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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. 


  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

Spring is Here! Time to start planning your Cape Cod Summer!

Posted by Matthew Teague on Sat, Apr 06, 2019

   We have enjoyed some great weather this year,  Spring is here with crocuses and daffodils beginning to sprout and this  has us thinking about our favorite activities on the Cape Cape Cod.  Pretty soone the herring will start to run, which means the great fishing is not far behind.   Time to take the cover off the boat and get ready for our favorite Cape Cod Summer Activities! We thought posting a couple local tide charts and of course the Striped Bass migration ma might get everyone thinking about all of the great fun the Cape offers when the warm weather is here.

Here is a great link from massharbors.com for local tide charts

Massharbors tides

Here's a link to the Striped Bass Migration map so you'll know when the fish arrive

Striper Migration Map



If you are thinking of renovating or remodeling your existing Cape Cod, or if you are thinking of replacing that old cottage with a new custom home - click below to find out what your project might cost!

Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide


Tags: cape cod

Follow the Build Part 4

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

Tune in for Part 4 of our Follow the build series as we discuss building our Barnstable Harbor Project in a FEMA flood zone

CWNF_FTB_101518_millway from Cape Wide News LLC on Vimeo.

Meet the Team!

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, Jul 29, 2016

The quality and craftsmanship that goes into every one of our homes is directly propotinal to the quality of our team of employees and contractors.  Despite having built over 1,000 homes here on Cape Cod, I often say our people are still our best credentials.   One of the people we are very proud to work with is a painter named Marcos DaSilva.  Marcos, and his team at Top Quality Painting have been key players, especially when it comes to making our homes look beautiful on the inside and outside.   Marcos takes pride in everything he does, and works tirelessly to ensure that the REEF homes get every minute of attention they deserve.  I cannot tell you how many times Marcos and his team have worked until 11:00pm or even later to makes sure our projects are done on time, and with the highest level of attention to detail. 

   Marcos and his family, originally from Brazil, have made Cape Cod their home and we are very proud to annouce today that Marcos has obtained his U.S. Citizenship. It is a priviledge to work with people of Marcos's dedication, integrity and talent.  Congratulations Marcos!



Tags: Meet the Team

Dennis Waterview  Dream Home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Mar 30, 2016
The town of Dennis has some of the most pristine views of Cape Cod Bay! With the topography in the area of Scargo Lake, cascading to the sea, there are several opportunities for homes with commanding views of the ocean.  REEF recently designed and built a home in this area that balances incredible views with th fun, casual  family lifestyle of the homeowners.
Here's where the project started before the design team at REEF began their work !
After several months of design and permitting with the Old King's Highway Historic District a new home began to take shape, using the natural topography of the lot to allow for sweeping views from Provincetown to Plymouth

 The porches, and decks all provide a great place for gathering with family and friends and the open interior allows for entertaining inside while enjoying the view. 

If you are considering designing or building your Cape Cod home, please give REEF a call at 508-394-3090  or contact us today and see what we can do for you! 





One of the most exciting features of the home is the custom made staircase which was designed to allow open floor area at the water side of the home  - 




And most importantly the view from the upper deck! 


Tags: cape cod waterfront homes, Home Design, Dennis homes

Craftsmanship and Style by REEF

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Building a custom Cape Cod  home is always a blend of Craftsmanship and Style

Our team at REEF, Cape Cod's Home Builder  understands the team approach to building a home, the customer comes in with an idea and budget (that's right, everyone has a budget!), our team works through the deasign, finshes, permitting, and we trust our fantastic team of field staff, contractors, and craftsmen to make all of that hard work a reality.  When you are designing a Custom Home on Cape Cod, there are a lot of great examples of simple, yet elegant shingle style, or traditional cape cod style construction, but without a team of men and women in the field who have spent decades perfecting their skills, we could not build the fine homes we build today.


It is as much a plesure for us as it is for our customers to see the results of style and craftsmanship come together. 

If you are considering building a Custom Home on Cape Cod, and you understand that building a home is a team effort, and a fine balance between style and craftsmanship, please contact us.  You won't be dissappointed!





Tags: custom home builder

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.

101 Best New Products


Cape Cod Home

Cape Cod Builder

Tags: Cape Cod Builder, building a home, best products

Fall is coming - Fireplace Ideas for your Cape Cod Home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Thu, Sep 12, 2013

  As summer makes it's exit and we experience the first round of cool nights here on Cape Cod, our thoughts go towards fall evenings in front of a warm fire.  There are literally hundreds of options on the market for fireplaces for your new custom home, and if you are thinking of building a home, renovating or an addition, you should definitely see what is available. 

 Considerdations for style, fuel type (gas or wood), location, and even outdoor fireplaces are all things to look at when planning your Cape Cod home project.  A nice idea is to have a fireplace in the master bedroom, which can enhance the style, cozy feel and ambiance of your new master suite. Click below to see 50 fireplace designs for your Cape Cod Home

50 Fireplace Designs


Cape Cod Fireplace

Living Room fireplace

Tags: cape cod homes, fireplace, cape cod style

Dual Master Bedroom Designs - A Popular Trend

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Apr 16, 2013

  This year, we here at REEF have had several requests for homes designed with two master bedrooms.  This is a growing trend for Cape Cod Homes as one generation moves towards retirement, and looks to design a home that can accommodate either an aging parent or visiting children and their families.  This is not a new concept, but the design can become challenging.  The key is to create spaces that are both private, yet sill provide good access to all of the central features of the home, such as the kitchen, living rooms etc.  Here are some plans from Housingzone.com that show different, dual master designs in both 2 story and ranch-style homes.  This is a great idea for your Cape Cod retirement home, and a sound investment for a new but smart concept in family living. Click to read the article: Dual Master Designs

Dual Master Design resized 600

Tags: Master Bedrooms, Home Designs

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