Schumacher Homes: Building Custom Homes for a Lifetime of Enjoyment

By Audrey Cielinski Kessler, Special to the Akron Beacon Journal/

It will be your custom-designed dream home, and you want to live there a long time—maybe even your entire life. But what if your needs change as you grow older? Maybe what you design for today won’t meet your needs later in life? Will you have to move and leave your dream behind?

Not if you choose Schumacher Homes, America’s largest custom home builder and one of the few builders to receive the Certified Aging in Place designation for design solutions that prepare your home for needs that arise later in life. If those needs also include the possibility of housing an aging parent, Schumacher Homes’ models and floor plans can accommodate multigenerational living as well. With six models (at the White Pond location off I-77) and hundreds of floor plans to choose from—all of which can be customized to your exact interests, needs and specifications down to the smallest of details—you are sure to find just the right combination of features to suit your lifestyle.

For those homebuyers interested in being able to age in place, Schumacher Homes unveiled its Charleston A model home at the company’s Akron office at 779 White Pond Drive in October of last year. “The Schumacher Homes Charleston A,” says Mary Becker, vice president of sales and marketing at Schumacher Homes, “is a forward-thinking layout displaying an aging-in-place design that provides for some of the unique needs that a homeowner may have later in life.” Accessibility features include wider hallways, a minimum number of steps; grab bars in the bathrooms and levers rather than doorknobs. And it’s all done without sacrificing style. As Becker points out, “The Charleston A showcases the latest in architectural and interior design trends. Some of the unique interior features of this home include beautiful wall paneling detail in the great room and owner’s retreat, gorgeous and durable laminate floors throughout, and an on-trend pocket office and walk-in pantry.” The exterior of the home, adds Becker, “provides plenty of curb appeal as well as a covered back porch.”

Even if you choose not to focus on aging in place and prefer a different model home, you will find everything you need to outfit it in Schumacher Homes’ extensive Design Studio, a one-stop-shop of inspiration and design and building needs that lets you see and touch every option for your new home which, says Becker, “is unlike any other builder’s process.” The options are nearly endless and cover features ranging from roofing and siding materials, kitchen countertops and cabinets, plumbing and lighting fixtures, flooring and windows, and more. Whatever you want your custom home to be, Schumacher Homes is there to help.

With operations in 32 markets in 14 states across the country and the construction of more than 14,000 custom homes since the company’s founding in 1992 by Paul Schumacher, Schumacher Homes has the experience, expertise and commitment to quality that can make your dream home a reality and one to enjoy now and many years into the future.

For more information about Schumacher Homes, call 877-267-3482, go to, or stop by the model home sites open for viewing seven days a week.