Small Projects That Can Make A Big Difference

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Spring has always been a great time to update your home. Take a look at these home design updates that will instantly brighten your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers or simply more enjoyable for you.

The front door is your home’s first impression. Installing a new and stylish front door will be a warm welcome to your home. Adding French doors leading to your outdoor space can bring much needed light into your home and make a room feel big and airy. French doors can also turn an unused formal living room into a functional office. How about installing a barn door to add a fresh feel to your kitchen pantry or add one to your bedroom to give it a cozy and comfortable look.

Now is the perfect time to think outside of the home when looking for ways to enhance both the beauty and quality of life for you and your family. A deck addition or replacement is the perfect choice for grilling and entertainment. Decks can be built off of the lower floor of your home or they can also be added to an upper level room in a rooftop setting.

Enhanced curb appeal is important to most homeowners and the most dramatic transformation that will instantly get attention is the addition or an enhancement of the front porch. An impressive entry way can be showcased with a beautifully designed and built porch that is also useful for relaxation with neighbors and family!

Your kitchen is a great place to start when it comes to upgrades. A new back splash is a high impact improvement that makes a world of difference. Adding an island is a great way to increase storage and seating to a small kitchen. An eat-in kitchen offers a big advantage when you are ready to sell your home. Consider adding a built in bench with a banquet table for a unique touch.

Adding new light fixtures is an easy way to update your home. Painting your home in bright, neutral colors will always go a long way to making your home feel clean and new. If you are painting, you might as well go the extra mile and upgrade your switch plates and replace your doorknobs as well. Taking the time to make these little changes can make a big difference.

Sprucing up your home will give you a well-deserved sense of relaxation when you walk through the door. Decide on the upgrade that your home needs the most and contact the Schneider Custom Builders team to make your small project dreams a reality. You will be glad you did!

Love Your Home (Again)

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You loved your home when you purchased it, right? So why is it every time you walk into your kitchen (or bath or any other space in your home) you feel dissatisfied.  Like this homeowner, have you lost that loving feeling?  We love this write-up from a local woman who discovered Schneider Custom Builders.

When I purchased my home, I loved the layout of my kitchen. The countertops and cabinets were in good shape and functional.  But after a little more than a decade of being married to them, the magic was gone.  The cabinets were getting worn and the countertops were as out of date as a 90’s boy band. My kitchen needed a face-lift. I wanted to love my kitchen again. Read More

Top Kitchen and Bath Design Trends of 2016

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The modern American home is constantly evolving, and while some trends go in and out of style, others take their place in the design arena and stick around. The trends that stand the test of time are often those that allow people to live more comfortably and get more use out of their home.

When it comes to home design, kitchen and bath renovation projects still remain at the top of the list for most homeowners. But what are people demanding from these upgrades?


Here are a few trends we’ve seen in 2016 here at Schneider Custom Builders, (and we expect them to stick around):

  • Kitchens with Style – Kitchens used to be all function, no form, but recently we’ve seen that families have been moving more and more toward creating stylish kitchens that marry the look and feel of the rest of the house.
  • Cool and Calm Bathrooms – Your bathroom should feel like your own personal spa, and there are so many design options available to help you find calm in these rooms. Cool tones for countertops, fixtures, flooring, and bath/shower surrounds were a big trend for bathrooms this year, and we expect to see these trends continue.
  • Taking Some Design “Risks” – If you are in the market to build your own custom home, or are considering a large renovation project, why not make it uniquely yours? While families are often concerned about resale value down the road, and tend to opt for traditional design and architecture for that reason, we believe your home should fit your lifestyle since you will be the ones living in and enjoying it now!
  • Industrial Design – We showcased our urban, transitional lodge with industrial design elements earlier this year, and this vacation home on the Eastern Shore was a hit with our Facebook, Houzz and blog followers, as well as the happy homeowners. Industrial design adds a powerful touch of uniqueness, with a look that appreciates raw, unfinished elements and marries a manufacturing district look and feel with the comforts of home. From lighting choices to exterior materials, we’d be happy to help you incorporate this interesting style into your next project.

SCB-Colpitts-Slider-RevWhen you look around your home and see spaces that look old, outdated, or simply not the right look for your family’s lifestyle, give us a call. We pride ourselves on building homes that are more than just beautiful – they are designed with you in mind to help you live your life more fully and find more use and enjoyment in your living spaces.

If you are looking to build a new primary home, invest in a vacation property or improve upon your existing home with a custom renovation, we would love to talk with you. Give Schneider Custom Builders a call and let us help you take that first step toward your dream home: 757-819-4466.



Should I Remodel My Existing Home or Build a New Custom Home?

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It seems to be the age old question: should I remodel my existing home or start from scratch with a blank slate to build something new, exactly to my liking?  If you feel your current space is no longer working for you, you may be weighing the pro’s and con’s of both options. We like to tell our clients there is always more that one way to get what you want, and when you work with a custom, design-build builder like us, you are in good hands no matter which path you take.

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If you are on the fence, asking yourself: “Is building a new home our best bet, or should we remodel our current home,” we have some thoughts to consider to help you decide:

Location plays a huge determining factor here for most families. Is staying in your current neighborhood a high priority? Will moving impact your children’s school, your commute to work or your social life? Perhaps you bought your home when proximity to local businesses was important, but now you long for some solitude on the coast in the form of a beach style retreat.

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Real estate experts and housing studies reflect a steady increase in home remodeling spending, projecting to reach almost $325 billion by 2017. But is it always more economical to renovate your existing home? Not necessarily. If downsizing your empty nest, or adding strategic square footage to accommodate adult children and grandkids when they visit is on your list of priorities, starting with a blank slate to get exactly the floor plan you want might be a better use of your budget.

Going Green
Remodeling or building a new home is an opportunity to make a conscious effort to reduce your impact on the environment with green building. A green kitchen remodel using energy-efficient appliances can increase a home’s value more than installing basic appliances. Building a new home using a high-efficiency HVAC system, energy-efficient wall and ceiling assemblies, and energy-saving appliances and technology reduces average utility costs while minimizing your carbon footprint! Schneider Custom Builders recently earned its Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP) designation from NAHB, solidifying our expertise as green building contractors.


Serving Hampton Roads and Coastal Virginia – from Norfolk to the Eastern Shore – Schneider Custom Builders understands that your home is your family’s most significant investment. It is the center of family life and entertaining, and is your personal retreat. We pride ourselves as the custom builders who give our clients the very best, either through renovating the property they’ve cherished for years, or crafting their dream home on a new plot of land. We handle it all and do not compromise quality in the process.

This is why we do not build you a house… we build you a home! Whether you stay put or relocate, Schneider Custom Builders is well equipped to work WITH you, not simply FOR you, to create a home that allows you to enjoy the lifestyle you deserve.  When you’re ready to discuss your plans for the next few years, give us a call. We look forward to working with you.


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Don’t Just Renovate to Sell – Renovate to Enjoy!

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We hear it all the time: “I want to upgrade my house to get it ready to put on the market.” Although we certainly understand the importance of updating your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers, it’s fascinating what folks will spend on others that they won’t spend on themselves. Why would you want to have a new owner enjoy these upgrades when you can enjoy them yourself?

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If you’re considering moving and selling your home, whether in the next year or in the next ten years, you’re probably looking around your home to assess what potential buyers will have on their wish list. While your overall property value is good to keep in mind, ask yourself what you would want most out of your own home? The areas of your home that are “fine” or “okay for now” have the potential to serve you better to maximize the time you are living there. Remodeling these areas will help you enjoy your spaces even more!

We have worked with clients to bring new life to their kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and more, and after their renovation project is complete, they rave to us about how they wish they had made these upgrades years ago! Sometimes it can be hard to imagine what you are missing out on in your home when you haven’t stopped to think about the possibilities.


There are a number of reasons to upgrade your home sooner rather than later. Accommodating a change in lifestyle such as an empty nest, an in-law moving into the home, or repurposing a room all call for a significant remodel. From adding much-needed storage throughout the home to updating the look and feel of your old appliances, fixtures and features, it’s important to take stock of what you currently have, and identify why it is no longer working for you. This will help to frame the scope of your project for a massive overhaul versus simple upgrades incorporated throughout the home.

It’s important to be mindful that not everyone will be as thrilled with your renovations as you. If you want a very bold look for a certain room, or to convert a guestroom or powder room in a way that limits its use, these may be changes that you’ll regret when it comes to selling your house. It is important to keep in mind that everyone has different tastes, while also granting yourself the freedom to express your own style. Talk with the custom renovation experts at Schneider Custom Builders about which remodeling decisions are more permanent than others.

We pride ourselves on decades of building the highest quality renovations and custom homes in the Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore and beyond. Uncover the countless ways you can fall in love with your home all over again by talking with us about renovating your home to enjoy, rather than sell!

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Holiday Wish List – Home Remodel Plans for 2016

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This is the time of year when families gather indoors for Christmas parties and New Years Eve festivities. Greenery and stockings around your mantle, candles illuminating each of the windows and the centerpiece on your countertop mean your house either shines, or falls flat. This is a great time to take a look at your home with a careful eye and ask yourself if it’s time for that renovation you’ve been dreaming about.

Holiday gatherings inevitably bring people in the living room and kitchen. It’s a great time to share remodeling ideas and discuss how others have their homes designed, and also to see your own in action with many people using these spaces. Our kitchens and dining rooms are rarely used to their full potential, but with large holiday dinners, functionality is certainly put to the test. Is there enough oven space? Or would a double oven better handle cooking different dishes at various temperatures and save you a headache? Is your kitchen prep area well-lit with easy access to the sink, trash can and pantry? Would a second sink or possibly a more open layout between the kitchen, dining room and living room be useful or encourage socializing?


Holiday cooking for large groups makes many of us wish for that built-in wine fridge, butcher block surface, expanded kitchen island, warming station, hanging cookware rack or many other upgrades.  Now is the best time to ask yourself what you really want out of your kitchen and living areas. You may not have even realized what your spaces were missing until the relatives announced they were coming into town. Don’t spend another year regretting that you don’t have these upgrades – start planning now to make your kitchen and dining room your favorite spaces in the house!

Your home has served you well for many years, but this winter it’s time to address the things you like, and especially dislike, about your home. Give the custom building experts at Schneider Custom Builders a call to begin planning the upgrades on your home wish list this year, so that yours can be the star of the neighborhood year round.

We can do this work in any season – these aren’t summertime projects. Get ahead of the curve and lock into the production schedule to ensure your project is top priority and will be finished early in the year so you can enjoy the improvements to your home before winter is even over.

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Recent Projects Highlight for Fall 2015

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Entering into a new season of Fall has us reflecting on some of the projects we’ve completed recently. This year has been a successful one for us thus far, as we continue to help homeowners in the Hampton Roads area and on the Eastern Shore build their dream home.


These two homes share several of Schneider Custom Builder’s signature design elements with careful attention to the custom cabinetry, functional use of light and space, and truly unique woodworking. These two new homes reflect the range of our expertise – from a beach house on the Eastern Shore decked in modern elegance to a traditional home with bold design elements nestled in a partially wooded lot, Schneider Custom Builders has the decades of experience to accommodate every homeowner’s tastes.


This yellow beach house on the Chesapeake Bay welcomes and soothes with its functional spaces and touches of modern elegance. The bright and bold colors in the spacious laundry room are balanced by the comforting, calm tones of the main living spaces. A large, open kitchen complete with unique pendant lights seamlessly incorporates a prep station and tile backsplash into the main focal point of a stunning quartz island. With natural light and views of the water coming through each energy efficient window, this space creates the feel of the ultimate vacation getaway in everyday life.

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Next, we introduce this gem tucked away into a wooded landscape. Upon first step into the entryway, you are welcomed by a magnificent sweeping wood staircase that was built right on site. A traditional kitchen with old-fashioned stove hood and farmhouse sink offer distinct touches of timeless style, with the stainless steel appliances adding a touch of modern design. Each bathroom in the home is truly unique from each other, with a bright, bold powder room to various styles of tubs, showers and sinks. The exterior architectural features nestle this home into its surroundings with an inviting walkway, partial privacy wall, and second-story balcony to extend the living space to the outdoors.

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Give Schneider Custom Builders a call at 757.819.4466 to discuss your very own ideas for your dream home, so that we can start making it a reality today.

Renovating Your Home? Why You Should Work with a Design Build Firm

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We are often asked about the difference between building a new custom home and taking on a remodeling project. To us, the approach is the same.

“I go into a kitchen or bath renovation and ask the homeowner the same questions I would if they were building an entirely new house. I ask about their lifestyle and what kind of design they would like and marry that with their budget,” says Jim Schneider, owner of Schneider Custom Builders. “We view renovations with the same blank slate as new construction, just on a smaller scale.”

As we previously discussed in our “Building a Home? Why You Should Work With a Design Build Firm” post, the benefits of using a design-build firm for a new home construction are numerous. But Schneider Custom Builders doesn’t just build stunning dream homes from the ground up. We also welcome the opportunity to improve existing homes by remodeling kitchens and baths and building additions, and the benefits of using a design-build approach are present for these projects too.

Using traditional design-bid-build methods, remodeling contractors only manage the construction phase of a project. Design-build, on the other hand, uses a more integrated, collaborative approach where both design and build processes are managed under one roof.


Here are some benefits you’ll appreciate by choosing to work with a design build contractor for your home renovation project:

• The “one-stop shop” nature of design-build allows you to get to know your builder well and be more involved throughout the project.

• A design-build company can calculate the cost of each element starting in the design phase of a project, and make adjustments as needed throughout the renovation without having to charge you additional fees. For this reason, a design-build company can be more upfront with the costs for the total remodel.

• With over 30 years of experience as a builder, Jim Schneider is a trusted name in the industry and has the certifications and credentials to ensure your home is safe in his hands.

• Through careful, efficient management of both schedules and budgets, a design-build remodeling contractor maximizes resources and avoids unnecessary obstacles.

• An integrated design and construction team ensures clear, consistent communication throughout the entire remodeling process.

If you are dreaming about an updated kitchen or adding a bonus room to extend your living area, there is no better time than now to make it a reality. Give Schneider Custom Builders a call at 757.819.4466 to discuss your project and learn how our design build approach will help you fall in love with your home all over again.


Have You Seen Our Interactive Gallery?

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At Schneider Custom Builders, we take pride in the unique, quality products and materials we use to build and renovate homes. We also love to make the design process as easy as possible as you for the homeowner. SCB’s Interactive Gallery allows you to hover over features in some of our favorite spaces to see the models, colors and other specs of the brands we use. Take, for example, this photo of the kitchen in our Eastern Shore Roundhouse. From floors to appliances, hover and click learn more about the aspects of the room that appeal most to you.

Visit the Interactive Gallery to explore the examples of the spaces Schneider Custom Builders can build for you. When you’re ready to start your custom home or renovation project, we will be too! Contact our home building and remodeling professionals online or call at 757-819-4466.

Timeless Kitchen Cabinets in 2015

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The holidays are a time when most homeowners spend more time in the kitchen than usual. The demands of extra cooking and baking as well as the tendency for guests to gather in the kitchen may highlight “problem areas” in the space. Examples of design challenges include too little counter space, poor or dated lighting and most importantly, inadequate storage. We talk to homeowners daily who know that they need to update their cabinets, either for smarter storage or for aesthetic reasons, but who don’t know where to start. If this is your situation, take heart. The design pros at Schneider Custom Builders are here to help. Read More