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Tips for Designing a Kitchen Layout

When it comes to kitchen designs for new homes in NJ, the possibilities are endless. From cabinets, to flooring to fixtures, you can easily begin to feel overwhelmed as you consider the options. However, before you can even begin to select the colors and finishes, you first need to plan and design a layout for the kitchen. As an overlooked step, a good kitchen design is the foundation you need to efficiently and effortlessly utilize this central home space.

As you work with a professional to formally design a new kitchen space, below are a few tips and ideas to help you create your ideal kitchen layout.

  1. Think about your routines and needs. Are you a super chef, or a take-out connoisseur? Do you have dishware for every occasion or do you just prefer the basics? Think about what you will need to store in your kitchen. Also, will you have a dining room buffet or cabinet -meaning, what will be kept there versus in the kitchen? If you have your grandmother’s china, plus other dishes and glassware, then you might want to create enough storage space. How large of a pantry area do you think you will need? Will there be expeditions to warehouse club stores where you buy in bulk? So, consider the amount of items you will need to access and store in your kitchen, and then be sure to plan for enough cabinet and pantry space.

Pro-Tip: If possible, build in an appliance center into your pantry – where you can leave things like your stand mixer and/or food processor set up, plugged in, and ready to use. This way small appliances are not cluttering up counter space and you are not having to haul them in and out of cabinets when you need to use them.

  1. Plan room for an island and large appliances. How large of a kitchen island do you need? How much seating should be around it? Do you want to have a sink and dishwasher built into that island or just leave it as extra counter space?  Picture the flow of working inside your kitchen. How easily do you want to access your refrigerator, oven and microwave? Also know the ovens and cook tops you want to purchase ahead of time so that you plan to leave enough space for all of them. Remember to leave the aisle and walkways roomy enough to accommodate more than one cook in the kitchen.

Pro-Tip: Some appliances, like refrigerators, come in counter depth and standard depth. Consider the appliance you have now and what you might purchase in the future. In your design, you will want to accommodate the correct depth of those appliances as well as room leave room to open and close the doors.

  1. Be smart with space. As far as kitchen layouts for new homes in NJ go, there’s always room for personalization. Get creative with the elements in your kitchen. Think of… opportunities to build in paper towel dispensers, locations to add outlets for appliances, and an area where a charging station for phones and mobile devices might be handy.

ProTip: Don’t let empty spaces go to waste. Some ideas include adding cabinets to the outside of the kitchen island, placing a vertical spice cabinet near the cooking or prep area, and utilizing pull out drawers and pull down shelves to hold everything from pots and pans to cereal boxes and coffee pods.

Act now by September 30th to activate a Luxury Kitchen Coupon with Schaeffer Family Homes.

Whether you Build on your Own Lot (BOYL), or choose a beautiful homesite at either Menantico Estates in Vineland, or Kresswood in Voorhees, this Luxury Kitchen Coupon gives you granite countertops, 42” cabinets with crown molding, undermount stainless steel sink, and $250 toward any luxury kitchen faucet. Contact Schaeffer for all details and more information.

New construction homes in Vineland, NJ at Menantico Estates include ranch style, multi-level and traditional 2-story layouts, with floorplans that range from 1,880-3,100 square feet in both 3 or 4 bedrooms floorplans, starting in the $420s.

Or discover Kresswood, a small community of new homes in Voorhees, NJ, and lies just outside the city of Philadelphia. The four homesites featured in Kresswood have 3-4 bedrooms and range from 1900- 3600 square feet of living space, starting in the low-$700s.

Visit the Schaeffer Family Homes website to explore interactive floor plans and begin to personalize and design your new home online, by exploring all of the available plan options.

Contact us today at 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes.com to reserve your new home in NJ today!

Tips for a Successful Design Studio Appointment

Schaeffer Family Homes can build your dream new home in Vineland, NJ, exactly how you always imagined. At Menantico Estates, a community of two-acre homesites, with nine different floorplans starting in the $420s, you can choose all of the selections for your new home while still staying within your budget at our well-appointed Design Center

Schaeffer’s design center associates walk you through the process in a simple, productive way. In an effort to make your design center appointment successful, we are offering a few tips below:

  1. Be in the know.

The first step in having a successful design center appointment is to be able to make the most of your time. First, you should become familiar with all of the features that are included in your floorplan, as well as know what your budget is to accommodate any upgrades. Review any necessary options with your sales associate prior to your scheduled time in the design center.

It’s also good to know how you will live within the spaces of your new home in Vineland, NJ. Think about your existing routines and habits, what works in your current home, and what are the reasons you have been looking for a new home. Are there any options that would make your daily routines easier or better? Remember to think beyond the usual spaces of the kitchen and bathrooms, and consider what you might enjoy throughout the other spaces such as the living room, laundry area, and other nooks of the home.

The more information you can know going into your appointment, the easier and smoother this process will be from the start.

  1. Figure out your style.

When it comes to style, colors, hardware, and overall design in your home, the choices can easily become overwhelming if you are not familiar.  If you already have a design style, then you are one step ahead. However, be sure to envision how your décor taste will work in your new floor plan. If you are not sure what your style is, then now is the time to learn about colors, materials, and trends that you would like to see in your new home. Search online for inspiration and read articles on the materials that interest you. For example, learn what countertop material is best for you and your family. Find articles that explain the differences in hardwood flooring options. This is not only a great time to explore your style, but also a fun journey to learn more about these options.

  1. Finalize and follow through.

Once you are in the know and have an understanding of your style, then compile a list of any and all upgrades you might want to add to your home. Be sure to identify those upgrades as either a “must have” or a “nice to have.” Understand what these options are, what they will cost, and know what the bottom line will be in your final purchase price.  At the end of the day, you want to feel great about the choices in your dream home as well as be confident with what you can afford.  If you need to, you can always add some upgrades later after you have settled into your new home in Vineland, NJ.

Visit the Schaeffer Family Homes website to explore interactive floor plans and begin to personalize and design your new home online, while exploring all of the available plan options.  These new construction homes in Vineland, NJ at Menantico Estates include ranch style, multi-level and traditional 2-story plans, with floorplans that range from 1,880-3,100 square feet and have 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 or 2.5 baths, and 2-car garages.

Ask about our preferred lender 12-month mortgage rate lock program! See website or ask New Home Specialist for program details. Subject to change at any time.

Let Schaeffer Family Homes build your dream home at Menatico Estates in Vineland, NJ with a process that is simple and easy to follow every step of the way. Find several included features throughout the interior and exterior of the home, plus future energy savings when you build with Schaeffer. Contact us today at 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes.com to reserve your homesite today!

Build On Your Lot in 2021

Make 2021 your year to build on your lot in NJ. Get a fresh start in a brand new home customized just for you!

We can build your new home on a lot you already own, or we can help you find land to build on. If you already own a piece of land, we’ll inspect it to be sure it’s suitable for building one of our available plans. We’ll also let you know what steps you need to take to prepare for building on the property. If you haven’t purchased the land yet, we suggest that you meet with us first so we can guide you in choosing the most appropriate lot for your needs.

Build On Your Lot is available in the counties of Atlantic, parts of Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem in southern New Jersey.

When you build your new home with us, you’ll have more than 20 15 home plans to choose from in a variety of styles and price points. We offer both one and two-story homes, with owner’s suites on the first or second floor. We can build each home on a slab, poured concrete crawl space or full basement foundation. Our floor plans are customizable as well. If you already have a home plan, we’ll look at it and determine whether we can build it for you.

After your home plan is finalized, you’ll meet with one of our Design Center Specialists, Ashley or Christie, at our Design Center in Cherry Hill. There you’ll choose your home’s colors, flooring, kitchen countertops and cabinets, lighting fixtures and more.

Our Legacy Package is included in every home, and we also offer our ever-popular Signature Package as a luxury choice. The Signature package is a luxury selection that includes a full basement, stained oak handrails and balusters on staircases, premium hardwood floors in the foyer, 5 ¼ inch baseboard, 42” kitchen wall cabinets with crown molding, ceramic tile floors in owner’s bath and hall bath and other upgraded luxury features.

Get started today to build your customized brand new home in 2021. Call Schaeffer Family Homes at 856-208-5118 to schedule a free consultation for the new home you want to build on your lot in NJ.

Cash in on a Hot Market by Selling Your Home Now

Now is a great time to cash in on the hot market for homes in NJ. If you’re thinking of selling your existing home, there’s no need to wait until spring. Buyers are ready now and the demand is high.

Thanks to a combination of factors including historic low interest rates, there aren’t enough houses on the market to satisfy buyer demand. Sellers can ask for higher prices than in previous years and homes are selling faster.

How can you make the most of this seller’s market?

  • Ask for your top price. Don’t give in to lowball offers or accept the first offer too soon. Allow time for other offers from additional buyers. Plan a strategy with your real estate agent for managing multiple offers.
  • Prepare your current home for a quick turnover. At the very least, give it a deep cleaning and freshen the paint. Maximize curb appeal by cleaning up the yard and home exterior. If your home has flex spaces that can be used as a home office or distance-learning space, highlight those features, along with any outdoor living areas.

Selling your existing home now can put you in a great position to build your dream home in 2021. Building a new home allows you to create the home you love in a location that you want.

We can help you do that with our Build On Your Lot program. We can build on a homesite you already own or help you find a piece of land to build in these Southern New Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem.

You can choose from more than 15 home designs ranging from 1,034 to 4,308 square feet. We offer one and two story homes and can build on poured concrete crawl space or basement foundations. We’ll work with you to help you select the right plans for your homesite and lifestyle. Through our “Build On Your Lot” program, our floorplans start from the upper $100,000’s to upper $300,000s.

We offer many options for customizing these plans. We may also build your custom home from plans that you already have.

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista, call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to learn more about our Build On Your Lot program for new homes in NJ.

Mortgage Rates Drop Again

Now is the perfect time to shop for new homes in NJ. Mortgage rates have dropped to a new all-time low. Your dream home will be more affordable than ever with today’s great deals.

Rates on 30-year mortgages are averaging around 3%, with some dipping below that mark. Rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages are even lower, averaging 2.72% in early August.

Mortgage rates fluctuate day to day, but overall are hovering at historic lows. People with high credit scores and substantial down payments can qualify for the best rates.

Are you in the market for a new home this year? Our “Build On Your Lot” program enables you to build any of our floorplans throughout the South Jersey area, whether you own a homesite or not. We have an in-house Land Acquisition Specialist that can assist you in finding a piece of land to build on from Cape May County up to Burlington County.

We offer a wide variety of floorplans for you to choose from to build your dream home. All of our floorplans feature different exterior elevation options and structural options for you to choose from. You will also have the opportunity to pick out every interior and exterior design selection to personalize your home to be your own.

The Phoenix floor plan is a split-level starting with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in a 1,948 square foot design. Three exterior elevations are available in combinations of siding, brick and stone. Each elevation of this two-story plan has a covered front porch and front gables that create great curb appeal.

Inside, the Phoenix is designed for today’s casual family living. The spacious foyer is flanked by a dining room on one side and the powder room and laundry room on the other. The entrance hall leads straight to the family room, which is open to the breakfast nook and kitchen. A private owner’s suite is on a separate level from the main living areas and upper bedrooms. Alternate layouts and options for customization are available.

Let us help you find a homesite in Camden County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Atlantic County or Gloucester County. We have homesites available ranging from half an acre to just over five acres. If you dream of living at the beach, we can build your new home at the Jersey Shore in Atlantic County or Cape May County.

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista, call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to schedule a virtual appointment or in-person visit to our model home and design Center in Cherry Hill NJ.

         

We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy-efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/

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