YOUR Lot. OUR Homes. THAT Simple.
With many successful years of building homes in Schell Brothers branded communities, we are proud to offer our award winning homes for construction on your property.
Rancher Floor Plans
Master Down Floor Plans
Master Up Floor Plans
Step by Step Guide to Building on Your Lot
Find a Homesite
When choosing a site for your new home, there are a variety of things to consider that may impact construction feasibility.
Our Homesite Buying Checklist (available upon request) will help you be prepared and understand what to look for in your pursuit for the ideal property. Remember, there are no perfect building sites; most will require some type of improvements, but rest assured that we have you covered. Our land experts can guide you each step of the way. The goal is to minimize the additional investment necessary to build your new dream home.
Pre-Construction (Up to 3 Months)
Before we break ground on your new Schell Brothers home, there are several things to consider along the way to assure that you have all the pieces in place.
- Investment Analysis
- Homesite Development
- Purchase Agreement
- Selections Meeting
- Architectural Review
- Pre-Construction Meeting
1. Investment Analysis
You’ll have an opportunity to meet with your Sales Manager to complete an investment analysis of your new home. Using our cutting edge software, we can narrow down your investment to include all the features seen in our decorated models. This will ensure that your project stays on budget before you make any financial commitment to purchase.
2. Homesite Development
Each site offers a unique set of variables that need to be understood to determine your actual costs. As a general rule of thumb, expect to invest between $30,000 - $40,000 for a 1⁄2 acre homesite for site development items. Schell Brothers will manage most site related activities and provide an itemized budget of these expenses.
As a "home only" build, you will either obtain a construction-only loan, construction-to-permanent loan, or pay cash. Construction loans are secured before the project begins and are used to fund all building activities and often times the purchase of the homesite.
Construction loans have different qualifying standards as well as different rules from lenders. More information is available upon request.
If you prefer to work with a local lender that understands construction loans, we suggest:
Fulton Mortgage Company
21035 Dupont Blvd
Georgetown, DE 19947
4. Purchase Agreement
This is the moment where we formally agree to partner together in building your dream home. The Purchase Agreement is an exciting and critical step because it triggers an amazing sequence of steps that bring your dream to reality. Upon executing the Purchase Agreement, activities such as scheduling your selections meeting, conducting a thorough site evaluation (to develop your detailed, to the penny Site Development Expense Summary), developing a comprehensive project package for review and approval for your community’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC), and so many other details relative to your project. This is the point where you finally get to exhale and relax....you just hired the region’s premier homebuilder to sweat the details so you don’t have to.
5. Selections Meeting
Schell Brothers provides an interactive design studio, where you’ll bring your dreams to life. Our friendly, experienced design consultants will guide you through a gallery of choices helping you transform imagination into reality.
We offer many choices, so make sure you go over your Selections Guide provided by your Sales Manager and visit the many models in our communities before this appointment so you have a general idea of what choices are available to you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Design Consultant prior to the appointment.
6. Architectural Review
Once your final selections have been completed, we’ll submit your plans, survey, and selections to the ARC for review and approval. This is just another way we help to make this a stress-free home building experience for you.
Construction (Up to 5 Months)
At this point, we begin constructing your new home. Throughout the building process we’ll keep you up-to-date on the progress through phone calls, emails, photos, and videos.
By the time the framework and rough mechanicals are in, your house is beginning to look like a home. Now you get to walk through it for the first time with your Construction Manager. During the Pre-Drywall Walkthrough you will review and confirm your selections and get a hands-on education in the field about the High Performance Features of your new home.
At Schell Brothers we are proud to show off your home to you at every available opportunity. Just give your Construction Manager a heads-up so that they can meet you on site and review the progress on your new home with you. Of course, safety comes first. Please wear appropriate shoes that completely cover your feet. Hard hats will be provided by Schell Brothers.
Your dream home is complete! We walk you through your new home and educate you on how it operates, providing tips to keep it looking and functioning like new for years to come. You have seen your home come alive through every milestone of the building process. At your Pre-Settlement Orientation we are proud to reveal your beautiful new home crafted by Schell Brothers. Your Construction Manager will walk you through your home and educate you on how your new High Performance Home operates, warranty procedures, and recommended home maintenance. This also serves as an opportunity to note any adjustments or touch-ups necessary. Most, if not all, of these items will be completed in time for your Settlement meeting.
A Branch Out home is unique in that there isn’t a formal settlement accompanied by an attorney like you’d find if you built a home in one of our communities. Given that you own the land and have funded construction via a construction loan, we can essentially hand over the keys to your new home along with your settlement package. You will have an opportunity to review and accept your new home with your construction manager.
You are now a proud owner of a High Performance Branch Out Home built by Schell Brothers.
Your First Year
There’s only one thing more satisfying than building a high quality home, and that’s surprising our homeowners with our strong commitment to customer service. We know how your new home works and performs and even how it needs to acclimate to its environment. We understand the typical adjustments that will need to be made to ensure optimal performance of your new home. Towards the end of your first year, we will conduct a 100+ point Comprehensive Inspection & Adjustment (CIA) of your new home and service those items covered under the one-year warranty.
Warranties Beyond One Year
We are proud of the care and quality built into each of our homes. Our Homeowner’s Manual explains our construction standards and provides maintenance guidelines on what you can do to maintain the quality and performance of your new home, along with your warranties beyond the first year. You’ll be ready to take the helm of your dream home – with confidence in its quality and knowledge of its operation, to keep it performing at its best. Warranties beyond one year include: Two Year Limited Warranty on Mechanical Systems: plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems; Ten Year Limited Warranty Against Major Structural Defects; Manufacturer Warranties: Appliances, etc.