Assuming that building a custom home costs more than a "cookie cutter" mass produced home can certainly be true in some regards, but for the most part, the costs can be very comparable.
When you decide to go with a home builder that builds "cookie cutter" homes in mass production, you don't get a lot of custom (if any). The plans are what they are with only VERY slight minor changes that can be done. Your "package" typically comes with the most basic of basic in selections and anything above that, you will pay dearly for.
The other con to building a "cookie cutter" home is the amount of time and attention that is invested into the building of your home. Remember, these homes are built in "mass production," which translates to "mass workload" to the builders and their goal is to get a house built in as little time as possible, causing them (and maybe even encouraging them) to cut corners along the way. As a home BUYER and inexperienced in the "home building" industry, you may not even notice things that weren't done right in your home.
When you hire a custom builder, such as O'Jennings Home Builders, to build your home, you are supporting local business and making a smart move. Your goal should be to look for a local area builder with a good reputation, known to build several different style homes, works with many different budgets and will be committed to the attention your job requires. After all, your home is their production and they want to be just as proud of the end result as you are.
From start to finish, O'Jennings, or your other preferred builder will work with you to create a tangible plan for your home. Builders have great relationships with several areas of expertise that are required to complete your home. Another plus is that if you're building a custom home with a local builder, you can sometimes negotiate to have some work done yourself, as long as it's approved by your contractor/builder. As an example, you might want your brother to do the HVAC in your new home because he has his own business and can give you a better rate than what the builder can get. In this situation, the contractor and you can come up with a way for this to work for everyone and can be a win-win across the board.
If you'd like more information about building a home with O'Jennings Home Builders or would like to request your FREE Quote, Jamie Wayland would love to consider your project and talk with you more about it!