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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

Cape Cod Home Design in Virtual Reality

Posted by REEF Builders on Wed, Apr 14, 2021

    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

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


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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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.  


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


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



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

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.


Tags: Cape cod builders, custom home design, waterfront custom home

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



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.


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.


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!


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!

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Classic Cape Cod Beach Cottage Part II

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Here's the next phase in the design process of our Cape Cod Beach Cottage project. We have moved from line drawings to a full 3-D exterior rendering so our customers can get a better sense of the overall massing, style and feel of the new design.  We will continue to develop this model and look at siding, roofing and window options.  There is no better way to get feel for a design than a highly accurate 3-D Rendering.   If you are thinking of building your new home on Cape Cod, consider the design / build team here at REEF Builders, with over 1500 new home and renovation projects completed on Cape Cod.






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If you are looking to remodel or renovate your existing Cape Cod home, or if you are considering building a new home on Cape Cod, click below to download our Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide, with cost per square foot data for all types of projects.

Classic Cape Cod Beach Cottage

Posted by REEF Builders on Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Here's a preview of a fun cottage project that we are working on. We are often asked to design very compact and highly-detailed projects to fit in the various old cottage neighborhoods found near the beach communities on Cape Cod. This classic beach cottage is designed to fit on a small, 5000 sf lot near Barnstable Harbor and Millway Beach on Cape Cod Bay. This home will have about 1400sf of living area, 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths, all in a very efficient design. The exterior of the home will feature metal roofing, board and batten siding details, and exposed rafter tails, reminiscent of classic Cape Cod Cottages built in the early 1900's. Our design team did an exceptional job incorporating all of these these important details in a very small package!

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If you are looking to remodel or renovate your existing Cape Cod home, or if you are considering building a new home on Cape Cod, click below to download our Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide, with cost per square foot data for all types of projects.

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