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Summer design ideas for your home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Thu, May 17, 2012

    Summer is basically here, and with all of the family planning on visiting your Cape Cod home, we thought it might be a good idea to look for some design ideas for summer living.  Designing a custom home is more than just lines on a page, and the end product is a comibination of spaces, colors and furnishings.  If you want to give you home that summer look, here are some ideas from Freshome.com




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Celebrity Kitchens

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, Feb 03, 2012

So, since it is Friday, and we thought we should do something a little fun.  We came across this article from Architectural Digest featuring Celebrity Kitchens.  So if you want to know where Sir Elton John cooks his breakfast, or where Sting makes his midnight snack... here you go!

Celebrity Kitchens


If you are thinking about your next remodeling or kitchen project and you want to find out more about what is possible, click here:

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Tips for getting your Cape Cod project off the ground

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Jan 18, 2012

  Often times, especially on Cape Cod, the biggest hurdle for homeowners is how to get their project off the ground. Whether you are buying a lot, tearing down a house, or remodeling, the challenge is alway how to start. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Write down a list of wants vs. needs for your project
  2. Hire a reputable design-build contractor who can assemble the team of experts needed to make the project a success.
  3. Discuss budget early in the process, working with a design/build contractor is the best way to project a reasonable budget so there are no surprises.
  4. Work with a local lender and the building team to ensure realistic financing options.  Bankers are ready and willing to lend, but local banks have much more flexibility and know the unique characteristics of the Cape.
  5. Permits need to be the first priority after the exterior design work is complete, especially if you are purchasing land.  NEVER buy a vacant lot without a valid building permit.
  6. Make decisions on all of the details before you start work.  Picking out cabinets, paint colors, roofing, siding, flooring and all of the other finish components is critical if you want accurate pricing and timely completion of the work. 
  7. The team approach works! - Take the time to investigate all of the players involved and find a team that you feel comfortable with and that has the track record that can guarantee the success of your project.

This is just a brief synopsis of the key steps involved in a successful project.  If you are thinking of starting a new construction or renovation project on Cape Cod and have any questions, click here to talk to one of REEF's experts!

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Small Spaces, cottages

Posted by Matthew Teague on Thu, Dec 08, 2011
Given the fact that they are not making any more land here on Cape Cod, we are faced with the challenge of designing homes on very small lots.  Most of our customers still want functional spaces, style, and all of the amenities of a large home, but in a smaller package. Here are some ideas for small spaces from This Old House that you might want to consider. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/small-home-space  Also our Cottage Collection has a lot of these features in traditionally-styled homes-Cottage Plans

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