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Your Traditions have a Home: The Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak

Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak by Schumacher Homes

Traditions bind us and give us stability. They give us the ability to enjoy time together, and give us something to look forward to. Traditions often provide us our favorite memories.

Kerry and René outside the Pikes Peak Design Studio at Schumacher Homes of Charlotte, NC

Kerry and René outside the Pikes Peak Design Studio at Schumacher Homes of Charlotte, NC

Designed on a foundation of tradition, it’s no surprise that The Earnhardt Collection™ Pikes Peak by Schumacher Homes has become one of our homeowner favorites.

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.

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!

How to Shop for a Custom Home – Step 1

Schumacher HomesWe 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.

Are you a large family seeking more space, or a couple just starting out? Do you have an extended family where mom and dad may need to move in eventually?

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection - Catawba Kitchen & Greatroom
Earnhardt Collection – Catawba Kitchen & Great Room

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.

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection - Blue Ridge Model Home
Earnhardt Collection – Blue Ridge Model Home

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.

Your Imagination has a Home: The Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge

The Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge by Schumacher Homes

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

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.

That imaginative spirit is reflected in the design of the Earnhardt Collection™ Blue Ridge by Schumacher Homes.

“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."

“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!


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