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11-18-17

Hello all –

I hope this blog finds you well. It’s been a busy few weeks, with new clients and many projects starting, and we also have some new items for you today as you get ready for Thanksgiving next week. One important article deals with insulation and options you have when building a new home or raising a home, to increase your energy efficiency.

Welcome New Clients: Dream Homes signed 4 new clients in the last 2 weeks and it’s a real assortment of projects – 1 new home, 1 elevation, a kitchen remodel and a master bath project. We welcome our new clients to the Dream Homes family and thank them for putting their trust in us! A special thanks to Chris & Janice in Surf City, who are trusting us with a difficult move directly on the beach.

New Home Developments & Projects: If you’ve been following the blog and website, you know we’re working on 2 developments in Ocean County (details are below for the 13 single-family lots and the 58 townhomes). In the last few weeks, we’ve also signed 2 new letters of intent for new developments which will start next summer and fall. One is for a 74 townhouse project in Bayville which should start construction in Fall of 2018 and offer townhomes from $225,000. The other development is 80 single-family lots located in Mickleton, where 3000 – 4000 square foot homes will start from $590,000. The new home developments Dream Homes currently has in planning and development encompass 3-4 years of new home construction starting in early 2018 and will include townhomes and single family homes priced from $225,000.

Dream Homes – Awarded the Best Home Improvement Contractor and Best Modular Home Builder in Ocean County for 2016 by the Asbury Park Press. That’s something we’re very proud of, but we’re even more proud that we’ve recently passed the milestone of 200 completed elevation/renovation projects since Storm Sandy. Dream looks forward to continuing to help New Jersey rebuild in the months and years ahead. Thanks to all the clients and friends who voted for us in that survey!

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Urgent Notice: I keep saying it, but it bears repeating – Get your contracts signed now, so plans can be submitted and your project can start before January and be finished in time for summer. If you’re going to move forward anyway, there’s no sense waiting to start paperwork until after the New Year. There is a ton of work that happens before the construction begins on a project, and if you know you’re going to commit to your project, don’t wait for the last minute. Pick a contractor or builder and get started. There is another section below with more detail and some time-saving tips.

Dream Homes – Kitchen & Bath Design Studio & Custom Modular Division –

Though we’re known more for new homes and elevation projects than kitchens and baths, we also do quite a bit of remodeling. An excellent place to start Is at our Custom Modular, Kitchen & Bath design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, with complete kitchen layouts, flooring selections and our own in house modular home design studio. As necessary parts of the 1900 home projects we’ve completed since 1993, we are well equipped to accommodate your remodeling needs, from the simple to the most complex. Call 609 693 8881 to schedule an appointment or just stop by.

Insulation & Wall Thickness – How Much Is Needed and What’s Involved? One of the most important (hidden) features of your home is the insulation. Under the current building code, your new home must meet stringent standards for efficiency, including heat loss and gain. Your elevation project is also a good time to add extra insulation and it is an excellent improvement on a cost / benefit bases. Though many people think you can simply add more insulation to create a tighter building envelope, energy efficiency is a complex system involving insulation, windows, air circulation, high efficiency furnaces and boilers and other factors. Everything works together to achieve the energy efficiency that is needed.

Though it is not necessary by code to frame walls with 2” x 6” studs instead of 2” x 4” studs, if you want to increase your fiberglass insulation from R13 to R19, you need the extra depth of the wall cavity to allow this. Since fiberglass batt insulation cannot be compressed without losing a

portion of its R value, you cannot fit R 19 insulation in a 2” x 4” wall. One alternative to increase R value is to install a rigid foam insulation board on the outside of the wall sheathing in addition to the insulation in the wall. This helps prevent cold and heat from intruding into the building envelope, and allows the wall insulation to be more effective. Foam board is an additional cost, but you can increase R value by 4 -10 points with this technique.

When insulating your floor, either after an elevation or with a new home, R19 is the minimum, but R21 or even R30 can be used (depending on the height of the floor joists). Since most floor joists are 2” x 10”, R30 can be installed without compromising efficiency, and the cost difference is relatively small (material increase only, since labor is the same) considering the overall benefit.

Another option is rigid foam insulation, which is sprayed on. Though it is generally 2-3 times more costly than fiberglass insulation, it has a higher R value in a much smaller depth and can be used instead of, or in conjunction with, normal batt insulation to achieve higher overall energy efficiency. Spending additional money on insulation leads directly to energy savings that last forever.

Hurricane Preparation: We again remind you again about common-sense preparations to make for the next hurricane, with a link to the FEMA guide, “How to Prepare for a Hurricane”, which you must print now so you can refer to it if the power goes out. Hurricane Preparation – FEMA Hurricane Prep, Common Sense Reminders & Sobering Statistics: Thanks to Joe Pascucci, our VP of Business Development, for forwarding this FEMA Hurricane link. I’ve included it again here because it is so useful. Entitled “FEMA’s guide on How to Prepare for a Hurricane”, it includes tips on what to do before, during and after the storm to protect yourself and your property. Again, print this guide now for your reference – if the power goes out, you won’t be able to access the internet. https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pdf

Manditory Builder & Contractor Licensing & Testing Needed in New Jersey (partial repeat): In the last blog I spoke about the need to have manditory licensing with testing in NJ for new home builders and home improvement contractors. I stand by that statement and will reiterate it over and over. Builders should be licensed and regulated in NJ and require proficiency testing. Home building and home improvement contracting does not currently require testing.

As readers of this blog know, I am not a fan of additional regulation or governmental interference in our lives. However, it is our opinion that New Home Builders and Home Improvement Contractors should not only be licensed, but that proficiency testing as well as the corresponding continuing education credits should be required. See the last blog for more detail and the rest of the licensing article.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar –Wednesday December 6th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday December 6th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and took questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you’re planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, come for helpful information from our excellent speakers that will get you started on the right track. We focus on homeowners early in the rebuilding process, who haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

We talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Pizza and wine will be served and space is limited.

Dream Homes FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) Partial Repeat

Here are a few items from our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. The October 8th blog has all of them or you can get them from our website at http://www.dreamhomesltd.com. It’s a useful, concise guide to address common questions and lets you know what you can expect when you choose Dream Homes as your builder.

We’ve compiled a list of common questions about new home construction, structural moving services, home elevation, home renovation and selling your property to help you to better understand the process. Our FAQ list is organized into categories including General, Home Elevation & House Moving, and New Home Construction. Our clients have found this list to be helpful when planning a construction project or navigating through the construction process and we hope you’ll also find it useful. I included two FAQ’s today. For the full list, go to the October 8th blog, or our website at http://www.dreamhomesltd.com.

General – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Partial – See 10-8-17 blog for the full list of FAQ’s.

Q: How long should my project take from start to finish?

A: Depending on the level of complexity and size of your project, and whether it is a new home or an elevation/renovation project, the average time to complete a project (counted from the receipt of a building permit) varies from 3-7 months. If you do not have architectural plans, you should also allow 2-3 months at the beginning of the process for soil

studies, architectural and engineering design, and township issuance of permits. Please review additional detail regarding project duration under the New Homes FAQ section below.

Q: How do I decide whether to elevate/renovate my home or to demolish and build new?

A: The answer to this question is multifaceted and dependent on many factors. If your home was built before 2000, is a single-story and is built on a slab foundation, it is probably more cost-effective and energy efficient to demolish your home and build new. If your home was built after the year 2000, is 2 stories and is built on a crawl foundation, it probably makes the best economic sense to do a perform a home elevation and renovate your home.

Two very positive aspects of new construction are energy efficiency and construction quality. A new energy efficient home can save you 30% – 50% from your current utility bills. As far as construction quality, building codes have been updated 5 times since 2000. The homes we are building now in NJ are vastly superior in safety and quality than those built just 20 years ago.

There are many factors that go into this raise/renovate or build new decision so it is difficult to quantify in a few sentences. Your best option is to contact us for a free consultation so we can meet and review your options.

See the October 8th blog for all the FAQ’s or check our website.

Important Repeat: Getting Started for late Fall/early Winter starts – If you haven’t submitted your plans for a late fall start, well, stop reading this blog (as fascinating as it may be) and call your licensed New Jersey builder or registered home improvement contractor and instruct him to prepare and submit your permit package right now. Though not completely necessary in NJ, it is much better to start your project prior to the first week of January, when difficult weather can become a factor in the schedule. This way you can also expect to be back in by late spring. Remember: Zoning and Building are separate functions and offices. You can (and should) submit your zoning package while you’re assembling your permit package, so you can save time and received your approved permit more quickly.

Repeat – Solar Power at Home – Shouldn’t it work when the grid goes down?? One would certainly think so, but one would generally be wrong. I’ve included a link to a short article in Builder Magazine, but the summary is that the inverter and the entire solar array are run by power from the grid, and when the power stops, your solar array won’t continue to generate energy.

So, for your system to actually work when the power goes out, you will need a battery backup system, which will run the inverter when there’s no power from the grid. The Tesla Power Wall is the most notable example, but there are others. Note: The inverter converts the direct current (DC) which comes from the sun into alternating current (which is what everything in the house runs on). No battery – no inverter – no solar power generation. This is not a tidbit of info you want to discover when the power is out and you’re expecting your home solar system to keep right on making electricity only to find out that it won’t. See the article here http://www.builderonline.com/building/building-science/can-homeowners-use-rooftop-solar-power-during-an-emergency

Dream Homes & Development Corporation – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is the region’s most trusted new home builder and home improvement contractor and was recently awarded the Best Home Improvement Contractor and Best Modular Home Builder in Ocean County for 2016 by the Asbury Park Press. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at http://www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online and if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at http://www.dreamhomesltd.com or at http://www.sec.gov.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re the region’s most trusted builder and we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the elevation, renovation and new home projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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.

Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same amount (usually much less) of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

On another note, please visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: See the last blog of 8/26/17 for useful information on choices for siding, trim and other finishes.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

Seaview and Bayview Models: From $149,000 including demolition. These homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths and suitable for 40-60 foot wide lots. Call 609 693 8881 for details.

Most home improvement contractors and new home builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, December 6th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Video & Past Seminars

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townhomes 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, in a private wooded setting. 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like… https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

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Nearly Famous Rebuilding, Renovation, and Elevation Blog

10-29-17

Hello all –

I hope this blog finds you well on this rainy Sunday.

It’s fitting that it’s raining today, because it’s October 29th, a day that tens of thousands of us will not forget for a long time. As I sit here today on the 5th anniversary of Storm Sandy, I can’t help but think about all we’ve been through and how our lives, and the Jersey Shore have completely changed. We’re tougher now, and smarter, and certainly more aware of how life can change in a minute. Many of us have wound up in a better place after much heartache, and many more of us have never fully recovered from the effects of that storm. It will be another 15 years until we build through this completely and the landscape, our habits and our fears have changed forever. We’re better than any storm though, and we’ll keep trying to improve our lives and communities every day.

On the good news front, Dream Homes was recently awarded the Best Home Improvement Contractor and Best Modular Home Builder in Ocean County for 2017 by the Asbury Park Press. That’s something we’re very proud of, but we’re even more proud that we’ve recently passed the milestone of 200 completed elevation/renovation projects since Storm Sandy. Dream looks forward to continuing to help New Jersey rebuild in the months and years ahead. Thanks to all the clients and friends who voted for us in that survey!Picture2

Today, I’ve again posted some items from our new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. The October 8th blog has all of them or you can get them from our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com. It’s a useful, concise guide to address common questions and lets you know what you can expect when you choose Dream Homes as your builder.

We remind you again about common-sense preparations to make for the next hurricane, with a link to the FEMA guide, “How to Prepare for a Hurricane.” We offer a useful link from Builder Magazine about home solar systems – and how they don’t work when the grid goes down (unbelievably).

Most importantly, we repeat – it’s time to get plans submitted and to get going on your project so you can start before January and be finished before late Spring.

Licensing – New Jersey – Wake up and smell the toast burning and get on board with licensing and testing!! Dream Homes has recently gotten licensed for all residential and commercial construction in Florida, which required a 3-part test, comprising 12 hours of testing on site as well as an online portion. This leads me to talk about how we need to have manditory licensing with testing in NJ for new home builders and home improvement contractors. Currently, there are about a zillion separate trades that are licensed and regulated in NJ and require proficiency testing. Home building and home improvement contracting does not require testing.

As readers of this blog know, I am not a fan of additional regulation or governmental interference in our lives. However – It is our opinion that New Home Builders and Home Improvement Contractors should not only be licensed, but that proficiency testing as well as the corresponding continuing education credits should be required.

Currently, only 2 states require testing to obtain a new home builder or home improvement contractor license – Florida and Texas. The real question is why? One takes tests to pass the bar and practice law, pass the real estate exam, pass the insurance exam, sell securities or annuities, and numerous other vocations. There is a test for home inspectors and pest control specialists. Plumbers, electricians and HVAC contractors are licensed. All of these trades must be tested.

In NJ, you need to demonstrate that you are breathing, have liability insurance and have not been convicted of a violent crime. That describes a subset of 98% of the population. Insane.

New home construction and certainly advanced home improvement contracting involving elevation and renovation is vastly more complex than most licensed trades in NJ and as complex as the most demanding ones listed above.

How ridiculous is it that we do not test for proficiency in a trade which is complex, ever changing, requires in depth knowledge of numerous categories and cannot simply be done by anyone with a hammer? Completely absurd.

It is my opinion that if we required testing in NJ for building trades, over 90% of the fraud and mismanagement would not have occurred over the last 5 years.

I hate to get on the bandwagon for more regulation, but we’re going to bang this drum for a while. The entire level of the game will change, be elevated and immediately protect homeowners from poor workmanship and fraudulent behavior.

Dream Homes FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) Partial Repeat

We’ve compiled a list of common questions about new home construction, structural moving services, home elevation, home renovation and selling your property to help you to better understand the process. Our FAQ list is organized into categories including General, Home Elevation & House Moving, and New Home Construction. Our clients have found this list to be helpful when planning a construction project or navigating through the construction process and we hope you’ll also find it useful. I reprinted only one question from each section. For the full list, go to the October 8th blog, or our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com.

General – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Q: Why should I use Dream Homes for my home elevation or new home construction project? I’ve also heard you were a publicly traded company – what does that mean to me?Dream Homes & Development Corporation is also a publicly traded, audited company, and we trade under the ticker symbol DREM. Being fully audited means you can review our history, financials and performance at any time and be very comfortable that you are dealing with a solid company who will successfully complete your project. In addition, we are the only public company performing elevation and renovation projects in New Jersey.
  2. A: The most important reason to choose Dream Homes is that we’re the region’s most trusted builder and your best choice for a licensed New Home Builder or registered Home Improvement Contractor in NJ. Our team has been building, elevating and renovating homes in New Jersey since 1993, and we’ve successfully completed over 1700 new homes and over 200 elevation projects. Most importantly – we’re never finished with a project until you are satisfied.
  3. Home Elevations, House Lifting & Structural Moving – Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Q: How long should my project take from start to finish?
  5. A: Depending on the level of complexity and size of your project, and whether it is a new home or an elevation/renovation project, the average time to complete a project (counted from the receipt of a building permit) varies from 3-7 months. If you do not have architectural plans, you should also allow 2-3 months at the beginning of the process for soil studies, architectural and engineering design, and township issuance of permits. Please review additional detail regarding project duration under the New Homes FAQ section below.
  1. Q: What do I need to move from my house before a home elevation? How should I prepare?If your house is on a crawl or basement, there is little you will need to do to prepare. We recommend laying any delicate collectibles down flat, and possibly taking heavy mirrors or wall hangings off the walls. Generally, there is little else that must be done to prepare for a house lift or move. On the other hand, if your home is on a slab, all items on the first floor must be removed and stored either on site or off. This is because the slab (which is currently your floor) remains in place when the house is elevated, and a new floor system is constructed which sits on top of the new foundation.
  2. A: It depends on if your home is on a crawl or basement foundation, or it is on a slab foundation.

See October 8th blog for additional FAQ ’s on this subject

            New Home Construction with Dream Homes – Site Built and Custom Modular – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: How do I decide whether to elevate/renovate my home or to demolish and build new? Two very positive aspects of new construction are energy efficiency and construction quality. A new energy efficient home can save you 30% – 50% from your current utility bills. As far as construction quality, building codes have been updated 5 times since 2000. The homes we are building now in NJ are vastly superior in safety and quality than those built just 20 years ago. There are many factors that go into this raise/renovate or build new decision so it is difficult to quantify in a few sentences. Your best option is to contact us for a free consultation so we can meet and review your options. A: The answer to this question is multifaceted and dependent on many factors. If your home was built before 2000, is a single-story and is built on a slab foundation, it is probably more cost-effective and energy efficient to demolish your home and build new. If your home was built after the year 2000, is 2 stories and is built on a crawl foundation, it probably makes the best economic sense to do a perform a home elevation and renovate your home.
  2. Q: How do I decide whether to choose a site built home or custom modular? Is there a price or quality difference? Depending on the type and size of the house you are considering, there may be a cost and time savings to choosing modular construction over site built construction. Another factor is the number of changes that you think you might make during the construction process. It is difficult and costly to make changes in a modular home project, where a site-built home offers more flexibility with making changes. Contrary of what is commonly believed, there is generally no difference in the quality of construction between site built and modular construction.
  3. A: Both site built and custom modular homes can be suitable for different needs and locations. Though Dream Homes has built more than 1700 new homes since 1993 with the majority of them being site built, we recently acquired a modular construction company and design showroom to meet the demand for custom modular homes.

See October 8th blog for FAQ #’s 3 – 10

Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarWednesday December 6th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday December 6th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and took questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you’re planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, come for helpful information from our excellent speakers that will get you started on the right track. We focus on homeowners early in the rebuilding process, who haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

We talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Pizza and wine will be served and space is limited.

Hurricane Preparation – FEMA Hurricane Prep, Common Sense Reminders & Sobering Statistics: Thanks to Joe Pascucci, our VP of Business Development, for forwarding this FEMA Hurricane link with his comments. I’ve included it here because it is so useful. Entitled “FEMA’s guide on How to Prepare for a Hurricane”, it includes tips on what to do before, during and after the storm to protect yourself and your property.

It’s been almost five years since Storm Sandy hit New Jersey and although we hope to never experience another storm like that, with each passing year the storms are becoming more frequent and more intense. Print this guide out for your reference – if the power goes out, you won’t be able to access the internet.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pd

Important Repeat: Getting Started for late Fall/early Winter starts – If you haven’t submitted your plans for a late fall start, well, stop reading this blog (as fascinating as it may be) and call your licensed New Jersey builder or registered home improvement contractor and instruct him to prepare and submit your permit package right now. Though not completely necessary in NJ, it is much better to start your project prior to the first week of January, when difficult weather can become a factor in the schedule. This way you can also expect to be back in by late spring. Remember: Zoning and Building are separate functions and offices. You can (and should) submit your zoning package while you’re assembling your permit package, so you can save time and received your approved permit more quickly.

Repeat – Solar Power at Home – Shouldn’t it work when the grid goes down?? One would certainly think so, but one would generally be wrong. I’ve included a link to a short article in Builder Magazine, but the summary is that the inverter and the entire solar array are run by power from the grid, and when the power stops, your solar array won’t continue to generate energy.

So, for your system to actually work when the power goes out, you will need a battery backup system, which will run the inverter when there’s no power from the grid. Note: The inverter converts the direct current (DC) which comes from the sun into alternating current (which is what everything in the house runs on). No battery – no inverter – no solar power generation. This is not a tidbit of info you want to discover when the power is out and you’re expecting your home solar system to keep right on making electricity only to find out that it won’t. See the article here

http://www.builderonline.com/building/building-science/can-homeowners-use-rooftop-solar-power-during-an-emergency

Dream Homes & Development Corporation – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is the region’s most trusted new home builder and home improvement contractor and was recently awarded the Best Home Improvement Contractor and Best Modular Home Builder in Ocean County for 2016 by the Asbury Park Press. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online and if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re the region’s most trusted builder and we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the elevation, renovation and new home projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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.

Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same amount (usually much less) of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

On another note, please visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: See the last blog of 8/26/17 for useful information on choices for siding, trim and other finishes.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

Seaview and Bayview Models: From $149,000 including demolition. These homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths and suitable for 40-60 foot wide lots. Call 609 693 8881 for details.

Most home improvement contractors and new home builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design. Call 609 693 8881 to schedule an appointment or just stop by.

 

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Video & Past Seminars

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townhomes 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, in a private wooded setting. 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 10-8-17 – Rebuilding Seminar 10-11-17 – NEW Dream FAQs – Hurricane Prep – Starting Fall 2017 Projects – Solar Fallacies – RREM Payments

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10-8-17

Hello all –

Hopefully today finds you well and enjoying your weekend.

Today, I’ve posted our entire new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, which is only about 3 years late in coming but hopefully worth the delay. It’s a concise guide to address common questions and lets you know what you can expect when you choose Dream Homes as your builder. It will also be up in a separate section on both the blog and web site in the next few days, but I posted it here for your easy review.

Important Reminder: Our next Rebuilding Seminar is this Wednesday, October 11th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting. We’ll also be at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City on November 8th & 9th.

We remind you again about common-sense preparations to make for the next hurricane, with a link to the FEMA guide, “How to Prepare for a Hurricane.” We offer a useful link from Builder Magazine about home solar systems – and how they don’t work when the grid goes down (unbelievably).

Most importantly, we repeat – it’s time to get plans submitted and to get going on your project so you can start before January and be finished before late Spring.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarWednesday October 11th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and took questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, come for helpful information from our excellent speakers that will get you started on the right track. We focus on homeowners early in the rebuilding process, who haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

We talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Pizza and wine will be served and space is limited.

Dream Homes FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

We’ve compiled a list of common questions about new home construction, structural moving services, home elevation, home renovation and selling your property to help you to better understand the process. Our FAQ list is organized into categories including General, Home Elevation & House Moving, and New Home Construction. Our clients have found this list to be helpful when planning a construction project or navigating through the construction process and we hope you’ll also find it useful. (Note: Some formatting was lost so numbers may be scrambled).

General – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: Why should I use Dream Homes for my home elevation or new home construction project? I’ve also heard you were a publicly traded company – what does that mean to me? A: The most important reason to choose Dream Homes is that we’re the region’s most trusted builder and your best choice for a licensed New Home Builder or registered Home Improvement Contractor in NJ. Our team has been building, elevating and renovating homes in New Jersey since 1993, and we’ve successfully completed over 1700 new homes and over 200 elevation projects. Most importantly – we’re never finished with a project until you are satisfied. Dream Homes & Development Corporation is also a publicly traded, audited company, and we trade under the ticker symbol DREM. Being fully audited means you can review our history, financials and performance at any time and be very comfortable that you are dealing with a solid company who will successfully complete your project. In addition, we are the only public company performing elevation and renovation projects in New Jersey.
  2. Q: How long should my project take from start to finish? A: Depending on the level of complexity and size of your project, and whether it is a new home or an elevation/renovation project, the average time to complete a project (counted from the receipt of a building permit) varies from 3-7 months. If you do not have architectural plans, you should also allow 2-3 months at the beginning of the process for soil studies, architectural and engineering design, and township issuance of permits. Please review additional detail regarding project duration under the New Homes FAQ section below.
  3. Q: How much of a deposit should I expect to pay to my new home builder or home elevation contractor when I sign a contract? A: At Dream Homes, we generally accept only a 5% deposit when we sign contracts, though many builders and contractors request much greater amounts. In our opinion, there is usually no reason a builder or contractor should require an amount greater than 5% to start a residential project.
  4. Q: What type of support and communication should I expect from Dream Homes once my project has started? A: Dream Homes has extensive experience dealing with insurance companies, ICC grants, RREM and other state programs and mortgage companies. We’ll help you navigate the details of each of these groups to assist you with your funding needs.  As far as communication during your project is concerned, the Dream Homes team is always available for updates, status reports and discussions about your project. You can reach us by phone (609 693 8881), email (info@dreamhomesltd.com), meetings in our Forked River or Point Pleasant offices or meetings at your project site. If you don’t receive an immediate response to your inquiry, you should expect a response to your email or phone calls within no more than 24 hours.
  5. Q: Where are the Dream Homes offices and how long have you been there?Dream Homes main office has been located in Forked River since 2003. A: Dream Homes’ main office is in Forked River at 314 South Main Street and is our headquarters for administrative, operations & accounting functions. We also have a custom modular design center and kitchen and bath showroom located at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant. Our design center is where all selections are chosen for new homes and renovations.
  6. Q: I might want to make changes while we’re under construction. Will change orders delay or affect my project? A: Repeated change orders are a primary reason for delay in any project but any change order will cause some type of delay. You should try to group as many of your changes as possible into one request, so that there is less chance of error. Remember that is generally more costly to make changes in the middle of a project than it is to plan them from the start. Please note that all change orders must be in writing, and signed by both Dream Homes and our client. We do not support change orders that are verbal or text. Payment for change orders is due at signing.
  7. Q: This FAQ section is really helpful but I’d like more detailed information. Where can I find it? A: Copies of this FAQ can be found both on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at our Nearly Famous Rebuilding blog at http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com . We’ve been writing about varied construction and real estate issues since 2012 and the Rebuilding blog has a vast about of searchable information on numerous topics including construction techniques and methods, insurance, and flood and storm damaged construction. You can also call us at 609 693 8881 and schedule a free consultation.
  8. Q: How should I expect to pay for my project? A: Your contract includes a payment schedule with various stages of construction that will trigger invoices and payment requests. Unless other arrangements are made, invoices are due within 10 days.

Home Elevations, House Lifting & Structural Moving – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: What do I need to move from my house before a home elevation? How should I prepare?  A: It depends on if your home is on a crawl or basement foundation, or it is on a slab foundation. If your house is on a crawl or basement, there is little you will need to do to prepare. We recommend laying any delicate collectibles down flat, and possibly taking heavy mirrors or wall hangings off the walls. Generally, there is little else that must be done to prepare for a house lift or move.  On the other hand, if your home is on a slab, all items on the first floor must be removed and stored either on site or off. This is because the slab (which is currently your floor) remains in place when the house is elevated, and a new floor system is constructed which sits on top of the new foundation.
  2. Q: How long does the actual lift take? Should I stay and watch my house go up in the air?Whether to stay and watch the actual elevation is a matter of personal preference. Some people find it very exciting and some find it somewhat upsetting. It can be an unsettling sight, seeing your house which has been happily sitting on its foundation for many years, going up in the air and being placed on 4’ x 4’ cribbing stacks. If the house is on a slab foundation, there is no floor so you are looking right up into the house! If the house is on a crawl, it’s not as disturbing since it is like looking up at a basement ceiling. The actual home elevation process is fairly slow, with an average movement of one vertical foot per hour. If you were in the house and couldn’t hear the generators or machinery, you would never realize that your house was being elevated!

            New Home Construction with Dream Homes – Site Built and Custom Modular – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: How do I decide whether to elevate/renovate my home or to demolish and build new?  A: The answer to this question is multifaceted and dependent on many factors. If your home was built before 2000, is a single-story and is built on a slab foundation, it is probably more cost-effective and energy efficient to demolish your home and build new. If your home was built after the year 2000, is 2 story and is built on a crawl foundation, it probably makes the best economic sense to do a perform a home elevation and renovate your home. Two very positive aspects of new construction are energy efficiency and construction quality. A new energy efficient home can save you 30% – 50% from your current utility bills. As far as construction quality, building codes have been updated 5 times since 2000. The homes we are building now in NJ are vastly superior in safety and quality than those built just 20 years ago.  There are many factors that go into this raise/renovate or build new decision so it is difficult to quantify in a few sentences. Your best option is to contact us for a free consultation so we can meet and review your options.
  2. Q: Can Dream Homes handle my demolition needs if I decide to knock my old house down and build a new one? A: Dream Homes offers a full range of partial and full demolition services and can handle all utility disconnects, asbestos removal (if required) and house preparation prior to house demolition. We also prepare your lot after the demolition for new construction, importing or exporting fill as necessary to bring your lot to grade.
  3. Q: How do I decide whether to choose a site built home or custom modular? Is there a price or quality difference? A: Depending on the type and size of the house you are considering, there may be a cost and time savings to choosing modular construction over site built construction. Another factor is the number of changes that you think you might make during the construction process. It is difficult and costly to make changes in a modular home project, where a site-built home offers more flexibility with making chanes.  Contrary of what is commonly believed, there is generally no difference in the quality of construction between site built and modular construction. Both site built and custom modular homes can be suitable for different needs and locations. Though Dream Homes has built more than 1700 new homes since 1993 with the majority of them being site built, we recently acquired a modular construction company and design showroom to meet the demand for custom modular homes.
  4. Q: How long does a new home construction project take to complete from start to finish?  A: Depending on the number changes you make during the process, it can as little as 4-5 months but commonly runs 5-6 months. It is slightly longer than a home elevation project, since there are so many additional required inspections at the township and county level.
  5. Q: If I decide to build a new home, do I have to start from scratch to design something, or do you have plans I can choose from?Visit the Architectural Plans section of our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com , which is located on the home page. You can also check our blog at http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com for additional plans and designs. A: You don’t have to start from scratch at all. Usually you’ll be able to find a plan from our extensive selection that we can easily customize for you since all our plans are on computer. Starting with the framework of an existing plan can save you thousands of dollars.

Hurricane Preparation – FEMA Hurricane Prep, Common Sense Reminders & Sobering Statistics: Thanks to Joe Pascucci, our VP of Business Development, for forwarding this FEMA Hurricane link with his comments. I’ve included it here because it is so useful. Entitled “FEMA’s guide on How to Prepare for a Hurricane”, it includes tips on what to do before, during and after the storm to protect yourself and your property.

It’s been almost five years since Storm Sandy hit New Jersey and although we hope to never experience another storm like that, with each passing year the storms are becoming more frequent and more intense. Print this guide out for your reference – if the power goes out, you won’t be able to access the internet.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pdf

Important Repeat: Getting Started for late Fall/early Winter starts – If you haven’t submitted your plans for a late fall start, well, stop reading this blog (as fascinating as it may be) and call your licensed New Jersey builder or registered home improvement contractor and instruct him to prepare and submit your permit package right now. Though not completely necessary in NJ, it is much better to start your project prior to the first week of January, when difficult weather can become a factor in the schedule. This way you can also expect to be back in by late spring. Remember: Zoning and Building are separate functions and offices. You can (and should) submit your zoning package while you’re assembling your permit package, so you can save time and received your approved permit more quickly.

Keeping your Project Moving – RREM, cash flow and payment to your new home builder or home improvement contractor: This note is for those who are in an otherwise positive relationship with their builder, but are having a temporary cash flow issue. Many people who are working with RREM or ICC grants, or insurance proceeds that are being held by mortgage companies may find themselves in a situation where their project could be delayed for non-payment. As a general rule, you should assume that invoices for completed inspected work in place should be paid within 10 days. If you don’t pay your professional, they will probably temporarily stop working on your job.

Assuming again that your relationship is solid with your builder (all work is done and paid for, all invoices to date have been paid in a timely manner) if the project is delayed temporarily that means little other than your builder must be paid to continue working, or he cannot pay for supplies, payroll and overhead. An important practice is to communicate clearly if an issue arises and there will be a delay in payment.

You are also an important part of keeping your RREM or mortgage company submissions current, so you won’t cause a delay in your project. If you’ve submitted payment, ask for a date when payment will be made to you. Be proactive with your project and it will save you time.

Repeat – Solar Power at Home – Shouldn’t it work when the grid goes down?? One would certainly think so, but one would generally be wrong. I’ve included a link to a short article in Builder Magazine, but the summary is that the inverter and the entire solar array are run by power from the grid, and when the power stops, your solar array won’t continue to generate energy.

So, for your system to actually work when the power goes out, you will need a battery backup system, which will run the inverter when there’s no power from the grid. Note: The inverter converts the direct current (DC) which comes from the sun into alternating current (which is what everything in the house runs on). No battery – no inverter – no solar power generation. This is not a tidbit of info you want to discover when the power is out and you’re expecting your home solar system to keep right on making electricity only to find out that it won’t. See the article here

http://www.builderonline.com/building/building-science/can-homeowners-use-rooftop-solar-power-during-an-emergency

Toms River Home Show – October 29th & 30th Home Show at the Pine Belt Center in Toms River: Come out and meet our team members at the end of October and get answers to any questions you have. We’ll be covering elevation and renovation projects, new modular and site construction and any questions you may have about the construction process.

Dream Homes & Development Corporation – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is the region’s most trusted new home builder and home improvement contractor. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online and if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re the region’s most trusted builder and we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the elevation, renovation and new home projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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.

Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same amount (usually much less) of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

On another note, please visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: See the last blog of 8/26/17 for useful information on choices for siding, trim and other finishes.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

Seaview and Bayview Models: From $149,000 including demolition. These homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths and suitable for 40-60 foot wide lots. Call 609 693 8881 for details.

Most home improvement contractors and new home builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design. Call 609 693 8881 to schedule an appointment or just stop by.

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Video & Past Seminars

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townhomes 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, in a private wooded setting. 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 1700 new homes, 200 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 9-30-17 – Hurricane Prep – RREM & Payment Issues – Rebuilding Seminar 10-11-17 – Solar Disarray? – File Permits Now for Fall Starts

 

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

 

Dream Building LLC.

 

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

 

Nearly Famous Rebuilding, Renovation, and Elevation Blog

 

9-30-17

 

Hello all –

 

Hopefully today finds you well and enjoying the early Fall weather. It’s time to make concrete plans to get going on your project so you can start before January and be finished before late Spring.

 

Today, we remind you again about common-sense preparations to make for the next hurricane, with a link to the FEMA guide, “How to Prepare for a Hurricane.” We again recommend the excellent book, “Lights Out”, written by Ted Koppel which touches on what happens to society when power is lost for an extended time. We offer a useful link from Builder Magazine about home solar systems – and how they don’t work when the grid goes down (unbelievably). We remind you again about why we are elevating our homes and rebuilding to greater heights. We mention our plans to open an office in southwest Florida to help with the rebuilding efforts that will be ongoing for years.

 

Most importantly, we send our thoughts and prayers (again) to the people in Puerto Rico still suffering without power and water after the Hurricane Maria. Again, we send our strength, prayers and donations out to those less fortunate than we are.

 

On another note, we remind you about our next Rebuilding Seminar which is Wednesday, October 11th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting. We’ll also be at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City on November 8th & 9th.

 

Hurricane Preparation – FEMA Hurricane Prep, Common Sense Reminders & Sobering Statistics: Thanks to Joe Pascucci, our VP of Business Development, for forwarding this FEMA Hurricane link with his comments. I’ve included it here because it is so useful. Entitled “FEMA’s guide on How to Prepare for a Hurricane”, it includes tips on what to do before, during and after the storm to protect yourself and your property.

 

It’s been almost five years since Storm Sandy hit New Jersey and although we hope to never experience another storm like that, with each passing year the storms are becoming more frequent and more intense. Print this guide out for your reference – if the power goes out, you won’t be able to access the internet.

 

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.p

 

            Keeping your Project Moving – RREM, cash flow and payment to your new home builder or home improvement contractor: This note is for those who are in an otherwise positive relationship with their builder, but are having a temporary cash flow issue. Many people who are working with RREM or ICC grants, or insurance proceeds that are being held by mortgage companies may find themselves in a situation where their project could be delayed for non-payment. As a general rule, you should assume that invoices for completed inspected work in place should be paid within 10 days. If you don’t pay your professional, they will probably temporarily stop working on your job.

 

            Assuming again that your relationship is solid with your builder (all work is done and paid for, all invoices to date have been paid in a timely manner) if the project is delayed temporarily that means little other than your builder must be paid to continue working, or he cannot pay for supplies, payroll and overhead. An important practice is to communicate clearly if an issue arises and there will be a delay in payment.

 

            You are also an important part of keeping your RREM or mortgage company submissions current, so you won’t cause a delay in your project. If you’ve submitted payment, ask for a date when payment will be made to you. Be proactive with your project and it will save you time.

 

Hurricane Prep from Vince – Continued and partial repeat: For a repeat of my partial list of what to do in preparation for a hurricane or tropical storm, visit the 9/16/17 blog. Note that I focus strongly on what is needed when there is no power, which (other than structural failure) is the most pressing concern after a storm. Note that my list is not as comprehensive as the FEMA guide, but oddly I include items they don’t really touch on.

 

As a reminder, being affected by another storm or hurricane is why people all over the world are elevating their homes. It’s not a question of if a storm will happen, but when it will occur. More people at the shore are realizing the need to retain a home improvement contractor registered in NJ or a new home builder licensed in NJ to elevate or rebuild their homes. One of the most sobering recent statistics is that for the first time in history 2 separate Category 5 hurricanes hit the US mainland within one year. To ignore this trend is foolish. One must accept that the fundamental choice is to move inland, away from the most probable path of hurricanes (which didn’t work out too well for the folks in Houston anyway) or to address the need to elevate your house at least 3’ above the base flood level in your area.

 

Solar Power at Home – Shouldn’t it work when the grid goes down?? One would certainly think so, but one would generally be wrong. I’ve included a link to a short article in Builder Magazine, but the summary is that the inverter and the entire solar array are run by power from the grid, and when the power stops, your solar array won’t continue to generate energy.

 

So, for it to actually work when the power goes out, you will need a battery backup system, which will run the inverter when there’s no power from the grid. Note: The inverter converts the direct current (DC) which comes from the sun into alternating current (which is what everything in the house runs on). No battery – no inverter – no solar power generation. This is not a tidbit of info you want to discover when the power is out and you’re expecting your home solar system to keep right on making electricity only to find out that it won’t. See the article here

 

http://www.builderonline.com/building/building-science/can-homeowners-use-rooftop-solar-power-during-an-emergency

 

 Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarWednesday October 11th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

 

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and took questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

 

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, come for helpful information from our excellent speakers that will get you started on the right track. We focus on homeowners early in the rebuilding process, who haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

 

We talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

 

Getting Started for late Fall/early Winter starts – If you haven’t submitted your plans for a late fall start, well, stop reading this blog (as absolutely fascinating as it may be) call your licensed New Jersey builder or registered home improvement contractor and instruct him to prepare and submit your permit package right now. Though not completely necessary in NJ, it is much better to start your project prior to the first week of January, when difficult weather can become a factor in the schedule. This way you can also expect to be back in by late spring. Remember: Zoning and Building are separate functions and offices.  You can (and should) submit your zoning package while you’re assembling your permit package, so you can save time and received your approved permit more quickly.

 

Toms River Home Show – October 29th & 30th Home Show at the Pine Belt Center in Toms River: Come out and meet our team members at the end of October and get answers to any questions you have. We’ll be covering elevation and renovation projects, new modular and site construction and any questions you may have about the construction process.

 

Dream Homes & Development Corporation – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is the region’s most trusted new home builder and home improvement contractor. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.

 

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online and if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.

 

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re the region’s most trusted builder and we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the elevation, renovation and new home projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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.

 

            Repeat: Wind, water and storm surge: What do they mean and what’s more of a risk? We sometimes forget that water is much, much denser than air. In NJ, though we build to a 120 mile per hour wind rating, we rarely see winds like that. In Sandy, most of the damage was done from water. If your home was built in the last 10 years, it is strongly protected from wind damage. However, there is only so much that can be done to protect from water.

 

            Water, because it is so much heavier and denser than air, causes most of damage in most storms in our area. That is why we install flood vents and breakaway walls in our elevated homes and have our furnaces and essential mechanicals located above the flood elevation. Water does not go away immediately and after the damage from the destructive force of a surge, rots, destroys and mildews everything it touches.

 

            Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same amount (usually much less) of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

 

Recommend Reading – Repeat – “Lights Out”: For those of you who like to read (books, not news), pick up the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. It’s a fascinating look at what would happen in the event all or a good portion of our electrical grid was destroyed or rendered inoperable from an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) caused by a nuclear detonation in our low-earth atmosphere.

 

Regardless of your belief in whether such an event could occur (it most definitely could), the reality is that flooding and hurricane force winds can do as much damage to our very fragile, interconnected electrical grid. The book is fairly short (I read it in an hour or so), extremely well written and documented and will make you realize just how fragile and dependent upon electricity our society has become. It’s well worth your time to read. 

 

On another note, please visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.  

 

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: See the last blog of 8/26/17 for useful information on choices for siding, trim and other finishes.  

 

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.

 

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!!  See last 2 blogs for more detail. Note: This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

 

Seaview and Bayview Models: From $149,000 including demolition. These homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths and suitable for 40-60 foot wide lots. Call 609 693 8881 for details.

 

Most home improvement contractors and new home builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

 

             Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

 

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

 

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

 

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

 

Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design. Call 609 693 8881 to schedule an appointment or just stop by.

 

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection:  Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

 

Video & Past Seminars

 

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below

 

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

 

Future Homes & Townhomes 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, in a private wooded setting. 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.

 

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

 

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

 

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at

 

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

 

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

 

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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about.  Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

 

Regards,

 

Vince Simonelli

 

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

 

Dream Building LLC

 

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

 

New Home Builder #045894

 

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

 

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

 

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

 

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

 

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

 

Twitter: #foxbuilder

 

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 9-17-17 – How to Prep for a Hurricane – Wind & Water Dangers – Rebuilding Seminar 10/11/17 – Expansion to Florida – Texting Evils – Book to Read – “Lights Out”

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

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Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding, Renovation, and Elevation Blog

9-16-17

Hello all –

Hopefully today finds you well, enjoying your summer and moving along with your project.

Today, we recap some of the events in the last few weeks and remind you about some common sense preparations you can make for the next storm, Hurricane Jose, which is due to impact us at some point this week. We recommend the excellent book, “Lights Out”, written by Ted Koppel which touches on what happens to society when power is lost for an extended period of time. We remind you again about why we are elevating our homes and rebuilding to greater heights. We discuss the effects of both wind and water, and how water and storm surge can be so much more devastating. We talk about our recent company ban on texting for meaningful communication. We mention our plans to open an office in southwest Florida to help with the rebuilding efforts that will be ongoing for years.

Most importantly, we send our thoughts and prayers (again) to the people affected by Harvey, as well as the thousands of people affected by Irma. The last week has been really lousy for a lot of people. Here in New Jersey we’ve understand what they’re going through and it’s miserable. We send our strength, prayers and donations out to those less fortunate than we are.

On another note, we remind you about our next Rebuilding Seminar which is Wednesday, October 11th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting.

Hurricane Preparation – Common Sense Reminders and Sobering Statistics: Here is a link to possible paths that Hurricane Jose might take this week, which will affect us in some manner. http://www.nj.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/09/tropical_storm_jose_hurricane_nj_cone_coast_wind_w.html

For a bit more sobering information, there are 2 other hurricanes directly behind Jose, both of which have the potential to affect the eastern seaboard.

As a reminder, the possibility of being affected by another storm or hurricane is why we people all over the country (and the world) are elevating their homes. It’s not a question of  a storm will happen, but when it will occur. More and more people at the shore are realizing the need to elevate their homes, and one of the most sobering statistics is that for the first time in history 2 separate Category 4 hurricanes hit the US mainland within one year. To ignore this trend is foolish. One must accept that the fundamental choice is to move inland, away from the most probable path of hurricanes (which didn’t work out to well for the folks in Houston) or to address the need to elevate your house at least 3’ above the base flood level in your area. Call us to schedule a free consultation for your home.

So, here’s a partial list of what to do in preparation for a storm, where winds could exceed 60 miles per hour and there is a possibility of flooding or storm surge. Note that I focus strongly on what is needed when there is no power, which (other than structural failure) is the most pressing concern after a storm.

  1. Get rid of anything outside your house that could become a missile in high winds. That includes flower pots, umbrellas, loose lumber, and patio furniture (unless it is wrought iron), coolers and other assorted items. Anything that is under 50 pounds that you can easily move should be stored or secured down.
  2. Fill your bathtub and have a supply of bottled water. Ideally, buy one or more 7-gallon water storage containers from Walmart ($14). If possible, you should have a 2-week supply of drinking water.
  3. Generator & gas: Ideally, you should have a generator and at least two 5-gallon containers of gas, so at the very least you can run your refrigerator, furnace, a few lights and be able to keep your cell phone charged. I’ve written in past blogs how the installation of a disconnect switch ($200) next to your electrical panel will allow you to run essential items directly from your generator, through your panel, without running extension cords to your appliances.
  4. Batteries, candles, flashlights and a radio: These items are inexpensive and very important to have around when there’s no power.
  5. Books, board games and alcohol: Real books, cards and board games, and your favorite libation can help get through long nights with no electricity. They are old-school and analog, but what else are you going to do when it gets dark at 7 pm?
  6. Food: A 6-month supply of dry and canned goods for 2 people costs $300 and is a vitally important component for any kind of disaster preparation (Shop Rite Can Can Sale is a good start or hit BJ’s, Costco or Walmart). Beans of all kinds, pasta and canned sauce, canned vegetables, rice, coffee, dried milk, pet food and a few other essential items can make all the difference in the world. Assume you can’t leave your house for 2-3 weeks – could you survive or would you be looking at your parakeet thinking she might make a nice roast?
  7. Medicine and first aid supplies: This one is a little tougher, since most prescriptions can’t be filled for more than a month or so. In addition to basic first aid supplies, stock up on aspirin and ibuprofen. Try and have a one-month supply of any vital medicines and switch out each time you refill a prescription, using the older medicine and storing the new.
  8. Cars and other vehicles: Fill your cars with gas and move them to higher ground if you think there is any chance of flooding.
  9. Phones & other rechargeable: Charge all your batteries: Cell phone, radio and any other item that is rechargeable. It’s not much but will help for a short time. If the power goes out, do not use your cell phone unnecessarily and shut it off after each use.

There’s a lot more, but this is a good start. A little preparation goes a long way. Call us at 609 693 8881 with questions or if you need help with any of the above items.

Texting – A scourge on our ability to communicate: At Dream, we’ve recently introduced a no-texting policy between our clients and our team members. We find that texting is not good for extended conversation, doesn’t lend itself to accurate expression and is a constant disruptive factor which affects good accurate communication. Additionally, other than if the text stream is exported to a file, there is no common record of what was said. This makes follow up and follow through extremely difficult. We still use it internally for brief communications between team members.

Moral of the story: Keep texting to one or 2-line communications such as, “Remember to pick up milk and eggs” or “The sheetrock delivery is delayed 2 hours on 123 Main Street”. If your communication is longer than 2 sentences, put it in an email or pick up the phone and talk like we used to do.

Wind, water and storm surge: What do they mean and what’s more of a risk? We sometimes forget that water is much, much denser than air. In NJ, though we build to a 120 mile per hour wind rating, we rarely see winds like that. In Sandy, the majority of the damage was done from water. If your home was built in the last 10 years, it is strongly protected from wind damage. However, there is only so much that can be done to protect from water.

Water, because it is so much heavier and denser than air, causes most of damage in most storms in our area. This is why we install flood vents and breakaway walls in our elevated homes and have our furnaces and essential mechanicals located above the flood elevation.

Assume that you will be flooded by a storm surge, which can and often does occur after the brunt of a storm has passed. Remember – wind goes away when it is done blowing and (except for damage caused while it is windy) leaves no evidence of its existence. Water does not go away immediately and after the damage from the destructive force of a surge, rots, destroys and mildews everything it touches.

On another note, if you are ordered to evacuate, then do so and don’t delay. Do not assume that someone will come out and rescue you in the middle of the storm, because you weren’t ready to leave when instructed to do so. First responders often will not be tasked for rescues when winds exceed 40 miles per hour. Be governed accordingly.

Finally, if you decide to stay home and weather the storm, DO NOT go outside during the storm for any non-essential reason such as rescuing a yard sculpture or a deck chair you forgot to bring inside. Risking having one of your neighbor’s planters flying through the air and whacking you in the head at 50 miles an hour is not worth the risk. Risking electrocution (largest cause for death in storms) is also not worth your life for to save a cooler or barbecue grill you forgot.

Words to the wise, Sandsters…

Recommend Reading – “Lights Out”: For those of you who like to read (books, not news), pick up the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. It’s a fascinating look at what would happen in the event all or a good portion of our electrical grid was destroyed or rendered inoperable from an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) caused by a nuclear detonation in our low-earth atmosphere.

Regardless of your belief in whether such an event could occur (it most definitely could), the reality is that flooding and hurricane force winds can do as much damage to our very fragile, interconnected electrical grid. The book is fairly short (I read it in an hour or so), extremely well written and documented and will make you realize just how fragile and dependent upon electricity our society has become. It’s well worth your time to read

Reminder – Visit our New Design Center: Please visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarWednesday October 11th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and could take questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, make sure you attend for helpful information from our excellent speakers. It will help you get started on the right track. We focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

We’ll talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: See the last blog of 8/26/17 for useful information on choices for siding, trim and other finishes.

Dream Homes – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online – if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.

 

Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same (usually much less) amount of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! See last 2 blogs for more detail. Note: This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

Seaview and Bayview Models: From $149,000 including demolition. These homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths and suitable for 40-60 foot wide lots. Call 609 693 8881 for details.

Most general contractors and builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio – Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design.

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townhomes 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, in a private wooded setting. 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

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Dream Homes Labor Day Rebuilding Blog – RREM Deadlines – Don’t Lose Your $150k RREM Grant!!- New Video about Storm Risk – 10-11-17 Rebuilding Seminar

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9-3-17 – Labor Day

Hello Sandsters & all other rebuilders reading this blog today –

Hopefully you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend, despite the weather. Console yourself with the thought that we only got about 5% as much rain as Houston, and tomorrow is supposed to be nicer.

Today we send our prayers and donations (American Red Cross) to all those affected by Harvey. To everyone affected in Texas, we know how much you’re suffering and can truly empathize. Hopefully FEMA and the other agencies of state and federal government react much more quickly than in NJ, NY and Louisiana and you quickly get the help you need.

New Storm Video: For those in NJ who are still wondering why to elevate your house, we did a simple video about moving forward to remind you that storm risk is real and a constant in your life. Flood insurance increases is immediate and constant and storm risk can occur at any time – but both are very real. Click here and forward to anyone you know who needs help rebuilding.

http://studio.stupeflix.com/v/IY1RgO4gGdN2/?autoplay=1

Important: Don’t away from $150k – RREM final extensions and deadlines are now happening. See below for more information.

Now that we’re into September, remember to register for our next Rebuilding Seminar which is Wednesday, October 11th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting.

Visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.

RREM Extensions and Deadlines: If you have signed a grant and haven’t started your project, you are in the last 10%-15% of the Sandsters lucky enough to still be working with funding from a RREM grant. RREM has been fairly decent about granting extensions, and we have some clients that have extended 3 and 4 times over a 2-year period.

That being said, RREM has been tightening up recently and insisting that you either begin your project, or relinquish your grant so it can be awarded to someone else. This tightening is due to deadlines from the portion of the grant that occurred after the initial RREM grants were awarded (there were 3 additional funding rounds, and each one must be 75% utilized within a certain time or New Jersey must return the money to the federal government.) So, there is pressure at the state level to get the “use it or lose it” message to people, since NJ (via the DCA and the RREM program) is facing the same pressure and requirements from the feds.

If you are still on the fence, don’t risk losing your RREM grant through inaction. $150,000 is too much money to throw away. At the very least, you must sign a contract with a builder, and/or start soils, engineering & architectural design to qualify for any additional extensions. You also must start your project within a short time, which means filing for (and receiving) a building permit.

If you need help getting started, give us a call at 609 693 8881 or send an email to info@dreamhomesltd.com.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarWednesday October 11th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and took questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, make sure you attend for helpful information from our excellent speakers. It will help you get started on the right track. We focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

We’ll talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Dream Homes – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online – if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.

Repeat – Reference – Change Orders & Additions to your Scope): Check the 8/11/17 and 8/24/17 blogs for good information about change orders and the resulting inevitable delays.

Turn Key Projects – Inception – Design – Build: Most general contractors and builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and is one of the best, most trustworthy companies you can choose.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide better service and resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass. See the 8/4/17 & 8/11/17 blogs for the full story.

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: Siding and exterior finishes are a very important part of any construction project, and with elevated homes (whether new or renovation) there are a greater number of options than with many normal construction projects. See the 8/24/17 blog for the full article on this topic.

Welcome to our new Project Coordinator, Theresa Nichols: We’ve recently created a new position at Dream and brought Theresa Nichols in to help coordinate communication between our clients and our construction team. Theresa was with Dream a few years ago, brings a wealth of experience to the Dream Team and we’re delighted to have her back. Theresa was formerly a regional manager for Bed, Bath & Beyond and supervised over 30 locations throughout New Jersey. She’s now bringing her skills and positive personality to better coordinate construction scheduling and client contact during projects. As a client of Dream Homes, you’ll deal with Theresa directly while your project is under construction. Welcome back Theresa!

Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same (usually much less) amount of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design.

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re proud to be one of New Jersey’s most respected builders. We’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townhomes 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, in a private wooded setting. 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below  https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

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 a Dream Homes 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 missed occasionally.

Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dream-Homes-Land-Development-Corp

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 8-25-17 – Dream (DREM) 2nd Qtr Financials – Siding & Finish ideas – Rebuilding Seminar – 10-11-17 – TR Home Show – 10-28-17 – New Design Center – Point Pleasant – New Dream Homes Project Coordinator

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Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding, Renovation, and Elevation Blog

8-25-17

Hello Sandsters & all other rebuilders reading this blog today –

Hopefully today finds you well, enjoying your summer and moving along with your project.

Today I have a few useful things for you. Most importantly, we send our thoughts and prayers to the folks in Texas, who are having a really rough 4 days with Hurricane Harvey, Category 4 winds and 24”-30” of rain. On a smaller scale, here in New Jersey we’ve been there and done that, and it’s not fun at all. We sincerely wish you the best.

On another note, Dream Homes (DREM) just released 2nd quarter 2017 financials so we discuss some of the high points and invite you to learn more about us online. We introduce a new member of the Dream Team, Theresa Nichols, who has joined us as a Project Coordinator to improve our construction speed and client services. We review our August 16th seminar and remind you about our next Rebuilding Seminar which is Wednesday, October 11th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting.

For our construction focus for today, we discuss siding & finish options for elevation projects or new homes that are 9 feet off the ground. We again discuss our topic about change orders for your projects and the inherent delays.

Finally, we again mention our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.

Dream Homes – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online – if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.

Welcome to our new Project Coordinator, Theresa Nichols: We’ve recently created a new position at Dream and brought Theresa Nichols in to help coordinate communication between our clients and our construction team. Theresa was with Dream a few years ago, brings a wealth of experience to the Dream Team and we’re delighted to have her back. Theresa was formerly a regional manager for Bed, Bath & Beyond and supervised over 30 locations throughout New Jersey. She’s now bringing her skills and positive personality to better coordinate construction scheduling and client contact during projects. As a client of Dream Homes, you’ll deal with Theresa directly while your project is under construction. Welcome back Theresa!

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: Siding and exterior finishes are a very important part of any construction project, and with elevated homes (whether new or renovation) there are a greater number of options than with many normal construction projects.

When a home is elevated, or a new home is built that is 6, 7, 8 or 9 feet from the ground, you have many options for siding and finishes.

With existing elevated homes, if siding is not replaced and there is no wall or surround being built on the lower level, it is a good idea to consider Azek or other style of trim board at the bottom of the siding to finish it, as well as to serve as a visual break between the existing siding and the new lower level. Trim board, which is usually white, comes in 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, 12” and 16” widths and the most common widths are 6” & 8”. Though it is primarily an aesthetic choice, choosing the correct width has much to do with the size of the house and the elevation from grade. A single-story house that is elevated 5’ from grade, might use a 4” or 6” trim board, while with a 2-story house elevated 9’ from grade, an 8” or 10” wide trim would look more appropriate.

When homes are elevated to a full 9’ from grade, often a “skirt wall” is built around the lower level, to create an enclosed “basement”. Commonly it is pressure treated lumber with a cement board exterior. Cement board comes in many colors, though tan, grey & white are common choices.

From a design standpoint, you do not have to try and match the existing siding on the house, but instead can choose a complimentary or even contrasting color. One common theme is to choose a darker color on the lower level, install a white trim board between the lower and upper levels, and then choose (or complement existing) lighter color siding. Another method is the exact opposite, with a lighter shade for the lower level, and a darker color above. Colors can be in the same family, with different shades, or contrasting. If contrasting colors are used, it is a good idea to try and introduce one of the colors in another place, such as shutters, doors or roofing.

Though standard 4”, 5” or 6” horizontal vinyl siding (which comes in numerous colors) is common throughout the shore, an option for the front or select areas, is Cedar Impressions or other brands of architectural siding. This siding comes in numerous patterns and colors and is thicker and more solid than regular vinyl siding, which creates much more definition. However, it is 3-4 times as expensive as regular siding, so commonly it is used on the front of the house or in select places (such as in front of a gable roof) as an accent. Again, colors can match the siding on the rest of the house, or be a shade or 2 off, to create a more noticeable accent to your existing design.

An important point to remember is that since these choices are aesthetic (and not structural, mechanical or required by code), they are dependent solely on your taste. There is no definitive right or wrong choice. At the end of the day, you must enjoy your choice on the outside of your house and be comfortable with it, so choose something that will please you every day when you come home.

August 16th Dream Homes Rebuilding Seminar – Review and commentary: On Wednesday, August 16th, we held our summer Rebuilding Seminar and (as always) it was a great success. Our speakers were excellent and offered a ton of information on numerous topics, from elevations to project scope to options for rebuilding with stick construction or modular. Thanks to all our speakers as well as those of you who joined us live or watched us on Facebook Live. If you missed the seminar, you can view it on our Facebook page, here on the blog or on YouTube. If you couldn’t attend in person or online, details about our October seminar are in the next paragraph.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarWednesday October 11th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and were able to take questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, make sure you attend for helpful information from our excellent speakers. It will help you get started on the right track. We focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

We’ll talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Repeat – Partial – Change Orders & Additions to your Scope (Chaos Systems deleted): Once again we’ll talk about change orders and the resulting inevitable delays. We skip the part about Chaos Systems, which you can go back and review in the 8/11/17 blog.

First, it’s common when renovating or even building a new home, to want to add items or make changes to what’s already been decided. It’s sometimes impossible (especially with elevations and renovations) to visualize exactly what your home will look like in 3 dimensions from a plan and as your project progresses, it’s natural to want to tinker with the scope of work.

There is nothing at all wrong with making changes or additions while under construction. I mention this point because many builders will not accept change orders once a project has begun. Many charge per change order.

Every step in a construction project is subject to many random variables. These include tool and equipment breakdown, delay in supplies being delivered, sickness and other tragedy, and township inspection or review delays, among many other factors. However, the single most common reason for delay in any project is changes made during the process.

Changes cost money and inevitably cause delays. The cost portion is easily understood but the delay aspect is something many homeowners don’t realize when they make changes. Changing a single item in a residential project usually affects 3-5 other items which may not be immediately evident. An average change, depending on complexity, will add a week or more to a schedule. Structural and mechanical changes may add a month.

Making a deck 4’ larger requires a new plot plan, zoning permit application, additional concrete footings, possibly an additional exterior outlet, and additional bolt requirements for added size.

Adding a door requires a new header of the door, a new switch and exterior light, possibly new stairs to the ground and a concrete or paver pad outside the door.

Installing 5 more outlets in a basement requires a permit update, a new breaker in the electrical panel, a new electrical schematic for the township and a site survey to determine possible conflict with other mechanical or structural components.

Deciding to add 3 courses of block to a foundation requires a new plot plan, a new engineering plan and submission of both, sheetrock under the floor, additional lights and an additional smoke detector (with electrical plan update) and a larger door to the crawl/basement.

You get the idea.

Suffice to say that all changes in your project will affect other items and will cause delay.

Again, there’s nothing wrong with changes if you understand that delays to the overall project are an inherent part of the process.

These are some thoughts to consider when thinking of adding to your project.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.

Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same (usually much less) amount of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! See last 2 blogs for more detail. Note: This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

Most general contractors and builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design.

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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

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Future Homes & Townhomes 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, in a private wooded setting. 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below

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References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

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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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder

New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean, Monmouth & Atlantic County

“Nearly Famous” Rebuilding Seminar

Hello Sandsters,

Please note that the location of our “Nearly Famous” Rebuilding Seminar has changed.  It will now be held at Artisan’s Restaurant & Brewery tonight at 6 p.m.

Only a few spaces left.  Please call to reserve your seat if you haven’t already.

If you can’t make it to the seminar, be sure to go on our Facebook page and watch it live.

new location

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

Main 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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog:http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Future Events & Seminars:

8/16/17: Join us for our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar on Wednesday August 16th, 2017 at 6 pm. Once again, we’ll be holding it at Artisan’s Restaurant & Brewery in Toms River near the Ocean County Mall. We’ll focus on people just starting the process who need design, architectural, and construction & finance advice for their renovation or new home project. Call or text 732 300 5619 for reservations.

October 28th & 29th, 2017: Toms River Home Show: Join us on Saturday and Sunday for the Toms River Home Show at the Pine Belt Arena ar 1245 Old Freehold Road in Toms River. Our professional team will be there to discuss options in elevations & renovations,stick built or modular homes and kitchen and bath remodeling. Let us help you move forward with your project. Call 609 693 8881 for details.

 

Please refer us to anyone you think we might be able to help. We hold a Rebuilding Seminar every other month and write a helpful Rebuilding Blog. Ask about our referral program.

 

 

 

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Dream Homes Renovation, Rebuilding & Elevation Blog – 8-11-17 – Tips for Change Orders & Sanity – Rebuilding Seminar 8-16-17 Tuscan Bistro – Decks and Railings – New Modular & Design Studio

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding, Renovation, and Elevation Blog

8-11-17

Hello Sandsters –

I hope today finds you well and enjoying your summer.

Today I have some helpful items for you. Change orders in chaos systems like elevation projects and the inherent delays are discussed in more detail. We remind you about our next Rebuilding Seminar which is this Wednesday, August 16th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting.

I again included the article on decks & rail from last week’s blog since we received a lot of positive response, affects almost everyone and was helpful to many people. Finally, we again mention our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar This Wednesday August 16th, 2017

See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held this Wednesday August 16th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and Scott Lepley, architect. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 30 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and were able to take questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you attend for helpful information from our excellent speakers. It will help you get started on the right track. We focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

We’ll talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him, financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation and finally advice on how to buy a new home or sell your existing one. We 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.

So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same (usually much less) amount of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

Perspective and Sanity: (Partial repeat – See last blog): I’ve written about this subject many times in the past, but as with many simple concepts, it bears repeating. Simply put, issues that come up during the construction of your project are not worth losing your mind, health or sanity over. These issues include delays, code changes, additions made during your project and any other unknown occurrence that may cause you stress.

Change Orders & Additions in Chaos Systems: Today we’ll give a few tips about change orders in chaos systems and the resulting inevitable delays.

First, it’s common when renovating or even building a new home, to want to add items or make changes to what’s already been decided. It’s sometimes impossible (especially with elevations and renovations) to visualize exactly what your home will look like in 3 dimensions from a plan and as your project progresses, it’s natural to want to tinker with the scope of work.

There is nothing at all wrong with making changes or additions while under construction. I mention this point because many builders will not accept change orders once a project has begun. Many charge per change order.

Second, it’s very important to accept that any building project larger than a deck or a bathroom remodel, is by its nature, a chaos system.

Chaos systems have many moving parts. There are separate, distinct categories, some of which move in a linear, critical path manner (when Step 2 can’t happen before Step 1 is completed) and some of which progress independently and can occur concurrently while other parts of the project are progressing.

Every step is subject to many random variables. These include tool and equipment breakdown, delay in supplies being delivered, sickness and other tragedy, and township inspection or review delays, among many other factors. However, the single most common reason for delay in any chaos system is changes made during the process (at least in a chaos system). A chaos system is affected in numerous ways by a single change.

(This is otherwise known as the Butterfly Effect, where a butterfly flaps it’s wings in China and we have a hurricane in Los Angeles).

So, what’s the moral of the story?

Changes cost money and inevitably cause delays. The cost portion is easily understood but the delay aspect is something most homeowners do not realize when they make changes. Changing a single item in a residential project usually affects 3-5 other items which may not be immediately evident. An average change, depending on complexity, will add a week or more to a schedule. Structural and mechanical changes can add a month.

Making a deck 4’ larger requires a new plot plan, zoning permit application, additional concrete footings, possibly an additional exterior outlet, and additional bolt requirements for added size.

Adding a door requires a new header of the door, a new switch and exterior light, possibly new stairs to the ground and a concrete or paver pad outside the door.

Installing 5 more outlets in a basement requires a permit update, a new breaker in the electrical panel, a new electrical schematic for the township and a site survey to determine possible conflict with other mechanical or structural components.

Deciding to add 3 courses of block to a foundation requires a new plot plan, a new engineering plan and submission of both, sheetrock under the floor, additional lights and an additional smoke detector (with electrical plan update) and a larger door to the crawl/basement.

You get the idea.

Suffice to say that all changes in your project will affect other items and will cause delay.

Again, there’s nothing wrong with changes if you understand that delays to the overall project are an inherent part of the process.

There are some thoughts to consider when considering changes.

About Dream Homes: Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company with main offices in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant. We’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. Please view us online – if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818)923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time at www.sec.gov.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.

Pressure treated decks and rails are the most economical but require a certain amount of maintenance (or not) to keep the appearance constant. Or not (if you’re like me). Maintenance is simple and involves applying Thompson’s Water Shield or some other preservative once every few years. P/T decks are also subject to shrinking, swelling and fading. You should expect to pay somewhere in the range of $40 – $50 per square foot, including footings, framing, decking and rails. Add an additional $5 per square foot for vinyl rail instead of pressure treated.

Composite decking (Trex or other) with vinyl rail are easily the most popular choice over the last decade or so. We’ve become a maintenance free society, we’re aging as a populace and few people want to bother keeping up with the maintenance a pressure treated deck requires. Composite decking comes in many colors and brands – just the Trex brand alone has 3 product lines, with the Transcend line being very high end and including wood grains and exotic colors. All styles are installed with hidden hangers so no nails can be seen (except for stairs). Expect to pay between $50 – $60 per square foot, including footings, framing, decking and rails. Add an additional $3-$5 per square foot for upgraded styles and quality levels, instead of entry level composite decking.

Fiberglass decking is the choice when you want to create a waterproof space under the deck. It’s very useful to create outside patio space where you can linger when it’s raining. It does get hot and eventually must be gel coated after 5-7 years as it may start to crack in places. It comes in many colors. Installation is much more complicated, since a solid floor must be built, the floor must have a pitch for water runoff, and the fiberglass itself is installed in a 3-stage process. The price difference for fiberglass alone is $12 – $15 per square foot, and other than omitting the decking, all other framing is the same. Fiberglass is usually not done on stairs. Expect to pay between $60 – $70 per square foot, including footings, framing, decking and rails.

Railing generally falls into 3 categories – pressure treated, vinyl and glass or wire. Vinyl is the most popular choice and is most often paired with composite decking. Glass is increasingly popular and can be used selectively (for cost savings) for areas facing the water. Expect to pay $60 – $70 a running (linear) foot extra for glass rail. Vinyl and pressure treated railing are generally included in the prices I listed above, but are generally $45 – $65 and $25 – $35 a linear foot, respectively is priced separately from the deck costs.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! See last 2 blogs for more detail. Note: This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

Most general contractors and builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design.

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townhomes 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog 8-4-17

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

8-4-17

 

Hello Sandsters –

I hope today finds you well and enjoying your summer. Since I am unable to write short blogs, I have given up on that illusion and am now writing until I feel satisfied. Just acknowledging that is like a mental weight off my shoulders…😊😊 the first step is acknowledging you have a problem…

Today I have some helpful items for you. We discuss our Beach Bungalow model, a delightful compact model starting at $89,800. We talk about maintaining perspective and not losing your mind while building. We let you know about our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, which is being held live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting. Different types of decks and their costs are discussed.

Finally, we again mention our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! Our new Beach Bungalow Model starts at $89,800 and offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, loft, laundry and cathedral ceilings in 560 square feet. You’re welcome to drive by 30 E Kingfisher in the Ocean Beach III section of Toms River and see the house. For those of you thinking of designing a new home, we’ve introduced this new model last year to fit in a very small footprint (26’ wide x 20’ deep). We can adapt it to fit on other small lots.

Author’s note: Cost/Benefit – Elevate vs: build new & When to Spend Money: The Beach Bungalow is perfect if you are in a great location and your house is a 40-50-year old bungalow on a slab that must be raised. It’s much more economical and energy efficient to demolish an old slab foundation house and build new, as opposed to elevating and renovating an old house. Send me an email if you’d like to see this plan, and we also have 200 other plans to choose from, all of which can be altered to suit your requirements.

Is it worth it?  Cost / benefit discussed in detail: One of the most common questions we all face when renovating, rebuilding or investing in real estate is the fundamental question of whether a particular portion of a project is worth doing. A good way to determine where to spend your money is to initially decide if the improvement is a vanity or essential addition to your project. Vanity improvements make you happy and add to your quality of life, but may or may not add incremental value to your home. These types of improvements include expensive tile, finishes, kitchens or landscaping, where the cost is greater than a middle of the road improvement. An example is spending $30 a square foot on tile you love (versus $2 per square foot), spending $40,000 on a kitchen and new counters when you could spend $10,000, or spending $20,000 on landscaping and plantings versus $5,000. These items do not add value to your house to the extent that they are in excess of base cost. You should include them in your project scope only if they give you specific and definable enjoyment, and you should not expect to recoup these costs when you sell. No one (or only a select number of people) cares about your $30 per square foot Italian marble, or exotic landscaping, unless they happen to share the same tastes as you.

Essential or valuable improvements undeniably add value to your home and include new kitchens, baths, new decks, full height elevations and elevators (or elevator shafts). These items add a dollar for dollar (or more) value to your real estate, and can be recaptured when you sell, as well as adding to your quality of life and enjoyment every day. Their value is also relatively easy to quantify.

Simply being aware of the difference and considering an improvement in this manner helps you decide whether the money is worth spending.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Wednesday August 16th, 2017 – In person and on Facebook Live!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday August 16th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and Scott Lepley, architect, and all give very informative presentations. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 30 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and were able to take questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you attend for helpful information from our excellent speakers. It will help you get started on the right track. We focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.

Topics covered will include architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him, 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. We 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.

So, mark the date and call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Perspective and Sanity: I’ve written about this subject many times in the past, but as with money basic concepts, it bears repeating. Simply put, issues that come up during the construction of your project are not worth losing your mind or sanity over. These issues include delays, code changes, additions made during your project and any other unknown occurrence that may cause you stress.

To maintain your sanity, preserve your marriage or relationship and live through your project without having a heart attack, it is important to keep everything in perspective.

If you and your family wake up in the morning looking down at the grass (instead of up at the grass) and are healthy, not much else matters.  Without exception, there is nothing that happens during a construction project that is worth angst or domestic unrest.

Changes and delays are not tragedies – war, pestilence, disease, car accidents, civil unrest, and having a President who is a Twitter addict are all tragedies. Reserve your angst and concern for matters that merit that degree of worry. Don’t stress if your project is delayed because you added a floor in your garage or inspections (in Brick, Toms River, Manahawkin, or Little Egg) are inexplicably delayed. It’s not worth it. If you and your family are healthy, don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember that we still live in the greatest country in the world where we are free, enjoy public utilities, no one is standing around on the streets with machine guns or kidnapping people off the streets and by and large our society is stable. Without exception, when you find yourself getting upset over an unforeseen occurrence during your project, step back and look at it in perspective. Minor issues are minor issues and will pass. Nothing happening in residential construction is worth having a heart attack over.

A good rule of thumb is as follows: If an issue can be fixed with money or time, it’s not a problem. If it can’t be addressed with money, it is a real issue and merits your time and concern.

Common sense words to the wise, Sandsters. Heed them and you’ll sleep better.

About Dream Homes …as a reminder, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company. We’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. Please view us online – if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818)923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time at www.sec.gov.

Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. They can be reasonably priced and can also run to tens of thousands depending on complexity. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail, glass or wire.

Pressure treated decks and rails are the most economical but require a certain amount of maintenance (or not) to keep the appearance constant. Or not (if you’re like me). Maintenance is simple and involves applying Thompson’s Water Shield or some other preservative once every few years. P/T decks are also subject to shrinking, swelling and fading. You should expect to pay somewhere in the range of $40 – $50 per square foot, including footings, framing, decking and rails. Add an additional $5 per square foot for vinyl rail instead of pressure treated.

Composite decking (Trex or other) with vinyl rail are easily the most popular choice over the last decade or so. We’ve become a maintenance free society, we’re aging as a populace and few people want to bother keeping up with the maintenance a pressure treated deck requires. Composite decking comes in many colors and brands – just the Trex brand alone has 3 product lines, with the Transcend line being very high end and including wood grains and exotic colors. All styles are installed with hidden hangers so no nails can be seen (except for stairs). Expect to pay between $50 – $60 per square foot, including footings, framing, decking and rails. Add an additional $3-$5 per square foot for upgraded styles and quality levels, instead of entry level composite decking.

Fiberglass decking is the choice when you want to create a waterproof space under the deck. It’s very useful to create outside patio space where you can linger when it’s raining. It does get hot and eventually must be gel coated after 5-7 years as it may start to crack in places. It comes in many colors. Installation is much more complicated, since a solid floor must be built, the floor must have a pitch for water runoff, and the fiberglass itself is installed in a 3-stage process. The price difference for fiberglass alone is $12 – $15 per square foot, and other than omitting the decking, all other framing is the same. Fiberglass is usually not done on stairs. Expect to pay between $60 – $70 per square foot, including footings, framing, decking and rails.

Railing generally falls into 3 categories – pressure treated, vinyl and glass or wire. Vinyl is the most popular choice and is most often paired with composite decking. Glass is increasingly popular and can be used selectively (for cost savings) for areas facing the water. Expect to pay $60 – $70 a running (linear) foot extra for glass rail. Vinyl and pressure treated railing are generally included in the prices I listed above, but are generally $45 – $65 and $25 – $35 a linear foot, respectively is priced separately from the deck costs.

Why are building and general contracting companies getting out of the elevation/renovation business? That’s a simple answer. It’s difficult, unpredictable, time and resource consuming, complicated, fraught with change orders, and unknown, unforeseen circumstances. On top of all that it requires a greater amount of personnel than any other line of construction. The business involves building custom homes one after another with blue prints that are being written as you advance, filled with jack-in-the-box surprises. Few companies want to do residential turn key elevation projects anymore – new homes and commercial construction are immensely easier.

I predicted this occurrence 4 years ago – fly by night contractors are gone (for the most part) and real companies are making measured decisions whether to engage in this line of business. Many are opting out for the reasons above.

In addition, most general contractors and builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.

Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.

Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects being started.

Notes – Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same (usually much less) amount of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design.

 

Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection:  Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townhomes 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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

 

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

 

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/

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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about.  Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder