Schaeffer Family Homes has been building new homes and communities in South Jersey for over three generations! Much of our success can be contributed to the help of our hardworking and dedicated team members. We are excited to shine a well-deserved “Employee Spotlight” on Renee Verhoeven, our Property Manager and Administrative Assistant, who started as a part of our team in May of 1999!
Renee’s passion for her work is truly inspiring! She’s always willing to go above and beyond for everyone around her – from her teammates to her tenants – and she’ll never shy away from a challenge! Tim Schaeffer says, “Renee’s been my right hand for so long, at this point I can’t remember her not being there. Her experience and dedication always allowed me to take on a multitude of challenges without ever complaining.”
“Officially” speaking, Renee is our Administrative Assistant and Property Manager… but she certainly wears many different hats! Her passion for her work and her vast knowledge and experience in the industry have equipped her to take on and conquer any new project – big or small. Renee says her favorite part of her work is that, “I’m happy to have been trained in all departments of the business and enjoy being able to step in and help out wherever my help is needed. I love socializing with my tenants at the 55 and older community. There’s a lot of knowledge there to take in!”
Outside of work, Renee loves gardening and spending time with her granddaughter. She likes to go to parks and beaches to enjoy the outdoors with her family. Tim Schaeffer says, “Renee’s family has become an extension of our family over the years! Watching Renee’s daughter, Ashley, and the rest of her family grow has always been fun. And now that her son has made her a grandmother, a big part of her heart was stolen by her granddaughter.”
We are all very grateful to have such an awesome teammate like Renee! She’s a pleasure to work with and we can always count on her to lend a helping hand or teach us something new. Thank you, Renee, for everything you do for our team and your tenants!
Build your dream home in Southampton, NJ at 6 Angels Court! This “turnkey” homesite is ready for you to choose and personalize your favorite floorplan with a 10-month move-in timeframe! 6 Angels Court offers 1.07 gorgeous acres with gas utilities and well and septic available.
We’re featuring our Winston model at 6 Angels Court starting at a newly-reduced price of $499,900! This price includes our Signature Features Package with an Unfinished Basement and Side-Entry Garage. A signature feature of the Winston Model is its impressive two-story Foyer with a gorgeous turned staircase and natural light that shines through the dramatic Foyer window. This model also features a first-floor Study, large Living Room and Dining Room that are perfect for entertaining. The Winston offers an expansive eat-in Kitchen that opens to the Family Room with vaulted ceilings and a rear staircase to the second floor. The spacious Master Suite features a private Bathroom with a luxury soaking tub and separate stall shower. The second floor comes complete with an additional Full Bathroom and three more Bedrooms offering abundant closet space.
At 6 Angels Court, you can also choose from many of our other floorplans! Visit our web application here and click “6 Angels Court” on the map to see the different models we’re offering to build at this beautiful turnkey homesite: 6 Angels Court
Don’t miss this opportunity to build your dream home in Southampton! Ask us about our current incentives and how you can save 3% on your total purchase at 6 Angels Court in Southampton. Call us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail general.info@schaefferhomes for more information today!
10 Reasons to Buy A New vs. Used Home in 2020
When you’re looking into purchasing a new home, chances are you’ve started with a few Internet searches to see what’s on the market. You’ve likely explored many different listings and have visited several used homes before considering the idea of building new a home. Initially, it may seem that buying a used home offers you a “better deal” in comparison to building new. In the grand scheme of things, we know that’s just not the case… and we’ve got 10 ways to prove it!
Have questions? Interested in learning more about building a new Schaeffer Family Home? Call us today at 856-208-5118 or e-mail email@example.com!
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?
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!).
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to drop your donation off!
DEADLINE FOR DONATION DROP-OFF: Friday, 12/13 by 5pm.
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!
When you visit Schaeffer Family Homes’ Design Center, there’s a good chance you’ll be greeted by our company’s cutest employee: Brutus Schaeffer! Brutus isn’t like your typical Schaeffer Homes team member – he’s small, has fluffy paws, a wet nose… and, well, he’s a dog! We’re putting our “Employee Spotlight” on Brutus, the company’s “mascot” whose adorable antics have stolen a big piece of our hearts (and our customer’s, too!).
Brutus is a very lovable 15-year-old Shih Tzu who’s been trotting around our Design Center ever since he was a puppy. He relishes in the hustle and bustle of our team’s workday, with new people (or, as Brutus calls them, “new friends”) flowing in and out of the office. We asked Brutus what his favorite part is about being the Schaeffer Homes mascot, and he emphasized, “The amazing belly rubs and delicious treats! And there’s nothin’ better than working alongside your best friends – they always make me feel right at home! Although I must admit, the belly rubs and treats are a huge benefit to being part of the team.” It’s no secret that Brutus loves his doggy delicacies, and he’s an expert at sniffing out who has the best lunch in the office. When you don’t find Brutus wandering around the Design Center soliciting treats and belly rubs, chances are he’s lounging in the lobby or hangin’ out with his mom, Susan Schaeffer. (He’s always been a momma’s boy!) Brutus loves keeping track of who’s coming in and out of the Design Center throughout the day (he truly is a social butterfly).
At home, Brutus spends his free time playing with any toy that makes squeaky noises and – you guessed it – enjoying more tasty snacks! So, you might be wondering, what’s Brutus’ favorite treat? Brutus revealed (while licking his chops), “That’s a toughie. I love ALL treats! But I really, really, REALLY love peanut butter and FRUIT! Nothing’s more important than a balanced diet – especially for staying spry in the workplace.” If we’re sure about one thing, Brutus is as wise as he is cute. (And he is VERY cute.)
When the weather’s nice, Brutus loves going down the shore and spending time with his family and friends. Even though Brutus loves treats and squeaky toys, he did make one thing crystal clear: “Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with Mr. Squeakers and munchin’ on a good snack at home… but my favorite place to be is with my family down the shore, enjoying a nice stroll along the beach.” The more time you spend with Brutus, the more you realize he’s just like the rest of us!
We asked Brutus what he’s looking forward to in the workplace, and he said, “We’re currently working hard toward getting our new sales office in Cherry Hill completed! We’ll be moving there sometime soon – it’s The Blake model! I’m mostly excited to finally have my very own dog shower at work! Now I can run around and get as dirty as I want – at home AND at the office! How cool is that?” It’s no secret that Brutus is dreaming of spa treatments in his new dog shower, and our whole team is eager for the completion of our new sales office. (Stay tuned for The Blake’s Grand Opening in Cherry Hill and come check out the new dog shower option we’ll be offering for your new home!)
Everyone at Schaeffer Family Homes knows that the workday without Brutus just wouldn’t be the same! There’s nothing that lifts our spirits more than hearing the jingle of his collar when he gets into the office. Whether we’re happy or sad, relaxed or stressed, Brutus always manages to put a smile on our faces. If you adore dogs as much as we do, you’ll love being greeted by Brutus Schaeffer at your next appointment at our Design Center! For more information about building with Schaeffer Family Homes, call us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail email@example.com!
Halloween is an exciting time of year for everyone to enjoy! Whether you’re young or old, getting dressed up for trick-or-treating and costume parties is always a blast, and there are endless fall activities for people of all ages. At Schaeffer Family Homes, our favorite way to get in the Halloween spirit is by decorating our homes with spooky spiderwebs, ghastly ghouls and all things haunted! Here’s everything you need to know for making your home the most “wicked” trick-or-treating stop on the block:
Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without spiderwebs! Head over to the nearest dollar store or craft shop and grab a bunch of fake cobwebs. Not only are fake cobwebs quick and easy-to-use, but they can be utilized in so many different places! Our favorite spots to place our cobwebs are throughout walkway bushes and along the plants and decorations that sit on our doorsteps.
When decorating for fall and Halloween, we recommend sticking with a color scheme in each room to maintain a cohesive, yet festive feel. Choose a few colors that complement each other (for example: black, orange and white) and decorate within that color palette for each area. Mantels and fireplaces are a great space for fashioning a colorful Halloween-themed centerpiece at the heart of your home (along with a few cobwebs, perhaps?).
Mums are fall’s favorite flower, so swing by your local garden shop and stock up on this seasonal staple! Plant your mums in a decorative Halloween pot to liven up your front yard or doorstep. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids (or you’re just feeling extra festive), you can buy some plain flower pots or tins for your mums and paint them as ghosts, pumpkins, black cats and more!
Window space is very important when it comes to decorating for all holidays. Adorn your windows with creepy carve-outs, funky orange lights or fake cobwebs to take your space from homey to haunted.
Whether your yard is big or small, you should utilize its space! Use outdoor decorations and mysterious lighting to create spooky scenes. Maybe you’ll arrange a few witches around a smokey cauldron or display a headless horseman who’s ready to ride! Don’t be afraid to get creative and creepy with different ideas to make your home the most wicked on the block!
We love decking out our banisters for the holidays! At the craft store, you can buy all sorts of garland, lights and string to wrap around your banister’s handrails. If you want to keep your banister decorated through Thanksgiving, you can easily adorn it with garland made of fake fall leaves that make a lasting impression. Or, if you’re interested in taking the wicked route, you can use black garland and orange lights for an eerie atmosphere that’s perfect for Halloween.
Front doors aren’t just for wreaths! You can “mummify” your front door with white strips of paper and large googly eyes, or even turn it into a furry monster with fuzzy faux fur and fake teeth! There are endless ways to make your entryway spicy and spooky with wrapping paper or colored painters tape and more. Front doors and patios also offer a great opportunity to create a theme for your haunted home (for example: “The Morgue,” “The Witches Coven,” “The Potions Cellar,” and more!)
Real or fake, pumpkins are a necessity when it comes to Halloween. Festoon your doorstep with pumpkins galore! Whether you paint them, carve them, or leave them as-is, pumpkins are vital for getting in the Halloween spirit. Scatter pumpkins of all different shapes, sizes and colors in and around your home to complete your haunted house creation!
Whether you decide to use one, none or ALL of our decorating tips this Halloween, we know your Schaeffer Family Home will look as wicked as ever! Tag us in your decorating photos on Facebook or Instagram @SchaefferFamilyHomes and show us what you’ve got! From everyone at Schaeffer Family Homes, we hope you enjoy a thrilling, chilling and safe Halloween!
Schaeffer Family Homes is so excited to announce that our new community in Berlin Borough is officially open! This new community, “Carriage Mews,” will feature 16 beautiful homesites located next to our existing Carriage Stop and Lonaconing communities. Design your dream home in the heart of Berlin Borough, which is just a short drive away from Philadelphia and our amazing South Jersey shore points. Living in Berlin Borough offers our customers the best of both worlds – a quiet and charming neighborhood atmosphere that is still convenient to great shopping, tons of local restaurants, and train stations like Patco and New Jersey Transit!
The building process at Carriage Mews with Schaeffer Family Homes is sure to be an exciting one! With prices starting in the $350s, you have the opportunity to choose your homesite and design your favorite floorplan with many different options that will make this home your own. Every home at Carriage Mews includes an unfinished basement and luxury choices like 42” cabinets and HD laminate counter-tops in the kitchen, ceramic tile in the master and hall baths, and more!
Families with children will love the fact that Berlin Borough’s K-8 public school, Berlin Community School, is just a short walk away from their doorstep through the neighborhood. Berlin Borough’s public high school students will attend Eastern High School in Voorhees, NJ.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an amazing community and build your brand-new home at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough! We’re officially taking homesite reservations and signing contracts for our customers! Call us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or learn more about building your dream home at Carriage Mews!
Choosing a floorplan that’s perfect for you and your family can be challenging, but when it comes to The Newport, it’s hard to go wrong! At Schaeffer Family Homes, The Newport is one of our most popular and versatile floorplans. This charming ranch-style home, which starts at 2,005 square-feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, offers unlimited possibilities when it comes to personalization.
When we work with our customers in the Design Center to customize their Newport, they can choose from three different exterior styles and various structural options, most of which are unique for a ranch-style home. Curious what we mean by “unique?” In The Newport’s “B” and “C” architectural designs, you can choose to finish the second floor and add options like the additional fourth and fifth bedroom. Although these additional second-floor rooms are traditionally used as bedrooms for kids or guests, many of our customers have fashioned them into at-home gyms, playrooms, “man-caves” or entertainment centers!
The Newport features a spacious master suite tucked away on the first floor with an incredible private bathroom and roomy walk-in closet. The great room, kitchen and dining rooms are designed with an open floorplan concept, which creates a flexible environment for hosting guests or spending quality time with the family.
At the heart of the kitchen is an angled center-island with a sink, perfect for your more “laid-back” meals or enjoying a cup of coffee before work. The large windows at the great room and dining room allow sunlight to radiate through the entire first floor, making for a naturally bright and welcoming atmosphere. At the front of the home are the second and third bedrooms, which many customers have utilized alternatively as a study or library. The included 2-car garage in The Newport provides enough room for your cars and storage, with an entrance that leads to the laundry and mud room.
Owning a Newport feels a lot like the movie “50 First Dates” – as each day passes, you fall in love all over again! And when you come home exhausted from work or running errands, there’s nothing that compares to pulling into your driveway and being greeted by your beautiful brand-new Schaeffer Home. (Trust us – we know from experience!)
No matter how you decide to design your Newport, we know that everyone who steps inside will feel right at home! Take the first step toward building your own Schaeffer Family Home – contact us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail email@example.com to learn more today!
Fall is an exciting time of year – the leaves start changing colors, the weather cools down and there are endless exciting fall events to attend with family and friends! Throw on your fall jacket and take advantage of these fabulous and fun events coming up this September and October!
Time: 11am – 7pm
Location: Freedom Park – 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055
Experiencing Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is on many people’s bucket lists, and fortunately, the next best thing is only a short drive away in Medford, NJ on Saturday, September 21st! Take a trip over to Freedom Park for Medford’s biggest party of the year – complete with three stages of live music, a massive beer tent featuring local and national craft beers, German food and food trucks, kids’ activities, a traditional stein holding contest and more! There will also be local vendors and crafters selling clothing, decorations and more! The best part? Admission and parking are FREE!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/403516393626810/
The Evesham Harvest Fest is one of the most popular fall festivals in South Jersey! With over 90 local crafters and artists, local food vendors, live music, games and more, we’re sure you won’t want to miss stopping by this event on Saturday, September 28th!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2581825611835966/
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Location: Camden County Technical Schools, 343 Berlin Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, New Jersey 08081
Check out the first annual Food Truck and Fall Craft Festival on Saturday, October 5th in Sicklerville! This festival will feature local food trucks and craft vendors, live entertainment, scarecrow-making, raffle baskets, pumpkin painting and more! Pumpkins and mums will also be sold, with proceeds benefitting the FFA Chapter at Camden County Technical Schools. To make things even better – admission is FREE!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/394254404730853/
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Station Ave, Haddon Heights, NJ, 08035
One of the best parts about fall is visiting local festivals for family fun and entertainment! The Haddon Heights Fall Festival will feature local entertainment, a “Kids Zone” with all proceeds going to support community projects, as well as three blocks of vendors including artists, businesses promoting their services, crafters offering a wide variety of handmade items, food vendors, municipal services and non-profits! Spend the day with friends and family by supporting local “mom-and-pop shops” and participating in exciting fall activities!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/905879106433827/
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Mainstage Center for the Arts, 27 S Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012
There’s nothing better than enjoying a gorgeous fall day outdoors. Stop by the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 6th for some cider doughnuts, live music and entertainment, fun games, shopping and, of course, PUMPKINS! Partake in fun fall activities like pumpkin painting, hayrides, amusement rides, scarecrow making, bounce houses, pumpkin carving contests, face painting and more!
Visit www.mainstage.org for more information!
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Location: JJ Bootleggers, 35 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Living in South Jersey means being close to one of the greatest cities in the world – Philadelphia! This 21+ event may not be great for kids, but it’s the perfect fall activity for adults looking for something new and exciting! This event features five Philly bars and restaurants, premium hard ciders and 3,000 (yes – 3,000!) custom doughnuts! What could be better than enjoying a crisp hard cider and delicious doughnuts at the same time?
For more information or to get tickets, visit: https://phillyciderdoughnut.eventbrite.com
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Cooper River Park, 5300 North Park Drive, Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109
If you love eating Italian food (and really, who doesn’t?), then the Italian American Festival at Cooper River is where you want to be on Saturday, October 12th! The Italian American Festival will be an amazing event filled with Italian traditions, delicious food, kids activities, live entertainment, Italian-made automobiles, local wine and a beer garden! This event, hosted by the New Jersey Sons of Italy, is great for friends and even the whole family to get outside and enjoy some incredible eats!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/537775980084269/
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Mainstreet in Woodbury, NJ
Halloween is right around the corner, and that means costumes, candy and ghost stories! Try something new and exciting this Halloween and take a guided spooky walking ghost tour through Historic Woodbury, New Jersey! This event is family-friendly but may not be appropriate for young children.
For tickets and more information, visit: http://mainstreetwoodbury.org/ghost-tours-2019/?fbclid=IwAR3uuchnsEVyz8USzwF2SW9VcWCOHxspy5wESnU17__s-O9N386Ig_0aqd0
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: 2400 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, NJ 08043
Get the family together for some fall fun on Saturday, October 26th in Voorhees for the Halloween & Fall Festival! Parking and admission are FREE! This event will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, live music, a costume parade, local food trucks and MORE! The Sustainable Voorhees Greenfair will also be offering fun activities like making re-usable tote bags and crafting bird feeders out of paper towel rolls!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/712119892561606/
Second Annual Port Richmond Fall Festival – Saturday, October 26th
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Location: Friends of Campbell Square, Belgrade St & East Allegheny Ave (Port Richmond), Philadelphia, PA
Head across the bridge to Philadelphia for Port Richmond’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival in Campbell Square Park! Along with fun activities like costume contests, there will be Trick of Treating for the kids, live entertainment, local food trucks and beer for the adults!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2286795341398149/
When you’re not busy snuggling up in your Schaeffer Family Home this fall, we hope you get a chance to attend some of these amazing events the South Jersey and Philadelphia area has to offer! We hope to see you there!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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/