Is a Custom Home Build Right for You?

Is a Custom Home Right for You Clay County

If you’re in the market for a new house but prefer to be a home’s first resident, building a home might be right for you. It’s important to understand your building options and which type is best for your family.

Ask yourself some questions. Do you need a house that is move-in ready, or do you have time to build a custom home? Do you want to pick your home’s finishing touches, or would you prefer to leave those decisions to the designers? Your answers can help determine which type of build is right for you.

What are the main types of home construction?

Residential construction projects typically fall in one of three categories.

  1. Tract home – Often called production or model homes, tract homes are typically found in large subdivisions. Tract builders purchase a tract of land they can subdivide to quickly build many, sometimes hundreds, of homes. Buyers usually have few options for customization in tract homes, as the homes are often completed without a specific buyer lined up.
  2. Spec home – Short for “speculative,” a spec home is built on the assumption that it will sell quickly and easily. Spec builders purchase the land and begin construction without a buyer in mind, speculating what buyers are looking for not just in location and floor plan but also amenities and upgrades. If a buyer purchases a spec home during the construction process, they might have options on choosing finishes such as paint colors, light fixtures, and flooring.
  3. Custom home – Just like the name implies, custom homes are one-of-a-kind builds, designed and constructed for an individual client. With a custom home, clients can select every detail of a house, including location, floor plan, appliances, finishes, and landscaping. Custom homes have the longest timeline, as every detail is chosen by the client.

What type of home does DDI build?

DDI Southeast builds custom homes in Clay County, Florida, and beyond. We pride ourselves in never building the same home twice. Our team gets to know each client, working together to bring their unique style and vision to life.

With DDI, clients partner with a professional, attentive team to build the custom home of their dreams.


With more than 30 years in home building, DDI has the knowledge and experience to handle your custom project from start to finish. We offer our clients the complete package – everything from drawing plans and obtaining permits, to pouring the driveway and finishing the landscaping.


Building a custom home requires a detailed timeline with countless moving parts. The DDI team will oversee all ongoing projects at your home, making sure the work stays on schedule for the desired deadline. We also quickly troubleshoot and problem solve as needed to keep rescheduling at a minimum.


While tract and spec builders may give you a handful of finishing options to choose from, DDI gives you thousands. Our team helps clients narrow down their choices based on the style and vision for the home, creating a truly unique residence for each family.


Sometimes it really is about who you know. Our DDI project managers maintain relationships with the best subcontractors in the area, ensuring you’ll have access to quality work for your custom home. These ongoing relationships also benefit our clients’ budgets, with the subcontractors offering competitive quotes to a source of ongoing work.

Call DDI to plan your custom home!

Our experienced team at DDI Southeast is ready to help you plan and build your dream custom home. Contact us today, and let us turn your dream into a reality.

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