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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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Building A Waterfront Home Part III - 3D Design

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Welcome to Part III of our series on planning, designing and building a waterfront custom home on Cape Cod. Currently, this project is nearing the construction phase, and the final plans have been turned into a 3D rendering to allow our customer the ability to get a very accurate feel for the design both inside and out. An accurate, 3D rendering is a great way to view the house on the site, with accurate topography, finishes and furnishings, and allows the owner to see and feel what it will be like to live in their new home. When designing a waterfront custom home, maximizing the view is always the driving factor. However, important considerations such as interior and exterior finishes, interior layout and overall feel of the home are still incredibly important. Our 3D rendering capabilities are extremely helpful in assessing the overall design and confirming that we have met the owner's design intent.

If you are considering designing and building a home on Cape Cod, contact us today to see what our design and construction team can do for you. Our team of designers and custom builders have a 30 year history of successful projects here on Cape Cod. As we always like to remind our customers, "You've been visiting the Cape your whole life, Isn't it time you stayed?"

 

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Cape Cod Custom Homes Before and After

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Almost every day we get a call from folks interested in updating their Cape Cod home. Frequently they have owned the home for many years. Sometimes our Customers have purchased an older home with replacement in mind. Every case is different, which makes our job fun.

Whether you seek a seasonal escape big enough to accommodate family and friends, or have dreaming of a comfortable retirement home on Cape Cod, we can turn your tired cottage into a wonderfully inviting place to enjoy life.

We've put together some Before & After examples. These are great to get your creative juices flowing:  Before and After Home Transformation Examples

If you are considering a new custom home, renovation, remodeling project or addition, please contact REEF Builders today!

Here’s an example of a Before and After transformation:

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Cape Cod  Waterfront Custom Home Before and After

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Dunes View after

 

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Dennis Custom Home Before

Dennis Custom Home After

 

Before and After Home Transformation Examples

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Tesla batteries power your Cape Cod home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, May 05, 2015

What good is solar power when the lines are down in a storm? No sun, no power. Right? But wait --> Tesla has announced a new residential battery pack that can store up to 8 hours of power for your home. The Tesla “Powerwall” is charged by your solar panels and/or windmill. If the power goes out, the Powerwall kicks in and provides electricity to the house. Very cool, even if you have a generator.

The battery has been developed for automobiles, and Tesla feels there is demand for emergency power in homes. Read all about it. And check out Tesla’s new $1Billion manufacturing facility in Nevada:

Tesla batteries power your Cape Cod home

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Tesla batteries power your Cape Cod home

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Heating your Cape Cod Home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Wow. It’s cold! How’s your heating system? We all depend on one, and generally they are very reliable. But how does it really work? And what are the best steps to ensure that it keeps working?

It’s great to come home to a nice warm house. But how about those energy bills? How do you keep rising heating costs under control? What will deliver the most benefit for the least investment? Is that attic insulating project really important? How about the old windows?

What’s the difference between a boiler and a furnace? How do I prevent warm air from leaking out, and cold wind from blowing in? Here’s a short, easy-to-understand explanation of the basics of heating and cooling your Cape Cod home:

Home Heating Guide for Cape Cod Homes

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Home Heating Guide for Cape Cod Homes

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The U.S. Housing Market and Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Fri, Jan 09, 2015

The housing market on Cape Cod has certainly been interesting to watch over the past decade…and even more exciting to work in every day! As the primary investment for most families, housing deserves a lot of attention. Especially after the housing bust of 2008-2009.

The recession has left many people wondering whether to invest in real estate again. Constantly we field questions about the market, home values, and future expectations. Our Realtor friends are put on the spot by both Buyers and Sellers: Should I sell now? Is this a good time to buy? Although none of us has a crystal ball, we are the go-to professionals for people who are not involved with the housing market every day.

Understanding recent history and knowing where we are now compared to 5 and 10 years ago is very helpful. There is lots of information to analyze, and little time to do it. The Wall Street Journal does a great job of presenting lots of information in an easy to read, graphical format. Have a look at the real numbers for housing since 2005, and you’ll gain some good insight into where we are headed:

The U.S. Housing Market in 10 Charts

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The U.S. Housing Market in 10 Charts

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Most Popular Houzz.com Article in 2014 for Cape Cod readers

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Jan 07, 2015

Thousands of articles on countless home building and decorating ideas. Fixtures, finishes, gardens, galleries, fabrics and…everything else!

There is so much information. Nobody has time to read it all. The most popular articles obviously are more relevant to more people. So they’re a good bet for investing a few minutes to read.

So which article was the most popular? Here it is: the most popular Houzz.com article of 2014. It’s bound to have relevance for you!

Most Popular Houzz.com Article for 2014

While you're there, Check out REEF Builders and see why we earned Best of Houzz.com 2014:

REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder - Best of Houzz.com

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Most Popular Houzz.com Article for 2014

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New Year's Celebrations on Cape Cod!

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Dec 31, 2014

Welcome 2015! The old year must end, regardless of how great it was. And First Night is here! Chatham and Sandwich have notable First Night celebrations, complete with parades, fireworks, and concerts.

There are myriad ways to ring in the New Year on Cape Cod. Visiting your favorite beach at midnight to toast the New Year is a favorite. How about a Polar Bear Plunge??

Here’s some ideas and links to New Year’s info to get you going.

The Team at REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder wishes all a healthy and happy 2015!

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Merry Christmas on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Dec 24, 2014

Merry Christmas everybody!

It’s been a great year for REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder, and we hope it’s been a great year for you too.

This time of year we all seem to take stock, look back at the wonderful opportunities we’ve enjoyed, and look forward to helping more folks realize their dreams here on Cape Cod.

Building custom homes isn’t easy, but we seem to have fun along the way.

And the smiling faces on move-in day make it all worthwhile.

The team at REEF sends our best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful, safe and happy holiday.

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Color of the Year for 2015 Cape Cod Homes

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Dec 17, 2014

A New Year…A NEW COLOR! Yes! It’s here…Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015! A shade of Blue? Perhaps a subtle Green…Or maybe a striking Yellow?

Are you ready to remodel or simply refresh your Cape Cod home with some new color? How will your personal pallet react when you learn the Color of the Year? Are you on track? Do you even like it?!

Pantone is an important leader in color: matching, blending and developing trends. Find out where color trends are headed...you may jump aboard with your Cape Cod home!

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015 Cape Cod Homes

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Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015 Cape Cod Homes

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