SBACNJ Installation Dinner

What an awesome evening of inductions! CMM is very proud of our team leader, Christoper Amato, for his induction as First VP of SBACNJ. We would also like to congratulate Michael J. Kokes, of Kokes Family Home Builders, inducted as President, Thomas McGrath, of CPL Partnership, as VP of Associates, James Pittenger, of Pittenger Homes, as Treasurer, and Kim Manicone, of USI, as Secretary, along with all of the newly installed Board members.

Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey, local chapter of both the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA), members excel with participation, by working with others to solve similar problems and achieve similar goals. Members improve their business by utilizing the resources of information and member assistance for solving their problems. Sharing ideas with peers, and finding solutions to the everyday challenges that face someone and their business, is key to success. CMM is proud to be part of such an organization, with such amazing people in the industry. We operate as a team, and SBACNJ is just an extension of our team.

Photos courtesy of Joe Sharp of All is Sharp Photography

Holiday Home Decor

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better time to share this blog post from Eyeswoon on Thanksgiving table decor!? Some would argue that Thanksgiving is all about the food, but here at CMM, we care about decor and inspiration every day!

We are so thankful for our amazing clients. It is because of them that CMM was made possible. We are constantly inspired by all of the people we meet, and hope that this post gives you some inspiration for the upcoming season. We know that entertaining during the holidays can sometimes be quite stressful. Decor can be a fun way to ease the stress, and incorporate your own flair into the holidays. After all, Christmas is just around the corner, and these tables offer many different style ideas!

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A River Runs Past It

Design NJ interviewed me this summer in this article about one of our most popular homes.  It’s a design/build project we completed a few years back, and the response to the design from social media has been fantastic. We have hundreds of thousands of likes, idea book saves and pins on this home.

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The design was a team effort by the homeowners, the architect Jason Lusardi, and CMM which I believe produced this beautiful home.  It was because of that cooperative approach that the project came together in a way that many projects miss when steps are taken without the whole team.  

The homeowners voiced their design requests and requirements, Jason interpreted and designed, and we detailed and built.  The homeowners were intimately involved in the design and detailed what they wanted.  Jason took his time to listen and revise the drawings to reflect what the homeowners wanted using his unique aesthetic.  We were there to hear the homeowners original ideas.  We were able to reflect that in every decision during the build.  The strong relationship and trust we built during design made the build process smooth.    

The home came together better and reflected the original intent in a way that doesn't happen in the bid/build process.  Bid build removes the builder from the conversation around the root of the design and doesnt allow for trust to be built untill construction begins.  

We believe this home and homes like it, built using the team approach results in a better home regardless of size, scope, budget or style.  

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We have posted  this article to social media before, but I wanted to get it up on the blog and re-share as I think it really highlights the strength of the design build process.  When you build your team before you design your house the results are fantastic! 

If you have a design/build experience and would like to share it; leave a comment below!  

If you're interested in sharing in the design build process with us; click get in touch!

All you never wanted to know about Kohler Shower Valves

I must admit that sometimes I cross words regarding different shower valves.  We depend on our partners at Ferguson to bring our clients through the process of selected plumbing fixtures but I figured I would share this easy break down of shower valve types from Kohler.  You can see their article or read my summary below:

Here is the simplest setup.  It is called a pressure-balancing valve.  In one control, it turns the shower on and off and adjusts the temperature.  It is the least expensive option and keeps things simple. 

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For more complex showers with multiple heads we have a Thermostatic with Manual Volume controls.  This allows you to independently adjust the volume of water and temperature.  This setup requires additional valves and trims but you get much more control.  

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If you want control both in and out of the shower, and precise controls then you should look to a Thermostatic Digital Valve.  This is a clean install where the valves can be installed remotely and all you have in the shower is the temp control and the heads.  Very Custom! 

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There are really exciting options for plumbing fixtures today.  From the styles, the finishes, to the valves you can certainly find something that fit your wildest dreams.   

If you have questions about shower valves leave a comment below.  If you would like to include one of these systems in your new home get in touch!

Tesla's Solar Roof 1st Install

Check out the first Tesla Roof Installs.  So cool!  This install is in California.  I'm sure it will be a few years before it gets to NJ, but I cant wait to do our first one.

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See the complete article here: Curbed.com.  

 Also check out Tesla's website for more information about the product as well as a basic estimator to see what the costs are.  They are more money than a standard roof but they are in line with Cedar and Slate roof installations. 

If you would like to get more information about this or any of the other new products we are watching Get In Touch!