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How the Pandemic is changing home design

Posted by REEF Builders on Wed, Apr 27, 2022
  •  The recent Covid-19 pandemic will have lasting impacts on society, specifically with regard to how people will live and work in the future.  Working from home was a novelty until a couple of years ago, and it has swiftly become the norm for many industries, and with people spending more time at home, we are seeing changes coming in home design that are probably here to stay.    Here are some of the changes that current and future generations are looking for in a new home or major renovation project:   
  • Larger home offices, and often times multiple office rooms in one home
  • Larger more elaborate bathrooms
  • Relaxation spaces like rooms dedicated to video games, home theater, or golf simulators

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Here's a great article with some additional information on how the pandemic is changing housing in the future:  How the Pandemic is Changing Housing

If you are looking to build or renovate your home on Cape Cod, consider working with the REEF Builders team with complete design, permitting, and construction services.

Looking for costs per square foot for a new home on Cape Cod?  Click here to download our Construction Cost Guide




Tags: custom home design

Looking for Land for Sale on Cape Cod?

Posted by REEF Builders on Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Looking for land on Cape Cod for you new home?  Here's a fantastic opportunity for a family compound or estate property overlooking the Great Marsh of Barnstable and Sandy Neck.  This 8.98 acre parcel is located at 134 Route 6A, West Barnstable, with sweeping views of the marsh and dunes beyond. Due to it's size and location, this property would support multiple dwelling units, or it may be possible to subdivide subject to the Town of Barnstable Zoning By-law.


If  you are considering building new or renovating your home take a click here to download our 2022 Construction Cost Guide.  This guide provides up to date cost per square foot for all types of construction projects here on Cape Cod.


If you are looking for land for sale on Cape Cod, here's a link to our Cape Cod Land Search

The land buying process can be difficult and a bit overwhelming in today's regulatory environment, but the REEF team can make this process predictable as we are experts in Real Estate, Zoning, Permitting and of course full service design and construction for custom homes.


For more information about this fantastic land opportunity in click here for the full MLS Listing information for 134 Route 6A, West Barnstable, or contact the listing broker, Matt Teague at 508-394-3090



Tags: Real estate, cost per square foot, land for sale

REEF Project in Chatham Featured by Lifestyle Asset Group

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Mar 24, 2022

We're thrilled to see one of our recent projects in Chatham featured by the Lifestyle Asset Group as one of their flagship fractional ownership locations here in the New England area.  This home, designed and built by the REEF Team was selected to be the first property in the region offered for a vacation  co-ownership property due to it's unique location, stunning design and finishes.  We were proud to be part of this project and if you are looking to build or renovate a home here on Cape Cod, please consider the REEF Builders Team!  


Wondering what the cost per square foot might be for a new home on Cape Cod?  Click here to download our Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide


Tags: chatham, custom waterfront homes, vacation home

Building in a Flood Zone on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Feb 01, 2022

Every week we get phone calls about building a new home or renovating existing homes here on Cape Cod. More often than not, we discover that many of these project sites are located within documented FEMA Flood zones. Why is this important?

Any construction within a FEMA A, AE, AO or V flood zones require special design and construction considerations that can either limit or dramatically change a homeowners' concept what their new home or renovated home may look like.

If you want to know if your home is in a FEMA Flood Zone - Click Here to enter your address and find out!

Here's a great diagram from FEMA that explains the impacts of different flood zone designations on home construction:


FEMA Flood Zone Diagram

Any properties located within these zones (with the exception of the "X" zone) must be designed and built to flood resistant construction standards which generally means that any new home or addition in these areas must be raised up above the flood plain, and foundation areas must be designed to allow flood waters to pass through the foundation without damage.

Renovations and additions are especially tricky as the size (monetary value) of the project may require the entire existing structure to be raised up above the flood plain before the renovation or addition work can begin. The requirement to raise the home up is determined by the "Substantial Improvement" regulation defined below:

Any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the "start of construction" of the improvement. This term includes structures which have incurred "substantial damage," regardless of the actual repair work performed. The term does not, however, include either:

  1. Any project for improvement of a structure to correct existing violations of state or local health, sanitary, or safety code specifications which have been identified by the local code enforcement official and which are the minimum necessary to assure safe living conditions or
  2. Any alterations of a "historic structure," provided that the alteration will not preclude the structure's continued designation as a "historic structure."

Floodplain management requirements for new construction apply to substantial improvements. Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage does not apply to substantial improvements unless a structure is substantially damaged due to flooding.

Here's a good example of a home after a substantial improvement in a flood zone:


FEMA Substatial Improvement


If you are considering building a new home or considering a major renovation or addition to your Cape Cod home, and you think that you may be in a FEMA flood zone, please contact us today to see how we can help!
There are many ways to design and build your new Cape Cod Home and still have it look great!  - here's an example!
If you are currently own a property in a Flood zone and you are interested in rebuilding your home, click here for current cost per square foot price ranges for a new custom home on Cape Cod:  Cape Cod Construction Costs
Looking for land for your Cape Cod Dream Home?  Search  the Cape and Islands MLS Here


Tags: FEMA flood maps, flood zones

Buying and Selling Land on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Jan 26, 2022

We are constantly receiving inquiries about land on Cape Cod, where to buy, what's buildable, etc.  Over the last few years, we have been pleasantly surprised to see how many great lots are available for building here on Cape Cod, and given the current pressure on the existing home market, now is a great time to build!   Each piece of property on Cape Cod is unique and often times will come with several layers of regulatory requirements that can increase construction costs, limit design, or extend a design and permitting timeline for several months.  So how do you know what you can build before you buy?    In response to this question we've just published an informative guide that will help many people better understand the opportunities and risks associated with buying land on beautiful Cape Cod.

Click Here to Download our Guide to Buying Land On Cape Cod

REEF Builders also provides expert Real Estate Brokerage services for those looking to buy or sell land here on Cape Cod!  If you are looking for land on Cape Cod, or if you want to sell your existing land here and want to work with a team of true land experts consider the  real estate team at REEF Builders, with over 1600 successful new home and major renovation projects completed on Cape Cod since 1985.

Click Here to search all land for sale on Cape Cod today!

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Once you have found your lot, you should know what the cost per square foot might be for your new Cape Cod Custom Home - click here to download our Construction Cost Guide


If you are considering building a custom timber-framed home  or post and beam barn- click here to find out more about building with the Timberpeg system

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 If you are considering an investment in a waterfront home or property in close proximity to a beach, or wetland, then you will definitely appreciate the information available in our Waterfront Property Guide

Click to download our Waterfront Property Guide





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, waterfront custom home, waterfront, selling land

2022 interior Design and Decor Trends

Posted by REEF Builders on Tue, Jan 18, 2022

  So what will the hot new home design and decor trends be for 2022? With the Covid era passing, people have been spending more and more time at home, working, attending class or just "social distancing."  This new interest in the home is driving some new trends which we love!

We have seen trends towards more natural finishes and interior decor elements bringing in rich wood tones and brown and tan colors from nature.


Also, elements like multi-purpose living areas that can transition from a home office to entertainment space, or guest bedroom are big this year as people continue to work from home.


Patterned Textiles and natural wood furniture often with carved elements are on trend, again playing on the nature theme, with calming and neutral brown and wood tones.


If you want to learn more about interior design trends for 2022 - click here to learn more from Vogue - 2022 Interior Design Trends


If you are considering building or renovating a home on Cape Cod, please take a moment to read our Construction Cost Guide for Cape Cod

Looking for that perfect parcel of land or property to build your Cape Cod dream home? Check out our Cape Cod Land Search

Tags: Construction Costs, Interior Design

2022 Pantone Color of the Year

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Jan 13, 2022

Pantone has released their color of the year: Very Peri!




More importantly, Pantone has provided several complimentary color palettes that provide inspiration for any of your home projects. Pantone provides a universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design.


Their "color harmonies" provide a great tool for designers looking to compliment this great classic color. If you are planning your new home, renovation or remodeling project on Cape Cod, Pantone offers exception tools and color consulting that can really help your decision making process.





Click below to find out more about Pantone and their expertise in color!

Pantone Color of the Year

If you are considering building a new custom home on Cape Cod, or if you are considering renovating your existing Cape Cod Home, you may want to download some of our helpful project guides:

Cost Control Guide

Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide, Cost per Square Foot


Tags: color, paint colors

44 Shaker Style Kitchen Ideas for your Cape Cod Home

Posted by REEF Builders on Wed, Jan 12, 2022

We came across this article the other day and we had to share it!  We are big fans of shake style cabinetry as the clean lines and simple design are a perfect compliment to any Cape Cod Home.  We have designed and built hundreds of kitchens over the years, and we would have to say that 80% or more used shaker style cabinetry!


Click here to see 44 inspiring kitchen designs featuring shaker cabinetstimeless shaker cabinets ideas for your kitchen cover

Here is a kitchen we recently completed as part of a renovation and addition project in Orleans!

If you are considering building a new home on Cape Cod or a major renovation or addition, please download our Construction Cost Guide!  

Looking for Land on Cape Cod?  Visit our Cape Cod Land Search


Tags: Kitchens

3D Virtual Reality Design for you Cape Cod Home

Posted by REEF Builders on Tue, Jan 11, 2022

    Designing and building a new home can be a daunting process, but new technology has made it much easier.  REEF Builders is now using the latest in 3D design and integrating that capability with an immersive design review process using virtual reality.  The virtual reality aspect allows our customers to see, and almost feel what their new home will look like.  In this platform we can examine different finish options, color schemes, furniture layouts and we can very quickly make design modifications and see those results in 3D.  Gone are the days of confusing line drawings, covered in details many just don't understand. Below is a video of a recent design presentation:


If you are considering building a new home on Cape Cod, you will want to work with a team that has 35 year track record of success, and is on the cutting edge of design and building technology.

If you are looking for a cost per square foot to  design and build a new home on Cape Cod, click here to download our Construction Cost Guide



Tags: Home Designs, 3D Design, Virtual Reality

The Wild Harbor waterfront custom home Project in Falmouth

Posted by REEF Builders on Tue, Jun 22, 2021

We are thrilled to present our latest custom home project in Falmouth, the Wild Harbor Gambrel.  This project was originally contemplated as a renovation of the existing home on the site, but after a number of design iterations, it was quickly apparent that the limitations of the existing home placement on the lot, would not allow the owners to capture the sweeping views of Megansett Harbor and Buzzards Bay to the north and west. 

       A new plan was created on a completely new foundation, which allowed a fantastic view of the water, from the living room, kitchen and master suite, and allowed more flexibility to expand the home for a growing family and guests!  The end result speaks for itself! The new home has 4250sf of living space, with fantastic views of the water, along with plenty of room for family and guests.   This project is a great testament to the capabilities and talents of our design team and the craftsmanship and quality put forth every day buy our team of contractors.  This home featured stunning custom millwork, a separate, highly detailed hearth room with custom fireplace, and exceptional wood flooring and tile finishes.

Here's how the project started  -


And here is the final result! Wild Harbor Gambrel Portfolio

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If you are considering designing and building a new home on Cape Cod, or a major renovation, please keep the REEF Builders team in mind!  Wondering what the cost per square foot is to build a new home?  Click Here to download our  Construction Cost Guide

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