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Orleans Custom Home 2023

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Nov 14, 2023

Here is a preview of our latest custom home in Orleans.  The REEF design-build team recently completed an exceptional custom home in Orleans, featuring 5 bedrooms, and nearly 6500sf of living space across 4 floors.  This project also takes advantage of the pre-existing non-confirming rights that were vested in the original, exceptionally tall home on the property, allowing us to take advantage of a 3rd floor space providing sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. 163pocLR-3

This classic gambrel facade provided balance to the front facade, masking the building height and providing a true coastal flair to the exterior.  The interior features are exceptional as well, full custom kitchen, intricate built-in millwork and one of the best laundry rooms we have ever designed and built.







The REEF team is grateful to have had the opportunity to design and build this custom home over the past 20 months.  If you are considering renovating or building a custom home on Cape Cod, consider working with the REEF Builders team for your next project.

Wondering about current building costs on Cape Cod?  Click Here to download our current Cape Cod 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.  


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!  


   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




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


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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!



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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!





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