Why Choose Us to Build Your Dream Home

At Schaeffer Family Homes, we work hard to be your preferred builder of new homes in Berlin Borough NJ. New homes in South Jersey? Berlin Borough community is sold out and we only have 1 other turnkey homesite in Berlin Borough outside of that community. We pride ourselves on quality craftsmanship and great customer service.

So what does all this mean for you?

First of all, we use top quality building materials to create a home that will last for generations. Every home we build has state-of-the-art features to keep you comfortable and secure, as well as saving you money on utility bills. Your home will have a GMX Waterproofed foundation, PEX Manifold Manabloc plumbing system for faster and more efficient water use, tankless Energy Star hot water heaters and super-efficient HVAC systems.

Our homes are Energy Star Certified. All mechanical systems, lighting and appliances meet or exceed Energy Star guidelines to make your home efficient to operate and pleasant to live in.

Each home plan we offer can be customized inside and out. Interior options range from fireplaces and bay windows to alternate room layouts and extensions.

To put the final touches on your home, you can choose any design selection we offer, from paint colors to flooring materials to lighting fixtures. You aren’t limited to pre-packaged color schemes or materials.

If you choose to build through our “Build On Your Lot” program, we guide you through the process from start to finish. We’ll assist you in finding a suitable homesite if you don’t already own one. From there we handle the homesite inspection and improvements and obtain the necessary permits before construction begins.

Once your home is underway, we manage the process step by step, keeping you informed and involved along the way. Just like you, we look forward to the day we can hand you the keys to your brand new dream home!

Build On Your Lot is available in the New Jersey counties of Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Burlington. We can also build your dream home on one of our turnkey homesites in South Jersey.

We’re a family-owned home builder that offers you a personalized buying experience. Our team will walk with you through the entire process to make sure the home you purchase fulfills all your expectations. We care about your wants and needs!

When you build with us, you get a high-quality brand new home at an affordable price. Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to become another satisfied owner.

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.

Tips for Relocating From Philadelphia

Are you looking for a new home builder in NJ to help you relocate from Philadelphia? If so, Schaeffer Family Homes can make your transition to the suburbs a great experience.

Life in the South Jersey suburbs offers many benefits:

  • The region is home to some of the top-rated public schools in the country. US News ranked New Jersey #2 on their list of best states for education.
  • The suburbs have lower crime rates than the city. With increased safety comes better quality of life for you and your family.
  • Less traffic means shorter and more pleasant drives to your destination, whether you’re going to work or heading out for a day of shopping.
  • Our communities offer an easy commute into Philadelphia. Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough is a 10 minute drive to the PATCO train station and a 30-minute train ride in. If you drive the full way, it only takes 30 minutes during normal hours and 40-45 minutes during rush hour.
  • You’ll have more space inside your home. Our open-concept designs provide generous living space plus additional rooms for privacy.
  • Bigger back yards mean more room to relax, play or garden in the fresh air. The suburbs offer a higher quality of life for your four-legged family members, too!

Schaeffer Family Homes can build your dream home in one of our communities or anywhere in South Jersey. Our newest community, Carriage Mews, is located in Berlin Borough. We offer seven spacious floor plans to choose from in Carriage Mews. These one or two story homes are customizable inside and out. Carriage Mews offers true suburban living in a brand new home designed and built just for you!

Our Ellis floor plan is 2,161 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Choose from two front elevations with numerous color schemes to customize the exterior of your home. Inside, you can add a sunroom off the kitchen, add a fireplace to the family room or a bay window in the living room, plus many more available options. Base price for Ellis floor plan homes is $368,900.

Get started now to purchase your new home in Carriage Mews while interest rates are low! Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to start planning your new home with a leading new home builder in NJ.

 

Floor Plan Profile: The Winston

If you’re looking for new homes in Berlin Borough NJ, consider a customized home built on our Winston floor plan. At a spacious 3,100 square feet, the Winston is a traditional style two-story home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

The elegant two story foyer is flanked by a private study and a formal living room. The living room opens to the formal dining room, allowing for a smooth flow when entertaining. More casual space is located at the back of the house with an open-concept kitchen, dining area and family room. The option to add a sliding glass door provides easy access to the back yard. Two staircases make getting around the house a breeze.

On the second floor, a spacious carpeted master bedroom features a sitting area and a large private master bathroom. Three additional bedrooms and a second full bath complete the layout.

Using the My Home app on our website, you can customize the Winston floor plan home. Add options to create your ideal home. First floor options include an expanded dining room, additional windows in the family room and living room, a fireplace in the family room, a sunroom off the kitchen and more. On the second floor, upgrade your home with a Jack and Jill bath or a double sink in the hall bath or master bath.

Once you’ve customized the floor plan, the app will move on to exterior choices. Select from three elevations and pick a palette of coordinating colors to bring the home to life.

Finally, you’ll select a homesite from our sitemap. We currently have homesites available in Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough NJ, or we can build a Winston for you through our “Build On Your Lot” program in South Jersey. With all steps completed, you can print or e-mail yourself a brochure of your home to save your selections.

You can also build your dream Winston on a 1+ acre homesite we have available in Southampton NJ. The Winston at 6 Angels Court in Southampton starts at $499,900. It includes the Schaeffer Family Homes Signature Package with a side-entry garage and unfinished basement. Personalize your floor plan and choose your design finishes in this spacious two-story home. Buy now while interest rates are at a historic low!

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista or call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to find out more about our brand new homes in Berlin Borough NJ.

Find Your Dream Home with a Virtual Appointment

Even when you can’t get out to view a home in person, you can still plan your new home and shop for available homes in Berlin Borough NJ with virtual appointments.

We’re hard at work to make sure you can build or buy a new home with us. We welcome you to arrange virtual meetings with us via FaceTime, GoToMeeting, or any method you choose. Virtual meetings are a great way to discuss our building process, learn what you’re looking for in a new home or answer any questions you may have.

Meanwhile, take advantage of downtime by browsing our website. Our website is full of interactive tools to help you choose and customize the floor plan and lot that are right for you.

Use our Design Your Home app to select a building site, then look through our floor plans and create the home of your dreams right there on your device. We offer 22 home plans in South Jersey. Plans have 2-4 bedrooms and 2-3.5 baths. Square footage varies from 1,380 to 4,308, so you’re sure to find a plan that fits your needs. In our Carriage Mews community, we offer 7 home plans ranging from 1,856-3,100 square feet. Using our online app, you can select exterior details and colors, take virtual tours, customize floor plans and even create a brochure of your finished design.

Today’s low interest rates make this a perfect time to buy your new home. Chat online with our New Home Specialist Krista, email general.info@schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 to schedule a virtual appointment to learn more about our brand new homes in Berlin Borough NJ.

New Vs. Used Homes: The New Home Advantage

You know it’s time to move, but you have a dilemma. Should you choose to build a new home with an award-winning NJ new home builder or should you purchase a used home? If you ask us, the answer is obvious: a new home wins every time. Here’s why:

  • When you buy a new home from Schaeffer Family Homes, you’re getting exactly the home that you want. It’s not someone else’s idea of the perfect home, it’s your idea and your dreams coming to life. You can design your home around your lifestyle and your family’s tastes.
  • You can move right in and start enjoying your new home on Day One. No messy remodeling required!
  • New homes help you save money on utilities. Our homes are NJ ENERGY STAR certified. We use energy-efficient building materials and mechanical systems to keep your home cozy and comfortable year-round while reducing utility costs.
  • Your new Schaeffer home is protected by numerous warranties lasting from 1-10 years. We even have an in-house warranty manager! You won’t find that in a used home.
  • All the technical systems in your new home are brand new, up-to-date and professionally installed. You’ll enjoy peace of mind with super-efficient and well-designed plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems.
  • New homes are built with the latest advanced building materials. They have poured concrete foundations with damp/waterproofing, as well as engineered subfloors and joists that are designed to be squeak-resistant.

At Schaeffer Family Homes, we can build your new home to your specifications on your lot or in our Carriage Mews community in Berlin Borough NJ. We also build at the Jersey Shore. If you’re seeking land within our building area, we can connect you with landowners or real estate agents who can help you find the perfect piece of property for the home of your dreams.

If you’re seeking land within our building area, we can connect you with our Land Acquisition Specialist who can help you find the perfect piece of property for the home of your dreams.

Once you have your homesite picked out, we’ll help you choose and customize one of our floor plans to fit your needs and tastes. You’ll visit our brand-new Design Center in Cherry Hill to choose the finishes and details that put your personal stamp on the home

Ready to get started planning your new home? Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to set up an appointment with an award-winning NJ new home builder.

Try Our Interactive Home Design App

Now you can find homesites and plans for new homes in Berlin Borough NJ from the comfort of your own home. With our new interactive home design app, you can choose your homesite, floor plan, exterior design and colors and even add customized options like fireplaces and bathroom luxury choices.

Start by choosing from our available homesites and communities on an interactive map of our South Jersey building area. There’s also an option to click if you already own your lot homesite.

Next, you’ll be shown an array of home elevations available for that lot. We have a variety of one and two story layouts in styles such as Traditional, Federal, Craftsman and Victorian to choose from.

Click on the house you like best and you can customize your floor plan or take a virtual tour to see how the home will look in 3D.

To customize your floor plan, simply select from a list of available luxury choices. Click on a luxury choice and it will be added to the floor plan on your screen. Sample luxury choices include a gas fireplace in the family room and a double bowl sink in the master bath. Prices for luxury choices and floor plans are clearly displayed each step of the way.

After you’ve completed your floor plan, it’s time to choose the exterior color scheme of your new home. You can choose one of our preselected color combinations or create your own palette from the color choices. Try out several combinations onscreen to choose the one that best expresses your own style.

Now it’s time to put it all together in your customized new home brochure. You can print it out and bring it with you to your first appointment with us. You can even share it with your friends and family to show them what your new house will look like. The brochure will show a color rendering of your home, an illustration of color scheme details, a map of your homesite location with address, and your detailed customized floor plan.

Try our new interactive home design app here. Keep in mind that the app and brochure are for illustration purposes only. Plans, details and pricing will need to be finalized with Schaeffer Family Homes.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to learn more about our new homes in Berlin Borough NJ.

Schaeffer Family Homes Wins MAME Awards

Schaeffer Family Homes, a three-generation home builder in NJ, was recently honored with two prestigious awards from the Builders League of South Jersey.

At the League’s annual MAME Awards, Schaeffer Family Homes won two renovation awards for “Best Renovated Kitchen Under $100K” and “Best Renovated Kitchen Over $100K.” The awards were presented on November 13 at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Director of Sales Christie Redner and Land Acquisition Specialist Josh Adams were also recognized as new members of the “Million Dollar Club.” The distinction honors top-producing building and remodeling professionals and we’re proud to have these two on our team.

MAME is an acronym for “Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence.” The criteria for eligible building and renovation projects includes functionality and visual appeal. Winning designs must provide excellent value to the customer and demonstrate good design.

See images from the award ceremony on our Facebook page.

Schaeffer Family Homes takes pride in building top-quality homes at an affordable price. We serve the South Jersey in settings from rural retreats and beachside homes to urban areas and planned communities. We can help you find your ideal location or build a home on land that you already own.

Our catalog of plans is filled with home designs that can be used as is or customized to suit your particular needs. Once you choose your plan, you have the pleasure of making it your very own when you visit our 3,000 square foot design center to choose the details that will personalize your home.

We’re always alert for ways to improve our products and services, and we offer the best options at an affordable price. All our homes are 100% Energy Star certified. We offer a comprehensive set of warranties including a 2-year mechanical warranty, 10-year structural, 50-year vinyl siding and more.

We value our customers and prove it with three follow-up customer satisfaction surveys for every home. Our president uses the information returned in the surveys to continually enhance our offerings.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to get started building your new home with an award-winning home builder in NJ.

The Holiday Handbook: Surviving the Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

The Holiday Handbook: Your Guide to Surviving the Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

Pucker up! We are under the mistletoe that is the holiday season. Year after year, Thanksgiving comes and goes in a flash, and before you know it, you’re left scrambling for last minute gifts for your family and friends. Overall, most people would agree that the holiday season is wonderful – people seem happier, tasty treats are always in abundance, and we typically get to enjoy more time with our loved ones. But with the hustle and bustle of seasonal parties and gift shopping, how can we maintain a healthy balance in our lives this holiday season?

 

Decorate your home into a winter wonderland!

Being a homeowner offers you the privilege of decorating however your little heart desires. Maybe you’re a master decorator… or maybe it’s just not your cup of tea? Either way, step out of your comfort zone this season with some fun wreaths, lights and garland! Even if you only put up a few adornments in your home, they’ll brighten your spirits throughout this holiday season (and your guests will love them, too!).

 

Ditch the idea of last-minute shopping!

We all know procrastination can be hard to overcome but pushing off your gift shopping will only make life more difficult. When it comes to finding gifts for your loved ones, plan out what you’ll give to each person with lists. Decide when and where you will buy your gifts. Are you going to order them online? Will you stop at the store during your lunch break? Write everything down on your list and stick to your plan! Don’t forget to schedule out some time to wrap those gifts, too!

 

Strategically plan out work and home schedules

Time tends to slip by quicker than ever during the holidays. Whether you use your phone or a calendar, keep your schedule up-to-date, and consider blocking out times for daily or weekly tasks like grocery shopping, cleaning and doing laundry. If you have a desk job, make sure you are prioritizing and maximizing your workdays in the office. The holidays can be demanding of your schedule and life still carries on in the meantime… it’s important to capitalize on your time spent at home and in the office to end the year on a great note!

 

Don’t completely abandon healthy eating habits.

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without gingerbread men, delicious pies and grandiose meals! Those holiday dinners and lunches, fresh baked goods and seasonal sweets are awesome – in moderation. Sure, go ahead and eat that sugar cookie! You deserve it! But when January rolls around, keep in mind that you may regret eating every treat that comes your way.

 

Schedule time to work out.

Chances are you’ll be running errands more often during the holiday season, but it’s still important to maintain your physical and mental health! Try to find time to get to the gym or attend a yoga or spin class. If your schedules jam-packed, find alternative ways to stay active! Take the stairs. Walk to the store. Take the family or a friend to go ice skating. There’s always some way to fit exercise into your day! It will help keep your mind clear and your body feeling energized.

 

Set an “end of the year” goal.

Whether it’s for work, your family or yourself, set a goal to reach by the end of December! Make it challenging, yet achievable! Keep the goal positive and fun – not something that will feel like a “punishment” to reach. If you meet that goal, treat yourself in the New Year. It will give you something to work toward and look forward to when the holidays are finally over.

 

Give back!

Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit more than helping others and giving back in any way that you can. Whether you make a monetary donation or volunteer your time, any contribution toward helping others can make a big difference!

If you’re interested in giving back but aren’t sure how, Schaeffer Family Homes would like to invite you to donate to The Wyatt Strong Foundation’s 2nd Annual Toy Drive. This foundation is particularly dear to our hearts, as all the donations are made in remembrance of Wyatt Hopkins, our Construction Administrator, Gail Hopkins’ grandson. All donations will be hand-delivered to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tennesse by Wyatt’s parents and little brother. For more information about what to donate and how, visit this link: https://www.stjude.org/treatment/services/clinics-and-services/child-life/provide-a-special-event-at-the-hospital/contribute-supplies.html

We also welcome you to schedule a time to drop your items off to our Design Center in West Berlin, NJ. Please contact us here: 856-208-5118 or general.info@schaefferhomes.com to schedule a time to drop your donation off!

DEADLINE FOR DONATION DROP-OFF: Friday, 12/13 by 5pm.

Relax and have fun!

Get festive with an ugly sweater party at your new Schaeffer Home! Or cuddle up on the couch and watch that holiday movie you’ve been longing to see. Even though this season is about making memories with loved ones and giving back to others – you can’t forget to give back to yourself!

 

Maintaining a healthy balance during the holiday season can be so much easier when you stay organized, focused and mindful. Don’t procrastinate! Stay on top of your schedules and to-do lists. Decorate your house with snowmen, lights and trinkets! Create fun and rewarding “end-of-year” goals. Be kind and give back whenever possible! Have a blast with your loved ones and take some time for yourself. On behalf of our team at Schaeffer Family Homes, we hope you have an amazing holiday season. Let’s end this decade with a bang!

 

 

Designing The Ultimate Playroom

If you’re moving into your new home with children, there’s a good chance that you’ll be utilizing one of your extra spaces as their playroom! Having a playroom in your home provides a designated space for kids to play games and get creative with crafts, toys and more! There are many ways to design an amazing playroom, and how you craft yours will depend a lot on your child’s age and interests. We have some great tips and tricks for you to consider when creating a playroom that your child will love!

Choose Flooring That’s Easy-to-Clean

Whether we like it or not, kids tend to make a mess! In the playroom, you’ll want to choose flooring that’s forgiving when it comes to spills, scratches and other accidents. You may want to consider vinyl or hardwood flooring in this space, which you can layer with fun-colored rubber floor tiles, mats or rugs for extra protection, color and comfort!

Get Creative with Paints and Wall Decals

Take a family trip over to your local home improvement shop and let your child pick out the playroom’s paint color! You can even consider painting one wall as an accent wall with funky designs or chalkboard paint for drawing! Or, if you’d rather keep the walls a neutral shade, you can still spice up their space by adding fun removable wall decals like this awesome jungle mural. You can find these removable wall decals and other affordable playroom décor on Amazon.com!

Make Storage Fun with Cubbies, Cubes and Bookcases

There are endless ways to decorate the playroom with useful storage cubbies, cubes and bookcases. You can utilize a storage cube bookcase combined with colorful cube bins for creating pops of color while keeping toys, books and crafts organized. You might even consider installing book shelves to create a “reading wall” or library, complete with fun pillows and a colorful rug for a cozy reading area! It’s easy to find toy organizers online to keep your playroom organized in an exciting and tasteful way!

Separate The Playroom Into Designated Activity Areas

Depending on how much space your playroom offers, you might consider designing the room with different activity areas in mind. One of our favorite ideas is creating a “little gym” play area, a concept from Martha Moore, a NJ teacher and author of the Primary Paradise blog. This “little gym” might include a kid’s gym mat, mini trampoline, tumbling triangle and more! You can also add a “nap time” corner with a cozy tee pee, pillows and blankets. Some more ideas include a craft area, kid’s kitchen, library, dress-up station or even a stage for singing and acting!

Decorate with Unique Chairs and Tables

There are so many fun chair designs out there to make your playroom the ultimate hang-out spot for your child. Utilizing bean bag chairs is a common option that kids always love! These bungee dish chairs are also a hit with kids and teens, and they’re easy to foldaway when you need extra space. (Believe it or not – they’re also super comfortable!) Lastly, it’s a good idea to consider getting a mini chair and table set for when they need a hard surface for doing crafts or drawing.

Consider Leaving Behind the TV’s or Video Game Consoles

How you decide to design your playroom is totally up to you, but we suggest leaving electronics like televisions and video games in the family room or entertainment center. The playroom is a great space for children to get creative and use their imaginations, and sometimes electronics can be a distraction. It’s never a bad idea to have a space for your child that is distraction-free, where they can spend time reading, learning, relaxing or creating new things!

Make The Playroom a Safe Environment

It’s obvious that your child’s age will play a big role in designing your playroom. No matter how old they are, you should evaluate the space and take the proper measures to ensure their safety. Remember to child-proof outlets and install corner and edge bumpers around the room when necessary. Use furniture that won’t tip over or break easily to avoid any injuries. Do research and read customer reviews before purchasing furniture, toys and other products you’re planning to use in the playroom. Don’t forget to provide them with enough space to move around easily, since kids (and adults) can trip and fall if an area is too crowded.

Add a “Clean-Up Station”

Part of what we teach children as they grow up is the importance of staying organized and putting things back where they found them. Adding a “cleaning station” to your child’s playroom is a cute idea that will encourage them to partake in tidying up and organizing. A cleaning station will also make them feel like this room really is their own little space! Not to mention, these cleaning tools can come in handy when “playing house” and other games that require them to use their imaginations!

Get Creative with a Themed Playroom

Does your kid love boats? Dinosaurs? Cars? Center their playroom around the things they really love and enjoy! If your creative juices aren’t flowing, hop online and explore Pinterest for themed room ideas. Depending on how much space you have, you can really take their playroom to the next level with a mini rock-climbing wall, boat playhouse, slide, or treehouse! (We do recommend hiring a professional to install these cool features if you’re not totally confident you can do it yourself.) If you have a smaller space or budget, there are still many amazing and affordable ways to create awesome themes and activity areas for making ultimate playroom.

When it comes to the playroom, it’s hard to go wrong. The more creative you allow yourself to be when designing this space, the more fun it’ll be for the whole family! Embrace your inner-child and put your imagination to the test – we promise the results will be exciting! We can’t wait to see how you decide to design and personalize the playroom where your child will make fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Want to share photos of the playroom in your Schaeffer Family Home? We’d love to see them! Feel free to post your pictures to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Houzz and tag Schaeffer Family Homes!

 

               

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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