NJ Home Additions – The Benefits of Improving Your House

Affordable modular home additions contractors along the New Jersey shore. There are many reasons why people decide to sell their home, but the most common one is the fact that they have simply out grown it. After so many years, young kids grow into teenagers, or more kids come along, and that giant house that once seemed to be perfect has now started to shrink around the family.

However, before parents start to look for a much bigger home, which of course, will mean having to start over in terms of a mortgage, there is something else they can do, ad that is to look into NJ home additions. There are many other benefits that parents need to consider about home addition, and here is that information.

A Bigger Place To Live

The biggest most obvious benefit of home additions in New Jersey is the fact that inhabitants will have more space. Why go out and buy a house, when the house that people live in can simply expanding the one that they have. People can get really comfortable in a house, and why leave that just because of a lack of space? A home addition can be a much better alternative than having to go through all the hassle of moving and having to start over with a brand new mortgage.

Home Additions Can Be Anything

Pool and hot tub home addition in NJ.People can get anything they want when it comes to home additions. Some people may want one room done or perhaps, more than one room added. Another option that homeowners have is to expand the bedrooms, which will make their occupants a lot more comfortable. Also, some people may want to have deck built in their backyard so they can have a hot tub or an above ground pool put in or even something like a storage shed so the garage can be kept just for their cars instead of be used for extra items.

Add Value To The Home

Any additions added to the house will add value to what the house is worth. Also, people who do spend the time and money to add onto their home are going to make their house more appealing to potential buyers if they ever decide to put it on the real estate market for sale. People look for a certain number of rooms, and they expect those rooms to be a certain size. Tiny cracker box bedrooms are not appealing to anyone, and that can be a selling point to people who are anxious to find a house where their family can be comfortable for a long time to come.

People who have been in a house for a long time may notice that it’s suddenly way too small for their ever growing family. However, instead of just moving to a bigger home, looking into NJ home additions is the better and more affordable way to keep the house, but also get more space so everyone is nice and comfortable. Why move out of a perfectly good home when just adding in can be the better option for everyone?

26 Jul 2014

Making Your New Construction Monmouth County NJ Project More Attractive & Unique

In a very short time, the modular housing industry has quickly made its place in the construction industry as a rapidly growing sector. This has led to the emergence of a whole new breed of factory-built new construction in Monmouth County NJ. Thanks in part to Sandy, many builders have gotten a head-start on their competition and are expanding their market. Modern modular housing in Monmouth County is better than ever, as home buyers get to live in homes filled with amenities at a reduced cost for both the builder developer and the buyer.

Moreover, modular construction tends to be flexible in terms of design, which makes it useful for a variety of housing types, including both multi-family and single uses. With such flexibility, it makes perfect sense to get the exterior of your modular home customized while it is still under construction so that your finished home looks as beautiful as it can.

1. Get a front porch built

It cannot be overstated how much of a different a front porch can make in the appearance of your modular home. Some styles of modular homes may even seem incomplete without a porch, especially the colonial style.

A white front porch looks great with modular houses in central Jersey.At the same time, you will gain extra living space and your home will get an inviting feel if you get a porch built.

2. Get dormers added to the roof

If you do not want to spend too much money to change the silhouette of your home to add some character to your home, and to add character and variety to your roof, then get dormers added to the roof of your modular home. Dormers can be aesthetic, functional, and both. A dormer does not necessarily even have to open up into your modular home in order to change the appearance of your home’s exterior. ‘

roof dormers accent roofs and bring in natural light

You can also to get the roof cut in order to get the dormer attached, and plenty of natural light will be provided to the interior of your modular home.

3. Get decorative roofing installed

When it comes to certain aesthetic changes, attractive roofing is one of those that cost less when they are made for a modular home. For site-built homes, usually expensive ceramic roofing, slate, or tiles have to be purchased and installed by the specialty roofer. However, the bulk purchasing power of some builders working on new construction in Monmouth County NJ means that you will get attractive deals on decorative roofing materials.

4. Get a unique front door installed

The front door will say a lot about you once you begin living in your modular home. You can set your modular apart from the rest of the houses around you in an expensive way by getting a decorative or unique front door installed. Keep in mind though that a front door is not primarily decorative, but functional. Make sure the door does not have too much glass, fits well in the frame and is not too thin.

5. Get your home painted right

The extent to which a good paint job can make a difference in the feel and look a modular home cannot be underestimated. Most homeowners do not spend much time thinking about painting their home, especially if it is a modular home. They think it only affects how their home looks. However, the truth is that your daily mood will be influenced by the color of your home. After a busy day at work, the right colors will make you feel quite welcomed when you return home.

6. Get interesting windows installed

The kind of windows that you want the builders to install in your finished modular home is probably the most cost-effective and easiest choice for you to make. You will most likely get a comprehensive list of choices from the builder, even if you have opted for their standard plan. Although symmetrical looking fronts are better for certain styles of modular homes, such as the Cape Cod style, but a modular home can look more interesting with windows of varying shapes and sizes.

7. Get your home set up back from street

If the plot of land where your modular home will ultimately be erected is large enough, then get it set up farther back from the street than it is typically done. You will gain a sense of privacy and quiet even if it is a difference of a couple of yards, which you will not otherwise get if your home is closer to a busy street.


Factory-built modular new construction projects throughout Monmouth County, New Jersey continue to be completed throughout the county. Since you can control every aspect of the construction process, you should consider contributing to the process suggesting your builder to make the above modifications to your modular home.

16 Jul 2014

Impeach Jay Bybee

Jay Bybee is currently sitting on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. As assistant attorney general in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department, he was responsible for the notorious torture memos that enabled the excesses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and other places. While John Yoo did most of the staff work for Bybee, Yoo was barely 35 years old—and his memos showed it. They not only took extreme positions; they were legally incompetent, failing to consider many of the most obvious counterarguments.

Bybee was 49. He was the grown-up, the seasoned jurist. He had been a law professor and had served as associate counsel to President Bush. When he was promoted to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, he became the final judge of legal matters within the executive branch. Yet his opinion on torture was so poorly reasoned that it was repudiated by his very conservative successor, Jack Goldsmith.

Bybee has never been held accountable for his distortions of the law. At the time of his confirmation hearing, news of the torture memos had not yet leaked to the public. When asked about his role in national security matters at his Senate hearing, Bybee stonewalled: “As an attorney at the Department of Justice, I am obliged to keep confidential the legal advice that I provide to others in the executive branch. I cannot comment on whether or not I have provided any such advice and, if so, the substance of that advice.”

If the Senate had known the truth, it would have rejected him. The story of William Haynes offers a cautionary tale. As general counsel of the Department of Defense, Haynes also played a key role in authorizing torture; and he was also rewarded by a nomination to a leading appellate court. But before he could be confirmed, the Bush administration’s involvement in torture became a matter of public record, and the Senate refused its consent to the nomination. Bybee is a judge today only because of timing and the administration’s assertions of executive privilege.

This is unacceptable. The president can rightly claim privilege for his conversations with his confidential advisers. He needs their candid opinions and won’t get them if they aren’t assured of confidentiality. But Bybee wasn’t a presidential confidant. He was the head of a division of the Justice Department that gives authoritative legal guidance to the entire bureaucracy. It goes too far to suggest that the opinions he issued in this role are privileged. This would permit the creation of a world worthy of Franz Kafka—in which the bureaucracy operated under secret rules that bore no obvious relationship to the statutes passed by Congress. Bybee’s refusal to reveal his role at his Senate hearing should not insulate his actions from further scrutiny.

Under the Constitution, impeachment requires a finding of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” This is a high standard. Although Bybee’s opinion fails minimum tests of legal competence, he may have acted in good faith. This should protect him from conviction. But his legal distortions might also be evidence of the abdication of his fundamental legal responsibilities. Instead of engaging in a good-faith interpretation of the War Crimes Act and the Geneva Conventions, he may have merely been responding to political pressures from the White House to liberate the CIA and the military from the rule of law.

Bybee should, of course, be given a full opportunity to clarify this matter at the impeachment proceedings. But at present, his only public explanation is his extravagant appeal to executive privilege. This cannot suffice. He should be required to take personal responsibility for his actions and explain why they don’t make him into a systematic enabler of the war crimes that have disgraced America.

Impeachment should not be confused with criminal prosecution. The Constitution does not permit the Senate to throw Bybee in jail. If it convicts him, the Senate can only remove Bybee from office and disqualify him from future service in “any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.” His impeachment is not a prelude to a sweeping political vendetta. It focuses on a very particular problem: Jay Bybee may serve for decades on one of the highest courts in the land. Is his continued service consistent with his role in the systematic perpetration of war crimes?

This is an issue for Congress, not President-elect Barack Obama. The presidency plays no role in impeachments. Indeed, the Constitution explicitly prohibits presidents from issuing pardons in these cases.

The House should open an impeachment inquiry that moves beyond Bybee’s invocation of executive privilege and explores the facts in a comprehensive fashion. Depending on the outcome of this investigation, it will be up to the full House to consider soberly whether an impeachment trial by the Senate should follow.

Original source: Slate

15 Jul 2014

Liberals Are Trying to Impeach Federal Judge

The men and women who become federal judges have to behave in a way that is above reproach. Being a judge is a huge responsibility, and these men and women have to sit in judgment of others, which is impossible to do if they themselves have questionable conduct whether it is in the present or in the past.  If a judge is suspected of wrongdoing, then that man or woman should be investigated, and if the allegations turn out to be correct, they should be removed from office immediately.   One judge has been accused of wrong doing, and liberal activists are trying to get Judge Jay Bybee removed from office for allegedly signing a document stating that certain interrogation techniques did not violate any laws pertaining to torture.

Back in August of 2002, Bybee served as a lawyer with the Office of Legal Counsel, a division of the Justice Department.  The memos that Bybee wrote, which are now called the “torture memos,” gave permission for agencies that engage in intelligence work to use interrogation techniques that many consider to be cruel and unusual methods of extracting information from prisoners.   Because of these memos, two House democrats, John Conyers of Michigan and Jerry Nadler of New York, are calling for a special investigation to see if prisoner interrogations violated any laws. Conyers and Nadler are trying to contact Attorney General Eric Holder to head the investigation, but whether or not Holder will do anything is unclear because there are many that do not agree with Conyers and Nadler, and therefore, do not agree with Bybee being removed from office.  However, if Holder does not do anything, Nadler will still continue to take action against Bybee, and other members of the House have expressed interest in also seeing Bybee stepping down from the bench.  Conyers has also stated that he has the same agenda Nadler does, and has said that he will look into the matter as well and promised that action will be taken.

There are people that support Conyers and Nadler, like John Podesta, who is President Barrack Obama’s transition chief, who has also joined the two men is seeing to it that Judge Bybee be removed from office.  Podesta believes that Bybee should be impeached because as a judge, Bybee sat in judgment of cases, and exercised his authority, but at the same time, he himself was guilty of allowing questionable tactics for extradition.

15 Jul 2014

Should a Man Accused of War Crimes Be Permitted to Serve As a Federal Judge?

There are many rights that human beings have no matter what country they live in. Even if a person has committed a crime, that man or woman is entitled to legal defense, and also to not be subjected to certain interrogation methods if they happen to be holding valuable information. When someone is under arrest, the law enforcement is entitled to use certain tactics to get that information, but there are some lines that should never be crossed, and no one should be tortured no matter what information they are holding. Right now there is a Federal judge named Jay Bybee, and there are many people that want to see him stop being a judge because he permitted the use of torture, which is a violation of not only laws, but basic human rights as well.

What is the definition of torture? Most people would say that torture is anything that can be used to inflict pain on someone else in order to get them to reveal a secret or any information they may be keeping.  There are many different kinds of torture including the kind that can inflict physical pain, and the kind of torture that can damage someone on a more psychological level.  Though the definitions of torture may vary, the meaning is the same, which is pain being inflicted on people for the sake of getting information from them. However, according to Judge Jay Bybee, the definition of torture is very specific, and he put those specifics in a series of memos that became known as the torture memos.  Who is Judge Jay Bybee and how is it that he is still a judge after the torture memos that he was responsible for went public?

Judge Jay Bybee is a Federal judge that is serving the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals that is located in San Francisco, California.  When George W. Bush was President of the United States, Bybee served as assistant attorney general of the Justice Department.  It was during his tenure with the Justice Department that Bybee sent the torture memos.  As a direct result of Bybee’s torture memos, people who were held in Abu Ghraib prison and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were subjected to torture that was a direct violation of the Geneva Convention and other doctrine that states that people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.  Many people have asked just how is it possible that Bybee, a man who taught hundreds of students about the laws of the United States, could have such an incorrect opinion on what is considered torture?  The answers as to why Bybee had such a distinct opinion on what constitutes torture may never be known, but the fact is that he should have to answer for what he has done because he was appointed a judge before any of the memos from 2002 were available to the public. However, now that the truth about Bybee and his torture memos is known, he should step down as judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals because if the Senate had known about those memos then he would have never gotten the job as judge in the first place.

Every citizen of the world deserves to have certain rights no matter what country they call home.  When someone is arrested, and held by law enforcement, they may hold vital information to other crimes, but the methods that the law enforcement officers use to get that information should not go beyond a certain point.  Torture should not be condoned no matter what purpose it serves, and any judge that authorizes the use of such methods should not be allowed to continue their job overseeing cases and judging others.

15 Jul 2014