home image

About Lead Dog

Lead Dog Builders LLC is owned and operated by Michael Villane. Michael has over 25 years of experience in the home building industry and oversees every detail of construction. Michael and his team are committed to building beautifully crafted homes that last a lifetime.


Our Beginning

In January 2009, after the collapse of the housing industry, Michael Villane started a small business from his dining room table. His mission: to deliver quality custom homes, renovations and construction management to Monmouth County and beyond.

Michael’s vision quickly grew from his dining room table to a small rented office, and then to a historic Red Bank building renovated by the Lead Dog team. Since inception, Lead Dog Builders LLC has provided countless home and business owners with custom properties, quality renovations and top-notch service. The success of the company is a testament to the quality of its work.


Trust & Respect

With over 25 years of experience in the home building industry, Michael knows that trust and respect are the cornerstones of any construction project. The moment you begin a project with Lead Dog, you become part of a team whose sole mission is to fulfill your vision. We’re committed to seeing your dreams through together – and making sure they last a lifetime.


Value & Quality

We measure our integrity by the levels of trust and mutual respect we develop among our homeowners and partners. Lead Dog Builders LLC is dedicated to the passionate pursuit of exceptional quality in all aspects of our business. When you choose Lead Dog to work on your custom home or construction project, you can rest assured no corners have been cut. We look at each of our homes from the point of view of the homeowner, and make the most informed choices to ensure our work is an investment worth making. We maintain an open book policy and use fixed percentage fees to accelerate construction and ensure our clients are getting the best price, and we work with our homeowners from pre-construction and design to completion and protect their interests at all times.



Lead Dog Builders LLC provides construction management, custom home building and renovations using only the finest materials and craftsmanship. Our team brings over 25 years of experience, knowledge and passion to every project. We know the area, the industry and the methods for building homes that last. We’re dedicated to the pursuit of exceptional quality in all aspects of our business. Our attention never falters. Our patience never wavers. And our craftsmanship is consistently above par.