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Fun with Cranes and Roofs on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Feb 04, 2016

"Every build is different" is one of the common sayings you'll hear at REEF Custom Homes. Whether it's replacing a house with a new home on the same foundation footprint, or placing house sections like Lego's, it's different every day.

One of our current projects is a ranch-style home in Harwich. We're using a truss roof system to reduce build cost and time. A conventional roof system would have been more expensive to build on-site for this home.

Here are some photos of a real-life Lego set in action!:

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Real Estate versus Stocks and Bonds

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Has the stock market gotten your attention yet? The recent downward nature of global stock markets have many people wondering if their investments are in the right place.

Advisors often speak of having a "blanced portfolio". Where does real estate fit in? You may own a house, but what about a second home? Or an investment property?

Here's some good insight into why real estate may be a great addition to your portfolio:

Why real estate may be a better investment than stocks

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Real Estate versus Stocks and Bonds

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I think we just built your dream home...

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Wed, Jan 13, 2016

Mahogany floors, fireplace with beach-stone surround, open floor plan and a Master Suite with private deck and commanding view of Cape Cod Bay...is this your dream home?

Well we just built it!

Take a tour of this custom home and see if you'd change a single thing...

Northside Bayview Cape

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Northside Bayview Cape

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FEMA improves Flood Maps for Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps have rocked a lot of boats. They were officially put in place on July 17, 2014. Land Owners, Home Owners, Sellers and Buyers are all paying close attention to the new Flood Maps. But how do you determine if a property is in the AE Zone, V Zone, X Zone…?

FEMA has improved their web site: https://msc.fema.gov/portal

FEMA's new Flood Map web site for Cape Cod

Simply type in a property address and the corresponding map will be recommended. Click on the green VIEW icon to the left, and the map of the area including the concerned address will be retrieved and presented. On this screen you can zoom in to the specific property, print the map, etc. The maps carry legends and Base Flood Elevation information, so with a little inspection you can gain a lot of information.

It’s still a little clunky to use, but it’s the coming from the source: you are viewing FEMA’s actual Flood Map, not some interpretation or other satellite view.

Of course, if you need help or want information on building or renovating in a Flood Zone, just call us here at REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder: 508-394-3090, any time, every day.

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FEMA's new Flood Map web site for Cape Cod

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Cape Cod Home Inspired by the Bay

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Cape Cod Life has a great new website. Definitely worth a look. Within the site one can access various articles of interest…including the Cape Cod Home Summer 2014 feature story on a very special REEF-built home.

If you haven’t gotten a copy of the magazine (it's on newsstands now!), the new site is a great resource. And the full article on this stunning home is a wonderful read. The Cape Cod Life web site also offers recipes, photographs of the Cape, and lots more.

Take a minute and smell the roses!

Cape Cod Home Inspired by the Bay

Cape Cod Home Summer 2014

Cape Cod Home Inspired by the Bay

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Inspirational Kitchen knobs for your Cape Cod home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Mar 12, 2013

Whether you’re building your dream kitchen from the ground up, or re-facing existing cabinets, the choice of cabinet pulls and knobs is important. These small parts play a vital role in the function of your cabinetry, and can really help set the tone for the heart of your home. Here’s some great ideas and insights to help you select the right knobs and pulls for the cabinets in your Cape Cod home.

Kitchen cabinet knobs for your Cape Cod home

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Kitchen cabinet knobs for your Cape Cod home

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Birthday Gift leads to Cape Cod Home!

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Mar 05, 2013

What a great story: Husband promises a Cape Cod summer to his Wife as birthday gift…then they buy the home they’re renting…then they replace it with a beautiful new Cape Cod home!  The Cape Cod View magazine loved the story, and the house! It’s a great read.

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a home on Cape Cod, REEF can help make that happen. Here’s how:

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Cape Cod Birthday Gift

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Getting ready for a great garden at your Cape Cod home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Fri, Feb 08, 2013

It’s the middle of winter, and weather dictates almost everything on a gardener's to-do list. Even though February marks the heart of winter, there’s still plenty to do to prepare for the spring thaw. It's not too late to provide cover for tender and early-flowering plants. Get back into the swing of perennials this month with shopping, clearing, ordering, dividing and possibly a bit of planting. Spend sunny February weekends doing building projects so you're all ready when spring kicks in, like creating a raised garden bed. Here’s some great information and a handy checklist to help get your garden ready for a beautiful season.

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February checklist for your Cape Cod garden

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Get Organized in your Cape Cod Home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Fri, Jan 25, 2013

We all love our stuff! On Cape Cod we all need beach chairs, coolers, books, tennis racquets, leashes for the dog...you name it! But it can become overwhelming if it's A.O.P.! (All Over the Place). It's much more fun to be able to find your stuff when you need it. Getting organized and staying that way can be a challenge. Here are some savvy tips to creating spaces that will stay organized.

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Savvy Storage Tips

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5 Simple Steps to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Cape Cod Home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Jan 24, 2013

Cold winter days turn our attention to energy efficiency. How can you make your Cape Cod Home energy efficient? It's surprising how much energy (and money!) can be saved by taking a few simple steps. Here's a great list of 5 simple projects that will increase the energy efficiency, comfort, and value of your home.

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5 Simple Projects to Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency

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