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.

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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!

Schumacher Homes Celebrates Five Years of The Earnhardt Collection™

Earnhardt Collection Schumacher Homes 5 Years

René and Kerry Earnhardt, and Paul Schumacher at the Earnhardt Collection Launch

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™ by Schumacher 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!

Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Great Room

Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak Great Room

We have a surprise for you too this month! So stay tuned to our Facebook pages for a special Schumacher HomesEarnhardt Collection announcement!

For now, we share the impressive collection of Earnhardt homes — all in one place, all for you, starting with a National Gold Award Winning Home of the Year, the Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge!

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge

Earnhardt Collection Blue Ridge by Schumacher Homes (Click on photo for virtual tour)

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection Catawba

Earnhardt Collection Catawba by Schumacher Homes (Click on Photo for Virtual Tour)

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Earnhardt Collection Pikes Peak by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Pocono by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Pocono by Schumacher Homes

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection Hickory

Earnhardt Collection Hickory by Schumacher Homes

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection Sugar Maple

Earnhardt Collection Sugar Maple by Schumacher Homes

Schumacher Homes Earnhardt Collection Eagle's Nest

Earnhardt Collection Eagle’s Nest by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Hummingbird by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Hummingbird by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Cedar Springs by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Cedar Springs by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Speckled Trout by Schumacher Homes

Earnhardt Collection Speckled Trout by Schumacher Homes

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.