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“We believe one of your firms’ advantages over other home builders is the Design/Build process that you employ.  As the Architect and builder you were quickly able to adjust our plans, often right in front of us, before we entered the construction stage.  The time we spent with you upfront generated huge dividends in the final product. This allowed us to have confidence that our plans were going to meet our needs and reduced if not eliminated the need to make expensive changes during the construction phase. “


Brant Beach

“Just a few days after Sandy, we decided that we wanted to raise, renovate and expand our cape.  We called Mike Pagnotta and were immediately impressed that we were able to speak with him directly during this crazy time, and he met us at our house that same day.  He asked us many questions about how we used our house and was very supportive of our plan.  He never attempted to convince us to tear down the house and build new, which we had heard was common practice for some of the other local builders.

A few days later, we received a structural report from our insurance company’s engineer and realized it would actually be best to knock down our cape and build a new home, after all.

We let Mike Pagnotta know and we immediately went to work on our plans.

Mike carefully listened to everything that we discussed and anything that we mentioned that we wanted in our new home.  Two of the most important aspects for us were keeping the original width of our home, which required a variance, and keeping a large and easily accessible backyard.

We worked very closely and frequently with Mike Pagnotta, as well as his team at the office and in the field, throughout the entire process.  Our many face-to-face meetings, phone calls, and emails were always pleasant, professional and productive.  Any concerns that we had were always addressed in a timely manner.  Any bumps in the road that occurred, which are inevitable when building a home, were remediated, every detail that we wished for (and there were many) was finished to our specification.

Mike created 3D renderings of our house to show the Township Board and he explained to them how the ideas for the design came about.  His presentation and the traditional and charming design of our home were definite factors in the Township granting us our variance.  One of the Board members stated that ‘every new house on LBI should look like this’.”


Peahala Park

“We have lived year round on Long Beach Island for 20 years and have watched scores of Beautiful homes go up that were designed and built by Michael Pagnotta so he was naturally a go to name for us when we decided to build our new Bayfront home… Next we met with Rhonda and Kristina professional in house designers and coordinators who took us through the entire selection process smoothly and seamlessly… I work in Real Estate sales on Long Beach Island and I have recommended Michael Pagnotta Architecture and Builders to many clients. Every one of them has thanked me. Michael runs a very professional business and he is a true Gentleman.”


Ship Bottom

"We approached Mike after seeing some of his work and were impressed with the level of design and quality of the homes he designed and built. When we had difficulties in acquiring a suitable lot, Mike was there to help by showing us how our proposed home would be affected by different sites. Getting Mike involved early was a  benefit as he was able to determine the impact that zoning and regulatory restrictions would have on us.

We described to Mike our considerable list of "demands" and asked that he create a unique contemporary home specifically for us. We were ecstatic upon seeing the results. The home is truly original and the design has so many levels of thought including passive solar design,sensitive use of materials,maximized ocean views, and best of all the home has made our day-to-day living much better."

Pat and Joanna

" I did not fully realize the advantages of using an architect/builder until my house was complete. Previous buildingexpeiences (fraught with frustration,disappointment and miscommunication), combined with the size and location of my newest home, made me dread the actual construction. I was especially apprehensive about being hours away and very busy while it was happening.

I'm sure your efficiency is due in large part to having an architect and buiklder inhabit the same physical body. There was not a minute (or a dollar) lost in transition because everything about the house was in one place, one team. And better yet, if I had a question or a problem, there was just one phone call to make!

Thanks for a very high comfort level and if I ever build another, the hardest part is already done: choosing someone to do it."


North Beach

Mary and I want to thank you all for the wonderful LBI summer we just spent in our new house.

From the first day we sat with Michael as he sketched our plans to our sessions with Rhonda as we fine tuned the plans to our decisions to “Build with an Architect,” our excitement grew.

After we broke ground, Kristina was with us every step of the way talking about tiles, flooring and colors which everyone who has seen the finished product says are the perfect blend.

And Charlie and his crew worked with skill and pride through autumn, winter and spring to turn our dream into our “Dream House.”

Michael Pagnotta, Architects and Nautilus Custom Construction, is the way to go!


John & Mary

Mark and I just want to take a minute to send you a “thank you” note to all of you for everything you have done for us. We love our new beach house! It is truly our dream home!

The Pagnotta team was fantastic to work with, and as Mark & I have told many people, we felt like we were building our home with our family.

We chose Pagnotta because the first time we met with Michael, we felt he truly listened to all of our needs and wishes and that never changed throughout the entire process. You all made the process of building our house so easy. It was a pleasure working with all of you. We truly enjoyed every moment.

Many thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving! This year has much to be thankful for.



Mark & Pattie

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