Custom vs Commodity

One of the most important and exciting decisions you may ever make is to build a custom home! While home building can be a complicated process, R.E.A. Homes ensures you get the High Performance Luxury Home℠ of your dreams by working with many of the area’s best craftsmen, trade partners, and suppliers. By incorporating modern design, smart technology, and most importantly, nationally recognized best building practices (a.k.a. “green” building), R.E.A. Homes will build you a safer and healthier home that will last your family for a lifetime.

Top Complaints of Commodity Homeowners

While “tract” homes—homes that are not custom built—may have the largest share of the home-building market, they can be the source of much dissatisfaction and stress for home buyers. Top complaints include:

  • Rooms that are cold in the winter and/or hot in the summer
  • Drafty windows
  • Moisture in the foundation/basement/attic
  • High utility bills
  • Too much maintenance
  • Shoddy workmanship
  • Not enough storage
  • Poor air quality inside the home
  • Poor resale value
  • Limited floor plans, building lots, and selection of colors and materials
  • Poor quality fixtures and appliances

Top Reasons Why Homeowners Build Custom Homes

Deciding to build a custom home opens up endless possibilities for creating the home of your dreams. While the reasons why people want to build a custom home vary, many point to qualities such as:

  • Rooms that are more consistently comfortable all year round
  • Lower monthly utility bills due to superior HVAC and insulation systems
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Smart technology such as home automation, home security, and solar energy
  • Independent third-party testing and verification—under programs such as ENERGY STAR or LEED which help ensure better performance of your home
  • Lower maintenance and long-term cost savings
  • Potential for higher resale value
  • Custom features such as indoor/outdoor areas, media rooms, home theaters, custom bars, gourmet kitchens, and waterfalls

Home. Just hearing the word conjures up images and feelings of a place you go to rest, recharge, and renew. Building a custom home focusing on your family’s comfort is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.

This blog was pulled from R.E.A. Homes’ most recent FREE eBook – Custom Not Commodity: Why Custom Homes Are Better For Your Family. To learn more about benefits of a custom home download this Free eBook:


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