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Lumber Prices Set to hit Record Highs!

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Mar 08, 2018

This spring, we expect to see lumber prices hit record highs due to a number of factors in the industry. Over the last year the US government has imposed a 20% tariff on Canadian lumber in an effort to protect US Lumber manufacturers. In addition to tariffs, lumber supplies have been limited due to bad weather and wild fires in western Canada. The supply shortages got so bad last month that some lumber yards in the western US completely ran out of materials! Current commodity projections now show lumber moving to unprecedented record highs.

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So what does this all mean? Over the last 14 Months, lumber commodity prices have increased over 50% and we could see an additional increases as overall demand for construction materials is expected to skyrocket this spring and summer! Consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 in additional costs on a new small to mid-sized home project.

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If you are considering a new Custom Home project, or major renovation project here on Cape Cod, plan on increasing your overall budget by at least 2-3%. There are also several design considerations you may want to take into account to reduce waste and maximize the value of the structural lumber used in your project.

At REEF we provide complete design, permitting and construction management services for all of your project needs here on Cape Cod. Contact us today to see how we can help!

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For more information about lumber prices - check out this article by the Wall Street Journal!

Tags: cost per square foot, new home cape cod, Cape Cod custom home, lumber, construction, custom waterfront homes

Truro Waterfront Contemporary

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

We wanted to share some video a project we just completed! This custom home, designed and built by our team here at REEF features stunning, panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay, and Provincetown, and offers one of the most breathtaking sunset views we have every seen. This project was the result of a lengthy and fairly complex planning and design process due to the sensitive and unique location of the property. We'll be sharing interior photos next week - so check in to see what the inside of this custom home reveals... you might be surprised!

 

If you are considering building your custom home here on Cape Cod click here to download our waterfront property guide!

 

 

 

 

Tags: waterfront homes, new construction rates per square foot truro ma, Cape Cod custom home, provincetown, custom waterfront homes, cape cod bay, outer cape

Top Challenges facing Builders in 2017

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Tue, Mar 07, 2017

We've seen it coming over the last few years, but now it's here. If you are thinking of building your new Cape Cod Home, there is no better time than right now. We are seeing major increases in materials prices and a serious skilled labor shortage not only on Cape Cod, but also nationally. When you combine these latest issues with the ever-increasing regulatory environment, it is easy to see why the cost of construction has gone up substantially over the last 5 years. However, with low inventory of existing homes on Cape Cod, and an aging housing stock in need of major repairs or upgrades, building a new home on Cape Cod is still a sound investment.

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How do you protect yourself if you are planning a major renovation or custom home project for 2017?

  1. Work with established designers and builders who understand the marketplace and have the resources available to manage the labor issues
  2. Set a strategy for design and permitting that can allow for an expedited start of construction
  3. Pre-purchase materials if possible
  4. Thoroughly plan your project to ensure quick and accurate execution
  5. Minimize waste and use modern production techniques such as off site panelization of major components (walls, roofs etc)

 

Here's some recent information from the National Association of Homebuilders discussing these Challenges for 2017

 

If you are considering Building your custom home on Cape Cod, there is no better time than right now! Contact us today to see how we can help!

 

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Tags: Construction Costs, Cape Cod custom home

I think we just built your dream home...

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Wed, Jan 13, 2016

Mahogany floors, fireplace with beach-stone surround, open floor plan and a Master Suite with private deck and commanding view of Cape Cod Bay...is this your dream home?

Well we just built it!

Take a tour of this custom home and see if you'd change a single thing...

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Tags: cape cod waterfront homes, Cape Cod Home, Cape Cod custom home

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