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Every person, and every family on the face of the planet is different, with different needs, different desires, different tastes. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that every home that attempts to fully satisfy the needs of its owners must also be different.

In a purely custom home, everything is optional, even the rooms and the placement of rooms. In a semi-custom home, there are fewer options (the general shape of the house and room placement is standard), but the buyer can make many throughout the house. In a production home, the options are even more limited - usually to changes in finishes, appliances, flooring, colors, etc.

The right number of options is limited by your ability to deal with choices. Some people want unlimited choices - they are willing to spend the time to research all the possibilities and have an easy time making decisions. Other people can become overwhelmed by too many choices, and want the builder to pre-select a range of choices that are cost effective.

The major options people select changes over time. Today, people seem to want more interior detailing, granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, eat-in island kitchens, separate showers in the master bath, more built-in lighting, and more elegant exteriors. They want better insulation, larger and more professional appliances, and high-tech wiring throughout the house.

What is standard and what is optional is dependent on the price-range of the home. In the low-end home 25 year shingles and laminate countertops may be standard. In the high-end home, 40 year shingles and Corian countertops may be standard, and wood shingles and granite countertops are optional.

The major limitation on your options, of course, is your ability to pay for them. An old law of economics states that the sum total of human wants can never be satisfied, and that's especially true when buying of building a home. Whether you're buying a $200,000 house or a $2 million house, at some point everyone reaches a point where the additional cost of more options is less than the additional benefit you derive from them. When you reach that point - stop. But that, of course, is also your option.