Lead Dog Builders LLC

provides construction management, custom home building and renovations using the finest materials and craftsmanship. Every home we build is created to reflect the personality and character of the homeowner, without compromise. Based in Monmouth County, Lead Dog Builders LLC serves the towns of Rumson, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven, Spring Lake, Sea Bright, Sea Girt and the surrounding area with over 20 years of experience.

We partner with our clients to ensure that every detail is thoughtfully considered and executed.

Our Services

Our dream home...
exceeded our expectations

  • Hi Michael and Team-
    Tom and Mike Jr. I realized I never wrote this email that I had been meaning to for a long time! We want to thank everyone at LEAD DOG for such a great experience. This being our first renovation, we were a little apprehensive to take on such a big job, and the LEAD DOG team was so professional and patient with all of our questions (I know I had a lot of them) and concerns. Michael - you have an awesome team! Everyone was a pleasure to work with, so clean and considerate of our family... and nap time :) Brian and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Every day we have someone walk by who says how fabulous it looks! Hope everyone is doing well!
    Meghan and Brian - Little Silver, NJ
  • My wife and I couldn’t be happier with Lead Dog. We contracted them to expand our home, rebuild our garage, and enhance our home’s overall cosmetics. The quality of their work was only matched by their exceptional service, transparency and professionalism. The entire team was absolutely fantastic. Thank you Mike and team!
    George Manas and Monika Balsamo - Little Silver, NJ
  • We met Mike Villane after our project stalled in the architectural phase. We immediately hit it off and hired him on the spot. He provided expert advice to get the job moving again and it kept on moving. The finished product was more than we had hoped for and was completed close to budget and within the time frame quoted.
    Ellen and Alex Krasutsky - Shrewsbury, NJ
  • We had Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year. Everyone was impressed with the work. This was the 1st project like this that Suzie and I ever really got involved in. Admittedly, we weren’t sure about some things... 1yr later we look back and are impressed with how quickly and professionally your guys got in and out. Everyone did a good job. Just wanted to say “thanks”.

    Suzie and Jeff Mendell - Monmouth Beach, NJ

  • Mike Villane and his team at Lead Dog handled the renovation of Cups & Cakes Bakery in Rumson, NJ in December 2014. I highly recommend Mike Villane for any construction project. This particular project involved the design and construction of a juice bar, reallocation and new construction of counter tops and work stations, new electrical and plumbing, carpentry, lighting, refinishing, painting etc. Mike is extremely knowledgeable with a keen sense of design and always accessible, before during and after the construction.

    Denise Kelleher, Owner - Creator Cups & Cakes Bakery

  • I would like you to include me as a strong reference for Lead Dog Builders. I have been through five (5) home renovation projects with five (5) different builders over twenty (20) years and have never experienced the professionalism, attention to detail or customer focus as I have with Lead Dog.

    Jim O’Connor - Little Silver, NJ

  • Mike Villane and his team at Lead Dog Builders are outstanding. We hired Lead Dog for our house renovation in 2010 and were so happy that we hired them back in 2015 to add a beautiful covered porch to the back of our house. Not only do they deliver beautiful craftsmanship, they are diligent, thoughtful, and very responsive.

    Lisa and Lou Rettino - Rumson, NJ

  • Mike Villane and his team, led by project manager Todd Coggins, are a pleasure to work with. They are honest, organized, meticulous with details and have exceptional standards of craftsmanship. They communicate fast, effectively and with transparency. The company’s core values of integrity and mutual respect between clients and partners are present in every interaction.

    Mike and Leslie Loomis - Holmdel, NJ

  • Michael was great to work with and though we had the usual stresses accompanied with building a home, the end product was amazing quality and exactly what we wanted!

    Frances and Wayne Wilson - Rumson, NJ

  • When choosing a contractor to finish our basement we were looking for someone who had a reputation for quality work, on time delivery, and most importantly respect for our home. Lead Dog hit all of these points on top of being competitively priced. Mike and his team delivered and met all of our expectations.

    Blair and Danielle Robbins - West Long Branch, NJ

  • We used Lead Dog to conduct a major renovation on our 50 year old Rumson house. Mike was a pleasure to work with. He is extremely organized, knowledgeable, and very flexible. He also had very good quality controls. I worked as a construction engineer for six years myself and I can recognize a construction professional.

    Tim and Tami Horan - Rumson, NJ

  • My wife had wanted to add a sun room off our den and do some minor touch ups around the house. After discussing design and architecture, Mike recommended a better idea... remodeling a front room that was under-utilized. He designed the whole thing and brought the work together like great art by designing and installing a hutch in our kitchen off this front room. He also remodeled our bathroom. His recommendations were tasteful, practical and economical.

    Mike and Caren McCormack - Little Silver, NJ

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