Martinsburg new construction

Custom vs. Cookie-Cutter

Many home owners have purchased their home based on similar homes that have been built in the nearby neighborhood.  These cookie cutter homes were  designed by developers based on their vision. Most homeowners settle for these designs and usually are not 100% satisfied with one or more parts of the home.   So why not have a custom built home designed based on what’s most conducive to your lifestyle.  When you have a custom built home, the designs are based on your vision that you have for you and your family, not based on someone else’s vision.  If you have always dreamed of owning your own custom built home but have some reservations, below is some information that may be useful to you.

The Major Difference

Pre-designed homes, also referred to as tract homes, are typically a part of a large production where the same design is used repeatedly.  These types of homes are normally built by the same developer in suburban areas on the outskirts of densely populated parts of town. Although there is some flexibility with pre-designed homes, it doesn’t compare to building a custom built new home from the ground up.

These uniquely built homes allow the custom developer to collaborate with the homeowner to develop the home of their dream, along with other professionals such as an architect and a hand-picked design team.  The lot is the driving factor in both the design and the development of these homes.

Many people think that custom built homes are out of reach, but there are a lot of benefits associated with custom built homes.


One of the biggest benefits of having a custom built home is that the homeowner receives a lot of one-on-one attention from the custom home builder who places a great deal of their efforts on this specialized niche of homeowners by meeting their home design needs.

Another benefit is the great level of choices that comes with custom built homes.  The homeowner has choices about pretty much all aspects of the home design and building process; from the home’s foundation to the ceilings and everything in between. This one-on-one attention often results in higher quality and specialized material and designs.

Having more options is another benefit of having custom built homes.  The custom home builders can offer a mixture of floor plans and design styles based on the homeowner’s personal lifestyle.

Timing is another benefit that homeowners can enjoy.  As they are presented with all of the options that come with a custom built home, they can take their time to ensure that they make the best choices based all aspects of the home that are most important to them.

One of the biggest benefits is that homeowners have the opportunity to make decisions based on a combination of price, quality and design style.

As exciting as it may be to have a custom home built, it’s equally as important to utilize the skills of an expert custom home builder such a Miller’s Residential Creations. For more information, contact us today.

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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