Timeless Tile

I recently met with one of our homeowners as it was time for us to start looking at finishes to be selected. On the list was tile. Tile often sets the whole tone of a room and it is among one of the primary things people pick out to base design around. 

Today, we see splashes of color and unique patterned tiles, but nothing quite like the pinks and greens of yesteryear. The trick is to use pops of colors here and there alongside timeless tiles. 

Artistic Tile did a great job in this article discussing the importance of picking tile that you aren't going to want to rip up in a couple of years. They stress that tile is often meant to remain for years to come. 

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Artistic Tile

Here is an example of a bathroom that CMM completed with the help of Erik Kitchen Design, that we think is a great example in use of timeless tile and design.

   After all is said and done, how you want to design your bathroom and the tile you choose should be something you LOVE. Keeping in mind for the future is important, but remember that you should be happy with your decisions in the present.

After all is said and done, how you want to design your bathroom and the tile you choose should be something you LOVE. Keeping in mind for the future is important, but remember that you should be happy with your decisions in the present.

The American House

This blog post from Architectural Digest explores what exactly makes for the “American House”. The author goes on to state that the American House isn’t one uniform design across the board, but instead is just the opposite. The diversity of the United States can be directly represented in how modern homeowners design their homes. Below, are a few photos from the article:

Here at CMM, no project or design is the same, and we take pride in making sure to work with our clients to bring their visions to life. We think this plays a vital role in defining what makes the “American House”, as every homeowner brings something new and different to the table. Location will always play a role in design, however, a blend of different techniques and styles is what always makes the house unique to the homeowner. Below, are photos from some of our own projects exploring different kitchens and how they are unique to each homeowner:

 This kitchen is the perfect space for entertaining! Who doesn't love gathering around a kitchen island for some hors d'oeuvres and wine?!

This kitchen is the perfect space for entertaining! Who doesn't love gathering around a kitchen island for some hors d'oeuvres and wine?!

 We love the style and colors of this kitchen! With a classic and modern design, the colors really give off a beachy vibe!

We love the style and colors of this kitchen! With a classic and modern design, the colors really give off a beachy vibe!

 We love the style and colors of this kitchen! With a classic and modern design, the colors really give off a beachy vibe!

We love the style and colors of this kitchen! With a classic and modern design, the colors really give off a beachy vibe!

CMM Fame Awards 2018

We had such a blast at this years Fame Award Ceremony thanks to the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey! We always love getting together with other members and friends of the association. Not to mention this year's theme was 80's!

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CMM was extremely proud to have received three awards this year!

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Many awards were given out last week at Fame. We are extremely honored to be part of an organization that recognizes people in the industry for the incredible work they have done. CMM is also extremely proud of our team, because without the team, none of this would have been possible! To see more photos from the 2018 Fame Awards, click here!

Striking Shingle Styles

This snowy February weather down the Jersey shore has us dreaming about summer! This post from Architectural Digest, offers us a glance at some amazing and beachy, shingle style homes that will bring you right back to how you felt during the summer. Check out some inspiring photos below!

The CMM team cannot wait for more warm days to come! Shingle Style is just one of the many designs we create along the shore. Although we work on homes all year round, Spring and Summer are great for finishing up projects and for starting new ones. Building along the shore means that many of our homeowners are looking forward to getting those beach days in, while enjoying their custom built home with friends and family! For more images from this article from Architectural Digest, please click here!

Unique House Designs

Technology has come a long way with tools for designing a custom home. Before 3D Models and Virtual Reality, people were left to imagine what their custom design would look like based on drawings and blueprints. For those looking to create a uniquely designed home, new technology has paved the way to for modern homeowners to get as creative as possible. To be able to visualize their future home, the creative possibilites are endless, and DesignBlendz shared a blog post on 5 home designs that have become more popular in the modern age.

1. Geometric Designs


3. Yurts


Although CMM builds mostly along the Jersey Shore (where we don't see many tiny homes!), we are always looking for new and innovative projects to be a part of! We see that popular modern designs often offer a minimalist and organized style as shown above. We love to bring some of this style to the shore. Below, are a few examples from one of our more minimalist shore homes. 

Using our design technology, we give all of our homeowners a visual of what their future home-to-be will look like. Get in touch today to see how we could be the right fit for any home design you bring to the table!

Shou Sugi Ban

CMM is always on the search for the latest and greatest in home design, but we weren’t expecting it to be burnt wood! Shou sugi ban dates back 18th century Japan and was originally a technique used on cedar siding to make it waterproof, fireproof, and resistant to pests and rotting. The technique involves charring a wood surface to give it a completely new look. You can see how the process is done here.


The New York Times featured a great article on the technique describing how the trend is really appealing to people with a taste for artisanal design. Shou sugi ban has a very rustic feel and can be paired well with industrial lighting or other reclaimed wood. However, its elegance appeals to a more modern aesthetic as well, as you can see below from these photos shared by Delta Millworks.

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Although CMM has not yet used this method, we are hoping this design makes its way down the shore! As the demand for more rustic detail increases, we could see this method being used in many of our future homes to complete the look!

Best of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World, January 14, 2018 – CMM Custom Homes of Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ has won “Best Of Customer Serivce” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 35-year old design-build firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Below, is a photo of one our most popular posts. Everyone loves the looks of this mudroom! 


To view more of this home, click here!  

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

CMM is extremely honored to have received this award. Talk about a great start to 2018! Be sure to check out our profile on Houzz to keep up with our projects and photos!


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"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."

 About Houzz-

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

NAHB International Builders' Show

The NAHB International Builders' Show is an annual construction show that attracts more than 60,000 visitors. Some of the world's most innovative minds gather together to educate and speak at this event. This year we are proud to announce that our team leader, Christopher Amato, is not only making his way down to Orlando for the show, but will be a speaker!

Alongside Donny Wyatt of CoConstruct, the two will educate on how to use technology in the building process, as well as different ways to engage clients and trades in new technology. At CMM, we utilize different online tools everyday in order to stay in touch with our team and keep our clients constantly informed.To see more about this or to register, follow this link!

The show will also exhibit two official show homes, one display being a new transitional style home, and the other being a traditional style remodelas seen below. 


More than 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers come to exhibit their products and services at this show. Some exhibitors we are looking forward to seeing there are Andersen WindowsClopay Building ProductsGAFGoodman Manufacturing CompanyJames Hardie Building ProductsKohlerSuperior Walls of AmericaTherma-Tru Doors, and Weyerhaeuser!

We are excited for the opportunity to experience the emerging capabilities within the building industry.  These incredible advancements keep CMM up to date with what the latest design products has to offer for our clients.  Stay tuned as we bring the best from around the world back home to the Jersey Shore. 

2017 A Year in Review

Wow what a year 2017 has been! CMM has so many accomplishments to look back on that we take pride in, and wanted to share some of them here with you. Please pardon the humble brag as we take a short trip down the 2017 memory lane.

Happy Clients

When our clients are happy, we are happy! Here is a link back to some of the best reviews we have seen so far. It has been an honor and a privilege to help make these dreams come true, especially when those dreams involve a fire pit, a gorgeous home, and a beautiful view!

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To be involved with Shore Builders Association is incredible, but to be acknowledged by them is a new level experience. We were honored to receive the following awards in 2017 and certainly consider them highlights of our year.

SBACNJ Best Custom Home $700,000-$1 million

SBACNJ Best Custom Home $1 million

SBACNJ Best Builder Member Website


SBACNJ BEAM Award, SBACNJ Builder of the Year, SBACNJ Big Spike of the Year and the NJBA Associate Appreciation Award to our team leader Christopher Amato!


Community Fun

We love to participate in local events! We have built many houses in Avon and since our office is located here, we knew the Avon 5k was a great fit! All proceeds went to the Avon First Aid and Safety Squad.

Design Acknowledgements

Our team works every day to make sure our homes exude only the finest craftsmanship. Design NJ highlighted this process in a big way by featuring one of our homes and the process that made it come in to being. To read the article in full please click here.

Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey Installation Dinner

And finally, to wrap up this great year, we are so proud of Chris for being inducted as the First VP of SBACNJ!

Reflecting back on our year has made us that much more excited for what's to come! Utilizing cutting edge technology and design, we cannot wait for new and ongoing projects throughout 2018 with our amazing homeowners!