Company Beach Day 2014 [video]

By Tim Auman, in All Communities

Company Beach Day 2014

Work hard, play hard. You may have seen this written on the back of a shirt or posted online somewhere. It’s something we take to heart here at Schell Brothers, which is why each summer we close up shop and head to the beach for a day of relaxing with friends, enjoying the ocean, eating delicious food, and a whole lot of dancing.

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Company Beach Day is a big deal, and a lot of work goes into putting it all together. From the living room oasis to the bounce joust, this year’s Beach Day delivered on all levels and surpassed the previous year’s event. This year’s activities were all about balancing the energy of the day,  “both the yin and the yang” according to Wes Fruehauf, half of the brain trust responsible for putting on the event.

Dan Matta, also part of the brain trust, wanted to not only make the day relaxing, but also bring the energy. “You begin to fist pump it up and the energy is going. All of a sudden you’re bouncing. And then you can go night night in the oasis,” Dan said.

Spending time together and cutting loose is just a part of our company culture, and that culture is on full display at Company Beach Day. This is just one of the many reasons we were named among the Top Places to Work in Delaware. Working for Schell is like being a part of a second family. Interviewed on how our culture is created, Chris Schell has said, “We are a significantly more social company than most, and we hire people we would enjoy being around.”


Introducing The Mayberry

By Megan Honeysett, in Branch Out

The Mayberry  - Elevation B

We are proud to introduce the newest floor plan to the Schell Brothers’ line up, the Mayberry. This floor plan includes up to five bedrooms, a versatile flex room, and a spacious kitchen that opens to the great room and dining area. The design features a vaulted ceiling and picture windows, which create a bright open feeling in your main living space.

The Mayberry is designed similar to one of most popular floor plans, the Mulberry. Offering numerous structural selections that allow you to personalize the floor plan, you can make it your own.

If you love to entertain, you may want to consider adding the wet bar option in the great room. Want to “wow” your guests? You should check out our brand new furniture vanity collection that many homeowners are adding to their powder rooms and luxury baths.

The dedicated mud room is one of our new favorite selections, providing a separate place in your home to drop your keys, kick off your flip flops, and sort through the mail without a the reminder of the dirty pile of clothes in your laundry room.

The Mayberry floor plan is a result of valuable feedback from our customers and for that reason we expect it to become one of our most popular floor plans. Fortunately, the home is available in many of our communities and fits on most size and shaped homesites.

Interested in a personal tour of the Mayberry before it’s built? You can stop by The Coffee House, located at 18 Rehoboth Avenue, and take advantage of our newest technology that allows you to take a 3D virtual tour of the Mayberry and other popular floor plans. We can’t wait to hear what you think of our newest plan.

Schellter Uncovered at Bayside

By Josh Hay, in Bayside

Schellter Uncovered at Bayside

On Saturday, July 26th, Bayside will be hosting an event showcasing Schellter ™ Advanced Building Science inside three of our homes which are in various states of the construction process.

There are many innovative and energy efficient features that go into each home, and most people don’t realize all the “cool stuff” that is behind their home’s walls. You’ll be able to see everything from our advanced framing techniques which include 2×6 exterior walls, to our energy efficient blown-in insulation. Uncover the smart technology we’ve developed to provide you with the ultimate high performance home.

We find that many folks have questions about our construction process and are curious as to what makes Schell different from other builders. We’ll answer all your questions and more at the event. This is the best opportunity to walk through homes that are currently under construction with our construction managers, and learn all about the technology that goes into a Schell home and why. Just remember to wear closed toed shoes.

Our brand new Sanibel model will also be available for a sneak peak, so come on by the Bayside Sales and Info Center on Saturday, July 26th from 1pm through 4pm and tour our homes. After the tour, Bayside will also be hosting a Happy Hour at The Cove from 4pm to 6pm for all of our guests, so please RSVP and come see what people love about living at Bayside.

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Lynn is In: Preliminary Loan Approval

By Lynn Cattafi, in All Communities

Lynn is In: Preliminary Loan Approval

You’re interested in moving to Delaware and building a new Schell Brothers home. Hooray!  How exciting!! But, where do you start?

Let’s start with the Preliminary Loan Approval

Part of your Schell Brothers purchase agreement will require you to call me right away for a preliminary loan approval. You have the option to choose any lender you like when you go to settlement on your new home, but I will run the preliminary approval process for you. Why is that?

Traditionally, when someone gets “pre-approved” or “pre-qualified,” it is not complete. It is just an application, a credit check, and it does not require document review or take into consideration that you might be in transition (getting ready to sell a home, retire, changes in income) between now and when your new home is ready. And from a builder’s perspective, it is important to have a consistent, thorough review of every home buyer’s ability to purchase the home. Plus, it is very much in your best interest to know what you can and can’t do or if any planned life changes would limit your ability to qualify.

Here are the steps we go through during a preliminary approval or pre-commitment:

1. Click on this link to submit your info directly to me. It is free of charge, secure, and there is no obligation to use Tidewater (If you have any issues completing it, call and we can do it manually with you over the phone, or you can come in).
2. My assistant, Gina, will reach out to you to set up a phone appointment with me, and then I will pull your credit from the info you provided. Our phone chat will last about an hour, and we will review your application, discuss your situation and loan scenarios, and you will have time to ask questions.
3. At the end of our phone call, I will e-mail you a set of initial disclosures, a Good Faith estimate, and a list of things you will need to provide us.
4. Once everything is in order, I review your documentation and then will issue you a preliminary approval letter. This will also be copied to Schell Brothers and your realtor (if you have one).


Later, you can decide if you want to complete the loan process with me, or if you want you can choose another lender. I do hope you stay with me, and I can assure you our rates are very competitive.

NOTE FOR CASH PURHASERS: you do not have to go through the above process if you intend to pay full cash for your new home. All you need to do is provide a bank statement, retirement account, or investment account statement showing sufficient funds for purchase price and estimated closing costs. You can always call me during the building process if you decide to finance part of the home.

Even if you have already received pre-approval from a lender, Schell Brothers still will want you to run through my process. I will do all I can to make it as painless as possible and give you the most thorough understanding of your unique situation. Delaying the preliminary approval process can derail your home start, and they will not begin building without it.

I look forward to assisting you in making your home a reality! Find out more at

Bras for a Cause 2014 [video]

By Michael Whaley, in All Communities

Bras for a Cause 2014

This year’s Bras for a Cause took glitter and glam to a whole new level!

Each year the ladies of Schell Brothers, Echelon, and Clean Energy pick themes for their guys’ costumes. These ladies poured a lot of time into creating the men’s very detailed attire by adding tons of flashy lights, glamorous wigs, and makeup. And let’s not forget the amazing tattoos that our very own Ivana drew on two of the bra wearers.

Each guy gladly (and some very eagerly) stripped down to don his bra for the evening. From red, white, and blue patriotic tutus to a “dream come true” firefighter costume, our guys proudly strutted down the streets of Dewey and in to Ivy.

The beginning of the evening consisted of our bodacious beauties walking around to the cash laden crowd and getting as many dollar bills as possible. Pretty simple, right? Well, if this wasn’t enough to make a fabulous evening, every bra wearer took the stage for a little catwalk action.

For his little turn on the catwalk, each guy danced to a carefully selected song chosen by the bra designer, while a large crowd of men and women placed bids. They placed their bids on the bras that is, not the guys. Let’s keep that clear! What an incredible night to spend with family and co-workers to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

With glitter covering the floor, confetti guns propped up against my desk, and the sewing machine ready to get to business, I hear, “Mommy, are you making Mr. Dion another bra to wear?” my oldest daughter, Cera, asks me with a serious look on her face. “Yes, Cera, it’s to raise money for breast cancer awareness.” Her response, “Awesome! I can’t wait to see the video!” Hope you enjoy this year’s video as much as she does!