Building a Family-Friendly Home

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One of the biggest things to consider when working with a designer to build a home is this: will it be a family space? Although it might seem like any home can be family space, there are small things to consider that can make a huge difference. For instance:

  1. Do you, or will you have children in your home? This will determine whether you’ll want to build a spare room where your children will be able to play and create, to keep mess and noise in one area. It can also matter for safety – for instance, carpeted stairs are safer for children than wood floored stairs, and rounded edges on countertops can be safer when little ones are running around!
  2. Will you have older family members in your home? Railings on stairways, spare bedrooms downstairs, walk-in showers, higher outlets and other small considerations can make everyday life easier for elderly family members who are visiting or staying with you.
  3. Will you have pets in your home? Pets can make a huge difference in the type of flooring you choose for your home, as well as your outdoor spaces. If you are planning on having dogs in your home, you might not want to go with an expensive hardwood floor because you run the risk of scratches. If you have pets that enjoy the outdoors, you may want to consider a fenced outdoor space or a screened porch so they can spend time outside without constant supervision.

If you are buying or building family-friendly home, 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.

What Makes the Perfect Vacation Home?

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With summer approaching, more and more people are planning for vacations. This means they are either on the lookout for rentals for their family and friends, or working on building or renovating a home of their own to rent to others.

If you’re one of these summertime planners, you know that not just any house is the perfect vacation spot. Vacation homes are carefully planned to fit a specific aesthetic, accommodate large numbers of people and provide a relaxing atmosphere.

So, how do you build the perfect vacation home? As always, our designers and builders are equipped with right tools and experience to help you through the process, but here are a few considerations of your own to make:

  1. Space: How many people will your home accommodate? Keep this in mind throughout the design process not only to choose the number of bedrooms, but also for considering the size and function of other rooms. How big should the dining area be? Is the kitchen equipped to fit the hustle and bustle of dinnertime with a large number of helpers? Are there enough bathrooms?
  2. Atmosphere: No one wants to spend a summer vacation or winter retreat inside of a dark and confined home. Use window placements to let light in at the right time and provide peaceful views (especially in an oceanfront house), and keep ceilings high to help the space feel large and airy.
  3. Style: Even in a vacation home, exterior and interior style can differ from house to house. Some homeowners prefer to go with a complete beach or coastal theme, while others like to maintain a classic or modern style with just hints of waterfront living. Our experts are great at blending styles, helping your home fit in with the surrounding community while still standing out to possible renters.

If you’re ready to get started on creating the perfect vacation home, give us a call at (757) 819-4466 or visit our office today!

Which Design Style is Right for You?

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Building a home is full of important decisions, and the plethora of options can make each one feel tougher than it should be. Our design team is full of experts that can help you choose a style for your home that works best for you and will make you excited to come home each day, but you may still be scouring the internet and magazines for ideas before you give us a call.

If you’ve searched, pinned ideas and taken style quizzes, and still aren’t sure where to start, it’s time to take a look at our portfolio! Here is our guide to picking the right design style, based on our past builds:

  1. Modern: If you favor clean lines, minimalistic design and neutral colors, a modern home may be the one for you! This design can make any home feel elegant, and is a great option for making your living space stand out if you’re in a suburb where every house looks the same. Take a look at this past project as an example:

  2. Beach living: There are a number of reasons to design your home on a beach theme: it’s your family’s vacation home, it’s your beach or waterfront rental property, or you just love the bohemian feel that a beachy home gives! If any of those reasons align with your home-building goals, a beach cottage-type home may be the one for you. Here is an example of a classic beach community home we designed:

  3. Classic: If you like the feel of a traditional home where the entire family will be able to enjoy the space and the design will withstand the test of time and fluctuating trends, a classic home is right for you. If you aren’t sure what we mean, check out this project and its beautiful hardwood floors, cabinet work and open space:

If you’ve picked a design style and are ready to get started, or if you don’t see something you like and are ready for an entirely custom build, give us a call at (757) 819-4466 or visit our office today!

What Every Homeowner Wishes For In Their Next Contractor

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Every future homeowner hopes the homebuilding process is a seamless one from breaking ground to move in day. This is where working with the right contractor can make a significant difference. That said, you may not know WHAT items should be on your Contractor Wish List, so here are some things to consider as you search:

They Communicate Effectively and Often
A great contractor knows how important it is to keep YOU, the client, in the loop. They understand this is your dream home, and want it to reflect your family. This requires open, constant and effective communication. Ask potential contractors about their communication process, and ask for references! Reading through reviews and making a few calls will tell you what you need to know about their communication skills.

They Develop and Stick To Realistic Budgets
A great contractor knows you have a budget and want to stick to it. They’ll take this into consideration as you work together to build your home. When you meet with them, do they promise you the moon? Take a step back and make sure what is being offered is possible within your set budget. Are they honest about limitations? This openness is essential. The right contractor knows right away whether or not a request you make is possible within your budget, and consistently makes choices and provides options that reflect this.

They Offer Design Ideas To Improve The Overall Finished Home
A great contractor offers ideas to compliment your design vision. Designing an entire house can be a challenge- a fun challenge- but a challenge nonetheless. Clients bring a lot of great ideas to the table. After all, you know what you’re looking for. Contractors bring knowledge as to what does and does not tend to work. Your contractor should be able to marry the two well. Your new ideas + their experience should always equal the perfect home for your family. Take a look at their past homes. Do you like the final outcomes? Is there a variety? Does the design throughout the home seem to flow? If you answer “Yes” to all of those, you’re likely off to a great start.

They Offer a Warranty and Follow-Up Service
A great contractor stands behind their work. Does your contractor offer a warranty and follow-up service? Be sure the answer to this is “YES”.

These are just a few of the things a great contractor will provide. Schneider Custom Builders offers all of this, and so much more. Give us a call today at 757.819.4466 to discuss your needs, and let’s get started on your dream house!

Take The Scare Out Of Building That Custom Home

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Building your dream home is a rewarding, exciting experience, but fear often keeps people from pursuing it. We love seeing the joy clients experience as they go through the process of turning their ideas into a home. Here are some reasons you can trust Schneider Custom Homes to make the process easy, fun and rewarding:

Experience
Our business started in 1984 and has grown leaps and bounds since then. We have decades of experience working with architects and designers to build beautiful residential homes (including vacation and retirement).

We have established quality partnerships with experts in all areas of home building. These relationships help us as we strive to build the perfect home for you and your family. We enjoy an excellent reputation in our area, including the Eastern Shore. We’ve spent years learning the best practices for a business like ours, to the point of perfectionism, some might say.

Design Build
After we meet to discuss exactly what you’d like in your custom home, we’ll start with a design agreement. This helps ensure we’re all on the same page from the beginning. Next, we’ll put your ideas to paper. This is when things start getting exciting- There’s nothing like seeing your dream start taking shape!

Once the initial design is approved, we create computer-aided design files, finalize the design and the pricing, and we get started! We involve you in the entire process start to finish, and even offer an Owner Maintenance Program for those who are interested in having us help with future maintenance needs.

Architects
We know that a successful project requires a great architect, and we’ve assembled the best of the best. We are known for working to bring everyone involved in a project together. Our flexibility lets us address changes quickly and succcessufuly.

Warranty 
We stand behind the work we do, but we know things go wrong sometimes. We offer a great home owner warranty that includes 1 year workmanship, 2 year systems, and 10 year structural coverage.

If you’re ready to put our years of experience to work for you, give us a call today at 757.819.4466. It’s time to get started!

Dream Home Planning Tips

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Dreaming up your custom dream home can be an exciting but daunting task. With so many design options available, it can be difficult to narrow it down, but here are some tips to get you started, and help break the process down:

Make a List
Begin by making a list of the non-negotiable items. These are the features you know your new home must have. Is there a specific kitchen design you’ve always dreamed of? A particular type of entryway? Most of the time when a customer is planning their dream home, they can easily list a few things they can’t live without. Start there!

Visualize Your New Home
As you search for ideas, be sure to bookmark any ideas you really love. You can create a dream board from magazine clippings, or use the ever popular Pinterest. Use whatever method works best for you. You may realize your style evolves as you work room by room to create the big picture, which is why visualization is so important. And, of course, bring those ideas when you meet with our team to talk about your dream home!

Plan Ahead
Often we want to plan for the life we’re leading right now, but be sure and think ahead to what the future might hold. Are you planning to add to your family? Will you need a space for an elderly relative to stay in the future? While we can’t predict everything that’s to come, it’s a good idea to build your home with possibilities in mind. We can always add on to homes, or make necessary remodels, but planning ahead can save you a lot of time, stress and money.

Check out our new Custom Home Gallery
We work with countless design styles, and we know we can take your dream and turn it into a reality. If you don’t see something you like, don’t worry, we’re a phone call away or you can visit our office and spend time with our design team to develop a home that is uniquely yours.

It’s Time To Finish Those Projects

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As we move out of summer and into a new season, it’s a great time to think about those big fall projects. With the kids heading back to school, and life returning to business as usual, why not take this opportunity to finally get those dream projects done? Here are some areas where we can be a great resource for you.

Additions
Often when homeowners begin thinking about home additions, they think in terms of building out. Have you considered building up? This is a great option for those with limited space around their home or restrictions such as water or trees. Whether it’s building an extra room over the existing garage or adding a complete second story – building up can be a great solution to your space needs. Regardless of the space you have available, we can help.

Remodels
When you walk through your home, are you happy with what you see? Is there a bathroom or kitchen you’ve been dying to do a complete overhaul on? You’ll be amazed at the difference a remodel will make, not only in home value, but also in the joy and renewal it can bring. We have customers tell us how they enjoy cooking again, or cooking together, because the kitchen is now a comfortable, functional space. Or, that the master bath finally feels like a spa and place of relaxation, not frustration.

Give us a call today at 757.819.4466 to discuss your new room, additional floor addition or remodeling needs. We’re detail-oriented craftsmen who are experts on code compliance, as well as knowing what tends to work for families like yours.

Have You Turned Your Dream Into A Reality Yet?

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If you’re like most people, chances are you made some goals in January, and if you followed our suggestion, some of those are for home improvement projects.  Whether it was to take steps toward building or updating your dream home, or updating your kitchen or master bath.

Now, halfway through 2017, we’re asking, “How’s that going?” Is the idea you have for a garage makeover still just an idea or have you given us a call to discuss making it a reality? How about the room you’ve always wanted to add on, or the back deck you’ve dreamed of?

If the dream is still a dream, there’s still time to turn it into a reality this year.  Best of all, when you work with Schneider Custom Builders, we do all the work – it may be the easiest goal you ever accomplish! And, you and your family will love having the home and amenities you’ve always wanted.

Whether your project is big or small, we give every effort the same attention to detail. We’re here to decrease the stress involved with large and small home projects from start to finish. Take a look at our project gallery, and give us a call today (757) 819-4466 to discuss how we can do the same for you. It’s not too late!

Creating Shaded Spaces This Summer

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One of the most common remodeling projects homeowners invest in during the summer months is outdoor living spaces. Whether you want an outdoor kitchen or patio that adds great value to the home, or a beautiful space for entertaining and simply enjoying an evening outdoors, we have some great ideas.

As you plan for  your summer remodeling project, take into consideration the addition of shaded spaces. Adding a gazebo or covered structure to your home will add beauty and offer much needed relief from the summer heat. Not only can we create the outdoor covered structure you’ve been dreaming of, we’ll also take into account factors you may not have thought about!

For instance, does the addition you desire block natural light from your home? What may be a relief during the summer, can become a frustration in the winter. We look at the big picture when designing your addition, taking into account your needs, the aesthetic of your home, and the short- and long-term functionality of the space.

Give Schneider Custom Builders a call today to discuss exactly what you’re dreaming of. If you already know what you’d like done, great! Looking for inspiration? Here are some ideas for the perfect covered spaces for your home.

Pergolas
Pergolas are wonderful in that they offer a shaded space that’s not connected to your home. These can be installed almost anywhere in your yard, without blocking natural light, and are a great fit for homeowners who prefer not to add new elements directly to their home. We can work with clients to be sure their pergola is placed in the best possible location within the yard, taking into account sun and tree coverage. Imagine hanging up the hammock inside your pergola on a nice summer evening!

Hard Covers & Gazebos
Hard covers are a great fit for those who’d like to add directly to their home. We can create the perfect outdoor covered deck, porch or patio for you that accounts for your lifestyle, and desires for the space. An additional advantage of an attached hard cover to your outdoor space during the summer months is that it can also help with energy costs. Looking for many of the same benefits in a detached solution? Ask us about gazebos.

Screened Porches
A screened-in porch can truly offer the perfect space year round. Enjoy the breeze, while avoiding bugs, or enjoy an evening on the porch with young kids, knowing they’re safely contained. Screened porches are great transition zones, giving you the best of both worlds- an outside space inside, or an inside space, outside. They’re perfect for outdoor dining as well!


As you transform your outdoor living space, the options are endless. Give Schneider a call today, and let us make your dreams a reality!