What is the Difference Between a Custom Home vs Production Home?

Custom Home vs Production Home

There are some distinctions between a custom home vs production home that are helpful to know, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer or someone just beginning the research process to purchase a new home.

The first thing to know is that the difference between a custom home vs production home isn’t apples-to-oranges. Both are new construction homes awaiting their first residents.

But if you’re seeking a new custom Florida home from ICI Homes, it’s also nice to know that custom homes and production homes do give buyers choices when it comes to choosing their new custom Florida home. Think of it as ice cream. It’s all cold and creamy and yummy — and having your choice of flavors is always a good thing.

We detail the differences in custom homes and production homes below but if you’re interested in finding a custom home now, check out our blog post on how to find your new custom Florida home here.

Custom Home vs Production Homes: Built to sell

Production homes actually have several names across the residential building industry. They’re known as inventory homes, spec homes (as in speculative) and move-in-ready homes. These names may be used more commonly than the term “production homes,” but they all mean the same thing: production homes are built to sell, rather than for a specific buyer.

As an example, when we at ICI Homes develop our own master-planned communities or work as a preferred builder in other communities, we build a certain number of homes from our library of award-winning floor plans chosen for that community. Cruise our current selection here.

These are popular floor plans that we know will attract potential customers. Then we build them with neutral interiors, design materials and paint colors that ensure a timeless, classic home.

This makes our production homes perfect for buyers who need to move quickly, or don’t want to wait on the build process. Speaking of…

Custom Home vs Production Home: Built from scratch


ICI Homes has built new custom Florida homes all around the Sunshine State for more than four decades. One of our hallmarks is customizing floor plans for customers who decide to build their new home in one of our communities. And it’s not as complicated or costly as you might think.

Choose a floor plan and take advantage of the complimentary consultation with one of our plan designers. They’ll help you choose a plan, or tweak one to your needs. Need a larger walk-in closet? Want to widen the driveway? They can help.

And when you build your new custom Florida home with us, you’re the one choosing your design materials, paint colors, cabinetry, countertops, flooring and plumbing fixtures during your design-center appointment.

You’re the one who’s customizing. Then, all you have to do is watch it come to life on your new homesite.

ICI Custom Homes

Ready for the ultimate custom Florida home? Maybe that dream home or family gathering spot? You want ICI Custom Homes. Our custom home division specializes in one-of-kind homes built in one of our communities or on your own lot. Check it out!

Ready for your new custom Florida home? Talk to ICI Homes here.