Reviews

We recently purchase a home in College Station built by Schaefer Custom Homes. This is our 19th home and most have been new houses. We have been highly impressed with the quality of construction of this house. We have further enjoyed the array of unique architectural features of the home. But what has impressed us most is Michael Schaefer’s attention to detail is all aspects of the house and his willingness to go above and beyond our expectations with his follow up work. In purchasing a new house, there is a natural adversarial relationship with the builder. However, Michael has been able to quickly dissolve any tendency for that to happen and we now consider Michael Schaefer a personal friend and we would have him build us another house without any hesitation. As far as we can tell, Michael treats all of his customers as he has treated us. We consider it a privilege to write this letter of recommendation.
– Bert & Mary

We came to visit College Station for a weekend to look for a house three months before we had to move from California. Michael was able to meet with us that day to show us a house that was at the sheetrock stage. He also took us to a couple other homes to show us his completed product. We were very impressed by his style and quality of his craftsmanship. Michael agreed to finish the house earlier than he had initially planned so that we could move in before starting new jobs. Even though we were in California during the completion of the house, Michael frequently communicated with us by phone and email to make decisions on filling out the details of the house and occasionally sent us photo updates on the progress. He was very pleasant to work with and responded quickly to our questions and requests. We love our house and receive numerous compliments from guests. We highly recommend Michael Schaefer, whether you are moving within College Station or from out of state!
– Kristen and Duncan

We just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying our new home and thank you for such a pleasurable building experience. As with most parents of young children, we wanted our future home to not only fit our present needs, but to grow with us for many years to come. After an exhausting search of existing houses and plans, we knew our only real solution would be to embark on a custom home. Many of the architectural details and unique qualities we desired in our future home were hard to put into words. Fortunately, we visited one of your existing homes and were finally able to see those details in person. After meeting with you and visiting additional Schaefer Custom Homes, our decision to partner with you with for the building process was an easy one. Your assistance in fine-tuning our plan and helping us selecting a lot that would fit both our future home and family lifestyle was greatly appreciated. We frequently asked for and received your honest and candid observations as we finalized important decisions. Once underway, your near daily contact kept us well-informed on the construction progress and gave us the ability to “customize” areas along the way to ensure our horne exceeded our high expectations. Being accessible and patient with our many questions made this process enjoyable and rewarding. We were confident in the product we were receiving because of your attention to detail. The subcontractors who worked on our home were all very courteous, helpful and accommodating. It was evident that your positive relationships with each of them enabled our horne construction to completed ahead ofthe contract completion date. In short, we are extremely pleased with our new horne. It is hard to believe we moved in less than three months ago. In many ways, it feels like our house has been “horne” forever. We feel sure that can only be attributed to the fact that it has fit our family perfectly since the day we moved in. With thanks and appreciation.
– Mike and Bethany

Lauren and I wanted you to know how happy we are with our new Schaefer Custom Home in The Estates at Creak Meadows. From the first time we stepped into the home we were blown away with the quality workmanship and the features included. We considered building a home but quickly realized the Schaefer Home included every detail and more that we would have included in a new-build. We are particularly impressed with the finish carpentry and careful attention to detail throughout the home. Lauren loves the alder cabinets, granite counter tops and Kitchen Aid appliances included in the kitchen. We could not be happier with the home and we would not change a thing. We catch ourselves asking, “Is there anything he didn’t think of?” I specifically wanted to thank you for accommodating my request to add an outdoor kitchen. I spend many evenings in the backyard with the kids cooking dinner. I was happy with the time frame it was constructed in and how it perfectly it fits in with the back porch. It looks like it was constructed with the home from the beginning. It was very clear that you take great pride to your work. There is great value in purchasing a home from a builder that we have a relationship with. Knowing that you are only a phone call away if we need anything gives me a great peace of mind. I know that we will enjoy the home for many years to come.
– Daniel & Lauren

Jean and I would like to express how pleased we are with our new Schaefer home in Indian Lakes. We have been in our new home for six months now, and we still found features that indicate how well a Schaefer Home is built. As an example, I left for work one day this week and turned off all of our air conditioning systems. The temperature got to 94 degrees that day. I was shocked and surprised to find that my home from work that evening – even though the AC system had been off all day! This is just one of many examples I could give that indicate the quality and workmanship that have gone into our Schaefer Home. Some of the features that we appreciate are the following:Superior workmanship in all areas of construction. Attention to detail such as our beautiful wood floors and granite counter tops, vinyl windows, and radiant barrier roof decking. Beautiful crown molding in every room. Spacious bedrooms. Zoned heating/cooling systems that are highly energy efficient. Oversized 3-car garage. Even screens on the rain gutters so leaves will not clog them up. Michael, I researched the Bryan/College Station market in detail for over a year before deciding to purchase a Schaefer Custom Home. Without a doubt, you have the best quality and features at the best price of any other homebuilder in the area. Quality, style, attention to detail, great-energy-saving features, it’s all there. Even your customer service after the sale is fabulous. The bottom line is this – if Jean and I could go back in time and do it all over again, we would buy a Schaefer Home without hesitation, knowing that we would be getting the best deal for our money. We look forward to many great years in our new Schaefer Home.
– Mark & Jean

We would like you to know how excited we are to soon be living in our new home that you built for us. We wanted our new home to have an open and inviting feeling and you have accomplished that need with your custom plans. For several months last year, we repeatedly drove through Indian Lake in search of a new place to call home. On each visit, we saw new homes being built by different custom home builders. But no matter how many homes we looked at, the ones built by Schaefer Custom Homes seemed the right fit for us. We liked the style, quality of the materials, and the quality of the workmanship very much. During our initial visit with you, we knew we wanted you to build our new home. We found you to be open, knowledgeable, and friendly. You spent time with us describing you approach to building a home to fit each family’s needs. The building process for our home has been a wonderful experience. Even though we currently live near the Houston area and have not been able to visit the construction site as often as we would like, you have done a great job on keeping us informed on the progress of the house. Your attention to details, willingness to listen, and offering suggestions on choices and options has been greatly appreciated. Also, you have always been accessible and patient when we asked you our many questions. It has been a pleasure working with you. In the next few weeks, we will be moving into our new home. It is a home we are proud to have been built by Schaefer Custom Homes. Thank you so much for making our dream become a reality.
– Robert and Linda

Margie and I wanted to tell you how much we love our new home. We have added those personal touches that make a house a home, but the high quality workmanship, the skillful attention to detail, and the overall design of the home inside and out, made that task easy. As you know we basically picked this house out on the Internet as we relocated to College Station last summer. We viewed several houses in the College Station area and as we narrowed our choices, we kept coming back to houses built by Schaefer Custom Homes. There simply were no comparable houses in the area that paid such exquisite attention to the finished details of a Schaefer Custom Home. After one of our whirlwind trips to the house hunt in July and August, we still could not find that perfect house and vowed to do yet one more trip before we moved in September. We were thinking that we’d be storing our possessions and moving into temporary housing – a less than desirable outcome. Then our realtor called and told us that a Schaefer home just came onto the market. We viewed the home on the Internet and just fell in love. Our realtor was a gem too and took many additional photos and sent those to us and because we had seen other home you had on the market, we knew the quality was there to feel confident enough to place a bid without ever walking into the house. When we made that final house hunting trip, literally just a few days before our moving van was to arrive we made our first and final walk-through of the home. We couldn’t have been more pleased! I’m sure you and our realtor were as nervous as Margie and I were. Everyone was thinking to themselves, “What if we (they) just don’t like the home?” But that wasn’t the case. We knew in mere seconds we had made a great purchase. But what made it so easy was how gracious and professional you were about everything. We wanted a few minor things changed and every single item on our “punch list” was taken care of without a moment’s hesitation. Most builders can knock together a house, but all too often once the sale has taken place, they walk away, never expecting to see the buyer again. But you assured as that you would stand behind your home, that you too lived in the community and it was important to you that we were happy with the home. And on those rare occasions when landscape lights quit working, you send several people out immediately and got things fixed or in some cases brought in other trades to find a solution. It has been my experience that such service after the sale is uncommon. We are so pleased with the home and the professionalism of Schaefer Custom Homes that we have recommended your company to our friends and colleagues who are searching for a quality home builder. We know that we can recommend your company with complete confidence.
– David and Margie

In April of 2007, my wife and I relocated to the Bryan/College Station area. Our former home had sold rather quickly, so we did not have sufficient time to construct a new home. Over a three-day period, we looked at over 20 homes in south College Station, but failed to find a home that met our needs. Our realtor then suggested we look at a Schaefer Custom home that was nearing completion in the Indian Lakes Subdivision. The home was approximately 80% finished, but one look sealed our decision to purchase a Schaefer Custom Home. Michael’s attention to detail is evident throughout the home, from the extensive window and door moldings, the custom site-built cabinets, duet Rinnai tankless water heaters and the stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances. We were able to make certain final selections such as granite, wood, tile and carpet, but Michael’s original selections were exactly what we would have chosen, so all we really had to do was move in. We have now lived in our Schaefer home for over 15 months and have never regretted our decision. As with any new home, there will always be occasions where the builder will need to make minor adjustments, repairs, or just answer questions about certain features of the home. Michael is as close as a phone call and promptly makes sure these issues are dealt with quickly and efficiently. He personally came to our home after hours and installed our blinds that were on backorder. Michael has since become a close friend a neighbor. He is a strong advocate for the Indian Lakes Subdivision and truly cares about the quality of life afforded by living here. I would highly recommend Schaefer Custom Homes and Michael Schaefer if you are considering the purchase of a new home.
– Mark

My wife and I moved from Massachusetts in August 2008 and purchased a Michael Schaefer-built home in the Villages of Indian Lakes. The house was in the final phase of construction and we were able to select some of the finishing features. Michael was very responsive to our requests and our “punch lists” after our move-in; and he continues to be helpful with any item(s) with which we have a question or require assistance regarding the house. We viewed and walk through many houses, representing several of the area builders. We always seemed to be initially attracted to, and favored, the Schaefer-built houses; primarily, because of the floor plans. They were open yet very practical, typically with one room or area that became the focal point as you entered the house. In our case, the kitchen is the conversation piece and center of attention; it is very large and open with an awesome large marble center countertop and extensive and beautiful cabinetry. The craftsmanship is excellent. The coordinating of woods, countertops, custom molding, tile, wood flooring, paint, trim, stain, and other finishing touches comes together in a complimentary style. We also enjoy the high and varied ceilings. I would highly recommend a Schaefer-built house to those looking for a new home!
– Thomas