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Suburban Homes

Custom Homes or Spec Homes

It all depends on the amount of detail you want to control in your new home.

When it comes to building new homes, we generally split our services into two categories:

  1. Custom Homes

  2. Spec ( or move-in-ready) Homes

Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and deciding the best route to take depends entirely on your needs, budget, time, and desire to control the details. To get started, let’s take a look at what makes a new home truly ‘custom’.


A custom home project is one where you work directly with a homebuilder (and possibly your own architect) to design, plan, and select every single detail about the home’s construction, layout, and finish. And when we say ‘everything’, we mean EVERY-THING. You’re responsible for selecting everything from the number of bedrooms to the color of the doorknobs.

As such, custom homes are perfect for people who enjoy a detail-oriented process and generally are not willing to compromise on their vision.


When resources are available, it’s common practice for homebuilders to build move-in-ready homes on new lots. These homes, which are known in the home building industry as “speculative” (or spec for short) are built with the ‘average homebuyer’ in mind.

Spec home designs are accommodating and outfitted with selections that appeal to just about everyone, which is the whole point. If you know you want a new home, but aren’t interested in the process of customizing one from scratch, then you should look into buying a spec home.

Plus, since spec homes are designed to sell, they make excellent investments in case you need to move in the future.

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