You look forward to Thanksgiving each November. Whoever hosts always seems to pull it off
without a hitch. Now, you are all settled in your brand new Schaeffer home, and you’ve volunteered
to host this year. And the magnitude of the task has hit you. Don’t sweat it. You can do it – and make
it look effortless – thanks to your state-of-the-art kitchen and party-friendly open floor plan!
Invite early. The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving is to plan early. Once you commit to hosting, the
first thing you need to do is invite every single person you want to come. Even the last minute types
are likely to make Thanksgiving plans early in November, so start putting feelers out there ASAP. In
the meantime, start thinking about where you’re going to put everybody. (Flexible, open floorplans
make this part soooo much easier!)
Be organized. Planning and organizing is imperative. It’s the only way to make sure you don’t find
yourself with missing ingredients, a house that’s a mess, and hours of cooking still to be done when
your guests arrive. Start by making lists of everything you need to do, a schedule for the weeks
leading up to dinner, and shopping lists before you head to the store for ingredients and supplies.
Bonus! Lists let you see everything you need, and let you check things off. (Checking things off is a
really good feeling!)
Plan your menu. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and you need a game plan. The first
step? Figure out what’s on the menu. Chances are your guests will want to bring things… you just
have to tell them what you need. Once you have the menu set, start shopping for non-perishables
(e.g. baking ingredients, bread cubes, herbs & spices), and make a corner of your pantry
“Thanksgiving Central”. Having everything in one place will help you keep track.
Cook in advance. Don’t stress out by trying to cook everything on Thanksgiving Day. Create a
timeline, and figure out what can be made ahead of time. Casseroles can be premade. Vegetables
can be chopped and ready to steam. Some things can’t be cooked early, like the turkey, but almost
everything else in the meal can be prepped and ready to just pop on the stove top or into the oven.
Let’s put that brand new kitchen to work!
Set up in advance. Establish your dining space (formal dining room, flex space, even the family room). Figure out if you’re having a sit-down meal or a buffet-style repast. Then, as long as you don’t have to worry about pets or small children upsetting things, set everything up days before the event. That way you won’t be scrambling to find the serving dishes that are somewhere in the basement; cleaning the dust off the extra wine glasses that are on that high shelf in the kitchen, and counting the flatware only to discover
you don’t have enough right before the first
guest rings the bell.
Offer snacks before dinner. Tasty appetizers benefit the cook as much as the guests. Bowls of nuts, some crackers and cheese, and trays of crudité or hot apps scattered throughout the family room, living room or basement rec room will keep them busy munching while you finish up! Keep the kids entertained. For children, it seems like Thanksgiving dinner takes foreveeeer to
land on the table. Keep ‘em occupied with games out in the yard, movies up in the loft or craft projects in the rec room.
Above all, relax and enjoy. Let your guests marvel at the spaciousness of your new Schaeffer home,
while you perform culinary magic in your new kitchen! Learn more about our holiday-friendly
homes at Schaeffer Homes.
Schaeffer Family Homes is excited to introduce our newest model, the gorgeous Ellis, available for luxury living now! This stunning floor plan is ready to be built on your own lot or one of our available homesites throughout South Jersey.
This model starts at 2,161 square feet, but can be expanded to over 3,000 with several exciting choices. Flexible options provide the perfect opportunity for all-sized families to decide what’s right for them. Your particular lifestyle and choices don’t have to be limited or stretched! Create a playroom, formal living room, or home office in the flex space in the front of the home, and enjoy a kitchen that is wide open to the great room making entertaining and family gatherings a breeze.
The best part about this stunning home is its ability to be personalized to your liking. Give your new home a touch of your own style with the option to add a relaxing sunroom on the first floor, and an alternate master bathroom on the second floor, and a finished attic on the third floor.
With 4 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 luxurious bathrooms, and a 2-car garage, you’ll have all the room you need to live the home life that you’ve always wanted! Not to mention, a calming and quaint front porch can become your favorite spot to relax or spend time with family and friends this season.
For more information about this charming floor plan, call us at 856-208-5118 or visit SchaefferHomes.com.
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.
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 very excited to be partaking in the Spring South Jersey Home Show. This will be our fourth year participating and this show is our particular favorite as its local to our main office, design center, and many of the areas we build in. Join us on March 24th, 25th, and March 26th. The show hours are as follows: Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is free and so is the parking. The show is being held at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone located at 601 Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees. Dress warmly! The ice is just underneath the show floor and booths. We don’t have our booth number and location but check back to find out where you can find us! Our sales specialists, Christie and Alexis will working on the booth throughout the weekend. If you have not had a chance to get out to one of our models or to set up an appointment, the show is the perfect place to get some preliminary information, browse floorplans, look at photos, and ask questions about building with Schaeffer Family Homes. We will be having fun giveaways too!
The South Jersey Home Show is the perfect place for everything home related. Come for ideas, inspiration, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Schaeffer Family is dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information.
We have another home to add to our collection in Four Seasons at Millville! Our active adult community features single family ranch style homes in a quiet tight knit community. All homes come on a slab foundation but buyers have the choice to add a 4 foot crawl space that is great for storage, or a full basement foundation. The Vandon, our newest model is 1600 square feet and includes 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a 2 car garage. It features a spacious great room, dining room that is open to the kitchen area. Add a vaulted ceiling or fireplace depending on your needs. The spacious kitchen features a large center island, pantry, and plenty of counter space and cabinets for storage. Customers can also choose our craftsman elevation for a unique exterior look!
The Vandon, Jaxon II, Jaxon I, and Weston are all available to be built in our next collection. Personalize your brand new home in our Design Center located in West Berlin, NJ. We estimate around 5- 6 months for the construction of your new home. Residents in this community move in with a fully sodded yard, irrigation, and landscaping package. The grass maintenance is completely taken care of by the homeowner’s association. In the winter, snow removal is also included!
Because the community is already well established, the 7500 square foot clubhouse is fully equipped. It features a billard’s room, game room, card room, fitness center, bar area, and full kitchen. There is also a large gathering area in the center with fireplace and big screen tv. Outside enjoy resort style amenities such as tennis courts, bocce ball, pickle ball, and a beautiful pool with plenty of seating.
Contact Alexis today at 856-208-5118 or by email at Alexis@schaefferhomes.com to learn about our latest incentives and to view some of our models.
Schaeffer Family Homes has been dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information.
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/