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:

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.

Delaying your new home search could cost you your dream home!

When it comes to your new home search, there’s no such thing as “starting too soon.”

Whether you plan to build your new home next year or five years down the road, now is always the perfect time to start looking. After all, it’s likely one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime… and unless you’re Bill Gates or Elon Musk, it should be treated that way!

Choosing your builder, your floorplan and your new home’s location takes time and research. Nowadays, most of us won’t even eat at a new restaurant without Googling the full menu and combing through reviews on Yelp! While finding a new home may be a quick pursuit for some, building your dream home can (and should) be a lengthier exploration. Every builder you meet should provide you with the proper tools to make informed decisions throughout your search.

At Schaeffer Family Homes, our New Home Specialists strive to provide you with a full understanding of our building processes, pricing, timeframes and included features. We know the importance of being honest and realistic when setting expectations for building your dream home!

The move-in time frame can vary from builder to builder based on many factors. When you build in a Schaeffer Family Homes community, the process typically takes between 7 to 10 months from the Agreement of Sale. On the other hand, we also offer the option to build through our “Build On Your Lot Program,” which is generally a 10 to 12 month time frame from the Agreement of Sale. “Build On Your Lot” offers you the flexibility to build where you want in South Jersey, as long as you have a piece of land to build on!

Most homeowners who’ve built through our “Build On Your Lot” program came to us without one key element: a homesite! Fortunately, our Land Acquisition Specialist, Josh Adams is available to assist you in finding a homesite that works for your budget and needs. Finding a homesite is where time and patience is essential. Depending on where you’d like to live and what you desire in a property, it’s not always as simple as it seems. Some areas of South Jersey don’t have many buildable homesites available, and even if you’re looking in an area with an abundance, you may feel that none of them are the right fit for your new home. Once you do find your ideal homesite, it still takes about 10 months from signing the Agreement of Sale until you can move into your new home!

Now, we already know what you’re thinking… “So, once I have my homesite, why would it take 10 months to build a home?”

Well, there are many factors that go into the “Build On Your Lot” process. Unlike building in a community (where our homesites are “turnkey” and fully improved), this process starts with a 60-day due diligence period and a homesite inspection. Following the homesite inspection, we’ll need to get the proper building permits through your township. From there, we also need to fully improve your homesite prior to construction. Your home is then hand-crafted with great care over a 4 to 6-month period. Seems lengthy, but you know what they say… “If you don’t take the time to do it right, when will you take the time to do it over?”

Nevertheless, whether you build with Schaeffer Family Homes or not, we want you to be equipped with the tools you need to feel confident in your final decision. You may be able to find a new home tomorrow, but discovering your dream home could be a different story!

Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to get your new home search started. Feel free to contact us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail to get started in your new home search today!

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.

Introducing Our Newest Floorplan: The Arden

Introducing Our Newest Floorplan:

The Arden

Schaeffer Family Homes is eager to introduce a new addition to our broad collection of floorplans: The Arden! The Arden is a beautiful 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom floorplan that starts at 2,851 square feet and can be expanded up to 4,190 square feet. This model features all your traditional spaces, from the Living Room to the Dining and Family rooms. The flexibility of adding luxury choices like a Third Floor or Finished Basement makes this plan perfect for growing families to call “home.”

The Arden offers two different exterior styles to choose from – the Arden “A” Elevation features a Colonial-style façade, while the Arden “B” Elevation takes more of a Craftsman-style approach. When you step foot into The Arden, you’re invited into the cozy Foyer, with a Living Room and Dining Room at each side. On the first floor, you’ll also find the Family Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Nook and a Powder Room. You’ll enjoy spending time with your loved ones in the spacious Family Room, which offers the luxury choice of adding a sliding glass door and a fireplace – perfect for those chilly fall and winter days! The expansive Kitchen features a center island and a large Butler’s Pantry with additional counter space for setting up your coffee station or baking mixer!

The Arden’s second floor features a roomy Master Suite with 2 large “his-and-hers” walk-in closets. The Master Bathroom features a large vanity and stall shower with an optional shower seat, as well as a powder room that is closed-off from the rest of the bathroom. There are 3 additional Bedrooms on the second floor with a Hall Bath, allowing plenty of space for the kids’ bedrooms or a guest room. The upper-level laundry room makes washing and folding your clothes as convenient as ever, especially with the option to add a counter and sink. (No more huffing and puffing while lugging your clothes up and down the stairs again!)

The optional Third Floor on The Arden is a space that can be utilized for many different purposes – from an office to a play area and more! We also offer the luxury choice to add the Unfinished Basement Foundation or a Finished Basement Foundation as opposed to the included Crawl Space. The Finished Basement includes an Office area and an expansive Den with an optional Wet Bar. A 2-Piece or 3-Piece Bathroom may be added to the Finished Basement, which many customers appreciate when entertaining guests!

In every Schaeffer Home, you’re able to choose all of your structural and design luxury choices, including color schemes and finishes – giving you the power to truly make this home your own! If you’d like to learn more about building The Arden on a homesite or in one of our communities in South Jersey, give us a call at 856-208-5118 or e-mail!


The Ellis: Jump-Start Home at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough

The Ellis: Jump-Start Home at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough

              Another Halloween has gone by in the blink of an eye, and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Soon enough, our belly’s will be full of turkey and the holiday season will be in full swing. If you’ve been searching for your dream home, we’ve got the perfect gift to add to your list: The Jump-Start Ellis at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough!

              At Carriage Mews, the Jump-Start Ellis at 102 Reena’s Way will be crafted on .34 acres with a settlement timeframe of only 7 months! Complete with 2,327 finished square feet, this beautiful 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Ellis will feature a Full Basement Foundation, 2-Car Side-Entry Garage, Sunroom, and so much more!

              The Ellis’ stunning exterior will include a Full Front Porch with Partial Stone, giving you the perfect outdoor space to step up your decorating game for future holidays! Every time you come home, you’ll be invited inside by your gorgeous Foyer and Living Room, where you’ll make amazing memories in the many years to come. You’ll fall in love with the first floor’s open layout between the Kitchen, Dining Room and Family Room, as well as the additional Sunroom that leads you to a Sliding Glass Door with Rear Steps into your backyard. On the second floor, the spacious Master Bedroom and Bathroom will feature an expansive Walk-In Closet and a Tile Shower Seat in the large Stall Shower. You’ll also find 3 additional second-floor Bedrooms, a Hall Bath, and a convenient Laundry Room that’ll save you the hassle of lugging dirty clothes downstairs. The Full Unfinished Basement will offer a Walk-Up Well with a Sliding Glass Door and additional Daylight Windows, as well as the ½ Bath rough plumbing for a future finished basement!

              Why spend this holiday season dreaming of a “White Christmas,” when you could be dreaming of beautiful color schemes for your brand-new cabinets and countertops? Reserve the Jump-Start Ellis today to personalize your new home’s interior colors and finishes! Treat yourself and your family this holiday season by investing your dream home built by Schaeffer Family Homes. For more information about the Jump-Start Ellis at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough, call us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail!

Featured Floor Plan: Meet the Blake!


Fun Fact: A lot of our floorplans are actually named after real people. Not celebrities or Presidents, but our own employees’ and homeowners’ unique and exuberant children! And our featured floor plan, the Blake, is no exception. Just like the real Blake, this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 2,934 square home, is one that you’ll adore the minute you both meet!


The Blake model boasts incredible curb appeal with its charming exterior. Choose from a portico or a full front porch, add dormers, or even a third floor. The exterior choices on this home are endless. Our Blake model home in Cherry Hill, located at 42 Berlin Rd is currently under construction and will be ready to tour by the end of this year, but until then, we will walk you through the Blake in this blog!!

Past your front door, you’ll find a charming foyer with a living room and a dining room on either side. The dining room, perfect for celebrations and family dinners, leads into a spacious kitchen, complete with an island, a charming breakfast nook, and a butler’s pantry. Best of all, the kitchen flows freely into the family room, which makes cooking and sharing meals together all the more special. Towards the back of the home you will find a powder room and an area that would make a perfect drop zone for coats, backpacks, and everything in between.

Upstairs on the second floor, luxury and leisure await in your spectacular master bedroom, which provides two large walk-in closets and a spa-like bathroom. Beyond your bedroom, you have 3 more spacious bedrooms, a full bathroom, and best of all, an upstairs laundry room.

Last but not least, if you want even more space in your new home, you have the choice to add a third floor that includes an unfinished attic space for additional storage, or finish the space and add a 5th bedroom and bathroom. At Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe that your home should look and feel exactly the way you want it to, so we always make sure that the most important choices are all yours.


From family dinners in the backyard to get-togethers with friends, every moment in your Blake home feels entirely and uniquely like you. If you’re ready to start your greatest adventure yet, Schaeffer Family Homes can’t wait to help you get settled in! For more information, please visit us or give us a call at 856-208-5118.

Featured Floor Plan: The Bolero

Spacious, charming, and filled with natural light, The Bolero is a warm and welcoming floor plan that’s easy to call home. With 4 comfortable bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,334 square feet of beautiful open space, Schaeffer Family Homes created this home for families like our own.Bolero Kitchen

Step inside and immediately feel the magic — high ceilings, a grand staircase, and a contemporary, expertly-designed layout greet you with open arms. With soft light coming in from large windows, you can’t help but love the luxurious and cozy aura that embraces you.

The charm of this home is easy to sense throughout each room, including large living, dining, and family rooms, and a gorgeous kitchen with a center island and warm nook to enjoy meals in the mornings. There’s no better place than this open and airy home to share the most special moments of your life!

Envision yourself relaxing morning and night in your elegant master suite, where a private, spa-like bathroom with a glass stall shower offers luxury whenever you want it. Not to mention, a roomy walk-in closet ensures that everything you need is right at your fingertips with the easiest access. An oasis built for leisure, your master suite is the bedroom that was always meant for you. Beyond the master suite, you’ll find three bedrooms and a quaint hall bathroom that ensure endless comfort for your family and guests.

Bolero Living Room

As functional and spacious as it is warm and comforting, The Bolero is where you want to spend your days. The greatest memories of your life are waiting to be made here! As promised, when you work with a team like Schaeffer Family Homes, you understand what it means to be a #1 priority. We provide the smoothest building process, so the moment you step into your new home is as sweet as can be.

For more information on The Bolero give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to work with you!

Featured Floor Plan: The Winston

A stunning 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom open floor plan, The Winston embodies  Schaeffer Family Homes promise of comfort and warmth for families of all sizes. Built with the highest quality and greatest care, this home is a place that tells the unique story of your family.

Winston Kitchen

When you open the door to The Winston, you’re greeted by a two-story foyer and spectacular turned staircase that glows with natural light from a vast window. Marvel at the beauty of high, vaulted ceilings and enough room for all of the furniture and decor pieces you’ve ever wanted.

You’ll feel the charm of this gorgeous home throughout each room, including a first-floor study, a large living and dining room, and a spacious kitchen that leads to a comfortable family room complete with a rear staircase. Share holiday meals, host friends, and enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday life.

In your large master suite, relax in pure luxury with a private bathroom that offers an incredible soaking tub and separate stall shower. The master also includes a large walk in closet. The ideal place to start your mornings and end your days, your master suite caters to all of your leisure needs.

Beyond the master suite, you will find 3 additional bedrooms that are spacious in size along with another full bath. At over 3,000 sq. ft., The Winston includes plenty of space and can be personalized to be the home of your dreams. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the Winston model. Choose from 3 alternate exterior choices including one that has a front porch that is perfect for morning cups of coffee. If more space is required ask about adding a sunroom off the kitchen or expanding the dining room.

Winston Entrance

If you’re looking for a warm and welcoming place that reflects your style and ensures comfort day in and day out, The Winston is the home for you. And of course, you can rest assured that our team at Schaeffer Family Homes provides the most rewarding and smooth building process, so the moment youstep into your new home feels as sweet as can be.


For more information on The Winston, please visit our page, or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to work with you!

Check Out Our New Homesite in Desirable Berlin!


For three generations, Schaeffer Family Homes has been building high-quality, affordable homes for families of all sizes. Our spacious and comfortable floor plans are designed to reflect your lifestyle and allow you to live the way you’ve always wanted!

Take a look at our new homesite on Washington Ave in Berlin, New Jersey, where any family can grow and create the greatest memories — you can choose from 3 models: the Worchester, the Willow, or the Blake. Located on one of the most historic streets in town, the property is just over 1/3 of an acre, and your new home will be situated on a beautiful tree-lined street.

Located in Berlin Borough, you will be part of one of the highest rated school districts in the area! Children attend Berlin Community School for K- 8th grade and Eastern Regional High School for 9th- 12th, where they’ll have top-notch academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. With a close proximity to bustling Philadelphia, as well as easy access to the Jersey shore, this convenient location is unmatched. You’re also near route 73, which brings along the area’s best shopping, restaurants, and recreation.


New Home Kitchen


First, we feature one of our newest models, the Blake, which includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,934 square feet of open space to call your own. You’ll fall in love with the home’s beautiful exterior which includes a large front porch that is perfect for morning coffee and late night chats. As you enter the home, you’ll have a spacious living and dining room that are perfect for holiday gatherings. Enjoy a butler’s pantry off of the dining room to store some of your favorite glassware. Beyond these rooms is the spacious great room which opens to the kitchen. With plenty of cabinets, a large center island, and a cozy nook for your kitchen table, the Blake is ideal for family gatherings and the open floor plan allows everyone to be together! On the second floor, you’ll find a master bedroom with two spacious walk-in closets and a private bathroom that includes an oversized stall shower. Three comfortable bedrooms and a laundry area complete the second floor. Looking for more space? The optional third floor provides a choice to have a finished attic that can be turned into the room of your choice!

With 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,236-2,336 square feet of space, the Worchester provides endless possibilities. The first floor offers a traditional center hall colonial layout with a two story foyer that lets in plenty of natural light. The dining room is situated in the front of the home, with the formal living room across from it. This space can also be turned into the perfect office or playroom, if you prefer. Beyond the living room is the cozy family room which opens to the kitchen and is ideal for entertaining. Upstairs boasts a large master suite with a spacious walk-in closet and a private bathroom. Three other bedrooms and another full bath complete the second level. A bonus room can be added over the garage if more space is needed! The Worchester offers many choices to personalize depending on your family’s needs. The flexibility and ability to customize make this plan a favorite!

Lastly, we feature another new floorplan, the Willow. This home provides 2,228 square feet of incredible space to make your own. The Willow includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and endless possibilities for expansion if you require more space. As you enter the home you will find a large dining room. Beyond is a butler’s pantry and easy access to the kitchen, making hosting a breeze! The kitchen includes a large center island and is open to a large great room. The second floor is where you’ll find the master bedroom and private master bathroom with an expansive walk-in shower. The 2nd floor comes complete with 3 more bedrooms, a full bathroom and a 2nd floor laundry room. Add the third floor if you need more space and turn this into a bonus room, play area, or home office!

For more information on this homesite and others we have available, visit our website or call us at 856-208-5118. We look forward to partnering with you on this incredible journey!

Design Center – Customize Your New Dream Home!

Choosing your home is one of the most important decisions you will make, from the outside architectural design and landscaping, to the location including community and schools. Next up comes the most fun and exciting part – customizing your dream home! This is where you can get creative, and we are here to guide you through the process. We strive to make your home as individual as you are.

Meet Christie!   

Upon signing the paperwork to build your new home, you will set your first of 2 appointments at your convenience with Christie Redner in the Design Center, with each appointment lasting 3 hours.  Here, she will help you make your selections in a casual environment that also provides one-stop shopping.

Home buyers will begin designing their home by selecting the exterior colors and finishes. Choose from 13 different included KP Vinyl siding colors. You have the ability to add stone, brick or accent siding to any home. All homes come included with Timberline dimensional roof shingles, again with many colors to choose from.

After you complete the exterior, you will begin designing your kitchen. The Design Center has a multitude of Aristokraft cabinet colors, wood types, styles and organizational features to truly personalize your new kitchen. Depending on your budget and style, you are able to choose from Quartz, Granite or Wilsonart Laminate Countertops. Make your dream kitchen become a reality!

Your Design Center Appointment will continue with selecting from many different Shaw flooring choices, Progress Lighting and Moen Plumbing fixtures.

Having all of the samples in one place is helpful for making color selections when viewing these pieces together.  Consider bringing along images of preferred designs, photographs or any color or fabric swatches to assist in making your selections. Some webistes we recommend to look through are Houzz and Pinterest.

The Design Center Experience is an enjoyable time and Christie does her best to guide you along while allowing you time to make selections at your own pace. Christie is our Director of Sales, and has been with Schaeffer Family Homes for over 7 years. She will walk you through the whole home buying process, from choosing your location to customizing your own personal choices. Her goal is to make sure that you are building the home of your dreams!

Check out a virtual tour of our Design Center and an additional picture gallery below. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey!


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

Get in touch!

Looking to Build Your Dream Home?

Contact us by filling out the form below and
we will be in touch with you shortly.