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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?

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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.

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

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 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. 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,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), 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. 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 You can view our operational results and financials at any time at

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.

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 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

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…

Click on the link above or call us and we’ll send you a blank scope of work for your reference.

Yeah, We Do That for You… This was an excellent (if I do say so myself) article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received much positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at

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

References & Testimonials – Click on the link below

Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. Don’t wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point. Whether you are Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.

Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide 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.


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




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