Category Archives: Custom Home

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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Subway Tile – Classic and Contemporary

Schumacher Homes Charleston A Owners' Retreat Bathroom (Akron, Ohio Model Home)

Subway tile makes for a sleek and shiny backsplash for the Jack and Jill sinks in our Schumacher Homes of Akron Charleston A Model Home.

It’s been over 100 years since this classic decorative accent made its debut in the New York City Subway System, and its popularity has only grown – becoming a true American classic look.

Use different colored grout for a grid-like effect to your subway tile.

Use different colored grout for a grid-like effect to your subway tile.

Subway tile offers an excellent choice because it’s both beautiful and functional. You can go colored or classic white, then achieve an artistic pop with a contrasting grout.

Use marbled or textured subway tile for a dressier look.

Use marbled or textured subway tile for a dressier look.

Subway tile makes an awesome backsplash for your kitchen. You can create a durable, easy-to-clean backsplash that will help make your kitchen into one of your favorite rooms in your new home.

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The uses for this on-trend tile are endless – floors, walls, backsplashes, and bathtub surrounds; in stacks, offset, chevron, herringbone or other creative patterns! Check out Schumacher Homes Bathroom and Kitchen Photo Galleries for more subway tile inspiration!