John J Chando Jr Inc. - Design/Build Blog

Custom Beachfront Home in Ortley Beach, NJ Constructed with Concrete

Posted by Ryan Chando on Sun, May 1, 2016 @ 07:45 PM

We are pleased to announce the construction of the first ever New Jersey Shore custom concrete home on the oceanfront. The home is being built using the latest in Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) technology. Constructing strong structures is a necessity when building in the harsh beach environment where high winds, large waves, and flying debris are normal events throughout the year. 


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Topics: Concrete Building

We've moved to Mantoloking!

Posted by John Chando on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 08:00 AM


We're proud to call Mantoloking, NJ our home after 30+ years of being located Normandy Beach. We're now open in our beautiful new office on Downer Avenue.  Hurricane Sandy took away our Normandy Beach location in a blaze, and we're so pleased to have a new location just a mile up the island.

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How to build a waterfront home on the Jersey Shore (Concrete vs. Wood)

Posted by Ryan Chando on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

Concrete_vs_Wood_How_ICF_Can_Work_For_YouThe benefits of building a house out of stone as opposed to wood has been engrained into most peoples heads since childhood thanks to those 3 little pigs and their run-in with a wolf. But these days home owners at the Jersey Shore have bigger problems than bacon hungry wolves. As we are now into the fall and approach the harsh winter months homeowners have hurricanes, nor’easterns and snowstorms to worry about. To get through these extreme weather conditions it’s a necessity to have a strong house.

Time Magazine named Ocean County, NJ the most dangerous place to live in the United States, basing this claim to the frequency of Natural Disasters. “Tidal surges and storms like Hurricane Sandy make this oceanfront county vulnerable”, they say in their “Answers Issue” which hit newsstands last month..

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Topics: build services, Hurricane Proof Home, Concrete Building

JJC Inc Design & Build named to Qualified Remodeler Top 500 for 2014

Posted by John Chando on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 @ 02:38 PM

top500remodelers-2014_11312825We are extremely proud to announce that out of over 50,000 applications from contractors around the country, JJC Inc. Design and Build has made the 2014 Qualified Remodeler Top 500 List.  This is our 11th time receiving this prestigious award but this is the highest we have ever placed on the list at #174!  We are extremely humbled and honored to be apart of this list and we wanted to thank Qualified Remodeler.

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Hurricane Proof Home [Part 3] - Building a House out of Concrete

Posted by Ryan Chando on Sat, Aug 2, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It’s been almost 2 years since Superstorm Sandy forever changed the Jersey Shore, and as more and more families start renovating or rebuilding their homes, you’re starting to see more homes being built with concrete foundations.  Some homeowners take it a step further and build their entire house out of concrete; walls, floors and all! If you truly want your new home to be a “Hurricane Proof Home” we bring you Part 3 of our ongoing series on building a Hurricane Proof Home using Insulated Concrete Forms or “ICF” building techniques.

Below we show you what some of the later stages of building a house entirely out of concrete looks like.  The previous house had a very low elevation before Superstorm Sandy and when the new FEMA flood zone maps were released (before they foolishly changed them back) the house was rebuilt to comply with the strict V-Zone requirements, having the first floor at elevation 14 feet. 

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Topics: build services, Hurricane Proof Home

JJC Inc. Makes Best Remodelers in USA List

Posted by Justin Chando on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 08:30 PM

top 500 remodelers listWe’ve done it again! We’re so excited to have been chosen on the 2013 Top 500 Qualified Remodelers in the USA list for the 10th time! Our President and Founder, John Chando commented: "We are so proud and humbled to have been nationally recognized for our works in remodeling homes. Our team has been working incredibly hard over the past year, and it is a great honor to continually be on this prestigious list.”  

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Topics: build services, awards

Hurricane Proof Home [Part 2] NJ Coastal Construction Breakaway Walls & ICF Lite-Deck

Posted by Justin Chando on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

ICF Coastal ConstructionWe are currently undergoing construction in Normandy Beach using some innovative construction techniques. We’re calling this type of construction “Hurricane Proof”, for good reason.  This particular home is being constructed to the strict FEMA V-Zone flood construction requirements and is extremely strong.

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Topics: build services, Hurricane Proof Home

New June 2013 FEMA Flood Maps - Raise your home with confidence

Posted by Justin Chando on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

house raising njFEMA has finally issued revised flood maps for the Jersey Shore receding some of the dramatic expansion of V-Zones, it’s time to get down to business elevating your homes with confidence.

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Topics: Disaster Restoration, House Liftings

Barnacle Bills: Rebuilding and Restoring a Jersey Shore Business

Posted by Justin Chando on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

building property restoration We have been hard at work putting the Ortley Beach, NJ landmark Barnacle Bills Amusements back together after it was severely damaged from Hurricane Sandy. We were tasked to design and build an entirely new restaurant, Mini Golf course, and arcade for this legacy jersey shore business. Anyone who has been down on the jersey shore has seen Barnacle Bill’s face, so we took it really seriously when we took on the project, so that we could make the entire site better without losing any of its original “shore” charm. After Sandy, Barnacle Bills was left in disarray with all of the famous classic arcade games being thrown out to the curb. The JJC Inc. team took on the commercial project and we’re working towards a re-opening this summer.

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Topics: build services, Disaster Restoration

Building a Hurricane Proof Home [Part 1] Coastal Waterfront ICF Construction

Posted by Justin Chando on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

hurricane proof home with ICF FormsWe have just broke ground on a new home located in Normandy Beach, NJ. The previous house had a very low elevation and had 6ft of water inside after Hurricane Sandy. So, we are extremely excited to be rebuilding this house. The property restoration design concept was created with the new FEMA flood zone maps that told us this location is located inside the V-zone, which means we needed to be at elevation 14 ft and have breakaway walls underneath the structure in order to be compliant. With this house, the design is set to have lots of storage area and a full four-car garage underneath the first floor. We actually like this design in that we can make lots of use of this “unlivable space”.

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Topics: build services, Hurricane Proof Home