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Floor Plan Profile: Phoenix

As a preferred home builder in NJ, Schaeffer Family Homes takes pride in offering some of the best home designs on the market today. Our designs are attractive, energy-efficient and flexible for a range of household sizes and lifestyles.

A great example is our Phoenix floor plan. This modern split-level home has numerous options for customizing the look and layout, as well as a wide selection of interior finishes and details. Its most unique feature is the placement of the owner’s suite on its own level. This ensures the feeling of retreat and privacy that homeowners want in a main bedroom.

The Phoenix is 1,948 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Choose from several exterior designs with combinations of siding, brick or stone Craftsman details.

Inside, the main level contains the kitchen, dining nook and family room with vaulted ceiling. The lower level is ideal for a game room, man cave or workout room. It has sliding glass doors to the outside. The owner’s suite is on the second level and has a bath with dual sink vanity and spacious tiled shower. Upstairs on the top level, you’ll find two bedrooms, a full bath and a balcony overlooking the family room.

We can build the Phoenix for you in the south Jersey counties of Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and parts of Burlington. We can build on a lot you already own or we can help you find a lot in those areas or in one of our new home communities. We can even build your dream house at the shore!

No matter where you build, you’re guaranteed to get the high quality and dedication that we offer all our customers. The Schaeffer family has been living and building new homes in the South Jersey area for three generations. We work with you to customize your home and choose your favorite finishes and details in our Design Center. When you build with us, you’ll end up with a home that you and your family will love for years to come.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to get started planning your new Phoenix home with your preferred home builder in NJ.

6 Things to Do Before Your Design Studio Appointment

One of the highlights of planning a new home with a home builder in NJ is your design studio appointment. This is where you get a hands-on look at the selections they offer for the details of your new home, such as kitchen cabinets, countertops, lighting fixtures, flooring and more.

The design studio appointment is exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. Here are 6 things to do before the appointment so you can be ready to enjoy the process to the fullest:

  1. Create a written priority list. Which items do you absolutely want to have in your home, and which can you let go if need be?
  2. Determine your budget ahead of time. Refer to your priority list when deciding which items fit the budget. It’s easier to make compromises on finishes or details that aren’t a high priority for you.
  3. Collect inspirational ideas and photos. Use Pinterest or clip pictures from magazines. Either way, organize your images into separate sections for each part of the house, such as “Exterior,” “Owner’s bath” or “Kitchen.”
  4. To take it a step further, you can make a digital or real-life mood board for each room. If you make a mood board on a piece of foam core or sturdy cardboard, you can include fabric swatches and paint samples.
  5. Browse your builder’s online design studio page if they have one. We have a short video on our design center page to give you an idea of what to expect when you come to your appointment.
  6. Learn what the standard features are for the home you’re building. We have an Included Features sheet that shows what’s available at each design level.

 

Bonus hint: During your appointment, ask to take photos of your selections as you make them. This will help you remember what you chose and make it easier to decorate your finished home.

We can build your new home on your lot in South Jersey, or help you find a suitable property for your dream home. Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to schedule your free consultation and start planning your new home with a home builder in NJ.

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.

5 Easy Décor Ideas to Dress Your Home for Fall

Fall is here, and the cooler weather inspires many of us to give your new Schaeffer Home a cozy feel with seasonal décor. Use these ideas to give your new home a fresh fall vibe:

  1. Layer warm blankets and throws on the beds and sofas. Choose rich fall colors and patterns like plaid or autumn leaf prints for visual interest. Chunky textures like cable-knit afghans and plush velvets will help keep you warm on chilly evenings.
  2. Dress up your front entrance with fall flowers such as chrysanthemums. Plant them in the ground or in pots. Choose colors to coordinate with your home.
  3. Make table centerpieces or mantel decorations with fall leaves, small gourds or apples.
  4. Cover bare floors with thick shag area rugs or faux sheepskins. They feel great underfoot and add to the cozy feel of a room.
  5. Hang a traditional fall wreath on the front door or above mantel. It’s an easy way to bring an unmistakable note of autumn to your home.

You’ll love to decorate your brand new Schaeffer home in every season. Our homes are designed to look great while serving your needs for convenient everyday living. Energy-efficient construction makes Schaeffer homes warm and cozy in cooler weather. Family room fireplaces are the ideal focal point for relaxation in the evening.

Schaeffer Family Homes can build a new home for you on your lot in South Jersey or on one of our available homesites. You can choose from more than 20 home designs, each of which can be customized to suit your needs. Plans range from 1,034-3,408 square feet, with homes starting in the low $100,000’s. We have one and two story plans with owner’s suites on the first or second floor.

If you don’t have your own homesite, we can assist you in finding a piece of land to build your brand-new Schaeffer Home. Or, if you already have your own homesite, we can help you determine the best home plan for your property and guide you through the development process.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to learn more about our The Berlin Borough community (Carraige Mews) is sold out. Maybe say: Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes.com to learn more about building your new home in South Jersey.

Last Opportunity at 101 Reena’s Way!

Our available home at 101 Reena’s Way in Berlin Borough should be at the top of your list if you’re searching for new homes in NJ.

Newly built on our Phoenix Elevation B floor plan, this available home in our Carriage Mews community is 2,505 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It showcases a unique split level design with the owner’s suite on the second level.

Gorgeous Laguna Blue Alside board and batten siding is accented with crisp white trim and complementary masonry. A wide front porch adds to the welcoming modern-farmhouse vibe.

Indoors, light neutral colors give the open concept family room and kitchen a fresh and relaxed feel. The kitchen features white kitchen cabinets with crown molding, stainless steel appliances, a large island and built-in desk. White quartz countertops and subway tile backsplash complete the look. The two-story family room has a fireplace that will make a great focal point for cozy evenings at home. Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining area is perfect for entertaining or family dinners.

Quality features on the first floor include 9’ ceilings and luxury vinyl plank floors for durability and ease of care. Elegant paneled wainscoting in selected areas adds a touch of formality.

Entering the house through the 2-car side-entry garage, family members can take advantage of the drop zone in the mud room, which has a built-in bench and cubbies. The tastefully finished basement rec room can be a play room, media room, game room or whatever your family needs. This home also has a sunroom with steps to the spacious backyard. The .38 acre lot is professionally landscaped and includes an installed sprinkler system.

Numerous upgrades and luxury options make this Energy Star certified home a great deal at $479,900.

Carriage Mews is an intimate cul-de-sac community located at the corner of Wyndam Road and Watsontown-New Freedom Road in Berlin Borough. Students living in Carriage Mews can attend Berlin Community Schools and Eastern High School.

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista, call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to schedule a tour of 101 Reena’s Way in the Carriage Mews community of new homes in NJ.

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.

               

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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