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Dream Builders Construction & Development provides premium construction and remodeling services on the Outer Banks of NC.

Ductless HVAC Systems

Last year Dream Builders Construction completed an oceanfront remodeling project in the Outer Banks town of Nags Head. Among other updates, this project included adding ground level living space (two master suites with private baths, laundry facilities, a recreation room and half bath) and expanding the top level to include a home theater room and arcade area.

Specific challenges with the HVAC system arose because the home was located within CAMA setbacks which meant that we could not “tie” a new HVAC system into the existing one. In addition, the ceiling height of the ground floor was 8 foot and a new system would have required drop ceilings to house the ductwork. The latter was not an ideal scenario for the owner, so it was necessary to research another option.

Our HVAC contractor said the best alternative was to install ductless (mini-split) systems. This was our first experience with this product, and fortunately there were many appealing factors. With research showing that up to 25% of energy can be lost through ductwork, these systems are much more efficient and provide future savings for the homeowner.

To ensure both comfort and efficiency, it is essential to use a licensed contractor with knowledge on how to size the system in conjunction with the room space. Also, these systems won’t work properly if the wall penetration is improperly sealed or the electronics are mishandled. Installation is a critical factor not only for efficiency but also because improper installation can void the product warranty.

We selected Energy Star Mitsubishi units with a 22 Seer rating. You pay a bit more up front (when compared to traditional window or baseboard heating units) but the ultimate reward is lower energy bills. Since these systems were being installed in an Outer Banks vacation rental home, the owner saw the long-term savings as a definite plus. We found the sleek design style fit very well with the coastal aesthetics throughout the home. Overall, the decision to install ductless HVAC systems was a Win-Win for everyone … the homeowner … the contractor … and vacationers renting this home.

Building One Dream at a Time with ZIP System®

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A major objective for every business is to implement methods to improve quality standards. As an Outer Banks construction company, one of our main concerns is to protect homes against the daily impact of coastal elements.  Two major culprits are wind and moisture, so discovering the innovative ZIP System® answered the call to increase structural stability while providing a protective barrier against air and water.  An effective solution to dealing with a consistent one-two punch … so to speak!

Many contractors continue to use the traditional housewrap method.  Unfortunately the wrap can pull loose from plywood allowing water and air to penetrate the structure.  Gone unnoticed, this can result in costly repairs years later.  ZIP System® is a 3-in-1 panel that features a (1) wood structural panel, (2) water resistant barrier that is fused to the OSB panel, and (3) a specially formulated acrylic tape that adheres across and flows into panel seams to create an outstanding water tight seal.

If there’s one objective a contractor and owner can easily agree to, it is the importance of maintaining a timely schedule for home delivery.  Testing labs show that the installation of the two part ZIP System® is 40% quicker than applying traditional housewraps; and once installed the house is immediately water tight so tradesmen can proceed with interior work.  In my mind, this is the ultimate definition of efficiency!

As the owner of Dream Builders Construction and Development and an Outer Banks contractor since 2006, I have experience using ZIP System® products on walls and roofing since 2010.  Over the years, the time savings and quality results have provided monumental value to me and my clients.

An additional benefit is that a tighter structure means a more energy efficient home resulting in year-round savings to homeowners.  Last but not least, the original owner benefits from a 30 year limited warranty (from date of installation) which equals longstanding peace of mind.  When your company’s ultimate mission is satisfied clients, this product sets the stage for success. – Ali Amini

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24th Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes

It’s time to mark your calendars again! The dates for the self-guided Outer Banks Parade of Homes are set for October 6th through the 9th, and plans to ensure another successful event are in full swing. Our unbelievable fall weather is no longer a secret, and this annual Parade has become a highlight for many offseason visitors.

The year’s event showcases 19 homes stretching from Corolla to Nags Head with houses range in size from just over 1,200 square feet to one that exceeds 10,000. This is a great opportunity to travel the Outer Bank’s coastline, meet contractors, discuss vacation rental investments, confer about home renovations and learn about new construction materials and trending decorative styles.

Attendees pay $10 per ticket and receive a publication with property directions and brief highlights on each home and contractor. Your ticket is valid for the entire four days so you can tour at your own pace, and all proceeds are donated to local charities. The homes are open to the public from 10am – 6pm on Thursday through Saturday and the event ends at 3pm on Sunday. Featured homes compete in categories, and attendees cast votes that result in one “People’s Choice Award” winner per category.

During the Parade of Homes, you’ll find our team in Dream Builder’s featured home, “Vitamin Sea – House #4” located at 623 Tide Arch in Corolla. Building this vacation property was a labor of love for all of us, and although it wasn’t listed for sale, it sold during the construction process! Our objective was to secure solid rental income by building an affordable Outer Banks vacation home filled to the brim with unique upgrades and fine finishes. Once complete, we carefully outfitted each room with an emphasis on upscale comfort, style and vacation fun!

NC was ranked in the top 5 in-bound states for US residents in 2015

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North Carolina is Beautiful! Come on over and see the many reasons why NC was ranked in the top 5 in-bound states for US residents in 2015.

Oregon is the most popular moving destination of 2015 with 69 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound. The state has continued to climb the ranks, increasing inbound migration by 10 percent over the past six years. New to the 2015 top inbound list is another Pacific West state, Washington, which came in at No. 10 with 56 percent inbound moves.

Moving In – The top inbound states of 2015 were:

  1. Oregon
  2. South Carolina
  3. Vermont
  4. Idaho
  5. North Carolina
  6. Florida
  7. Nevada
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Texas
  10. Washington

View the top in and out-bound states in the US by clicking here.

Transportation board OKs speed-up of Mid-Currituck Bridge

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330x220By Sam Walker – Outer Banks Voice
The North Carolina Board of Transportation voted Thursday to speed up the construction timeline for the long-proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge between the mainland and Corolla.

The board also gave approval to accelerating planning for additional travel lanes on U.S. 158 from the Wright Memorial Bridge to Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, and for improvements of the U.S. 158/N.C. 12 intersection in Kitty Hawk that could include an interstate-style interchange.

The amendments to the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program, which dictates NCDOT projects for the next decade, came about from changes instituted in the state government budget approved in 2015.

Read full article on the Outer Banks Voice.