Young Family Makes Themselves at Home in Wooded Splendor of Bailey Estates
written 5/10/2012, under Home Owner Testimonials
The Schnobels lived in Plainfield and vacationed in Wisconsin’s Delavan Lake area. During their summer vacation, they realized they wanted to live there full time and bought a home in Bailey Estates.
“After living in a home squeezed onto a small homesite constructed in a former corn field, we knew our new home must have more land and significantly larger trees,” stated David. “The homesite we choose in Bailey Estates fit these desires to a tee.”
David and Angie Schnobel had been happily living with their two children in a new two-story home in Plainfield since 2005, and vacationing in Wisconsin’s Delavan Lake area for decades. During a recent summer vacation, Angie remarked that it would be a dream come true to live in the area full time. That impromptu statement led to a string of events that culminated with the family moving on April 2012 into their new Gerstad Builders ranch home in Bailey Estates at Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Set on a 1.14 acre wooded lot, the 2,170 square foot ranch plan at Bailey Estates is base priced at $251,890 and includes a full basement.
After that fateful summer day, David and Angie soon got a call from some longtime friends who happened to be homeowners in Gerstad’s Bailey Estates community. They encouraged their friends to take a look a decorated model that the builder had recently placed on the market. David and Angie did look at the two-story model, but this family with young kids wasn’t interested because they wanted a spacious ranch with a large basement. The trip wasn’t a waste of time though. They liked the large homesites and absolutely fell in love with a particular lot that that was filled with tall, mature trees.
“After living in a Plainfield home squeezed onto a small homesite constructed in a former corn field, we knew our new home must have more land and significantly larger trees,” stated David. “The homesite we ultimately choose in Bailey Estates fit these desires to a tee.”
Once the lot had been chosen, the next step was to determine which of Gerstad’s numerous ranch plans would meet their size, price and architectural requirements. Gerstad offers at least five different ranch plans that can be customized. They ranged in size from 1,718 to 2,170 square feet and are base priced from $218,900 to $250,900. Two stories are also available with 1,980 to 3,177 square feet and prices ranging from $212,990 to $284,990.
“Don’t think that we didn’t look at other options in Wisconsin,” emphasized Angie. “Before we signed on the dotted line for our Jefferson home with Gerstad, we investigated purchasing a short sale home, and also contemplated hiring a contractor to build a custom home. But after talking with our friends who purchased their home in Bailey Estates from Gerstad Builders, we were convinced that Gerstad was the right company to build our dream home.”
Because Bailey Estates is a semi-custom home community, the couple got to tailor the 2,170 square feet of living space in their Jefferson model to meet their needs. Gerstad’s Jefferson ranch model, one of their largest floor plans, is available with two or three bedrooms, and is designed to be attractive to a wide range of homeowner lifestyles. For the Schnobels and their two kids they choose to convert the den into a third bedroom. The Jefferson model allows for the construction of an optional four-season room that provides 168 square feet of additional living space and an equal increase in the basement as well.
“The decision to build a four season room onto our new home was not debatable,” exclaimed Angie. “How could you not want to have this room with the views of the wooded backyard that we have available?”
The cathedral ceiling in the great room and the nine-foot ceilings in all the other rooms were also highly desirable architectural features found within the home, and much desired by the family.
The Schnobels also customized their Jefferson model with a three-car garage, modified the exterior elevation of the home with custom stone work and added a stunning stone fireplace in the great room as well. A number of options and upgrades were also installed for the family as well. Gerstad installed hardwood flooring, ceramic wall and floor tile in the bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances (stove, refrigerator, dish washer and microwave range hood.
“The building process was very easy and stress free. When we did have questions, our calls were returned quickly and answers were provided,” said David. “Our home was finished ahead of schedule and at the price we expected. After this experience I would highly recommend Gerstad Builders to my family and friends.”
Sales center for Bailey Estates at 439 Ashley Drive off Bailey Road, approximately 3/4 mile west of Highway 67. The sales center is open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment during weekdays. For more information, please call 262/245-9750 & 262/903-5555 or visit www.gerstadbuilders.com.
Gerstad Builders is one of the largest homebuilders in McHenry County and was voted the No. 1 builder in McHenry County in 2003, 2004 & 2009. In 2008 the company received from Professional Builder Magazine the AVID Diamond & AVID Cup Awards for Best Customer Experience in the United States and North America. Since it was founded in the 1991, the company has built and sold more than 1,500 single- and multi-family homes. Gerstad is building homes in Richmond, Poplar Grove, McHenry and Williams Bay of Wisconsin.