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Chatham Waterfront Custom Home Project

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Here is some recent video of one of our custom waterfront home projects in Chatham. This home features 3600sf of living area with 4 bedrooms and finished basement, along with a highly detailed shingle style gambrel exterior. This project is a good example of what we do here at REEF, as we specialize in design, permitting, and construction of projects with complicated and environmentally sensitive locations like this one.




If you are considering and investment in your Cape Cod home, or if you are looking for property to build your dream vacation home, the team at REEF is here to help.


If you are would like to know what your project might cost, you can download our 2019 construction cost guide here: Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide

If you are looking for waterfront property on Cape Cod or if you are considering a renovation project, or tear down and re-build if your existing waterfront home, click here to download our waterfront property guide: Cape Cod Waterfront Property Guide

Do you want to know what it is like to live in one of REEF's expertly built new homes?  Starting in Spring 2019 you could spend a week in one of our newest waterfront custom homes at Barnstable Harbor : REEF Summer Rental Home



Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide - 2019 Update

Posted by REEF Builders on Tue, Apr 09, 2019

It's been a year since our last construction cost guide was published, so we figured it was the the right time to provide our 2019 update. 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 2019 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!

Cape Cod Summer Rental by REEF










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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Massachusetts Short Term Rental Requirements

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Mar 12, 2019

Last year, Massachusetts adopted a new Short Term Rental tax, which will impact hundreds if not thousands of homeowners here on Cape Cod. Beginning on July 1, 2019, all short term rentals are subject to this new tax which varies by town and can exceed 14% of the total rental costs of a home. As of 2017, nearly 37% of the homes on Cape Cod are seasonal, and many of those are rented during the peak summer months.

Here's a good summary of the new law and what will be required of homeowners from the Cape and Islands Association of Realtors: https://www.cciaor.com/shorttermrentals/



 If you are considering building a new custom home or remodeling your existing Cape Cod property, download our construction cost guide for current per square foot costs to build on Cape Cod:  2018 Construction Cost Guide



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Paint Color Forecast for 2019

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Feb 06, 2019

2019 will be an exciting year for building here at REEF, with several custom home projects underway across Cape Cod. There are hundreds of design and decor decisions to make when designing and building a custom home and we have found that picking the right paint color to complement the decor can be a tough decision.


This year, it looks like color trends are coming from the subtle cues provided by nature, with light tones such as muted grays, blues, and greens often seen along the beautiful shorelines of Cape Cod.


We are also seeing some bold contrast colors being used to define certain features of the home, such as darker blues, and black which can highlight features like kitchen islands and built-in cabinetry.

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If you are looking for inspiration for your custom home project, renovation or addition, you can find out more about the 2019 color trends here: 2019 Color Forecast

Thinking of building your custom home on Cape Cod? Click here to download our Construction Cost Guide

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Renovate or Teardown ?

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Mon, Jan 21, 2019

Check out our latest blog at the This New Cottage site! If you are considering a major renovation or addition project for your Cape Cod home then you'll definitely want to find out which path is right for you! You may also want to request a copy of our new book about building your Cape Cod Home: at This New Cottage,

This New Cottage, written by homeowner and its builder, Matt Teague of REEF Builders , is a tale of color, nostalgia and the challenges of rebuilding a Cape Cod cottage. Watch for it in bookstores soon!

What costs are involved?

When is the right time to consider a tear down vs. a renovation project?

How long does the tear down process take?

What are the benefits to renovation or new construction?

you can click here to find out more: This New Cottage, Renovate or Teadown

If you want to know current costs per square foot for building a home on Cape Cod, then download our Construction Cost Guide


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Yarmouth, Harwich and Orleans Adopt Stretch Energy Code for 2019

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Jan 09, 2019

More towns on Cape Cod voted to become Green Communities in 2018, which means they have also approved adoption of the enhanced energy code know as the Stretch Energy Code. As of January 1, 2019, Yarmouth, Harwich, and Orleans will now be enforcing the Stretch Energy Code, which applies primarily to new residential construction in those towns.

what is the Stretch Energy Code? Basically it is an enhanced energy code that requires the highest level of energy code compliance for new residential construction and some major renovations. You can find more information here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/building-energy-codes

Which towns have elected to participate in the Stretch Code Program?

On Cape Cod:  Wellfleet, Truro, Mashpee, Provincetown, Orleans, and Harwich, Yarmouth




How does it impact your project? That's easy, this program means that building a new home or undergoing a major renovation in these towns will cost you more money. Extensive building monitoring and testing is required, advanced insulation techniques must be used, and the total energy consumption of the home must be approved prior to issuing the building permit. This program also generally requires the highest efficiency heating and cooling equipment, can often limit the size and type of appliances to be used, and it may require green energy production such as solar or wind energy to offset the energy consumption in the home.




If you are considering building your new home on Cape Cod, please Contact Us today to see how we can help!




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PV Solar Required on New Homes in California

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Fri, Dec 07, 2018

We see this as the new standard for home construction and will be coming to Massachusetts soon.  The requirement for solar ready roof areas on new homes has already been debated at length in Massachusetts and now that California has mandated solar installations, we are certain the rest of the country will quickly follow with similar regulations
To find out more about the regulation recently passed in California click here:

California Requires Solar Panels on New Homes

We here at REEF have had solar panels on our office since 2009 and we have been able to realize substantial savings on energy consumption year over year.


If you are considering designing and building your new custom home on Cape Cod, you can download our construction cost guide here: 2018 Construction Cost Guide

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Brewster Adopts Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

This past Monday, Brewster residents approved a new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) bylaw in an effort to meet the current housing needs in the town. An accessory unit is a great way to tackle the long standing housing shortage here on Cape Cod. The bylaw does have specific restrictions, such as size limitations, year round rental mandate, and requirements that the owner of the property occupy one of the units. Many towns here on Cape Cod currently have accessory dwelling unit bylaws, but they are generally limited to direct family members, or they are income restricted.

This new bylaw may be a great opportunity for homeowners to make a significant investment in their current Cape Cod home, and obtain strong returns on that investment while creating housing for a younger generation who want to live and work on Cape Cod, but have had a hard time finding a place to live. The ADU concept has been strongly supported by the Cape Cod Commission and also the Smarter Cape Partnership as a viable method to address the 20,000 unit housing shortage needed in Barnstable County

If you are interested in creating an accessory dwelling unit on your property, here's some information that might be helpful:

Brewster Adopts Accessory Dwelling unit Bylaw


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If you are considering a project for your Cape Cod Home, click here to download our Construction Cost Guide


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Buying Land on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Fri, Nov 30, 2018

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.  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

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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

Cape Cod Custom Home

If you are considering building a custom timber-framed home - 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

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It's a great time to buy. Let REEF help you build your Cape Cod home.

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