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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

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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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

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 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

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 7-29-17 – RREM / Rebuilding Seminar 8-16-17 – Wow A New Home at $89k – 2017 Design Trends – October TR Home Show – Zoning Permits – New Modular Division – Cost-benefit – Renovate or New?

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

7-29-17

Hello Sandsters –

I hope that today finds you well and moving along with your project. We’re here at about the middle of the summer and we’ve had some beautiful weather so far…after today we have sunshine and 80 – 87-degree weather until Thursday. It doesn’t get much better than that.

(Of course, my air conditioning condenser just died, so I will be sweltering a bit until I can recruit someone to come fix it. Like the shoemaker’s kids, I am the last to have things fixed that break around here…it’s terrible.)

Anyway, today we have some helpful items for you. We introduce our Beach Bungalow model, starting from $89,800. 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. We have a great guest article about some design

trends happening which you might find helpful when planning your design and decorating. We mention our new IndieGogo campaign which we just launched to develop a waterfront property at the shore. We talk about planning for fall starts, and advise you to make sure you know if your contractor or builder wants to be in the elevation business any longer. We talk again about 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. We’re almost finished in the Ocean Beach 3 section of Toms River and you are welcome to drive by 30 E Kingfisher 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).

Author’s note: Cost/Benefit – Elevate vs: build new: This house is perfect if you are in a great location and your house is a 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 the plan, and we also have 200 other plans to choose from, all of which can be altered to suit your requirements.

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.

Dream Homes IndieGogo Rebuilding Campaign

Dream Homes just launched a new IndieGogo campaign to develop a waterfront property in Bayville. Becoming a contributor to the campaign offers a way to help rebuild the shore and make money while investing with our company. (You can also purchase our stock and become an investor in our company if you wish). Click on this link for more information. https://igg.me/at/rebuildnewjersey

Detailed information and a proforma is also on a tab on the front page of this blog under IndieGogo Campaign.

Soils: Note & Useless Permit Requirement: Soils Conservation permits are not required for elevation projects in any town other than Brick Township. Brick Township (who holds firmly to the belief that they operate ex cathedra outside of the same laws that we’re all stuck with) continues to insist that you spend $150 for an exemption letter stating that Soils approval isn’t needed. They’re the only township that requires this permit. Completely bizarre. Thanks, Brick for unnecessarily adding another $150 to the cost of a project.

2017 Home Design Trends – Thanks for the guest article from Justin Havre, a Calgary native and owner of Justin Havre & Associates. Reach him at http://www.justinhavre.com

It’s often possible to pinpoint the year, or at least the decade, a home was built simply by its design and finishes. Harvest gold appliances in the kitchen with Formica countertops probably means it’s the 1970’s, while shiny, lacquered brass fixtures and accents screams 1980’s and early 1990’s.

For 2017, home design trends are as diverse as this current era. What’s in ranges from technological treats to a re-imagining of trends once popular to eco-friendly innovations.

Satin and Brushed Brass Finishes

Yes, brass is back. However, this is not that gleaming brass used as accents on so many of the lighting fixtures from 25 to 30 years ago. A satin or brushed brass finish offers a touch of golden tones with a subtle and elegant style. The brass trend for 2017 is never shiny or reflective, but more muted to provide warmth. At https://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2017/01/06/top-10-home-design-trends-to-expect-in-2017/#1d268b4f9028 Forbes magazine designer Elizabeth Lawson says, “I especially like a satin brass finish because it’s transitional and can complement a number of styles.” One of the best qualities about brass is its ability to complement almost any color in the palette, making it an ideal choice for finishes like cabinetry hardware.

Natural Cork

Natural cork is a renewable resource and has been trending upward in popularity for a few years. Today, it’s being used in many home designs, from a statement wall in the kitchen to flooring and design pieces like an accent coffee table for the living room. Cork also is being used to make countertops. It’s a non-porous surface that won’t absorb stains. It can be sealed and naturally is water-resistant, mildew-resistant, and not susceptible to cracking or abrasions. In a home as flooring, it provides a warmth that many tile styles and laminate floorings cannot. https://www.krislindahl.com/blog/valuable-home-improvements-for-sellers-think-energy-efficiency.html Green upgrades are far from niche these days, and it seems like they can only grow in popularity from here.

Integrated Smart Tech

It’s a digitally connected world in 2017, which means integrated smart tech for the home is trending. PC Mag offers lists of the http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410889,00.asp top home technology gadgets and devices for 2017. These lists include several top products to help make the modern household run more efficiently and offer home safety that can be controlled by a convenient app.

Integrated smart technology trending for 2017 ranges from voice-activated assistants and hubs to smart locks that make it easy to open the door remotely when your neighbor comes in to walk the dog while you’re away on vacation. Other devices, many that can be controlled by an app, are designed to work together to make your life easier. From a single system, you can control the home’s lighting, motorized window shades, smart thermostat, and an exterior camera monitor or security system.

Color it Taupe

While the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 is Greenery (15-0343) http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017, for house exteriors, taupe is the on-trend color. According to Realtor Mag designer Barbara Gilbert considers taupe a smart alternative since it still performs as a neutral with other colors, cool or warm. http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2016/12/2017-home-design-trends For the home exterior it’s an excellent choice for trim, doors, and porches. Inside the home, expect the trending taupe to begin to replace grays as a choice for dining rooms, foyers, and even in the kitchen.

Kitchen Storage Hub

The kitchen remains the hub and heart of most homes. However, while a functional center island still is one of the most important design features, storage done a different way has emerged for 2017. Some kitchen designers are shunning the traditional row of upper cabinets; not really a new trend, as floating shelves have become popular in many designs. For something that’s both functional and attractive, look to the single-wall kitchen storage hub. This concept places everything you need in one location with various sizes of cabinets, drawers, and storage compartments encompassing a single wall that also is home to the refrigerator. This type of design makes use of vertical space and can offer a better flow to the room.

Home design trends fluctuate frequently, but it’s likely many of these will stay strong for several years.

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.

Disconnects – Common Sense Reminder: If you aren’t living in your home, and know you are raising or demolishing it, call for your electric, gas and cable disconnects. There’s no reason not to, and it will be one more item off the list.

Zoning Permit issues – Repeat: Reminder to apply for your zoning permits as soon as you are able, even if other items needed for building permits are in process. Zoning permits have become and will remain, a definite cause for delay. The real reason, which is quite sad, is that many zoning officials are not equipped or knowledgeable enough to evaluate many of the new scenarios caused by home elevations. Given the choice between making a commonsense call or erring on the side of extreme caution, most zoning folks are choosing caution. Land use can be quite complicated and it is much easier to say “no” than it is to research details in the code. Remember – every building permit application in NJ must go through zoning approval first. No reason not to take care of that step as soon as possible and avoid delays.

Repeat – Important – Key Questions of the Day to ask your prospective Builder or GC: Are you getting out of the elevation and renovation business? How committed are you to improving and developing better ways to complete renovation projects? Recently, we’re noticing a trend among some of our decent size competitors towards moving away from the elevation and renovation business. Many companies have several lines of business and diversity (to an extent) is a healthy practice. Dream Homes has 4 divisions – elevation/renovation, new home development, speculative spot lot development (new) and kitchen & bath renovation. All are obviously related but distinctly different in many ways. All require field, technical, financial and administrative support.

While I am personally delighted when any of our competitors exit any portion of our business, I know why they’ve chosen to do so, and why they don’t volunteer that information to prospective clients. No company, regardless of their preference, wants to turn away work. So even though the elevation/renovation portion of their business might be completely altered internally, they won’t share that fact with prospective clients. In other words, “We won’t pursue the work, but if it walks in the door, we’ll take it.”

So why companies are getting out of the elevation/renovation business? That’s simple. 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 –now that it’s more difficult to steal money from panic stricken homeowners, what remains is real companies 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. In the last month alone, we’ve seen no less than 11 project managers and 8 support staff let go from several companies, because the companies are leaving the elevation/renovation business. 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.

It’s Time to move on Fall 2017 Starts: You should have permits in now for a September or October 2017 start. At this point, you should have agreements signed, engineering and design scope complete (or close), and be preparing plot plans and architecturals to submit to zoning & building for review. You should have an approved plan set of plans approved at the township, awaiting only receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Good planning doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless. You receive this type of service from us, and it’s what you should expect from a good builder.

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.

New Dream Homes Team Member & VP of Business Development – Welcome to Joe Pascucci We have a new team member and VP of Business Development at Dream Homes. We’ve brought Joe Pascucci on and I’d like to again welcome Joe to the Dream Homes family. I look forward to working together with him. Joe is a Manahawkin resident for over 20 years, has completed over $8 million worth of projects since Sandy, has an MBA from Fordham University, and is a wealth of experience in new homes and elevation construction, as well as significant sales management and marketing experience. Again, we’re glad to have him aboard. You can meet Joe at our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, or call us for an estimate, and he’ll meet you at your home.

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 Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.

Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide 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 – 7-15-17 – New Township Nonsense – IndieGogo campaign – Rebuilding Seminar 8/16/17 – Make Sure Your Builder is Staying in the Business – New Design Center in Point – Deck Advice – RREM Payments

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

7-15-17

Hello Sandsters & other neighbors at the Shore –

Hello and I hope that today finds you well and moving along with your project. 4th of July has come and gone and we are immersed in the humid days of a Jersey summer. Notwithstanding the heat and humidity, I can never quite figure why people leave the Jersey shore on vacation in the summer, when the summer is the reason we live here and put up with the high taxes, traffic and governmental nonsense in the first place. “Tis a mystery to me, truly it is…

Today, we have a number of thoughts for you. We let you know about our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, being held live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on Facebook Live. We mention our new IndieGogo campaign which we just launched to develop a waterfront property at the shore. We talk about planning for fall starts, and advise you to make sure you know if your contractor or builder wants to be in the elevation business any longer. We talk about new stupid process being inflicted upon us from the Big Four townships at the shore. We discuss our new Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. We mention communication and organization notes to keep your project moving smoothly.

New Nonsense from the Big Four Townships (Brick, Toms River, Manahawkin & Little Egg): In a never-ending effort to complicate procedure and keep township employees gainfully (somewhat), inefficiently (most definitely) employed, the Big Four have now introduced yet another permit to the confusing mix that must be navigated to finish (or even start) a project. We now have a Mechanical Permit, and no one is quite sure of the reason for its existence. I’ve built about a zillion homes and renovations (really about 1900 or so) and until now, Mechanical fell under plumbing or building. Now we have a separate permit for furnaces, duct layout, venting, etc. Why? There’s no reason at all. We’re already submitting riser diagrams and duct layouts. The above requirements were quite adequately covered for decades under plumbing, building, electrical & fire, but now we have more paperwork, more frission (friction), more cost, and more delay and inspections, all for no purpose or gain. Abominable process. If we designed subdivisions along those practices the sewer, drainage and roads wouldn’t work.

Any procedure or ordinance that a township implements and arbitrarily inflicts upon the citizenry should be put to the same acid-test as any other policy change in a for-profit business. What is the cost? What is the benefit? What is the potential risk if nothing is done? Few township ordinances pass this test.

While we’re on a soapbox, and before we trip on the way down….

Soils Conservation permits are not required for elevation projects in any town other than Brick Township. Brick Township (who holds firmly to the belief that they operate ex cathedra outside of the same laws that we’re all stuck with) continues to insist that you spend $150 for an exemption letter stating that Soils approval isn’t needed. They’re the only ones. Completely bizarre. Thanks, Brick. Talk about a love/hate relationship.

About Dream Homes & our new IndieGogo Campaign

Dream Homes just launched a new IndieGogo campaign to develop a waterfront property in Bayville. Becoming a contributor to the campaign offers a way to help rebuild the shore and make money while investing with our company. I did an interesting 3 minute video that describes the campaign. (You can also purchase our stock and become an investor in our company if you wish). Click on this link for more information. https://igg.me/at/rebuildnewjersey

Detailed information and a proforma is also on a tab on the front page of this blog under IndieGogo Campaign.

As a reminder, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company. To my knowledge, 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 also review our financials at any time at www.sec.gov.

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 one of our architects or engineers, 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 really help you get started on the right track. We try to focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We find that is where we can offer the most assistance.

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.

Mark the date and call to reserve – Wednesday, August 16th at 6:00 pm at the Tuscan Bistro 1250 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, across Hooper from the OC Mall. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Key Questions of the Day to ask your prospective Builder or GC: Are you getting out of the elevation and renovation business? How committed are you to improving and developing better ways to complete renovation projects? Recently, we’re noticing a trend among some of our decent size competitors towards (quietly) moving away from the elevation and renovation business. Many companies have several lines of business and diversity (to an extent) is a healthy practice. Dream Homes has 3 divisions – elevation/renovation, new home development, speculative spot lot development (new) and kitchen & bath renovation. All are obviously related but distinctly different in many ways. All require field, technical, financial and administrative support.

While I am personally delighted when any of our competitors exit any portion of our business, I know why they’ve chosen to do so, and why they don’t volunteer that information to prospective clients. To address the second case first, no company, regardless of their preference, wants to turn away work. So even though the elevation/renovation portion of their business might be completely altered internally, they won’t share that fact with prospective clients. In other words, “We won’t pursue the work, but if it walks in the door, we’ll take it.”

As far as why companies are getting out of the elevation/renovation business? That’s simple. 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. One is essentially building custom homes one after another with blue prints that are being written as you move forward, filled with jack-in-the-box surprises. Few companies want to do it anymore – new residential and commercial construction is immensely easier. I predicted this occurrence 4 years ago – and now that it’s more difficult to steal money from panic stricken homeowners, you are left with real companies making measured decisions whether to engage in a line of business. Many are opting out due to the reasons I’ve outlined 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 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. In the last month alone, we’ve seen no less than 11 project managers and 8 support staff let go from several companies, because the companies are leaving the elevation/renovation business. 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 (it seems like) 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.

Decks and an important note: Crowning your deck boards: If you are building a pressure treated deck, make sure all the deck boards are “crowned” correctly, with the arc of the grain facing down. If you don’t do this, when the board fully dries, it will cup and form a gentle arc with water pooling on the deck board instead of draining away. Look at the end of the board to make sure the arc of the grain is facing down. Any boards not installed correctly should be removed and replaced in the right way.

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.

It’s Time to move on Fall 2017 Starts: Submit your permits now for a September or October 2017 start. At this point, you should have agreements signed, engineering and design scope complete (or close), and be preparing plot plans and architecturals to submit to zoning & building for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in August or September, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Good planning doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless. This is the type of service that you receive from us, and what you should expect from a good builder.

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

We have a beautiful new Dream Homes office at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with a complete design studio. Again, I’d like to welcome Lou A. Obsuth to our team – he manages the Point office and runs our Modular and Kitchen & Bath remodeling divisions. Lou has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design, and we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, you can meet Lou or just stop by our new Modular Kitchen & Bath Design Studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant.

Communications – What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Improve – Modified Repeat from 5/23 & 6/25

How to Keep track of your project, change orders and agreements while in process:

If you don’t write things down, they don’t exist. If one doesn’t commit thoughts and agreements to paper or email, they may as well not have occurred.

No matter how smart you are, unless you have total recall (some people do – I am not one of them), you must write things down somehow for them to be completed.

For the rest of this Communication article, see the 5/26/17 & 6/25/17 Rebuilding Blogs.

Ben Franklin said, “The faintest pencil is better than the sharpest memory.”

New Dream Homes Team Member & VP of Business Development – Welcome to Joe Pascucci

As I mentioned in the last blog, we have a new team member and VP of Business Development at Dream Homes. We’ve brought Joe Pascucci on to help us streamline our homeowner intakes and estimates, as well as address many of our clients’ needs throughout Ocean county. Joe brings many years of sales management and real estate development experience to Dream, and we’re lucky to have him. I’d like to again welcome Joe to the Dream Homes family and I look forward to working together with him. Joe is a Manahawkin resident for over 20 years and has successfully completed over $8 million worth of projects over a 3-year period with his former company. Not only does Joe have an MBA from Fordham University, but he also has a wealth of experience in new homes and elevation construction, as well as significant sales management and marketing experience. Again, we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, you can meet Joe or if you call for an estimate, you can meet him at your home.

General Resource – Consumer Protection: Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire is a workers’ compensation and disability attorney in Toms River and speaks regularly at our Rebuilding Seminar. Kathy gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection which is filled with great information to save you money and grief. (Next one is 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 Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.

Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes actually does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We supervise and manage elevation projects & house moves, demolish and build new homes, and develop and build entire new neighborhoods. In the past 23 years, we’ve completed over 1500 new homes, 190 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 28 of our elevation projects have been rescue projects, where we came in to save a homeowner when someone else left. Dream builds new homes, demolishes existing damaged homes, elevates and move homes, complete additions and renovations and rescues homeowners when their other builder abandons them. We work with private clients as well as Path B clients in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for a free estimate on your rebuilding project.

That’s all for today Sandsters. I hope my words helps you move forward. 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 – 6-26-17 – Stop Flood Vent Drafts – August 16th Rebuilding Seminar – Welcome Joe Pascucci to the Dream Team – Summer Health – Planning for Fall Starts – Caution when offered a Great Deal – RREM Update

Dream Homes & Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

6-25-17

Hello Sandsters –

Hope you are well and moving along with your project. I wish you a Happy Summer, which started a few days ago. It’s been busy lately and I haven’t blogged as I should have, but here we go…

Today, we have a few summer tips, for construction and health. We review our last seminar on June 14th and let you know about our next one on August 16th (see page 3 below for more info). We talk about planning for fall, warn you about dealing with anyone who is “losing money on your job”, and caution you again to know who you are dealing with. We advise you on how to (inexpensively) correct those flood vent drafts in the winter. Finally, we welcome another new Dream Homes team member as well as 4 new clients.

Heat exhaustion and sunburn can be very dangerous but with a few simple precautions, we can avoid unpleasant issues.  Here are a few simple reminders for good health. 1) Stay hydrated – drink lots of water. Coffee, beer, and soda don’t help – they actually dry you out. If you are well hydrated, your skin is moister (avoiding sunburn) and you are less subject to heat exhaustion 2) Don’t forget sunscreen – even if it doesn’t feel hot. One of the easiest mistakes to correct is to use sunscreen even when it is windy and you don’t feel hot. It’s common (especially at the beach) to have a nice breeze, which makes you feel cool, but meanwhile your body is cooking away. If you are out in the sun, use sunscreen. 3) If you are feeling dizzy, light headed or disoriented, get in the shade and sit down. We regularly warn our crews about the effects of heat which can be very dangerous if ignored. 4) Do realize that you are losing a lot of water if you’re working outside in the summer. We advise drinking at least a small bottle of water every hour just to keep your body stable. Finally, if you do burn, use aloe vera topically, as well as drinking aloe juice to heal your burns.

Flood Vents – Comment & Inexpensive Draft Solution: Generally, you can choose between solid vents and vents that allow air flow, although some townships have disallowed the solid vents because of lack of air flow. Vented vents are much better at allowing a crawl space to breathe and avoid dampness, but unfortunately allow cold air in during the winter. Solid vents are fine if your lower level is full height (or close) and has windows, doors and garages, since these items offer plenty of air circulation.

There is a simple, inexpensive solution if your town doesn’t allow solid vents and you are concerned with cold air infiltration in the winter. Buy a piece of 2” thick Styrofoam at Home Depot or Loews and cut it to fit in the flood vent opening, which will block most of cold air from coming in. Just remember – if there is a flood, make sure you remove the Styrofoam before you leave the house, so the flood vents can work as they are intended.

Know Who You’re Dealing With…😊

As a reminder, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited financials) company. (Note that over 95% of the companies trading on the OTC market are not audited, but merely compiled financials. Those are the “pink sheets” companies, and are usually trading at some percentage or multiple of a penny). To my knowledge, we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. Please check us out online – 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 also review our financials at any time at www.sec.gov.

Welcome to 4 new clients in the last 2 weeks – Thanks for trusting us with your homes! Welcome to Christine from Waretown (new home), Annie from Little Egg (demo and new home), Marie from Monmouth Beach (elevation (rescue) and Nancy & Rich from Waretown (demo and new home). We are honored that you’ve trusted us with your homes!

New Dream Homes Team Member & VP of Business Development – Welcome to Joe Pascucci

We have a new team member and VP of Business Development at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us streamline our homeowner intakes and estimates, as well as address many of our clients’ needs throughout Ocean county. Joe brings many years of sales management and real estate development experience to Dream, and we’re lucky to have him. I’d like to formally welcome Joe to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Joe is a Manahawkin resident for over 20 years and has successfully completed over $8 million worth of projects over a 3-year period with his former company. Not only does Joe have an MBA from Fordham University, but he also has a wealth of experience in new homes and elevation construction, as well as significant sales management and marketing experience. Again, we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, you can meet Joe or if you call for an estimate, you can meet him at your home.

2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you are stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we can help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do initial 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.

It’s Time to move on Fall 2017 Starts: Now is the time to start submitting for a September or October 2017 start. At this point, you should have agreements signed, engineering and design scope complete (or close), and be preparing plot plans and architecturals to submit to zoning & building for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July, August or September, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Good planning doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless. This is the type of service that you receive from us, and what you should expect from a good builder.

Seminar Review and our next Seminar: We had a great seminar on the 14th of June, and for the first time we streamed live on Facebook. We were joined by Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters), Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire and Dan Wheaton from Dan Wheaton Architects, and each gave an excellent presentation. As always, their attendance and input were appreciated by all and I thank them for their time. We had great attendance at the seminar with 7 groups of people attending (in addition to our speakers) for a total of over 20 people present, as well as another 30 or so on Facebook Live. There was a lot of great discussion about elevations, new homes and the details of determining the best route to take. As always, we’re glad we can help so many people with their construction and rebuilding issues.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Wednesday August 16th, 2017 – 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 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 and were able to take questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you attend for tons of great information from our excellent speakers. It will really help you get started on the right track. We try to focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not 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.

Mark the date and call to reserve – Wednesday, August 16th at 6:00 pm at the Tuscan Bistro 1250 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, across Hooper from the OC Mall. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Warning: Don’t Deal with Anyone Who Looks You in the Eye and Tells You They’re Not Making Money on your Job!

A very smart person told me about 30 years ago, “Be very careful of anyone who tells you they are not making a profit, or are “losing money on your job”. I’ll never deal with someone who tells me that up front – and won’t keep dealing with a person or company who tells me that in the middle of their job. That’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received and it’s one of the rules we operate under at Dream. Other than profit, the only other motivation for a company to provide goods and services to another company or individual is altruism or love of humanity. With a little thought, we can demonstrate that true altruism may be the most selfish of activities (why else would you do something wonderful for nothing other than for the incredible feeling it gives you?), but that’s a topic for another day.

Suffice to say, we won’t deal with anyone who can’t demonstrate that they’re making a fair profit on our business. It’s foolish. If they’re not making money, who’s answering the phone when you call? You should heed this advice – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is and if it’s “free” it might wind up being very costly.

Communications – What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Improve – Repeat

We’ve spoken often about this topic but I can’t really focus on this enough. It is a crucial subject for any complex undertaking, whether it is construction or otherwise. Today we’ll focus on 2 aspects – written communication and field discussions.

I’m a reasonably intelligent person, but no one has ever nominated me for a Nobel prize in anything and I doubt anyone ever will. I’ve won hundreds of wars and thousands of battles from diligence, persistence, good communication and organization and precisely none due to brilliance or a perfect memory. I mention this because organization and written lists are vitally important. No one can remember everything.

Ben Franklin said, “The faintest pencil is better than the sharpest memory.”

If you don’t write things down, they effectively don’t exist. If one doesn’t commit thoughts and agreements to paper or email, they may as well not have occurred.

No matter how smart you are, unless you have total recall (some people do – I am not one of them), you must write things down for them to be completed.

For the rest of this Communication article, see the 5/26/17 Rebuilding Blog

New Dream Homes Team Member – Welcome to Lou A. Obsuth, Owner of Jersey Proud Modular

We have a new team member at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us develop our modular home business as well as address many of our clients’ needs in northern Ocean county. We’ve been speaking with Lou for the last 2 years and he finally decided to fold his remaining construction operations into Dream Homes and come with us full time. Again, I’d like to welcome Lou to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Lou is a Point Pleasant resident for over 20 years and has successfully run Jersey Proud Modular with an office on Bridge Avenue for the last 8. He has a wealth of experience in modular and elevation construction, as well as sales and marketing and we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, you can meet Lou or just stop by our new modular office & showroom at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant.

General Resource – Consumer Protection:  Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire is a workers’ compensation and disability attorney in Toms River and speaks regularly at our Rebuilding Seminar. Kathy gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection which is filled with great information to save you money and grief. (Next one is this Wednesday, June 14th, 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 the messiest, most unpleasant, real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish their projects and get back in their homes. If you’re stuck and can’t figure out how to proceed, call us and we’ll do our best to help you.

At Dream Homes, we believe that taking on difficult unpopular projects is part of the social contract we have with the community and the Jersey Shore. We’ve never abandoned a client or failed to finish a project – we feel very strongly that it is our obligation to help Sandsters and others in need.

Video & Past Seminars

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below

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 Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.

Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes actually does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We supervise and manage elevation projects & house moves, demolish and build new homes, and develop and build entire new neighborhoods. In the past 23 years, we’ve completed over 1500 new homes, 190 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 28 of our elevation projects have been rescue projects, where we came in to save a homeowner when someone else left. Dream builds new homes, demolishes existing damaged homes, elevates and move homes, complete additions and renovations and rescues homeowners when their other builder abandons them. We work with private clients as well as Path B clients in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for a free estimate on your rebuilding project.

That’s all for today Sandsters. I hope my words helps you move forward. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

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3 Exciting Developments for you today!

  1. We’ll be streaming our 6/14 Rebuilding Seminar on Facebook Live so if you can’t make it in person, call in or text with questions and comments.
  2. Check out our live interview with Wall Street Analyzer—the link is below.
  3. Read about all the great new people we’ve added to the Dream Team!

 Just a quick reminder, our next “Nearly Famous” Rebuilding Seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 14th. Join us for pizza and wine! It will be held again at the Tuscan Bistro in Toms River at 6 pm.  Topics covered will include architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, consumer safety cautions when dealing with a builder, advice on financing your project, and comments and tips about home elevation. 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.

        Please call to reserve your spot as space is limited and refreshments will be served.  609-693-8881 or 732-300-5619.

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On another note,  in the last 2 weeks, we’ve added 4 more new projects, 2 of which are rescues.  We’re proud and honored that 4 more homeowners trust us with their projects. It’s a great feeling helping Sandsters get back into their homes!

More great people on the Dream Team!                                                                                   Dream Homes & Development Corporation (OTCQB: DREM) is happy to announce the addition of key personnel and a new division to its Company.  We’re adding great people so we can better serve our clients.

Dream Homes has hired Joe Pascucci as its VP of Business Development.  Joe has extensive sales, marketing, and management experience in the renovation and new construction field.  Joe developed and led the elevation, renovation and new home division for a competitor over the last four years and was responsible for $8 million in sales during that time. Joe is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to his career in construction, Joe was a computer science and math professor at Richard Stockton College of NJ.

We also hired Lou Obsuth as our  VP of Sales.  Lou has been successfully running a modular company, Jersey Shore Modular, for a number of years. Lou will now head our new modular division from our new showroom in Point Pleasant.   Dream has acquired four ongoing projects from Lou as well as an extensive existing prospect and client base. Lou is also a licensed electrician.

The new office and showroom in Point Pleasant will allow Dream Homes to better serve the northern Ocean / southern Monmouth region of New Jersey, and will complement the main office in Forked River.  The showroom offers a complete kitchen, bath, flooring and finish design center.

For more detail, I just did an audio interview yesterday with Wall Street Analyzer that can be heard at:                                                               http://wallstreetanalyzer.com/2017/05/31/dream-homes-and-development-corp-otcqb-drem-ceo-interview/

Construction Personnel Overview:

Dream Homes is led by its Chairman & CEO Vincent C. Simonelli, who has been directly involved in the development, construction and sale of over 2000 home and commercial projects since 1993 in New Jersey.  In addition to developing and building over 1600 single and multi-family units, Vince developed an additional 1000 units which were sold to other national builders.

In addition to Vince Simonelli, Dream Homes has three regional project managers, who manage construction projects in each of its three building regions.

Tim Tennis has over 30 years’ experience in both commercial and residential applications. In addition, Tim is or was licensed in all 3 mechanical trades (plumbing, electric and HVAC) and brings a wealth of structural experience to the table. Tim oversees and runs the busiest Dream region, which is the northern Ocean region and has directly overseen over 80 elevation and new home construction projects for Dream.

Jorge Sandoval has been with Dream Homes for four years and has extensive experience in residential renovations. Jorge has managed over 75 elevation and new home construction projects for the Company.

Michael Boccino is a recent addition to our construction management team and has over 35 years’ experience in both residential and commercial projects.  Michael also has extensive experience in management and construction of new home developments and will be overseeing one or more of the projects Dream Homes has in the pipeline.

Additionally, Dream Homes has three separate framing crews, its own plumbing crew, its own dedicated HVAC crew and a licensed electrician on staff.

Have a great day and happy building!

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

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 5-22-17 – How Much Money is Your Builder Making on your Job? Communications – Rebuilding Seminar 6-14-17

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

5-23-17

Hello Sandsters –

Hope you are well and moving along with your project. Today I am writing a short blog about profit, and what builders really earn on your project.

Often people are under misconceptions about the amount of money which is earned on a construction project. Today, I’ll get into a little more detail to help you understand the financial aspects of a new home or renovation project.

The short new home version is this: new home builders earn between 8% – 12% EBIT (earnings before interest taxes). That’s it and yes, really. That’s about $20,000 on a $200,000 sale. It’s NOT $35,000, $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 like many people think. Believe me – I’ve built and sold over 1600 new homes in the last 24 years. Those are real numbers.

The short renovation/elevation project version is this: general contractors, remodelers, and renovation providers earn between 10% – 18% EBIT (earnings before interest & taxes). That’s about $14,000 on a $100,000 renovation project. It’s NOT $25,000, $35,000 or $50,000. Again, we’ve completed over 160 renovation projects since Storm Sandy so I have real data to draw from.

For background, and so you can gauge the accuracy of what I am revealing here, I’ve owned and operated a construction and development company since 1993 and have been working with audited financial statements for the last 15 years.

Audited statements are the highest level of financial reporting available, and enable one to see accurate profit & loss, assets and liabilities and equity. I bring up this point, because there are 2 other (lesser) levels of financial reporting, which cannot be relied upon to give an accurate picture of a companies’ financial condition.

These forms are Compiled (fairly worthless – you say whatever you want to say to your accountant and he puts in in proper form) and Reviewed (you provide your accountant with some documentation and he reviews it for reasonableness and proves some of your larger items like payroll, overhead, etc). Reviewed financial are slightly more useful than compiled, but any serious company uses audited financials.

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited financials) company. (Note that over 95% of the companies trading on the OTC market are not audited, but merely compiled financials. Those are the “pink sheets” companies, and are usually trading at some percentage or multiple of a penny).

So, what I’m telling you today is reality, not make-believe. Like many other myths on social media, the myth of half (50%) of the price of a construction job is profit is just that – a fairy tale.

Let’s dig deeper now and provide some answers to some popular questions.

Question 1: Why was Shore House Lifters able to charge $30,000 – $50,000 less than everyone else for the same job? How did Price Home Group (PHG) sell 1600 square foot houses for $159,900?

Answer 1: Duh. Do you believe people still ask me that question? Shore wasn’t able to actually charge those prices. They were ripping people off from the beginning. PHG didn’t have a clue what they were doing. They priced their jobs at or below actual material and labor costs, so they lost money on each job. They believed they would make it up in volume.

However, idiocy multiplied does not create intelligence. 124 Wrongs don’t make a Right. And, a Ponzi scheme by any other name is still a Ponzi scheme.

Lesson: If you receive an estimate that’s too good to be true, you’re probably about to get robbed. Don’t be the person standing up when the music stops. Your estimate should be reasonable, in the mid-range of an active, honest market and provide for a fair profit.

Question 2: Why should I pay someone to build for me if I can save $10,000, $15,000 or even $20,000 by doing it myself? Answer 2: Ladies and gents, that’s a complete sucker bet. 98% of the time paying a professional to perform a complex multiple month function will be the best money you ever spend. Depending on the level of error, if you make one mistake you could easily cost yourself as much or more than you would spend hiring a professional. If you make 2 mistakes, you’re usually past the $10,000 point in actual costs and that ignores the cost of your time and the increased project duration. In addition, unless you are some type of construction professional, you’re probably not capable of effectively managing a complex construction project correctly.

Question 3: Why should I let anyone make a profit on me? I can’t afford to spend $1 more than I should. Why shouldn’t I keep shopping until I get the price I want for the scope of work I want?

Answer 3: This is a bit more complex and touches on common sense as well as philosophy. Starting with the answer to the second part of the question, see Question 1 above.

If you look hard enough, you can always find someone who will tell you what you want to hear, (usually) in exchange for a large upfront deposit, for which you’ll be given a “special price”. Sandsters, construction is a commodity business (food, clothing, shelter). There are no special prices.

(Remember- a fool and his money are soon parted. PT Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. Don’t be either of those.)

There are legitimate variables (which we’ll cover in a minute) but they are minor, provable and quantifiable. There are no variables that allow one company to charge 30% – 40% less than another company and still be able to complete the job.

Why should you allow a company to make a profit on your project? Folks, thank God we live in a laissez-faire capitalist society. You want the company you’re dealing with to make a profit, so they can finish your project correctly and be in business to provide service to you in the future. You have a very small chance of being the last client serviced correctly if you are dealing with a company who is taking deposits from the next person to pay to finish your job. It’s like trying to time the stock market and attempting to sell at the very top, or buy at the bottom.

A very smart person told me about 30 years ago, “Be very careful of anyone who tells you they are not making a profit, or are “losing money on your job”. I’ll never deal with someone who tells me that up front – and won’t keep dealing with a person or company who tells me that in the middle of their job”. That’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received and it’s one of the rules we operate under at Dream. Other than profit, the only other motivation for a company to provide goods and services to another company or individual is altruism or love of humanity. With a little thought we can demonstrate that true altruism may be the most selfish of activities (why else would you do something wonderful for nothing other than for the incredible feeling it gives you?), but that’s a topic for another day.

Suffice to say, we won’t deal with anyone who can’t demonstrate that they’re making a fair profit on our business. It’s foolish. If you’re not making money, who’s answering the phone when I call? What if there is a problem that needs to be addressed?

The lesson is that the amount of money your builder is attempting (hoping) to earn from your project is modest compared to the amount of risk and work that will be done. It’s truly money well spent and probably one of the more judicious expenditures you’ll make in your life.

Hopefully this clarifies some concerns about overpaying for your project, and thinking that your builder is retiring on the money he’s making from your project.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Wednesday June 14th, 2017 – On Facebook Live!!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday June 14th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. 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.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you attend for tons of great information from our excellent speakers. It will really help you get started on the right track. We try to focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not 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.

Mark the date and call to reserve – Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 pm at the Tuscan Bistro 1250 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, across Hooper from the OC Mall. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Dream Homes and Development Corporation (DREM) A publicly traded OTCQB company

On March 14th, our name change was finally approved and we are now trading as Dream Homes & Development Corp., with the ticker symbol of DREM. We’re one of very few companies trading on the OTC which is a fully reporting audited company and to my knowledge, we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. Please check us out online – 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

Communications – What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Improve – Repeat

We’ve spoken often about this topic but I can’t really focus on this enough. It is a crucial subject for any complex undertaking, whether it is construction or otherwise. Today we’ll focus on 2 aspects – written communication and field discussions.

I’m a reasonably intelligent person, but no one has ever nominated me for a Nobel prize in anything and I doubt anyone ever will. I’ve won hundreds of wars and thousands of battles from diligence, persistence, good communication and organization and precisely none due to brilliance or a perfect memory. I mention this because organization and written lists are vitally important. No one can remember everything.

Ben Franklin said, “The faintest pencil is better than the sharpest memory.”

If you don’t write things down, they effectively don’t exist. If one doesn’t commit thoughts and agreements to paper or email, they may as well not have occurred.

No matter how smart you are, unless you have total recall (some people do – I am not one of them), you must write things down for them to be completed.

So, please remember the following two thoughts, which will serve you well.

Point 1: If you have discussions with anyone in the field (project manager, owner, salesperson, mechanic, inspector) and review several items, someone should be taking notes. If no one writes anything down or enters it into a tablet, assume that over 50% of what is discussed will be forgotten, remembered incorrectly, or misunderstood upon later reflection.

Point 2: Stop texting novels and long lists of worries, thoughts and ideas. If it takes more than 140 characters in a normal text message, don’t text.

Use email like an adult, or type your thoughts into a document and fax it if you don’t like email. If neither of those methods works for you, write your concerns and thoughts in longhand with pencil and paper and send it snail mail.

Teenagers, college students and immature people rely on texting as their primary method of communication. This does not work in real life. The founding fathers didn’t text their thoughts at the Constitutional Convention in 1776, and neither should you about your project in 2017.

Lesson: If you care about your project, reduce your thoughts to writing and email or fax them to your builder so they can be addressed correctly

Remember – if you don’t write it down, it doesn’t exist.

If you do write it down, and present it to your professional for comment, it will be taken in, categorized, disseminated through the organization to the proper people and (most importantly), followed up upon.

Summary: If you have concerns, questions or comments, write them in a 1-2 page email and send them to your builder to address.

Telling a project manager in the field a list of concerns serves little purpose. You are focused only on your 5 items. They are focused on the 1000 items needed to complete your project and others. If you don’t see him or her commit your conversation to paper, assume it didn’t occur and don’t expect that your items will be addressed.

New Dream Homes Team Member – Welcome to Lou Obsuth, Owner of Jersey Proud Modular

We have a new team member at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us develop our modular home business as well as address many of our clients’ needs in northern Ocean county. We’ve been speaking with Lou for the last 2 years and he finally decided to fold his remaining construction operations into Dream Homes and come with us full time. Again, I’d like to welcome Lou to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Lou is a Point Pleasant resident for over 20 years and has successfully run Jersey Proud Modular with an office on Bridge Avenue for the last 8. He has a wealth of experience in modular and elevation construction, as well as sales and marketing and we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on June 14th, you can meet him.

General Resource – Consumer Protection: Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire is a workers’ compensation and disability attorney in Toms River and speaks regularly at our Rebuilding Seminar. Kathy gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection which is filled with great information to save you money and grief. (Next one is this Wednesday, June 14th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

New Blog Development – Easier for you to read and use for reference –

We added some specific Pages on the main page, including References, Definitions, About Dream and Photos/Videos. Result: blogs can be shorter and more focused and refer you to specific pages. Hopefully it will help you use the blog more easily.

Grand Opening – New Office Glen Kelly Real Estate branch office – 2818 Bridge AvenuePoint PleasantGlen Kelly Real Estate is sharing an office with Dream Homes and handling all Dream Homes inquiries for elevations, renovations, new homes as well as the rest of your real estate buying and selling needs. Stop by with your real estate and construction needs.

Mission Statement and Comment: AT Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle the messiest, most unpleasant, real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish their projects and get back in their homes. If you’re stuck and can’t figure out how to proceed, call us and we’ll do our best to help you.

At Dream Homes, we believe that taking on difficult unpopular projects is part of the social contract we have with the community and the Jersey Shore. We’ve never abandoned a client or failed to finish a project – we feel very strongly that it is our obligation to help Sandsters and others in need.

Video & Past Seminars

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below

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.

2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – Critical dates to remember: If you are stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) at least we can help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. As an additional service to our neighbors in the Jersey Shore community, we do initial consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck in the poop. It doesn’t change what happened to you, but at least you’ll know what’s happening and how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and then a written estimate.

Timing for permits: Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning Save time – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans. Zoning and Building Departments are separate functions in each municipality. They work together, but can be pursued separately.

Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Planning doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless. This is the type of service that you receive from us, and what you should expect from a good builder.

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

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 Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.

Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes actually does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We supervise and manage elevation projects & house moves, demolish and build new homes, and develop and build entire new neighborhoods. In the past 23 years, we’ve completed over 1500 new homes, 190 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 28 of our elevation projects have been rescue projects, where we came in to save a homeowner when someone else left. Dream builds new homes, demolishes existing damaged homes, elevates and move homes, complete additions and renovations and rescues homeowners when their other builder abandons them. We work with private clients as well as Path B clients in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for a free estimate on your rebuilding project.

That’s all for today Sandsters. I hope my words helps you move forward. 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 #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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Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

4-30-17

Hi Sandsters –

Hope all is well with you on this Sunday. Again, it’s been too long since I’ve blogged…

88 degrees yesterday. Who doesn’t love warm weather?…😊 Today, we’ll kick off with some news about the new township HMGP grants, which may help you where there are no other options. Strangely enough, no one has called and taken me up on my $100,000 Challenge to complete an elevation project without a mistake. The lesson is about the monetary effect of making mistakes in a construction project.

Communications and clarity are discussed in detail – help your project run more smoothly and get completed on time, by following these few simple guidelines.

We talk again about planning fall project starts, and talk about an alternate foundation system that could save you some money, which we’ve started to recommend. Finally, we’ll review our April rebuilding seminar, and mention our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th, 2017.

So, let’s jump in the water…once more into the breach, as they say….

New RREM & HMGP News – Township Grants Available – Call us for help

You may have recently received notice that your town is participating in the new HMGP grant. It comes from the state to the towns who applied, and is anywhere from $1,000,000 – $2,000,000 per town.

If you are in an eligible town, you must complete an application including an estimate and submit it to your township. You will be entered in a lottery and if you are chosen, 75% of your project costs could be covered.

One drawback is the fact that you must fund the construction and then get reimbursed. If you don’t have the funds to work with, you’ll have to borrow them or be unable to participate.

The other shortcoming is that several of the towns that we know about have very short deadlines to submit very substantive applications – and you need to have an estimate from a builder to submit.

If you are eligible and think we might be able to help you with any of this, give us a call at 609 693 8881.

April 19th Rebuilding Seminar – Review

This was easily one of our best and most informative seminars in 4 years. We were moved from the Fire Room and the rear meeting room, to the Pizza Room, which is a little noisy, and very crowded for the 25 people we had, but it worked out. We had 7 great speakers that covered the widest range of topics we’ve ever presented at one of our seminars.

Topics covered included architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, consumer safety cautions when dealing with a builder, advice on financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation and finally advice on how to buy a new home or sell your existing one. Among many other items, we talked 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.

A special thanks to all of our Guest speakers at the seminar – You Helped Many People!: Scott Lepley – Architect – Design & planning considerations

Jason Devooght – Devooght House Lifters – Elevation technique and consideration Kathleen Dotoli – Workers’ Compensation Attorney, consumer protection                Camille Marotta – AnnieMac Home Mortgage, finance options Tim Tennis – Dream Homes Project Manager, timing and change orders                      Valerie Jones – Dream Homes office manager, working with RREM and project stress

Jamie Stevers, Glen Kelly Real Estate, buying or selling your home Dan Straffi – Bankruptcy and divorce law

and me – Vincent Simonelli – Putting it all together for you

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Wednesday June 14th, 2017

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday June 14th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall.

If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you are there for tons of great information from our excellent speakers. It will really help you get started on the right track. We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor.

Mark the date and call to reserve – Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 pm at the Tuscan Bistro 1250 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, across Hooper from the OC Mall. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

New Client Welcome!

Again, we’d like to welcome two more new clients— Mike & Peg from South Seaside Park and Kim & Joe from Bayville. Mike & Peg are building a new house with us. Kim & Joe were stuck after another builder disappeared on them. Thank you to both you for trusting Dream Homes with getting you back in your homes!

Communications – What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Improve

We’ve spoken often about this topic but I can’t really focus on this enough. It is a crucial subject for any complex undertaking, whether it is construction or otherwise. Today we’ll focus on 2 aspects – written communication and field discussions.

I’m a reasonably intelligent person, but no one has ever nominated me for a Nobel prize in anything and I doubt anyone ever will. I’ve won hundreds of wars and thousands of battles from diligence, persistence, good communication and organization and precisely 0 due to brilliance or a perfect memory. I mention this because organization and written lists are vitally important. No one can remember everything.

Ben Franklin said, “The faintest pencil is better than the sharpest memory.”

If you don’t write things down, they effectively don’t exist. If one doesn’t commit thoughts and agreements to paper or email, they may as well not have occurred.

No matter how smart you are, unless you have total recall (some people do – I am not one of them), you must write things down in order for them to be completed.

So, please remember the following two thoughts, which will serve you well.

Point 1: If you have discussions with anyone in the field (project manager, owner, salesperson, mechanic, inspector) and review several items, someone should be taking notes. If no one writes anything down or enters it into a tablet, assume that over 50% of what is discussed will be forgotten, remembered incorrectly, or misunderstood upon later reflection.

Point 2: Stop texting novels and long lists of worries, thoughts and ideas. If it takes more than 140 characters in a normal text message, don’t text.

Use email like an adult, or type your thoughts into a document and fax it if you don’t like email. If neither of those methods works for you, write your concerns and thoughts in longhand with pencil and paper and send it snail mail.

Teenagers, college students and immature people rely on texting as their primary method of communication. This does not work in real life. The founding fathers didn’t text their thoughts at the Constitutional Convention in 1776, and neither should you about your project in 2017.

Lesson: If you care about your project, reduce your thoughts to writing and email or fax them to your builder so they can be addressed correctly

Remember – if you don’t write it down, it doesn’t exist.

If you do write it down, and present it to your professional for comment, it will be taken in, categorized, disseminated through the organization to the proper people and (most importantly), followed up on.

Summary: If you have concerns, questions or comments, write them in a 1-2 page email and send them to your builder to address.

Telling a project manager in the field a list of concerns serves little purpose. You are focused only on your 5 items. They are focused on the 1000 items needed to complete your project and others. If you don’t see him or her commit your conversation to paper, assume it didn’t occur and don’t expect that your items will be addressed.

New Dream Homes Team Member – Welcome to Larry Schmieder

We have a new team member at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us improve our building times and communication with our (currently 24) active clients. Again, I’d like to welcome Larry Schmieder to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Larry has a wealth of experience in construction and management (40+ years) and we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on June 14th, you can meet him. Larry can be reached at larry@dreamhomesltd.com.

Repeat: Link – The Asbury Park Press Article about Shore House Lifters and How RREM Dropped the Ball

Here’s the link to the APP article, which was in the paper 3 weeks ago.

http://www.app.com/story/news/investigations/watchdog/2017/03/24/rrem-nj-hurricane-sandy-shore-house-lifters/98843294/

General Resource – Consumer Protection: Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire is a workers’ compensation and disability attorney in Toms River and speaks regularly at our Rebuilding Seminar. Kathy gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection which is filled with great information to save you money and grief. (Next one is this Wednesday, June 14th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

New Blog Development – Easier for you to read and use for reference –

We added some specific Pages on the main page, including References, Definitions, About Dream and Photos/Videos. Result: blogs can be shorter and more focused and refer you to specific pages. Hopefully it will help you use the blog more easily.

Grand Opening – New Office Glen Kelly Real Estate branch office – 2818 Bridge AvenuePoint PleasantGlen Kelly Real Estate is sharing an office with Dream Homes and handling all Dream Homes inquiries for elevations, renovations, new homes as well as the rest of your real estate buying and selling needs. Stop by with your real estate and construction needs.

Foundations, Foundations, Foundations – Part 2 Cement Piers and Cement Board Surrounds

The foundation is one the most important aspect of your construction, the category that costs the most and is easily the most complex. Today we’ll talk about reinforced concrete piers built on individual concrete footings or continuous footings or grade beams.

With this method, there are monetary savings since you’re not building a full block wall, but instead building a breakaway or cement board skirt wall surround. If you want a finished solution, the cement board over pressure treated lumber in various colors works well. If you frame the wall with wood sheathing, it is ready for siding to be run down as far as you wish.

It’s not a bad option and works especially well when the lift is not full height. Without the added wind shear consideration, you can construct 24” x 24” x 12” reinforced footings under each pier and avoid the expense of pouring continuous footings.

You can expect up to a 20% – 35% savings on your overall foundation, depending on your ultimate interior and exterior finish choices.

Mission Statement and Comment: AT Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle the messiest, most unpleasant, real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish their projects and get back in their homes. If you’re stuck and can’t figure out how to proceed, call us and we’ll do our best to help you.

At Dream Homes, we believe that taking on difficult unpopular projects is part of the social contract we have with the community and the Jersey Shore. We’ve never abandoned a client or failed to finish a project – we feel very strongly that it is our obligation to help Sandsters and others in need.

Video & Past Seminars

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below

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.

2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – Critical dates to remember: If you are stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) at least we can help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. As an additional service to our neighbors in the Jersey Shore community, we do initial consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck in the poop. It doesn’t change what happened to you, but at least you’ll know what’s happening and how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and then a written estimate.

Timing for permits: Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning Save time – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans. Zoning and Building Departments are separate functions in each municipality. They work together, but can be pursued separately.

Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Planning ahead doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless. This is the type of service that you receive from us, and what you should expect from a good builder.

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

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 Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.

Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes actually does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We supervise and manage elevation projects & house moves, demolish and build new homes, and develop and build entire new neighborhoods. In the past 23 years, we’ve completed over 1500 new homes, 190 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 28 of our elevation projects have been rescue projects, where we came in to save a homeowner when someone else left. Dream builds new homes, demolishes existing damaged homes, elevates and move homes, complete additions and renovations and rescues homeowners when their other builder abandons them. We work with private clients as well as Path B clients in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for a free estimate on your rebuilding project.

That’s all for today Sandsters. I hope my words helps you move forward. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: VRTR)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

Office: 314 S. Main Street

Mailing: PO Box 627

Forked River, NJ 08731

Office: 609 693 8881 F: 609 693 3802 Cell: 732 300 5619

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder