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How to Shop for a Custom Home – Part 2: Tour a Home Under Construction

Tour-Under-Construction_470x246Customize 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.

Schumacher Homes Custom BuildIt’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.

Schumacher Homes Custom BuildYour 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.


Your Love has a Home: Earnhardt Collection Sugar Maple

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection Sugar Maple

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


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.

Earnhardt Collection Schumacher Homes Sugar Maple 1

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.

René Earnhardt

René Earnhardt

“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.”

At Schumacher Homes, we always say, “Your Inspiration has a Home.” For Kerry and René, we can say their love has a home. Find the home where your life and love will unfold.

The Earnhardt Collection™ Sugar Maple Floor Plan

The Earnhardt Collection™ Sugar Maple Floor Plan

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!