Choosing the right builder is one of the biggest decisions in the home-building process, and the decision may be a little simpler than you think.
Builders can basically be divided into two main categories, Volume builder or Custom builder.
Volume or project home builders are large companies that may construct hundreds of homes per year from a set catalogue of designs.
Custom builders are usually smaller companies that build homes specifically designed for the client, and might only complete a handful of projects in the same period.
Volume builders can offer savings over custom builders by standardising designs and maximising efficiency with materials and trades.
Custom builders, with a one-off approach, generally will have a higher per square metre rate than an off-the-shelf design. There is good reason for this. More time and effort is put into a custom build. A custom builder takes on and completes significantly fewer builds per year and they take more pride in their work. A volume builder prioritises profit through efficiency, standardisation and turn over. A custom builder is more artisanal and generally, a lot more flexible.
For most people the decision between volume and custom comes down to price. Buyers usually choose from a set range of fixtures and finishes, and there may be limitations on floorplan modifications. Savings generally come at the expense of flexibility. It may be cost-effective, but it’s not designed to maximise the site and you can’t customise it to suit your needs.
Volume builders may also offer house and land packages to buyers who don’t already own a block of land, which streamlines the process but limits buyers to specific suburbs, usually on the outskirts of major cities or in regional areas.
For those who do own the land, the block of land usually dictates the type of builder, as most volume designs can’t be built on small, significantly sloping or odd shaped blocks.
It tends to be people that have blocks that are a little awkward or demand better quality and or flexibility that end up going with a custom builder.