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Peter G. Engle, PE - President

Selected Appropriate Experience:

  • 3/95 to present: President of Almost Home. Personally performed over 3000 building evaluations for this firm.
  • 2000 to present: Inspector Mentor/Trainer.  Mentoring and training of home inspectors & stucco inspectors.
  • 2004 Project Manager for restoration of Fair Haven's Bicentennial Hall, a State and Nationally Listed Historic Site.
  • 1997 Project Manager for Preservation Red Bank. "Save The Rullman House" committee. Condition assessment, rehab proposals, grant applications, negotiations with public officials.
  • 10/94-3/95 Inspector Apprenticeship with Atlantic Coast Home Inspections in Middletown, NJ
  • 1985-1994: Design Engineer & Engineering Manager for General Dynamics Corp. and United Telecontrol Electronics
  • 1979-1985: Summer work as Carpenter, Mason, Electrician. Gained experience in building trades while earning money for college.
  • 1985-1990: Cosmetic and structural renovations of homes in California.
  • 1992-present: Currently performing a historically sympathetic renovation/expansion on a 100+ year old Victorian house in Rumson.

Licenses, Certifications, Etc:

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (NJ #GE 39937)
  • Licensed NJ Home Inspector  (# GI00011900)
  • International Code Council (ICC) certified Residential Building & Mechanical Inspector
  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Certified Inspector (Member #114538)
  • Licensed Radon Measurement Technician in New Jersey. (MET10712)
  • NJ Licensed Comm. Pesticide Applicator #28591B
  • Certified EIFS 3rd Party Inspector (EDI, 2000)
  • NJUCC Certified EIFS Special Inspector (#010224, 2009)

Awards and Honors:

  • John E. Cox Member of the Year award from the American Society of Home Inspectors 2006


  • NAHB/ICC 2009 - Attended training and passed exam for ICC-700 Green Building Standard
  • ASHI 2008 Conference - 20 hours of training focused on forensics, building science, moisture issues
  • GSASHI 2007 Seminar - 6 hours focused on new construction inspections
  • ASHI 2007 Conference - 20 hours of training focused on the new IRC/2006 Residential Building Code.
  • ASHI 2006 Conference - 20 hours of training in various aspects of home and building inspection
  • ICC Campus - Online study of the International Residential Code, preparation for building code certification exams.
  • ASHI 2005 Conference - 20 hours of training in various aspects of home and building inspection
  • ASHI 2004 Conference -  20 hours of training in various aspects of home and building inspection
  • ASHI 2003 Conference - 20 hours of training in various aspects of home and building inspection
  • GSASHI Seminar - Electrical Inspections and Licensing Issues, 5/02
  • ASHI 2002 Conference - 20 hours of training in various aspects of home and building inspection
  • ASHI 2001 Conference - 20 hours of training in various aspects of home and building inspection
  • EIFS 3rd Party Inspector Course - Training provided by Exterior Design Institute, 12/00
  • Fire Prevention and Evacuation - Seminar conducted by the Bergen County Dept. of Public Safety, Law & Public Safety Institute, 11/00
  • GSASHI Seminar - Chimney Evaluations per NFPA 2000, and Gas Appliance Safety, 6/00
  • ASHI 2000 Conference - Seminars on Commercial Waterproofing Techniques, Forensic Diagnostics, Legal Issues, etc. (20 hours).
  • Controlling Moisture and Microbial Problems in Buildings sponsored by the MidAtlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center,  3/99
  • ASHI '99 Conference - Seminars on Commercial Roofing & Building Techniques, Seawalls, Moisture, Expert Witnessing, etc. (20 hours).
  • Investigating a Sick House . microbiology and methods by Jeff May, 10/98 (20 hrs.)
  • Preservation New Jersey 1998 Historic Preservation Conference
    BURSI Roofing Seminar 1998
    - Low Slope Roofing Applications
  • ASHI '98 Conference - Seminars on Commercial Inspection, Indoor Air Quality, Advanced Technical Inspection Issues (20 hrs.)
  • Carbon Monoxide Inspection training by Bacharach 1997
  • ASHI '97 Conference - Seminars on Indoor Air Quality, Advanced Technical Issues, Business & Management Training. (20 hrs.)
  • Home Inspector training by Hometech, Inc. 1995, 1996
  • Master's degree in Engineering (sp: materials science, structural analysis) from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif., 1991. GPA 3.8. Thesis: Vibration Modal and Transient Response Analysis of the CaPSET All-Composite Solar Race Vehicle.
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., 1985. GPA 3.65 Graduated with High Honors, member of Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.

Published Articles  

  • ASHI Reporter 4/08-7/08: 4-part series on the ethical problems with pay for referrals.  Co-written with Keith Oberg, Chair of the ASHI Ethics Committee.
  • ASHI Reporter 12/03: Chapter Level Legislative Activity and how to work with Lobbyists and Public Relations Firms.
  • Series of articles in The Two River Times  1999 - Old house issues: history, challenges, maintenance, secrets.
  • Monthly articles in the GSASHI Newsletter on home inspection issues and events.  Articles included subjects covering homeowners warranty inspections, legislative activity, home inspector licensing, NJ court decisions affecting home inspectors.  20 cover articles from the President.
  • Numerous citations in HVAC and IAQ trade journals on issues of indoor air quality management and climate control.

Classes, Speeches & Lectures

  • 2008 ASHI National Conference, New Orleans - 2 hour advanced technical session on EIFS: What Every Home Inspector Must Inspect
  • 2003-2007 - As ASHI Legislative issues Chair, testified numerous times on Home Inspector licensing at NJ Assembly Regulated Practices Committee and other committees.
  • 2006, 2007 - ASHI Chapter Leadership Day, Chicago - Participated in panel discussion related to ASHI's Code of Ethics.
  • 2005 - Garden State ASHI: EIFS & Stucco for Home Inspectors: 4 hrs.
  • 2004 - South Jersey ASHI - EIFS issues: recognition, defects, and effects
  • 2003 - ASHI National Chapter Leadership Day, Chicago - Legislative Activity for Local Chapters
  • 2003 - GSASHI Seminar, course on home inspector licensing requirements in NJ
  • 2001, 2002 - GSASHI courses on foundations, framing issues, indoor air quality, and professional ethics
  • 2001  Preservation Red Bank: Secrets of Old Houses.  Lecture on features and fabrics hidden by layers of modern coverings & how to find them.
  • 1995-1999 Historic Allaire Village: Volunteer Interpreter and Educator on Historic Ironwork and Blacksmithing ca. 1835
  • 1998 Brookdale Community College - Homebuyer's education on the buying process, home inspections, maintenance, old house issues.

Activities and Organizations

  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), certified Inspector, member of the Council of Representatives 2002-2007, COR Group Leader 2005, Legislative Action Committee 2004, Director's Nominating Committee 2004, Chair: Director's Nominating Committee 2005, Chair Committee for Ethics and Professional Practices 2006-2007
  • Garden State Chapter of ASHI, 2006-2006, Immediate Past President, 2003-2005 President, 2001-2002 Vice President, 1999-2000 Treasurer.  Lecturer presenting seminars on: EIFS (several sessions), report writing, foundation and framing defects, air quality, professional ethics. Organized "newcomer's hour" sessions.  Chair of Legislative Action Committee, 2002-2007, Nominating Committee 2006-2007.
  • National, State and Local Chapters of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), member
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Member
  • International Code Council (ICC) (Formerly BOCA), Member
  • National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Member and Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by NAFE, a CESB Member Board
  • Exterior Design Institute, Member
  • American Walls and Ceilings Institute (AWCI), Member
  • Preservation Red Bank - Project Manager, Board of Trustees, & Engineering consultant
  • Preservation New Jersey, member
  • Monmouth County Historic Association, Member
  • Preserve Rumson, Charter Member
  • Fair Haven Historic Society, member
  • New Jersey Blacksmith Association - Director & Past President
  • Historic Allaire Village - Volunteer Historic Interpreter, Blacksmith

Historic Buildings Experience

  • Fair Haven Bicentennial Hall aka Fisk Chapel (Fair Haven, NJ ca. 1882 Nat'l Register). Project manager, mechanical engineer. Responsible for management of restoration and rehab project.  Wrote successful grant proposal to the NJ State Historic Trust for $227,000 after nine previous failed attempts by others. Administer grants totalling $350,000 and budget of $500,000.
  • Rullman House (Red Bank, NJ ca. 1840) Project manager for the "Save the Rullman House Committee."  Responsible for planning and NJ Historic Trust grant proposal.
  • Gatekeeper's House (Red Bank, ca. 1880). Co-authored successful Monmouth County grant proposal for restoration, assisted in restoration management.
  • Historic Allaire Village (Howell, NJ ca. 1835 Nat'l Register): Blacksmith.  Volunteer Interpreter and Educator on Historic Ironwork and Blacksmithing.  Also provided building analysis, failure diagnosis, and building repairs on several village buildings.
  • La Tourette Mill (Long Valley, NJ ca. 1750 Nat'l Register):  Executed new hand-forged ironwork for the millstone crane reproduction.
  • Private commissions:  Private commissions for reproduction and period ironwork for private residences: Hardware, architectural iron, structural iron, etc.
  • The Bowne House (Middletown, NJ ca. 1725): Original Dutch homesteader family.  Condition assessment
  • Conover-Crine Houses (Colt's Neck & Marlboro, ca. 1825) Two sister houses built by the same family about 10 miles apart.  Condition assessments and repair specifications.
  • Hendrickson Homestead (Holmdel, NJ ca. 1675) One of the earliest Dutch homesteads in Monmouth Cty.  Condition assessments.
  • Mirandi House (Rumson, NJ ca. 1845) One of the oldest significant residential properties in Rumson.  Condition assessment leading to thorough restoration.
  • Poricy Park (Middletown, NJ ca. 1750) House & barn.  Consulting on structural and moisture infiltration issues.
  • Performed over 200 home inspections and other inspections and condition assessment services for buyers and owners of residential properties over 100 years old.

Selected Commercial Projects:

  • 2000  Merck-Medco building, Willingboro, NJ Supervised installation of 200,000 sf of synthetic and traditional stucco.

  • 2001  Courtyard by Marriott, South Brunswick, NJ. EIFS supervision, 50,000 sf.
  • 2002  Accutest Bldg., South Brunswick, N.J  EIFS and stucco supervision, building consulting and construction inspections.  150,000 sf building.
  • 2003  Construction supervision on Hampton Inn and Marriott Hotel buildings in Lebanon and Princeton NJ.
  • 2004  Construction supervision on Fountain Plaza bldg. Skillman, NJ
  • 2004  Moisture Intrusion diagnostics and evaluation of masonry and terracotta hi-rise apartment building in Manhattan
  • 2004-2006 Construction Quality Consultant for Kara Homes.  Provided on-site building inspection and quality control services to large residential builder.  Major focus of services is on the building envelope and structural framing quality.
  • Click on Thumbnails for larger pictures of some of our commercial projects.  Our involvement in these projects has ranged from consulting and diagnosis of moisture issues, roof issues and other issues to supervision of EIFS and stucco installation and other construction quality control, to complete prepurchase building evaluations.

Amy Kresloff - Owner and General Manager

Selected Appropriate Experience:

  • 3/95 to present: Owner/Manager of Almost Home.
  • 1997-2000 Member of the Executive Committee & Trustee for Preservation Red Bank, an organization dedicated to preservation of the historic character of Red Bank's downtown areas.
  • 1985-1995 Independant work as a fine Artist and interior designer, in New Jersey and California. Art works have been displayed in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • 1979-1985: Work experience in technical theater
  • 1985-1990: Cosmetic and structural renovations of homes in California.
  • 1992-present: Currently performing a historically sympathetic renovation/expansion on a 100+ year old Victorian house in Rumson.


  • Preservation New Jersey 1998 Historic Preservation Conference
  • Women in Preservation Conference, Cosponsored by the Alice Paul Foundation and the Daughters of the American Revolution in conjunction with the Old Barracks Museum, Trenton, NJ in March 1998
  • ASHI '98 Conference - Seminars on Inspection Marketing, Technical and Management Issues (20 hrs.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University, 1984

Lectures and Classes

  • 2005-Lecture for Monmouth County Low-Income Homebuyer's Lecture Series
  • 2001  Preservation Red Bank: Secrets of Old Houses.  Lecture on features and fabrics hidden by layers of modern coverings & how to find them.
  • Presentations and lectures on home inspection issues for Real Estate professionals and professional organizations

Activities and Organizations

  • Preservation Red Bank - Charter Member and Trustee
  • Preservation New Jersey - Member
  • Monmouth County Historic Society - Member
  • Fair Haven Historic Society - Member

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