Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all knew how to build our own houses? Think of the money we could save! Unfortunately, we still live on Planet Earth, so we don’t have the skills that other people do.

When you’re about to build your house, it goes without saying that you should hire the most professional team of builders that you can find. Right off the bat, you should be familiar with the fact that there are 2 distinct categories of builders: custom and volume.

The former category is compiled of smallish building companies that cater to people who want a customised house. By contrast, the latter is represented by large companies that allow the customer to choose an existing design for their house and then act on that wish.

If you’re having trouble trying to decide which home builder is suitable for you, you’ll find this article quite helpful. Let’s take a quick look at some of the key differences between these 2 categories of builders.

Should I Go with a Custom or Volume Builder?

In this day and age, everything boils down to money, how much you have and how much you don’t. The perk of using a volume builder is that you’ll be able to save money. On the other hand, your house won’t be as customisable as that built by a custom builder.

Most people choose volume builders because they have a good reputation. The name of a reliable volume builder is almost instantly recognisable because it thrives on word of mouth – for instance, a neighbour tells another neighbour that he’s gotten extremely pleasing results from a certain company. The second neighbour, in turn, hires the same company.

As for custom builders, they are a bit more obscure than the volume ones. Do not mistake this for “they are less professional”. They are not, obviously, it’s just that they don’t get as many projects as huge building companies.

In terms of money, choosing a custom builder will have a significant impact on your finances, depending on how complex and extensive the customisation is. There’s an incontestable advantage to using custom builders: the communication between them and their customers is fantastic, therefore the relationship becomes more personal.

This is not to say that once you’ve signed the papers, volume builders will pretend that they don’t hear you. This is obviously not the case.


Choosing between volume and custom builders is actually not as hard as some people make it look like. It’s all about money and the desire to have a unique house. If you don’t have too much money to spare, the obvious decision is a volume builder.

If you’ve been saving up for years for the sole purpose of having your dream home built from scratch after your precise instructions, a custom builder is a much better idea. There’s more good news: there are hundreds of both custom and volume builders out there, so you won’t have a tough time pinpointing the one that’s right for you.