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Guide to Buying land on Cape Cod 2017

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Aug 10, 2017

We are constantly receiving inquiries about land on Cape Cod, where to buy, what's buildable, etc. In repsonse we've just published an informative guide that will help many people better understand the oppoprtunities and challenges of buying land on beautiful Cape Cod.

Click Here to download our 2017 Guide to Buying Land on Cape Cod!

 

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It's a great time to buy. Let  REEF help you build your Cape Cod home.

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101 Best New Products for your Cape Cod Home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Sep 18, 2013

The building and construction industry is changing rapidly, and new products are being introduced to the market constantly.   On Cape Cod, traditional styling, and the old shingle-style homes are benefiting from many of these new products.  Advances in composites and plastics are allowing builders and designers to create homes that are low-maintenance, long-lasting, and still have that traditional Cape Cod style.  New energy efficiency requirements are also driving development of advanced, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems for your new home, and when combined with the latest in insulation and building envelope technology can provide a level of energy efficiency never imagined in the past.  Each year, Professional Builder Magazine comes out with its 101 Best New Products list and this year’s list does not disappoint.   From interiors, to windows and doors, and even outdoor living ideas, this list provides some great ideas for your new Cape Cod Home, addition, or renovation.

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Cape Cod Kitchen Design Trends for 2013

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Feb 19, 2013

The kitchen is the heart of your Cape Cod home, and even though it may be your Cape Escape cottage, it’s our job to ensure that your home design has access to the latest and greatest. Each year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) surveys its members to identify the latest design and specification trends in kitchen and bath design. This year, more than 300 NKBA member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, reporting the materials, product types, and styles that they specified in their kitchen and bath designs over the final three months of 2012. New products - like this touch-activated faucet - new ideas, great reading!

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2013 Kitchen Design Trends

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Emerging Design Trends for your Cape Cod Home 2013

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Jan 29, 2013

Ever wondered what the new trends might be for design in spaces around the home? Whether you building a new residence, or sprucing up your longtime home, it’s interesting to discover what manufacturers and designers see as the emerging trends. These are largely based on homeowner’s needs and style preferences. Here’s some interesting insight, and a host of ideas, for projects you may want to consider.

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Tags: cape cod home design, Cape Cod Builder, building a home, design

Design Trends for Fresh Elevations in your Cape Cod Home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

Here are some fresh and cost-effective design trends to consider for your Cape Cod home. Kitchen Entertaining with a View, Multi-Generational Living, and Green Elements are all getting a lot of attention. This is good information with a return to simplicity.

Eight Design Trends, Fresh and Simple  

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Guide to Buying land on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Jan 09, 2013

We are constantly receiving inquiries about land on Cape Cod, where to buy, what's buildable, etc. In repsonse we've just published an informative guide that will help many people better understand the oppoprtunities and caveats of buying land on beautiful Cape Cod.

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It's a great time to buy. Let REEF help you build your Cape Cod home.

Tags: Cape Cod Builder|Cape Cod Custom Homes|beach house, building a home, cape cod, buying land

Risks with Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor for your Home Remodeling

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Dec 11, 2012

    We have been asked several times to take over jobs started by homeowners or unlicensed contractors.  Most of the times, these jobs were started without plans, permits, engineering or any of the other prerequisites for a legal construction project.  After a town building inspector has been notified of an illegal project, they will issue a "stop work" order, bringing the New Home, Remodeling, or Renovation project to a halt.  The time and money a homeowner might save by skirting the permit process is far outweighed by the headache, embarrassment, and costs associated with correcting un-permitted work.  In general, the homeowner has to start from scratch, and usually ends up removing any of the work that was done so the critical items can be properly inspected.

   So if you are thinking of performing your own work, and not hiring a contractor, or even worse, if you are thinking of hiring an unlicensed contractor to do your work without a permit you are setting yourself up for failure.

Don't make this mistake, because you will regret it in the long run.  Sometimes people are unable to sell their homes because of poor workmanship, or discovery of un-permitted work. 

If you are thinking of a New Home, Renovation, or Remodeling Project on Cape Cod, click below to download our guide to hiring a contractor! Here is an article from MSN.com that talks about the risks: Work Without Permits

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Tags: remodeling, building a home, building code, Hiring a Contractor

Tearing Down a House on Cape Cod vs. Remodeling

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, Sep 28, 2012

  Many of our projects for New Homes and Remodeling, involve tearing down all or a portion of the existing home.  With the changes in structural, energy and mechanical codes that have come into existence over the last few years, it is often times less expensive to tear down a house instead of remodeling.  The major factor in this decision is labor.  Labor continues to be one of the largest expenses in construction, and when you figure the labor involved in disassembling an existing home, and then re-building it to the new standards, the costs just don't make sense.  Tearing down an average home takes less than a day, and can cost as little as $7,000.  Once the tear down is complete, the project starts from a clean slate, guaranteeing a predictable, high quality result.  Oh yeah, and it is kind of fun to watch as well. Here is a video of a house we tore down yesterday in Dennis

Tags: remodeling, building a home, tear down

Wiring your Home for the Future

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, May 18, 2012

    Technology changes quickly, and that stands true for wiring your home.  Over the last several years, we have have seen wiring needs change for custom homes and renovations.  The days of a traditional phone jack in every room are out, especially on the Cape Cod, where summer residents don't want or need a permanent home phone line.  There are many innovations on the market now that will bring the entire home into the digital age.  We have even heard talk of appliances that can communicate over the internet, letting you know when dinner will be ready, or when your laundry is done. However, we feel the future of home entertainment and automation will be wireless.

   In the past, we have done extensive home automation systems with full structured wiring.  These systems are nice, and can control everything from home theater to HVAC and lighting. However, these systems are extremely expensive, and after a few years, they too become outdated.

Here is an article from ThisOldHouse.com discussing the future of wiring for the home. 

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,197963,00.html

 

Tags: building a home, custom home, custom home builder, home theater

MA Real Estate Market Index At All Time High

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, May 16, 2012

   The Massachusetts Association of Realtors published its real estate market index, noting that this month it reached an all time high.  The President of the association indicated that this increase was due to improving confidence in the marketplace, and a strong spring sales season. This index increased 86% from April 2011, which is a great sign for people waiting to sell their home.  The dream of many of our customers is to sell their primary residence, and use the equity earned to build their custom home on Cape Cod.  Well, if you have been waiting, now may be a great time to begin the process.

Here is the complete article from Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine:

http://www.capeplymouthbusiness.com/news/show/2359

Tags: New Homes Cape Cod, Cape Cod Builder, building a home, building, cape cod custom builders

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