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Net Zero Homes by 2030?

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Mar 18, 2021

  Legislation is currently being proposed in Congress to require net zero energy homes by 2030 in an effort to reduce the the impacts of climate change.  This all sounds good, but the cost of construction will increase exponentially to achieve this goal, making building cost prohibitive for current and future generations.  According to Freddie Mac  in 2020 the US already had a housing shortfall of 2.5 million units, and much of that is due to regulatory requirements which drive the cost of housing  development above affordable levels.  As you may also know, lumber prices have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels in 2021, with lumber indices increasing nearly 300% in the span of a short few months!  If sensible, safe, and code compliant housing is already too expensive for many Americans, how will the market react to the astronomical expense of producing net zero energy housing over the next 9 years.  America needs to find a happy medium that makes positive progress towards energy efficiency, while still keeping affordability at the forefront.  

Here's a recent article that summarizes the latest legislative proposal in Congress:

Climate Change Proposal with Residential Energy Efficiency Provisions in Congress

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If you are thinking of building a new Custom Home on Cape Cod - Click here to download our Construction Cost Guide

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3D Interactive Design By REEF Builders

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Here's an interactive walk through of one of our current projects in the design stages here on Cape Cod. We are experimenting with different virtual reality integrations to provide the customer the ability view the actual design in 3D. The next iteration of this concept will include complete VR integration where customers can look at different finishes or layouts in real time with the click of a button. REEF is currently leading the way in custom home design and VR integration on Cape Cod and will continue to invest in these cutting edge technologies to provide our customers with an immersive design experience!


The accuracy and authenticity of these 3D models will also allow the customer to set clear expectations for what the final building product will look and feel like. This is a fantastic tool for custom home projects or renovations and additions.

 

If you are considering building a new home on Cape Cod, or renovating your existing home, please take a moment to download our Construction Cost Guide

 

 

 

Tags: Construction Costs, 3D Design

2021 Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, Jan 29, 2021

2021 is here and a lot has changed over the last year!  The Covid Pandemic has created unprecedented demand for real estate, remodeling, renovations and new construction services here on Cape Cod!  As you may have heard, the high demand for lumber,coupled with manufacturing delays and logistical challenges has caused a marked increase in the cost of building materials since August 2020.  

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REEF has been tracking building material costs since it's inception in 1985, and based on our tracking, the total material costs for a home (wood framing, siding, roofing, windows etc. ) has increased somewhere around 20-30% since August, and it may continue to rise until this summer!  

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   Now- this does not mean that the total cost of building a new home has increased by that same percentage, as the material costs only make up about 10% of the total project costs. That being said, we will see a 2-3% increase in the total cost of construction this year! Given these dramatic changes over the last several months, we have updated our construction cost guide so consumers know what to expect for their upcoming projects. 

Click  here to download a copy!

2021 Construction Cost Guide for Cape Cod

 

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Buying Land on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Builders on Tue, Jan 26, 2021

2020 was one crazy year for real estate on Cape Cod, with a frenzy of activity from April until December due to the pandemic.  Now that the dust has settled a bit, existing for sale  home inventory is at an historic low, and we now have many clients looking for raw land to build on here on the Cape.  For many, purchasing vacant land can be a daunting experience, especially when you consider the multiple regulatory layers involved in even the most simple building project.  

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There are always several questions people ask us when they are considering a land purchase here are some of the most common:

  1.  Is the property "buildable"?
  2. Do I need to get a perc test?
  3. How long does it take to get a building permit?
  4. Do I need to get a building permit before I buy the property?
  5. How long does it take to build a new home?
  6. How much does it cost to build a new home?

In response to these questions, we have put together a guide to buying land on Cape Cod which you can download here:   Guide to Buying Land on Cape Cod

After you have found your ideal piece of property to build on, and before you make an offer we would highly recommend downloading our cost guide:  Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide

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All too often we have potential building customers contact us after they have purchased a vacant parcel of land only to find out they can't afford to build their dream home, or even worse, that the property they purchased is in fact not buildable!   If you are considering purchasing land on Cape Cod and you want to work with a true team of building and real estate professionals for your purchase, REEF can provide exclusive property search and buyer representation for your purchase. 

Here's a look at the current land for sale on Cape Cod today!: Cape Cod Land Search

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Tags: construction costs on cape cod, Land Cape cod, Building Permits, Lots

Coastal Holiday Decorating Ideas for your Cape Cod Home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Dec 08, 2020

   So the holidays are here! So it is time to get out the Christmas wreaths, garlands, and those strings of lights you have had for the last 20 years and decorate your home for the season.  There are several ways you can decorate the exterior and interior of  your home, and we thought it might be a good idea to provide a few tips and some inspiration for your decorating project.  Here are a few things to remember when decorating the exterior of your home. 

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  1. Safety - working on ladders and roofs, especially in cold weather can be extremely dangerous.  Make sure your ladders are secure, clean, placed on stable surface
  2. Electricity - Don't overload your circuits! Too many strings of lights on one outlet can cause breakers to trip, and possible fire.  Also, make sure you have a GFI outlet, or GFI extension cord to make sure to minimize the risk of shock.
  3. Lights - in the last few years, LED lights have become less expensive and available nearly everywhere.  These are a great product because they are extremely durable, and use much less energy than older incandescent lights

Here are some articles from HGTV.com that can help with ideas for Decorating your Cape Cod Home with a little Coastal Style

35 Coastal Christmas Decoration Ideas for your Cape Cod 

Indoor Decorating Ideas

Cape Cod Christmas Decoration

Virtual Tour of our Dennis Bay view Custom Home Project

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, Oct 23, 2020

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present a 3D tour of one of our custom home projects on Cape Cod Bay.  This home was designed and built by the REEF team, and underwent an extensive design and permitting process, primarily driven by the environmentally sensitive nature of the site, and of course the owner's aesthetic and living space requirements. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the ability to tour this home in a 3-D virtual environment is worth way more than that!  Let us know what you think!

 

If you are considering designing and building your custom home on Cape Cod, consider the REEF Builders Team, with over 35  years in business and over 1500 custom home projects completed on Cape Cod

 

Tags: Custom Homes, Cape Cod custom home, waterfront custom home, architectural design, virtual tour

Building with REEF

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Oct 08, 2020

Designing and Building beautiful custom homes has been our passion for over 35 Years. Come see what the REEF Builders team can do for you. From expert real estate services to help you find your ideal building site, to a comprehensive design and seamless construction process. You've been visiting the Cape your whole life, isn't it time you stayed?

Tags: cape cod waterfront homes, Cape Cod Life, cape cod custom builders, Cape Cod Design Build

Classic Cape style Overlooking Cape Cod Bay

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Sep 17, 2020

We are proud to present exterior photos of our latest waterfront custom home project overlooking Cape Cod Bay! This home sits on a quiet hillside in East Dennis, with sweeping 180 degree views of the bay.  DJI_0002-2

This project was designed to take advantage of the views afforded by this incredible location, with a 3000sf , 4 bedroom main house and a 600sf , 1 bedroom guest quarters and office above the detached 2 car garage.  The site was very challenging, with wetlands on 2 sides and limited room to build, but REEF team was able to design around these limitations and the results speak for themselves.   The rear of the home features a large deck, patio, fire pit, and a hidden roof deck over the screened porch area, all designed to take advantage of the views.  We were even able to get a water view out of the walkout basement!

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If you are considering  designing and building a new home or major renovation on Cape Cod, please consider the REEF Builders team for your next project.

 

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Help Save Cape Cod Vacation Rentals!

Posted by REEF Builders on Fri, Aug 14, 2020

The Barnstable Town Council will be voting on August 20th to confirm that short term rentals are allowed by right in the town! There has been a strong movement to ban short term rentals entirely, and this vote is critical to preserve Cape Cod as we all have come to know and love it!

Vacation rentals are vital to our economy and have been a way of life in every town on Cape Cod. However, changes in the industry - including the need to address safe rental protocols during the pandemic - do necessitate addressing some issues caused by these vacation rentals.

 

We need to hold accountable those who do not follow the rules and disrupt our neighborhoods. But, also push back against against those who seek to disrupt our traditions and say vacation rentals are not welcome.

To find out more about this critical issue click here:Protect Cape Cod Vacation Rentals

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2020 Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide is here!

Posted by REEF Builders on Wed, Jun 17, 2020

It's been a about 14 months  our last construction cost guide was published, and 2020 has been a challenging year so far!  We were a little reluctant to release the updated cost guide this year given the current economic uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, but as things are moving back closer to normal, we felt the timing was right.  We have had a busy year this year so far and demand for high quality design, construction and renovation services has remained strong in 2020.

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This guide provides realistic cost per square foot numbers that can be very helpful if you are planning on building your new custom home on Cape Cod.

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One important note: REEF Builders is a design / build company, and has been for over 30 years.

So when we talk about construction costs, we are including all the important and necessary factors for an overall project. The REEF team will handle all site and architectural design services, engineering and survey, and complete construction services through landscaping and beyond if needed.

We specialize in challenging sites, especially those involving wetlands, flood zones, or waterfront conditions that can initially appear to be a difficult barrier to building. REEF can help make the entire building process predictable, so you can make informed decisions about your new Cape Cod Home!

"You've been visiting the Cape your whole life, isn't it time you stayed?"

Here's our 2020 Construction Cost Guide!

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If you are thinking of building or renovating your home on Cape Cod with the REEF team, you can stay in one of our new homes, now available for weekly rentals!

Cape Cod Summer Rental by REEF

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