Why is a price increase necessary? The rise in cost boils down to two primary reasons.
Material prices are increasing due to a 30% tariff on all Canadian lumber coming into the country. All home building forecasts show that this tax hike has no foreseeable end.
We’re working against a nationwide shortage of skilled labor. As America’s Largest Custom Home Builder, we maintain an attractive package for trade partnerships, with a consistent level of work for the best skilled laborers. However, due to the shortage, the price of labor still continues to increase.
We want you to get the most home for your money. That’s been Paul’s vision since he began Schumacher Homes. We encourage you to act now to save thousands on your new custom home. In addition to the above affecting cost, our potential homeowners also should be aware of the pending Federal Reserve interest rate hike. Economic forecasters are anticipating this sooner than expected due to the current wave of economic optimism. A hike may come as early as mid-March, with projections of two additional rate hikes this year.
Every home has a story. With NASCAR kicking off this weekend in Daytona and spring fishing season right around the corner, we celebrate The Speckled Trout, a Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection™ home named for Kerry and René Earnhardt’s youngest son Jeffrey.
Kerry, René and Jeffrey Earnhardt
René says like a Speckled Trout, Jeffrey is always on the move for the next big adventure, even if that means swimming against the current to reach his goals. Kerry seconds that, saying it’s true that Jeffrey never stops moving and from the get-go has been flush with the independent Earnhardt spirit.“All Earnhardt Collection™home plans are special to us, but the ones named in honor of our children have a special place in our hearts,” says René. “His love for the outdoors and passion to experience life to the fullest made it easy to name this home ‘Speckled Trout.’”
Perfect for a lot with a great back yard, Speckled Trout is a wonderfully spacious floor plan that tucks the family living areas in the back of the home. Speckled Trout has a great open flow between the kitchen, dining area and great room highlighted by a two-story ceiling in the great room. The upstairs owners’ retreat features a huge bedroom, beautiful bath and a large walk-in closet. Plus, there’s a roomy upstairs loft that can easily become a third bedroom. There’s even an over-sized, offset porch in the front that adds to the home’s distinctive personality.
“Jeffrey let us know early on that like me, his uncle, his grandfather and his great-grandfather, he would be following in the family racing tradition, and he has,” says Kerry. “He’s a great driver, and we couldn’t be prouder of him.”
Customize anything? What does that really mean? You may have seen the floor plans and toured model homes, but what are real people doing?
It’s time to check out a home under construction. Whether the home is in the framing, drywall, trimming, or final stages, you can walk the floor plan and see the many customizations. The best way to see the quality that goes into a home is to visit one under construction.
It’s important to see what is under the hood. You may choose to go to several to see construction in the various stages. Take the time to touch the materials, and ask plenty of questions. Ask about what features were included in the baseline price of the home.
Pay close attention to the quality of the materials. Quality products and materials will factor in as a return on your investment. Ask with what level of warranty the builder is willing to back their home. That should give you some insight into how durable the materials are that are used.
Building an energy efficient home will also save you money in the long run. Check the mechanicals, which include plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling. Ask if they are energy efficient.
Your new home should exceed your expectations in craftsmanship and standards of quality. Ask the builder about his attention to detail. Have him explain how he’s different from the competition. Talk to him about his accessibility during the build process.
The National Housing Quality Award is the benchmark for quality in the building business. Builders who receive this award are honored for their excellence in construction standards and customer satisfaction. Be sure to ask prospective builders if they’ve received this designation.
Just like touring model homes it’s important to visit a home under construction so you can get an instinct for what feels right to you. More than anything, touring under construction homes is one more way to spark your imagination.
Earnhardt Collection Sugar Maple by Schumacher Homes
Every home has a story. The Earnhardt Collection™ Sugar Maple celebrates one man’s love for his beautiful wife.
Kerry and René Earnhardt
Kerry and René Earnhardt believe that life is influenced by the beauty of nature, family and the moments share with friends and family at home. Their philosophy inspired the Earnhardt Collection™ by Schumacher Homes, and each home within the collection is inspired by the family’s personal stories.
Kerry named the Sugar Maple for René, his wife of 18 years.
The Earnhardt Collection Sugar Maple by Schumacher Homes
The Sugar Maple is one of the most distinctive homes in The Earnhardt Collection™. In addition to the wide open spaces and huge number of windows, the Sugar Maple also features a stunning wraparound porch accented by heavy wooden pillars built on rock pedestals, and four spacious bedrooms, including an owners’ retreat with a huge walk-in closet and bath.
“When I saw this plan, I knew this house was the one, because it has everything she loves about our home,” says Kerry. “When we started dating, I gave her the nickname ‘Sugar Maple.’ If you’ve ever seen one, they’re stunning trees, and when their leaves change, there’s nothing more beautiful. They’re also unbelievably strong. If you’ve met René, you know ‘strong and beautiful’ is pretty much a perfect description.”
Kerry Earnhardt explains that it’s tradition for he and René to climb Pikes Peak summit every race season in Colorado Springs.
“Along the beaten path we’ve spotted elk, big horn sheep and deer; along with some fishing, all while taking in the beauty of the trails’ wild flowers,” says Kerry. “The vision for Pikes Peak floor plan is designed with grand windows to showcase all of nature’s glory, reminding us so much of our trips on Pikes Peak. The true beauty of nature is best appreciated in with loved ones by your side.”
Customers can get a feel for the Pikes Peak floor plan by visiting one of Schumacher Homes many Design Studios.
The Pikes Peak is a stunning one-story home that truly provides a spectacular view of the great outdoors. From the moment you catch site of this home with its beautiful covered porch to that first step into the foyer displaying an abundance of natural light, you’ll picture your family’s escape from the world. The great room has an open feel accentuated by a cathedral ceiling that leads directly to the back porch where you can relax and unwind. When it’s time to entertain, you’ll be happy to gather around the large kitchen island. And in the evening, the large owners’ retreat, with plenty of walk-in closet space and a spa-inspired owners’ bath, provides a great place to retire after a long day. And with three bedrooms, two baths, and more than 2,000 square feet, there’s plenty of room for the whole family!
Pikes Peak Photo Gallery
Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Exterior (View 1)
Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Exterior (View 2)
Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Exterior (View 3)
Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Exterior (View 4)
Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Patio
Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Great Room (View 1)
Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Great Room (View 2)
René and Kerry Earnhardt, and Paul Schumacher at the Earnhardt Collection Launch
Five years of friendship. Five years of fun. Five years of beautiful, nature-inspired home designs. This month, the Schumacher family celebrates their amazing five-year partnership with Kerry and Rene Earnhardt on the Earnhardt Collection™ of homes.
Walls of windows, exposed timbers, and natural elements that bring in the outdoors create a stunning setting in every Earnhardt Collection™ home. These homes are made comfortable, for friends to gather in the open spaces and families to enjoy the coziness of each other’s company. Each home even has a story unique to a special moment in the Earnhardt family’s life, some of which we will be sharing on this blog all month long!
We all know how to buy the small stuff, but when it comes to shopping for a new home, where do you begin? Finding your inspiration isn’t hard, but it does take some thinking. Start with you and your family.
What are your interests? Are you a nature lover or an artist that requires a home with open space and lots of windows for optimal light? Are you an amateur grease monkey who likes a huge garage space? A sports fanatic who needs a great game room? Are you a culinary wizard whose frequent entertaining demands a large kitchen?
What do you need? Do you work from home and need a substantial home office? Are you a pet-lover and need a first-class room for your dogs? Do you need lots of closet space? Do you have a large family or entertain often and need a spacious great room where everyone can be together?
Start by taking inventory of your interests and needs. Deciding where you’re going to move your family cannot be taken lightly. You’re choosing the place where your life story will unfold. You have to make sure that it is just right for you.
Put simply, there’s no substitute for living in a home filled with choices made by you, for you. When you build a custom home, you’re not limited to just decorating rooms. Your home will have your vision and be a place for you to express yourself in ways you never expected.
Now that you’ve got your thoughts together, get out and experience a variety of model homes. Take them for a test drive. Feel for quality; feel for design. You’ll get a gut instinct on what’s right for you.
Walk through several different floor plans to see what designs feel best for your family. If you like the floor plan but not the facade, check out the different facades (elevations) on the website, or look for another home with a similar floor plan. Think about what could be changed or added to make the home perfect for you. Scrapbook and catalog your experience. Make lists of what you liked and what you didn’t.
Getting your inspiration correct is essential in your new home search. Your inspiration should define you, your interests, your wants and your needs. Once you’ve figured your inspiration out, customizing a perfect setting is easy.
How to Create an Inspiration Board at SchumacherHomes.com
Neutral color schemes are found throughout with many natural elements, including reclaimed wood and brick, giving this home a warm, earthy feel. Clean lines are featured in both the contrasting colored grout as well as in the wall and ceiling detail. The nature theme is continued through a creative full-size wall mural in both children’s bedrooms.
The large kitchen and dining area are wide open to the great room, which is ideal for entertaining. A large walk-in pantry will keep everything organized. The mud room is the perfect landing place for muddy paws of the four-legged and two-legged variety. The turned staircase overlooks the two-story great room and leads to the two, second-floor bedrooms. Other unique interior features of this home include:
Schumacher Homes Madison B Pantry
Deluxe kitchen with extended morning room, featuring white brick accents throughout
Flex room open for interpretation
Deluxe walk-in pantry with wood shelves provides ample storage
The first-floor owners’ retreat provides privacy and is a perfect spot to recharge
Cathedral ceilings in Kitchen, Dining Room and Master Suite
Deluxe owners’ retreat bathroom with trey ceiling
The Schumacher Homes Circleville Office, conveniently located on Route 23 in Lockbourne, Ohio, builds custom homes on their customers’ home sites in Athens, Clark, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton Counties in Ohio; and Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lewis Counties in Kentucky. Customers can tour the Madison B seven days a week. The Madison B House Plan is offered in many of our building locations across the country.
The Madison B Photo Album
Schumacher Homes Madison B Great Room
Schumacher Homes Madison B Dining Room
Schumacher Homes Madison B Kitchen
Schumacher Homes Madison B Staircase
Schumacher Homes Madison B Flex Room/Home Office
Schumacher Homes Madison B Owners’ Retreat
Schumacher Homes Madison B Owners’ Retreat Bathroom
Schumacher Homes Madison B Owners’ Retreat Bathroom
The Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge by Schumacher Homes
To this day, I think my love for nature and the outdoors comes from having the Blue Ridge as a backdrop for my childhood. Even now, when we drive through Virginia, there’s just nothing like it.” – René
René Earnhardt discovered her love of nature through her spirited play in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She ran through the mountain forest wielding a stick as a sword. Streams of sunlight guided her path like a spotlight to secret passages. She’d trade bits of her granola bar with the squirrels for their stories, and she’d follow the sounds of nature; rustling bushes, twittering birds; to find fairy kingdoms.
“My fondest memories growing up were spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and this home design captures the essence of the grandeur mountains I so fondly called home,” says René. “We wanted to create a home that captures that spirit of fantasy – of possibility – that you feel when you connect with nature.
“Growing up in Virginia, it didn’t take much to fall in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. I remember driving up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway and looking out at all the trees stretching as far as I could see in every direction.”
Kerry and René have a sincere love for life in the outdoors that is clearly reflected in the plan for the Blue Ridge. This single-story home features a multi-gabled elevation and is anchored by a huge central great room that flows to both the kitchen and the dining area. Open and spacious with lots of windows, the great room is sure to become your family’s favorite gathering place. But when it’s time to retire, the spectacular owners’; retreat will provide a comfortable space to relax and rejuvenate. Perhaps the most striking features of this NAHB Gold-Award Winning home are its abundant natural light and intriguing architectural elements. Like all Schumacher and Earnhardt Collection™ homes, everything is customizable. So, if there is something you’d like to add or take away, you’re only limited by your imagination!
The Earnhardt Collection by Schumacher Homes Blue Ridge Photo Gallery
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Great Room
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Master Kitchen
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Office
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Master Bedroom
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Master Bath
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Back Porch
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Optional Bonus Room
Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge Midwest Region Floor Plan
Celebrate the grand opening of the Schumacher Homes of Akron Charleston A with us this weekend, October 15-16, with a visit to our newest model home! Tour the lovely Charleston A, plus five other beautiful model homes! Enter your name to win terrific prizes! Get your free custom homebuilding guidebook! The fun happens this weekend just off I-77 in Akron, Ohio!
Charleston A Back Porch
You’ll love the on-trend interior design of the Schumacher Homes Charleston A, not to mention the forward-thinking layout, which displays an aging in place design that provides for some of the unique needs that a homeowner may have later in life.
Charleston A Great Room
The exterior of this home provides plenty of curb appeal as well as a covered back porch great for relaxing and enjoying your view. Some of the unique interior features of this home include beautiful wall paneling detail in the great room and owner’s retreat, gorgeous and durable laminate floors throughout, and on-trend pocket office and walk in pantry.
The Charleston A is located adjacent to the Akron Schumacher Homes Design Studio, a one-stop-shop inspiration, design and building needs that lets you see and touch every option for your new home, which is unlike any other builders’ process.
Charleston A Kitchen
The Schumacher Homes Akron Office builds custom homes on their customers’ home sites in Carroll, Cuyahoga, Guernsey, Lorain, Medina, Noble, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne and Washington Counties in Ohio, and Pleasants and Tyler Counties in West Virginia. Customers can tour the Charleston A, and five other beautiful model homes seven days a week.