Custom Homes Pros and Cons

Custom Homes Pros and Cons

Purchasing a new home can be an exciting life milestone, whether you are a first time or an experienced homebuyer. The most significant factor in your decision to build your dream house should be which custom builders you choose to partner with you to achieve your dream home.

This article will serve as a guide to help you decide whether building a custom home is the right choice for you, rather than purchasing a spec or existing house.

The Pros of a Custom Build

There are several benefits to pursuing a custom home build:

Choose Your Location

Before you begin building your home, you must determine where you would like it to be located. The great news is that you are not tied to a specific location for your new home. You are only limited by your budget and what land is available in your chosen area. Whether you choose to live in the middle of a city or on an acre in the outskirts, your options are significantly increased.

If you don’t already have land of your own, our dedicated real estate agents will do their best to help you find the perfect location for your dream home. We can help you consider aspects that might affect your desired location, such as topography, the direction the plot faces, and zoning.

Create a Home Unique to You

Tailored by Morgan Taylor Homes is our newest division that we purposefully established to take custom home building to the next level by providing you with an elevated custom home building experience. We have an in-house team of professionals ready to assist you with your Tailored home from finding land all the way to moving in.

You have the freedom to choose every detail and design element of your home, beyond just the paint and the flooring. You are involved in the home construction’s entirety. By choosing to build a Tailored Custom Home, you will have the opportunity to work with our in-house architect to assist you with creating your floor plan. This process ensures your home is unique to you and your family.

Our interior designer is available to help you determine the multiple design elements that make up your home. This includes choosing the overall aesthetic, as well as the individual elements like hardware and fixtures. You will be guided through the process to ensure your vision for your home design is achieved.

However, if having so much involvement in your build seems like more than you are looking for, consider comparing your options between a custom and semi-custom home.

Establish an Energy-Efficient Home

You can choose materials for your home that meet established energy efficiency standards. Having an energy-efficient home is both good for the environment and helping to decrease the cost of utilities. This can be especially important when living in certain locations, such as the Arizona desert.

Avoid High Prices Due to Competition

Depending on what community you plan on living in, building a custom home allows you to avoid the competition of other home buyers looking for a previously built or spec home. Competition can drive up the price, so having a custom home built can help you avoid that.

Build a Quality Home

Being involved in your home’s construction from start to finish will allow you to ensure that it is built using quality materials. This knowledge will give you peace of mind about your home’s overall quality and its ability to protect you and your loved ones and withstand the test of time. Don’t forget that whenever you build a Tailored by Morgan Taylor Home, we stand by our quality and back it up with our home warranty. 

The Cons of a Custom Build

Just as there are benefits that come with the decision to build a custom house, there are also potential disadvantages:

Good Things Take Time

Building a house that is custom can take a long time and is generally more than the time required to build a semi-custom or spec home. You will want to consider this when planning for your new home. The timeline for your current living arrangements, such as if you need to sell your existing home, should be considered when determining your custom build timeline.

The Expense of Your Home Build

Although building a custom home can cost more than purchasing a resale home, access to extra design elements and upgrades is undoubtedly worth the cost. In addition, the resale value of your new home will immediately be more than the value of an older home you may have purchased in the same area.

While it is nice to choose all of your design elements, be sure to establish your bottom line. At Morgan Taylor Homes, we offer volume pricing, even within our custom division, to ensure you are able to design the home of your dreams within your budget.

Limited Mature Landscaping

It is often necessary to cut down some of the trees and shrubs when building a new home on your chosen lot. Consider coordinating with your selected build partners if you would like to maintain some of the original landscaping.


While the ability to choose the location of your new custom home is a definite benefit, a potential lack of available lots in your desired community can be a disadvantage. However, one of our dedicated Morgan Taylor real estate agents will try as hard as possible to help you find the lot of your dreams.

Custom Homes Pros and Cons: Choosing the Right Custom Home Builder

When considering the pros and cons of building a custom home, it comes down to the importance of who you hire as the home builder. Tailored by Morgan Taylor Homes offers flexibility and customization through the entire process of building your dream home.

We recognize the opportunity to partner with you in establishing your dream home. We have a dedicated team ready to assist you. Give us a call at 480.626.1555 to pursue your custom home today!

Home Design Trends for Custom Homes in Arizona

By Erica | September 15, 2022

When you walk through a home that hasn’t been updated since the 70s, you know it. Wood paneling, upholstered furniture, sunken living rooms, and orange and green velvet are everywhere. These home design trends were all the rage in their time. But unfortunately (or fortunately), they faded out just as fast as they appeared. So …

Home Design Trends for Custom Homes in Arizona Read More »

Your Guide to Driveways: Alternative to Concrete

By Erica | August 23, 2022

If you have ever built your own home or made extensive renovations to an existing home, then you know there are hundreds if not thousands of choices to make and options to consider. It is honestly one of the primary reasons that homeowners turn away from new construction. But it can also be one of …

Your Guide to Driveways: Alternative to Concrete Read More »

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Lot

By Erica | August 9, 2022

Searching for your dream home can be quite a task. Especially when you just can’t seem to find a home that checks every box on your list. Of course, you can buy an existing home that is as close to perfect as possible and then complete renovations to your liking, but there is a better …

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Lot Read More »

5 Modern Kitchen Design Ideas For Seriously Upgrading Your Space

By Erica | July 21, 2022

Some design trends come and go, but one aesthetic that never goes out of style is sleek, modern design for the functional spaces in your home. Whether you’re an avid gathering host or you prefer a quiet night in, having the right modern kitchen design for your lifestyle can completely transform the overall look and …

5 Modern Kitchen Design Ideas For Seriously Upgrading Your Space Read More »

How To Buy A New Construction Home

By Erica | July 14, 2022

The home buying process can be an overwhelming experience, whether you’re a seasoned property owner or a first-time buyer. But if you’re ready to finally score your dream home and maximize the long-term benefits of this life-changing investment, then buying a new construction home is one of the easiest ways to build a stable, loving …

How To Buy A New Construction Home Read More »

5 Rustic Kitchen Design Ideas To Give Your Space A Cozy Makeover

By Erica | July 7, 2022

Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. But if modern minimalistic designs like these don’t exactly give you warm and fuzzy feelings, you might find yourself struggling to achieve the cozy kitchen corner of your dreams without compromising on great style. Sound familiar? Then it’s time to embrace the growing rustic kitchen …

5 Rustic Kitchen Design Ideas To Give Your Space A Cozy Makeover Read More »

Is Buying a House Advised Now with Rising Mortgage Rates?

By Erica | June 17, 2022

After a record low of 2.65% in 2021, forecasters projected mortgage rates to rise between 3.27% and 3.88% in 2022. Now they’re almost as high as 6% for the typical 30-year fixed mortgages. Normal variables that affect home-buying decisions may not necessarily apply this year due to unusual market fluctuations. High mortgage rates and other …

Is Buying a House Advised Now with Rising Mortgage Rates? Read More »

Will Home Building Costs Go Down in 2023?

By Erica | May 27, 2022

The home building industry has undergone a tremendous upheaval in the past 2 years. COVID-19 and other contemporary events have shaped the course of building your dream home by making it more challenging. Some people are comparing the rising interest rates and building costs to the 2008 real estate crash. Remembering those bleak real estate …

Will Home Building Costs Go Down in 2023? Read More »

Building a House During the Pandemic: Should You Wait or Start Construction?

By Erica | May 11, 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, home construction has gotten crazy. Droves of young buyers have left home and ventured East for new real estate opportunities. Whether from easing building restrictions or the chance to sell their home for a mansion, most pandemic people are considering building. It can be difficult to see these recent …

Building a House During the Pandemic: Should You Wait or Start Construction? Read More »

The 13 Custom Luxury Home Features in 2022

By Erica | March 30, 2022

You and your partner deserve to relax and enjoy the wealth you’ve acquired over the years. Common society is not willing to put in the hard work and dedication you have to acquire funds for a luxury home. This means you have more than enough license to spoil yourself with all the luxurious amenities that …

The 13 Custom Luxury Home Features in 2022 Read More »