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As builders of custom homes in New Jersey, we have seen a transition of design themes over the years from the bi-level, raised ranch, to the center hall colonial, and classical Georgian. Traditional architecture has shifted to the Craftsman, Prairie, and the contemporary and modern styles.
Whether building a new custom home, or remodeling an existing home, everyone wants to make their home special. However, for many owners building a custom home or starting a remodeling project can be overwhelming.Where do you start? Are there budget considerations? 'What about the style, design, and plans? Is the property in the right neighborhood or location to make changes that will increase its value? Are there community or association restrictions that may impact the design or plans?
Others wonder if there is a professional that they can trust who will take full responsibility for the entire project? Should you form a team? Which professionals do you need, and how do you select them?
Distinctive Domain has been building custom homes and remodeling luxury homes since 2003. Distinctive Domain is honored to be ranked #1 on Houzz.com in Somerset & Morris Counties. The Distinctive Domain design team will create plans for an inspired residence or work in collaboration with architects and interior designers.
Distinctive Domain understands that you want your own special place that reflects your style and taste. The Distinctive Domain process, "The 5 Simple Steps"™ was created as a system based on the collaborative method that allows you to describe what you want, the design team draws it, you approve it, and Distinctive Domain builds it, on time, and on budget.
Creating a residence to match your lifestyle is the focus of Distinctive Domain. It's what we do. Choose Distinctive Domain to build your new custom home or remodel your luxury home and enjoy our promise of a Distinctive Domain 5-Star experience.
The Somerset & Morris County areas offer an unmistakable opportunity to enjoy a luxury lifestyle. Premier golf courses, exclusive shopping, and world class dining. Our area is home to some of the most prominent communities in the country. However, as times change, so do the styles and tastes of people.
Over the last 15 years, Distinctive Domain, has perfected the Collaborative Method. This gives us the opportunity to make a promise of a 5-Star experience to everyone.
There are 3 reasons why we can make this pledge:
PROCESS: Distinctive Domain understands that you want your own special place that reflects your personal style and taste. Our process allows you to describe what you want, the design team draws it, you approve it, and Distinctive Domain builds it.
TEAM: Distinctive Domain assembles a team for each project, based on trust, in collaboration with architects and interior designers. We use top sub-contractors and suppliers to guarantee the highest quality building standards and a 5-Star client experience.
EXECUTION: Our clients expect the best and refuse to take unknown risks to cut costs. Close attention is paid to the requirements of time, budget, design, and craftsmanship. Years of experience have increased our expertise and capacity to integrate state-of-the-art systems and value engineering, as well as practical solutions to unique, and common design challenges.
Exciting design ideas drive every project. It all starts with our listening and idea session.
Distinctive Domain understands that you want your own special place that reflects your style and taste.
STEP ONE: “Let’s Talk.”™ This is a listening and idea session to establish the scope and estimated budget range for your project. Your space needs, design preferences, and personal details are all identified.
STEP TWO: “Storyboard Process,”™ This step is when your design team is selected and ideas are transformed into a preliminary schematic floor plan and site plan. Your estimated budget range is revised to reflect the accepted plan and a chart of allowances is created for the selection process that follows. Specific code or structural issues will be assessed and resolved at this stage.
STEP THREE: “Rendering to Scale,”™ is where selections and specifications are finalized to complete the bid process. A full set of construction plans are created to maximize design, innovation, and value engineering to meet your budget. Upon completion, a final construction agreement is presented for your approval.
STEP FOUR: “The Big Event,”™ is when the Distinctive Domain construction team transforms your plans into reality. Your plans are built to specifications.
STEP FIVE: “Happily Ever After.”™ Your project has been completed, on time, on budget, and Distinctive Domain has earned your 5-Star review.
Our process, “The 5 Simple Steps” allows you to describe what you want, the design team draws it, you approve it, and Distinctive Domain builds it.
By following “The 5 Simple Steps,”
You'll love your home!™
Distinctive Domain builds custom homes in New Jersey and can build your dream home.
Distinctive Domain has been building custom homes and remodeling luxury homes since 2003, and is honored to be ranked #1 on Houzz.com in Somerset & Morris Counties. We define success as creating long-lasting relationships. Our clients are happy to share with you their 5-Star Experience before, during, and long after the completion of their custom home, or home remodel project. Our promise is to earn a 5-Star review from our clients and everyone who comes in contact with Distinctive Domain. We invite you to join our exclusive client community.
“After an exhaustive search encompassing both old and new houses in Warren, Watchung and Basking Ridge, we finally bought our home from Distinctive Domain in Warren in Nov 2018. The house was in final stages of construction and Jim and Dan made the process very smooth. They maintained scheduled...”
“Distinctive worked with us from the start - purchasing lot through design and build. They were extremely professional and the quality of the work is extraordinary. ... This is a great group of people and you will not find a better company to build your home.”
“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.”
“The Distinctive Domain team really cares and delivers a quality product and customer experience. I strongly recommend Distinctive Domain.”
There can be a great range of pricing when looking to build a custom home in New Jersey. Knowing this helps potential homeowners plan for their dream house by selecting features and finishes that offer the best balance between cost, features, and aesthetics. It's key to understand that houses in NJ are typically not as large as other parts of the country; therefore, if you want to build an average-sized home in this area, you should be prepared to invest somewhere between $414,000 to over one million dollars. Meanwhile, the price per square foot of these homes lies in the range of $230 - $600. With careful planning and budgeting, an individual can get the most out of their investment to build the custom home of their dreams.
Building a 2500 square foot home in the state of New Jersey can vary quite a bit. Depending on the desired finish, size, and style, costs for building this type of house can range when it comes to cost per square foot for one-of-a-kind custom homes. Of course, there is also land to consider when budgeting for such a home. Land prices vary depending on the location in the state and since land itself typically makes up around 20-30% of the cost associated with constructing it is an area that should not be skimped on. All in all, you can expect to spend anywhere between $200k - $450k (or more) when building your dream 2,500 sq ft home in NJ.
Given that custom homes are created from scratch and take into account the buyer's every desire, it is no wonder why they are more expensive than pre-existing production builds or existing homes. The cost of a custom home depends heavily on the materials used and the desired amenities. With a custom home construction, you will be paying extra for special installation services due to the extra labour that comes with creating something new from scratch. Furthermore, because client desires are always changing, there could be additional costs associated with alterations if you change your mind halfway through the project. Ultimately, custom home building requires more money and time investment to create an individualized dream home that perfectly matches your tastes.
Building your own house in NJ requires a bit of planning, but can be a rewarding experience. Before you even break ground, you'll need to make sure you have the correct permits in place. In order to obtain that permit, be sure to submit plans of the desired design with all the required forms. Keep in mind that the cost for said permit depends greatly on what is included in the new construction and can vary greatly. The most important part? Being patient while navigating the process – it's worth it when you see your vision come alive! Of course we always recommend homeowners to research and contact the top home builder in your area as they will educate and guide you every step of the way.
Distinctive Domain has been the premier destination for discerning homeowners to create dream custom homes in New Jersey. With our network of expert designers, skilled craftsmen and an unparalleled attention to detail and customer service, we have earned a reputation as the builder of choice for custom homes in the New Jersey area. At Distinctive Domain, quality isn't a goal - it's a guarantee. Every home we build is crafted with superior materials and demonstrates superior execution. When you choose us to build your dream home, you can rest assured that we will go above and beyond to bring your vision to life.
Discover Luxury Home Living from to and the surrounding area. This magazine helps you to understand the process and benefits of building a custom home or remodeling a luxury home with Distinctive Domain. Design ideas, striking interiors, and more.
As you embark on your custom build or home renovation journey, keep this planner handy for strategic tips, expert advice and an abundance of kitchen and bath design inspiration! Don’t forget to check out page 13 for a comprehensive renovation checklist and page 20 to see examples of the most popular bathroom design ideas right now. So take notes, check boxes, add inspiration, discuss ideas - then schedule a sit down with our team of design experts to make your dream a reality!Get Your Copy