Dream Homes and Development Corp.
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –
April 16, 2016
Hello Sandsters –
Hope all is well with you on this beautiful holiday Sunday, and I wish you a peaceful Easter and Passover season.
Well, it’s going to be 90 degrees and sunny today, so you know you’re in New Jersey. The other day it was in the high 30’s. I love warm weather…😊
Today, we’ll kick off with a way you can make $100,000 right away in our Dream Homes – “So You Think You Can Save Money On Your Project Contest”. We’re calling all Sandsters with brave aspirations to be builders to let them know they can win big!! That’ll be fun and give you a laugh, I promise. The real lesson is not only a clear statement of what builders and general contractors earn, but the monetary effect of making mistakes in a construction project. We talk again about planning fall project starts, and share (remind) you of an alternate foundation system that could save you some money. We talk again about our mission statement, why Dream Homes completes some of the hardest projects in the community and list 5 facts about us you might not know. Finally, we’ll talk about April events, our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar, which is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar –This Wednesday April 19th, 2017
Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held this Wednesday April 19th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall.
This will be one of our best and most informative in 4 years. If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you are these to get tons of great information from our 7 excellent speakers. It will really help you get started on the right track.
We have moved from the Fire Room in the front where we usually are, to one of the meeting rooms in the back, which are much larger and can accommodate more people. We anticipate 20 – 30 people and have a list of speakers that will cover the widest range of topics we’ve ever presented at one of our seminars.
Topics covered will include architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, consumer safety cautions when dealing with a builder, advice on financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation and finally advice on how to buy a new home or sell your existing one. Among many other items, we’ll also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, the money builders really make on your project and ways to avoid delays and going over budget.
Guest speakers at the seminar will include:
Scott Lepley – Architect – Design & planning considerations
Sue Marticek – Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group (not confirmed)
Jason Devooght – Devooght House Lifters – Elevation technique and consideration Kathleen Dotoli – Workers’ Compensation Attorney, consumer protection
Camille Marotta – AnnieMac Home Mortgage, finance options
Tim Tennis – Dream Homes Project Manager, timing and change orders
Jamie Stevers, Glen Kelly Real Estate, buying or selling your home
Vincent Simonelli, Dream Homes – Putting it all together for you
Mark the date and call to reserve – Wednesday, April 19th 6:00 pm at the Tuscan Bistro 1250 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, across Hooper from the OC Mall.
We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.
New Blog Development – Easier for you to read and use for reference –
We added some specific Pages on the main page, including References, Definitions, About Dream and Photos/Videos. Result: blogs can be shorter and more focused and refer you to specific pages. Hopefully it will help you use the blog more easily.
New Dream Homes Team Member – Welcome to the Jungle, Larry!
We have a new team member at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us improve our building times and communication with our (currently 24) active clients. I’d like to welcome Larry Schmieder to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Larry has a wealth of experience in construction and management (40+ years) and we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to the Rebuilding Seminar this Wednesday, you can meet him.
New Client Welcome !!
We’d like to welcome a few more new clients—Joe from Manahawkin, Lou from Bayville and Joe & Alice from Forked River. 1 of these folks is another rescue project where another builder disappeared. Thank you to all of you for trusting Dream Homes with getting you back in your homes!
Repeat: Link – The Asbury Park Press Article about Shore House Lifters and How RREM Dropped the Ball
Here’s the link to the APP article, which was in the paper 3 weeks ago.
General Resource – Consumer Protection: Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire is a workers’ compensation and disability attorney in Toms River and speaks regularly at our Rebuilding Seminar. Kathy gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection which is filled with great information to save you money and grief. (Next one is this Wednesday, April 19th). Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.
Grand Opening – New Office Glen Kelly Real Estate branch office – 2818 Bridge Avenue – Point Pleasant – Glen Kelly Real Estate is sharing an office with Dream Homes and handling all Dream Homes inquiries for elevations, renovations, new homes as well as the rest of your real estate buying and selling needs. Stop by with your real estate and construction needs.
Foundations, Foundations, Foundations – Part 2 Cement Piers and Cement Board Surrounds
The foundation is one the most important aspect of your construction, the category that costs the most and is easily the most complex. Today we’ll talk about reinforced concrete piers built on individual concrete footings or continuous footings or grade beams.
With this method, there are monetary savings since you’re not building a full block wall, but instead building a breakaway or cement board skirt wall surround. If you want a finished solution, the cement board over pressure treated lumber in various colors works well. If you frame the wall with wood sheathing, it is ready for siding to be run down as far as you wish.
It’s not a bad option and works especially well when the lift is not full height. Without the added wind shear consideration, you can construct 24” x 24” x 12” reinforced footings under each pier and avoid the expense of pouring continuous footings.
You can expect up to a 20% – 35% savings on your overall foundation, depending on your ultimate interior and exterior finish choices.
Facts about Dream Homes – Attention Ocean & Monmouth County Sandsters
Some Dream Homes facts for consideration:
- We’ve never left a project unfinished and have helped over 168 people move home since Sandy.
- We have excellent personnel strength and experience, including all licensed mechanical trades as well as full carpentry and masonry crews. We are actively running 24 projects from Little Egg Harbor and can bring tremendous resources where and when they are needed. Projects range in scale from a building a deck and finishing sheetrock to help someone finish their project, to full turn key design and construction of projects for homes and townhomes.
- Our team has built over 1600 new homes in over 200 subdivisions since 1993, in addition to the 190 Sandy elevation and renovation projects we’ve completed.
- We’re based in NJ with 2 offices and we’re actively engaged in building new homes, moving and elevating homes, and completing all types of renovations, from the simplest to the most complex.
- We’ve become a RREM specialist and helped hundreds of Sandsters work through RREM, LMI and ICC claims with their insurance companies.
- We’re the only publicly trading company (OTCQB: VRTR) doing this type of work in New Jersey. Our financials are audited and online for your review so you know who you’re dealing with.
Mission Statement and Comment: AT Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle the messiest, most unpleasant, real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish their projects and get back in their homes. If you’re stuck and can’t figure out how to proceed, call us and we’ll do our best to help you.
At Dream Homes, we believe that taking on difficult unpopular projects is part of the social contract we have with the community and the Jersey Shore. We’ve never abandoned a client or failed to finish a project – we feel very strongly that it is our obligation to help Sandsters and others in need.
Video & Past Seminars
Photos & Videos – Click on the link below
Future Homes & Townshomes for Sale: We’re actively working on the development approvals for several properties in Bayville and Forked River.
Dream Homes at Tallwoods: We’ll be offering 13 beautiful new 3 and 4 bedroom single-family homes for sale in the mid $200,000 range in late 2017 / early 2018.
Dream Homes at the Pines: 58 new 2-3 bedroom townhomes, with garages. Anticipated opening in spring / summer 2018.
If you’re looking for new homes this year or early next year, give us a call and we’ll get you information.
2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – Critical dates to remember: If you are stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) at least we can help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. As an additional service to our neighbors in the Jersey Shore community, we do initial consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck in the poop. It doesn’t change what happened to you, but at least you’ll know what’s happening and how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and then a written estimate.
Timing for permits: Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning Save time – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans. Zoning and Building Departments are separate functions in each municipality. They work together, but can be pursued separately.
Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Planning ahead doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless. This is the type of service that you receive from us, and what you should expect from a good builder.
There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…
Click on the link above or call us and we’ll send you a blank scope of work for your reference.
Yeah, We Do That for You… This was an excellent (if I do say so myself) article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received much positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at
Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below
References & Testimonials – Click on the link below
Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. Don’t wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point. Whether you are Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.
Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes actually does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We supervise and manage elevation projects & house moves, demolish and build new homes, and develop and build entire new neighborhoods. In the past 23 years, we’ve completed over 1500 new homes, 190 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 28 of our elevation projects have been rescue projects, where we came in to save a homeowner when someone else left. Dream builds new homes, demolishes existing damaged homes, elevates and move homes, complete additions and renovations and rescues homeowners when their other builder abandons them. We work with private clients as well as Path B clients in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for a free estimate on your rebuilding project.
That’s all for today Sandsters. I hope my words helps you move forward and I hope to see you at the seminar this Wednesday. As always, call or write with any questions.
Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: VRTR)
Dream Building LLC
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
New Home Builder #045894
Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000
Office: 314 S. Main Street
Mailing: PO Box 627
Forked River, NJ 08731
Office: 609 693 8881 F: 609 693 3802 Cell: 732 300 5619