Choosing the Right Home Builder for your Dream Home

Choosing the Right Home Builder for your Dream Home

So, you’ve decided to buy a home. More than that, you’ve decided to buy a custom home. Not a fixer-upper to work on every weekend or a cookie-cutter new construction with all the polished bells and whistles, but a home designed and planned by you. A home built around your own wants and needs. A home that speaks to your own unique personality. A home that is truly and fully ‘yours’. Even if your ‘dream home’ is a few years from becoming a reality, it’s never to early to start planning. There are tons of variables to consider when planning your custom home. Where would you like to build your home? What are the property taxes like there? How are the schools? What amenities are ‘must-haves’ for you and your family? Should you build a house big enough for your family as it stands today, or one with room to grow with you? And of course, often most importantly, what home builder should you go with? There are countless home builders across the country, residential construction companies that run the gamut from super-high-end home design and multimillion dollar construction to cut-rate pre-fab home builders. Depending on your needs or wants, these companies can help make the house of your dreams a reality. It is up to you to decide which construction company best meets your unique home building needs, but if you’re looking for a construction company with years of proven excellence, that choice is clear; D.E.N.J., Inc. is the NJ home builder of choice. D.E.N.J., Inc. is a leading home builder in Central Jersey, with over 25 years...
Solar Farms; Growing the Future of Clean Energy

Solar Farms; Growing the Future of Clean Energy

In 1956 Issac Asimov, the most prolific science-fiction writer of the mid 20th century, penned a short story called ‘The Final Question’. The tale explored a far distant future where humanity had discovered a means of harnessing the near infinite energy of the sun as a means to generate a clean and limitless source of power. This great discovery freed humanity from the struggle to balance progress against limited resources and ultimately leads us to develop the ability to leave the bounds of Earth and colonize the stars. While the greater scope of Asimov’s grand vision has not yet come to pass, a small part of his dream has come true. Solar power is no longer an imagining of fiction writers; it is a very real and very important aspect of renewable energy initiatives. There are over 70 solar farms across the globe, each with a minimum net capacity of 50 megawatts, and some as high as 590 megawatts. The U.S. accounts for 20% of these solar farms. All told, the current power output of the world’s solar farms is equal to over 50 conventional coal power facilities. Solar farms are large scale photovoltaic systems consisting of hundreds or even thousands of solar panel arrays. Unlike residential solar panel arrays, which are designed to supplement an individual home’s energy needs and reduce reliance on outside energy production, solar arrays in solar farms are linked in circuit to produce much larger quantities of usable energy that is then supplied directly into the local power grid. Regardless of whether a solar panel is affixed to a single home or as a network...
Giving the Jersey Shore a New Face with New Construction

Giving the Jersey Shore a New Face with New Construction

New construction is big business in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half a million new homes were built in the U.S. during 2013. With a market share around 10 percent, the U.S. is the second largest construction market in the world. These numbers speak to the expansionist ideals of American citizens. We are builders, expanders, improvers. Good enough is never good enough; we want better. We want best. The state of New Jersey exemplifies this mentality. New York and New Jersey, combined, make up the largest housing market in the country, with a new home completed every 30 minutes. Even in the midst of the devastating effects of super-storm Sandy, new construction in New Jersey has seen a steady increase. In fact, there are those who see the storm-tossed shore as an opportunity, a blank-slate of sorts. Against a backdrop of ruin and rebuilding, a veritable sea of new residential construction has sprung up along the once ravaged Jersey shore. It is charge lead by those who look at the damage wrought by Sandy and see possibility. These people recognize the New Jersey shore as a fertile ground for new construction; new homes and businesses. The nearly 370,000 homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy represent, for those with eyes on new construction, an opportunity to grow, build, and realize their dreams. The pastel painted, single story beach bungalows that were once the staple of shore towns like Ortley Beach, Long Beach Island and Ocean City are slowly being replace with spacious and luxurious dream homes and up-scale apartments; even amid the intensive reconstruction efforts. This ‘new’...
Guide to Working with an HMGP Contractor

Guide to Working with an HMGP Contractor

It has been nearly two years since hurricane Sandy made landfall on the New Jersey shore and, even now, the area is still working to restore itself. Amid efforts to fix the damage caused by the storm, several government funded measures and programs have been implemented in an effort to mitigate the damage caused by future storms. These programs aim to reduce the cost of future emergencies, both in human terms as well as in terms of dollars and cents. Chief among these ‘damage mitigation’ programs is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Administered by FEMA and authorized under Section 404 of the Stafford Act, the HMGP provides grants to both local and state governments in order to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after the declaration of a major disaster. The goal of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property caused by natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented expediently during the immediate recovery after a disaster. To work toward this goal, there are several HMGP contractors working with clients in the effected regions. The funds awarded by the HMGP may be used to fund projects completed by HMGP contractors that will reduce losses from future disasters. For example, programs that provide long-term solutions to hazard mitigation, such as elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages, would fall under the blanket of efforts covered by the HMGP. In order to be awarded HMGP funding, a project’s potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project and must protect either private or public property that is...