of our office or our town. 

The replacement of a burnt out furnace sparked the remodel. Then, can we add another bathroom? Why not a fireplace, too, and a master bedroom upstairs?  Before any of us knew it, we were in a full blown remodel, and simply amazed at what could be achieved within the confines of this beautiful, 1538 square foot cottage. 

Enjoy the home tour below. The homeowner, Cynthia, has a love for all things vintage and antique and an absolute gift for putting it all together! We've also added links for more articles discussing creativity through constraints at the bottom of this page if you'd like to learn more.  

If you've been told that it can't be done, or if you're guilty of  telling YOURSELF that you'll never have your dream home, give us a call. We welcome the opportunity to work within your constraints, whatever they may be, to give you the home of your design and dreams.

 

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The trim pieces covering the gaps in the original shiplap were added for practical purposes. The texture and finished look was an added surprise. 

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After exposing the brick, we fashioned a spice rack, using salvage wood. 

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My favorite part is the kitchen. It’s a great place to cook, bake and gather.
— Cynthia W. (homeowner & out of the box thinker)