What is a semi-custom home?
In short, a semi-custom home is one where you do not begin from scratch. The house starts with a pre-designed floor plan, frequently one the builder has constructed before. Compared to purchasing clothing, this is analogous to buying a high-end designer suit or dress. The fabric choice is made, yet you can have it fitted for you. However, you may see someone else in the same dress.
Most semi-custom homes are placed on lots within a development with infrastructure installed. Decisions such as setbacks, placement of homes relative to the street, and HOA are fixed. A semi-custom home has a precise layout, with limited options for structural changes. The plan assumes the use of scheduled materials and finishes. Change orders are not usually easy to accommodate or encouraged beyond paint color changes.
A pre-selected range of materials keeps the build on budget. What does this mean for you? Your selections choices are narrowed. If you prefer quartzite countertops, or a three car garage, or a fully-finished basement instead of a slab, and these are not part of the plan, you won’t get them and be on budget or to plan.