Distinctive built our custom home. They worked with us from the start - purchasing lot through design and build. They were extremely professional and the quality of the work is extraordinary. Just walk in my house or any of their projects and you will immediately see and feel the quality of the work. You will not find a better built home. The finished product is exceptional. They kept us informed and helped us every step of the way. They guided us during the selection process and helped us decide where we could save money and where it made sense to upgrade. This is a family business with people that care about building a great house and making sure the customer is satisfied with the finished product. Jim has been building houses for years. He is a true craftsman and his insight and advice are invaluable. We worked with Pati on design - tile selection, siding, flooring, fixtures, paint colors etc. She worked tirelessly to find what we wanted while keeping us within our budget. Dan handled the financial aspects of the project. He clearly defined the cost structure, payment schedule and dealt with all other miscellaneous items that popped up - his input and guidance was top notch. As a company they were always available to sit with us and address any issues or concerns that arose. They are fair and most importantly honest. This is a great group of people and you will not find a better company to build your home.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: October 2017
Project Price Range: More than $100,000

Distinctive Domain built our dream home. We were looking for a builder that would be involved from the design process to the final project of finishing our home. Distinctive Domain did not disappoint. Jim and Dan were quite helpful and insightful while listening to our needs and desires in the planning process. Throughout the building process, we were kept aware of the specifics during each phase, and they were committed to maintaining the scheduled timelines. Both Jim and Dan kept the lines of communication open and all our questions were always well received and answered promptly. They provided personal assistance throughout the entire process. Pati is very helpful and knowledgeable in choosing plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, bathroom tile and countertops, kitchen cabinets and countertops, carpet, flooring options, and paint colors. She made the whole process fun and kept us on budget throughout. The quality of the products and materials they use have been exceptional. If you are in search of a builder who is personable, has confidence, and has expertise in design and build, then Jim and Dan at Distinctive Domain is your answer.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: August 2017
Project: New Home

I cannot say enough about the work and professionalism of Distinctive Domain. We sold our previous home and moved into our new home, built by Distinctive Domain, in the same day. On a day that could have been extremely stressful, Dan and Jim were unbelievably accommodating. The work they do is unlike any house we had come across in our months of house hunting. In fact, our lawyer stated that "she hasn't seen work like this in a long time" and couldn't believe how clean our home inspection came back. Since purchasing our home, Distinctive Domain has still been extraordinary. They have come to check on how we are doing, have provided small touch-ups to our home, and are all around a great family business. I cannot say enough about Distinctive Domain and would highly recommend them!

Relationship: Client
Project Date: July 2017
Project: New Home

Dan, Jim, and Owen built the home we now live in. The craftsmanship in the home is beautiful, and we truly believe that Distinctive Domain homes are extremely well built. When we purchased the home, they had already completed it with no buyer. The attention to detail is amazing, the finishes they chose the very high end. Owen is fantastic to work with, and he, Jim and Dan have made themselves available to us throughout the 2 years since we purchased the home. We recommend their work highly.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2017
Project: New Home

We hired Distinctive Domain to build our new family home.

It started with an empty lot and resulted in a beautiful new home! Jim was very helpful from day one. He explained each step of the process, answered all of our novice questions, made suggestions based on his wealth of experience and ensured that our needs were met. Jim provided a timeline and progress updates as the project moved along.

All of our guests compliment the great workmanship throughout the house. Overall, a great experience! Everyone at Distinctive Domain is courteous and professional, providing quality service in all aspects. Would definitely highly recommend!

Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2015
Project: New Home

Dan Pollera and Jim Brenn, (partners in Distinctive Domain), are absolute professionals who are a pleasure to work with. Dan and Jim are aware of and plugged into today's home buyers wants and needs. They produce high quality new homes and renovations that feature not only fine finish detail but cutting edge structural and green building techniques. As a real estate professional who works with many new home builders and renovators, I never hesitate to offer Dan and Jim's names (Distinctive Domain) to clients.

Relationship: Colleague
Keller Williams Realty
Project Date: April 2014

Over the years I have inspected thousands of homes. I have met every type of builder there is. One thing that always gets my attention is the attention to detail I find on Dan's jobs. His jobs start with intricate plans, and finish with top quality tradesman doing upscale finishes that enhance value and long term salability. Dan chooses the right areas to build in and has a track record of on time performance. He also keeps meticulous records regarding cost. You will pay for a quality home but you will get the Mercedes Benz equivalent in what you buy. If you want all the top finishes, the highest grade of craftsmanship and a custom upscale home, Dan is the person to call.

Relationship: Colleague
Inspector / Appraiser
Project Date: March 2014

One of the best companies to deal with in the area. In my over 30 years of dealing with builders and subs in the construction field, I would rate them among the top few. In fact if I was going to build myself a new home or make a addition they would be among my top choices.

Relationship: Colleague
NJ Estates Real Estate Group / Weichert
Project Date: March 2014

The builders in this group are extremely fair, timely and professional. Thus far it has been a pleasure to work with them.

Relationship: Homeowner
Project Date: February 2014
Project: New Home Design-Build

Dan and Jim are a pleasure to work with; delivered true to their word and to our contract; very professional in design-build management and in the construction itself. Equally important for us, Dan and Jim are very personable --facilitating a seamless process and a pleasant experience, despite all constraints presented.

Our home had been completely destroyed by a lighting strike. The house had to be demolished and completely renovated using the existing foundation and footprint. We had a tight temporary housing timeline and renovation budget in accordance with insurance proceeds. It was very important for us to find a design-build company who understood our active family needs and help translate those needs into a home design that is also within budget while assuring on-time completion delivery.

I called Distinctive Domain after watching one of their homes break ground and the frame very quickly go up. They showed us 2 other houses in different stages of the build, answered all of our questions and addressed concerns. Dan and Jim understood well our position. Their professionalism, years of experience and integrity shined through in their responses. They worked and guided us to get the best return on our investment. Their standard materials and finishes are of high quality. There was no skimping. We love our “new” house. It is truly a home.

Distinctive Domain exceeded our expectations and wouldn’t hesitate to call on them for our next project.

Relationship: Homeowner
Project Date: April 2013
Project: New Home Design-Build

Our 5 year old townhouse, originally built by Distinctive Domain in Lavallette, NJ suffered the ravages of Hurricane Sandy and had to be rebuilt. We were so pleased with the quality and workmanship of the original structure that we re-hired them to rebuild it and return it to us as it was when we first purchased it. Once again, the quality and workmanship was above reproach, with much attention given to detail. Of equal importance was the personal attention we received. They were always readily available to address any questions or concerns. Our permanent home is several hours away from our townhouse, but they gave us e-mail updates on a regular basis on their progress and they completed the project on schedule. Finally, our experience with Dan Pollera and Jim Brenn, the owners of Distinctive Domain was an extremely positive one. They were pleasant and accommodating and exceeded our expectations in every way.

Relationship: Homeowner
Project Date: February 2013
Project: Rebuilt Home

We hired the firm after reviewing some of their other works for a $700k+ project - complete demolition of our existing house and a full 4,100 square foot new home.

Distinctive domain was the only entity we had to deal with, they took care of project planning, budgeting and all aspects of project execution. Everything was completed in time and within budget. We were fully satisfied with the results.

It is a professionally run organization and Dan and Jim were great to work with. We recommend them highly and will certainly hire them again for future projects.

If you are considering to hire this firm and would like to talk to us please contact Dan/Jim. They should be able to set up a meeting with us.

Relationship: Homeowner
Project Date: January 2013
Project: New Home Design-Build

Very professional and very personal is how we describe our experience and we highly recommend Distinctive Domain to any prospective buyer. The craftsmanship is top notch and is combined with a tremendous attention to all the little details. The gentlemen were easy to work with and went out of their way to accommodate our wishes and requests and truly made this house our home before we ever moved in. They also promised it would be complete, and then delivered it, prior to the school year beginning for our kids. This is our third new construction house in a little over a decade and it has been by far the best experience.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: August 2012
Project: New Home

We can say, without hesitation, that Jim and Dan did a great job managing this project from start to finish. We did not have any experience in renovation projects in any capacity, so taking on a new construction was a huge learning experience for us. Lisa and I are very happy with our new home. Although the project was a lot of work for us in terms of selections, etc., we had a pleasant time making all our decisions with your very helpful guidance. We feel that we could not have made a better choice in a builder.

Your experience and sincere dedication to your work really shows in the finished product. Handling the town and county permits, requirements, etc. was invaluable.

Relationship: Homeowner
Project Date: January 2010
Project: Custom Built New Home