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Five Star Rated CLB Network Member

New Jersey Certified Luxury Builder

It has been a fun challenge and we wouldn't hesitate to work with them again.

We were introduced to Distinctive Domain through our real estate agency to build a new house that we had been dreaming of. The first meeting with DD had to be held through Zoom in the very beginning of Covid 19 Pandemic. When we started to talk with Jim & Dan at the meeting, they wasted no time in helping us develop an extensive building plan that satisfied our budget. Though we had some unconventional ideas, they were very willing to accommodate our desired plan and were transparent throughout the process, updating us with progress through the building procedures. In addition, we appreciate the effort to help us move in a timely manner, in spite of the pandemic situation. Our friends are often surprised to find that we were able to find a builder in these times to complete our house, and we are grateful that there was very little delay. By following through with this ambitious project, we've overcome many obstacles and we thank Distinctive Domain for being with us every step of the way. It has been a fun challenge and we wouldn't hesitate to work with them again. - Soyun Park

Distinctive Domain provides quality service in all aspects!

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!

"fair and friendly...and delivered a quality space that we gratefully call home. Highly recommend Distinctive Domain"

Distinctive Domain really took the time to understand our needs - and constraints - to build a home that we could all be proud of. Pati, Jim, Dan and our on-site PM Mike, very quickly became a part of our extended family. They took a vested interest in the design (architecturally and aesthetically - flow/materials/colors/lighting/etc.), helping to enhance or offer alternatives that remained budget-friendly. When challenges arose, Distinctive Domain operated in a very solution-oriented, professional, and transparent manner. Suffice it to say, they were fair and friendly...and delivered a quality space that we gratefully call home. Highly recommend Distinctive Domain. - Sarika Arora

We built a custom home once before, but nothing compared to our experience with Distinctive Domain!

We have built a custom home once before, but nothing compared to our experience with Distinctive Domain. Jim and Pati Brenn are a pleasure to work with. Everyone warned us that building custom is a nightmare, but they always make it interesting and fun. These builders take pride in their work and it shows. We have about 4 more months to go before completion, but we already know the results are going to me amazing. - Nileem Jani

You will not find a better company to build your home

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. - Carl Jaeckel

Distinctive Domain has a unique mix of professionalism and creativity, I strongly recommend them!

Distinctive Domain is a true exception in the industry, with a mix of professionalism and creativity I found truly unique. They built an entire house for my family and provided clear upfront expectations on cost and timing (which they met!) as well as support along the way. I truly felt like I had a partner working with Jim and Dan, helping me understand the issues, make informed decisions, and keep the project moving forward on-time and on-budget. The Distinctive Domain team really cares about delivering a quality product and positive customer experience, and you feel that throughout the project. If you want reliability, fairness, and quality, I strongly recommend Distinctive Domain. - Tony Marone

We recommend them highly and will certainly hire them again for future projects!

We hired the firm after reviewing some of their other works for a $700k+ project - complete demolition of our existing house and a full 4100sq ft build. 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. Regards Grace, Roy - Grace Roy

Very professional in design, build management, and in the construction itself!

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. - Weiner Family

Above reproach

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. - Joanne and Frank D'Agostino

Absolute professionals and a pleasure to work with!

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 todays 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. - Tom Heyl

Jim and his team are knowledgeable and professional at all times!

I have had the pleasure of working with Jim Brenn of Distinctive Domain on many occasions throughout my career in real estate. I have found him and his team to be both knowledgeable and professional at all times. Not only is Jim known for the quality of his craftsmanship but for being wiling and able to meet with buyers, walk properties( raw land) and work closely with them on determining their needs and wants for a custom built home. Once the buyer has selected a location they would like a home built on, Jim brings them to the next level and has them meet with his architect to create the home of their dreams. As soon as the plans are drawn up, Jims in house team works diligently and effectively on pricing the job,reviewing and tweaking it with buyers until everyone is satisfied. Jim's demeanor is always calm and reassuring. He takes the time to make everyone feel like your are his only client, even though this certainly is not the case. I would highly recommend Jim Brenn and Distinctive Domain to my family, friends, coworkers and future clients! - Jane Nicastro Disch

One of the best companies to deal with

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. - Paul Stillwaggon

Distinctive Domain will benefit all parties involved!

Our firm has represented Distinctive Properties LLC and their various companies as legal counsel in numerous matters over the past several years. In all of my dealings with Distinctive Properties LLC, they have acted in an honorable and financially responsible manner respecting my firm and all of the parties involved in each such matter. They have always followed the highest moral and ethical standards at all times. I have no hesitation to recommend Distinctive Properties LLC for any such matter, since I believe that they will give their full effort and attention and their participation will be a benefit to all parties involved. - Rubin-Kaplan

Performance and professionalism

Distinctive Domain has been a customer of mine 4 and one-half years. They have always performed as agreed, and have always been a professional. they have always provided to customers good quality at a fair price. I would highly recommend them as a customer or as a quality home builder. - R. Dowdy

all the top finished,the highest grade of craftsmanship and a custom upscale home

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 saleability. 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 finished,the highest grade of craftsmanship and a custom upscale home Dan is the person to call.

We recommend their work highly!

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 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.

Top notch craftsmanship and tremendous attention to all the little details!

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.

the Distinctive Domain team always exceeded our expectations

We couldn't be happier with our new home and Distinctive Domain! From designing our custom home through project completion, the Distinctive Domain team always exceeded our expectations. They were very open to and accommodating of our desired changes throughout the entire building process. Most importantly they listened to our needs, understood them and then provided expert advice so we could make the best decisions. Their quality workmanship, professionalism, service and the dream home that was delivered speak for themselves. We were wary of building during COVID, expecting material shortages and cost overruns, but their team navigated every bump and kept the project on schedule and on budget! They kept us in the loop with constant updates and were transparent about everything that impacted the project. Cannot recommend Jim Brenn and the entire Distinctive Domain team highly enough!

I can't say enough about Distinctive Domain and would highly recommend them!

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! - Nicole Bednarski

Fair, timely, and professional!

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

Extremely high quality and beauty... Top notch!

It was a pleasure working with Distinctive Domain to build our custom home. Dan, Jim, Pati and Owen were professional and responsive during every phase. We took our time looking for someone to build us our dream home while staying in the town that we love. Distinctive Domain has delivered with extremely high quality and beauty. We would highly recommend them for any home construction or renovation. They truly care for their clients and it certainly shows in the finished product. Top notch! - Adrienne Cortazzo

Experienced, trustworthy, and very capable!

I've been doing business with Distinctive Domain for about 10 years. The principals are experienced, very capable, and trustworthy. It is a pleasure to do business with them. - W. D. Allan

Exhaustive search ended with Distinctive Domain

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 timelines and we were able to meet all our deadlines. They are very professional and were always available to answer our questions and concerns. The house is well planned and constructed. The appliances are of high quality and as promised the house is energy efficient. We are also very pleased with the craftsmanship and the attention to detail. We highly recommend Distinctive Domain for any home building project.
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