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Custom Homes Vs. Spec Homes: Which is Right For You?


So you’re on the lookout for a new house. You’re wondering if you should go for a high-quality custom home or a spec home. We’re here to help you. A new home is no small feat and it can be challenging to decide on what direction you should take. Here’s what you need to take into account.

Custom homes vs spec home

First, it’s important to understand what each type means for you as someone looking to build a new home. As the term implies, a custom home is where a house is designed and built as per a client’s specific requirements. With a spec home, it’s the builder that decides how the house will turn out.


Custom homes tend to be unique and custom-made for a specific person while spec homes may appeal to a wide audience.

Things to consider


One of the most important things to consider is how much time you have and how much you’re willing to spend on bringing your home to life. Going for a custom home means that you will be able to bring your exact ideas to life. But it also translates to spending more time to finish your house, particularly if your plan includes a lot of specific needs. 

Level of personalisation

When it comes to personalisation, custom homes is the clear winner. After all, quality custom homes are built off entirely based on your ideas. So, if complete personalisation is something you’re looking for, a custom home is the way to go. With a custom home, you have full control over the floor plan as well as the interior design.


Perhaps you need something standard with some slight tweaks. You could potentially get this done with a spec home. For instance, if you’ve got your eye on a spec home, you might be able to negotiate some customisation options with the builder. This would work as long as it’s at a reasonable rate and construction is at an early stage.    

Lifestyle benefits

There are specific benefits of going with either option. With custom home builders, you get the ultimate personalisation. This means that you have the option of planning every single detail out during the construction stage. So you could plan out ahead for any additions you might need to consider in the long run.

Comparatively, a spec home doesn’t offer this luxury. However, spec homes are designed with a specific target market. In other words, these homes are optimised by design to fit these specific audiences. If you fall into this category, the overall build may fit all your specific requirements, sometimes better than you would have assumed since the construction has been optimised from the builder’s point of view.  

Get in touch

Still undecided on which route to take? Here at Provincial Homes, we specialise in quality custom homes. If you’re interested in finding out more about our custom homes, contact us here. Alternatively, you could come to visit one of our display homes at one of our locations.