Custom Homes & Remodeling

Another Round for Bent Creek Custom Home Clients

This project was completed by our Custom Homes & Remodeling team and is located in the Bent Creek neighborhood in Lancaster County, PA.


Homeowners Chuck & Debbie Schattgen loved their home in the established Bent Creek neighborhood in Manheim Township, Lancaster County. But after many cherished years of living there, they decided the time was right to build a new home with a first-floor owner’s suite.

Because of their fondness for the Bent Creek community, the Schattgens purchased a lot not too far from their current home and reached out to EGStoltzfus Custom Homes & Remodeling to begin discussions for their new design-build custom home.

Chuck’s love for the game of golf made the location for their new home a no-brainer. The backyard has a perfect view of the first fairway at Bent Creek Golf Course and the putting green is just steps from their property.


The Schattgens were familiar with what the homebuilding process entails from previous home purchases. Those experiences helped prepare them for this journey. They shared many ideas and an organized wish list of items to include in the home:

  • Convenient first-floor owner’s suite
  • Features from their previous home including a library/office and finished basement
  • Spacious kitchen with seamless flow to the rest of the house
  • Private outdoor living area with great backyard views of the golf course

Once the Schattgens sold their first Bent Creek home and moved into a nearby rental property, the design-build process with EGStoltzfus kicked into high gear. Thanks to 3D technology, our team was able to share the entire look and feel of the home with Chuck and Debbie before even breaking ground. The 3D renderings were also helpful in getting the home’s exterior design approved by the Bent Creek Architectural Review Committee, which is a requirement for building in the neighborhood.

Design-Build Process

Before the Schattgens approved the final design of their new 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath custom home, much collaboration took place throughout the design-build process – especially for a few key areas of the home:

Main Entrance & Staircase
Lots of attention was placed on the look and feel of the home’s main entrance. A custom front entry door was designed and the main staircase featuring a second-floor landing was carefully stained to match the flooring. A prominent staircase to the basement, featured in the home’s main entryway, ties the look together across all floors of the home.

Like many homes, the new kitchen would be a focal point of the home and was designed to bring plenty of natural light into the space. Its large and open layout, which includes a wet bar area, offers the perfect flow to other areas of the home like the family room and dining room.

Outdoor Living Space
The Schattgen’s outdoor living space is perhaps one of the most outstanding features of the home. Because their backyard is just steps from Bent Creek’s first fairway, the design of the outdoor space had to not only offer great views for the homeowner, but also present itself in an impressive manner from the course.

In addition to pristine views, privacy was another important element to include in the outdoor space. The extra challenge – the home sits on a corner lot with streets along two sides of the house. The Schattgens had the idea to design a screened-in porch with one side that served as a privacy feature. The porch could offer great course views while also providing privacy from street traffic.

Other unique features of the space include an alcove for the grill which hides its view from the course and natural stone veneer along the bottom of the porch which extends across the back of the house. There is also direct access to the porch from the first-floor owner’s suite. A perfect finishing touch for the top of the porch – a local, custom-made cupola with a golfer wind vane.

Client Feedback

Despite a project groundbreaking which took place just days before the COVID pandemic temporarily shut down the construction industry in the state of Pennsylvania, the Schattgens moved into their new home in November 2020. They shared that working with our team was overall a great experience – they’re very proud of their home and are enjoying it a great deal.

Many thanks to Chuck and Debbie for working with us through such an unprecedented time! We wish you many wonderful memories in your new home.