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Essential Checklist for Successful Renovation Projects

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Jan 18, 2024

Discover the essential checklist for successful renovation projects that will help you plan and execute your next home improvement endeavor with ease.

Assessing your renovation needs

Before diving into a renovation project, it's important to assess your needs and determine what exactly you want to achieve. Take a close look at the areas of your home that require improvement and make a list of the changes you wish to make. This could include anything from updating the kitchen, adding an extra bedroom, or enhancing the outdoor space. By understanding your renovation needs, you can plan accordingly and ensure that the end result aligns with your vision.

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Setting a realistic budget

One of the most crucial aspects of a successful renovation project is setting a realistic budget. Before you start any work, it's important to establish how much you are willing to spend on the renovation. Take into account the costs of materials, labor, permits, and any unforeseen expenses that may arise during the process. It's always a good idea to add a buffer to your budget to account for unexpected costs. By setting a realistic budget, you can avoid overspending and ensure that your project stays on track. REEF Builders offers up to date cost per square foot numbers in the Construction Cost Guide - CLICK HERE to download a copy!


Researching and hiring reliable contractors

When it comes to renovating your home, finding reliable contractors is essential. Take the time to research and gather recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors who have undergone similar projects. Look for contractors who have a good reputation, proper licensing, and insurance. It's also important to obtain multiple quotes and compare them to ensure you are getting a fair price. By hiring reliable contractors, you can have peace of mind knowing that your renovation project is in capable hands. REEF Builder has a 38 year track record of success, building new and remodeling homes across Cape Cod. Our team of contractors makes projects predictable, with very high quality results. 


Obtaining necessary permits and approvals

Before starting any major renovation, it's important to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from your local authorities. REEF Builders offers comprehensive design / build services, handling all of your design, engineering, and permitting needs, even for the most complex waterfront projects.  Different renovation projects may require different permits, so it's important to do your research and understand the specific requirements for your project. Failing to obtain the necessary permits can result in fines, delays, or even having to undo the work you've already completed. By following the proper procedures and obtaining the required permits, you can avoid unnecessary setbacks and ensure a smooth renovation process.

Managing the renovation process

Managing the renovation process is crucial to the success of your project. This involves staying organized, communicating effectively with your contractors, and keeping track of the progress. Working with a design / build team like REEF Builders minimizes the need for constant site management. Our team follows a comprehensive design and selection process, so most of the big decisions have been made before work begins!  Regularly check in on the work being done and address any concerns or issues promptly. By actively managing the renovation process, you can ensure that everything is on schedule and that the final result meets your expectations.



Tags: remodeling tips, renovations, cost per square foot

Celebrate Christmas on Cape Cod with These Festive Events

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Nov 30, 2023

Experience the magic of Christmas on Cape Cod with these exciting and enchanting festive events. From dazzling light displays to charming holiday markets, there's something for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season.

Discover the Garden's Aglow at Heritage Gardens

The Gardens Aglow is a must-visit during the Christmas season. Located in Sandwich on Cape Cod, this enchanting beautiful property is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with sparkling lights, festive decorations, and holiday music. Take a stroll through the gardens and admire the beautifully decorated displays. The Gardens Aglow event is a great place to bring the whole family and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit.

Click Here for more information about Gardens Aglow



Immerse Yourself in the Annual Christmas Stroll

Join in on the Annual Christmas Stroll and experience the charm of Cape Cod during the holiday season. This festive event takes place in various towns across Cape Cod and features live music, carolers, and local vendors selling holiday treats and crafts. Take a leisurely walk through the decorated streets, browse the unique shops, and enjoy the joyful atmosphere. The Annual Christmas Stroll is a beloved tradition on Cape Cod and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Click Here for a Schedule of Cape Cod Christmas Strolls


Indulge in the Festive Flavors of the Cape Cod Cookie Stroll

Calling all cookie lovers! The Cape Cod Cookie Stroll is a delicious holiday experience you won't want to miss. Explore Cape Cod's local bakeries and indulge in a variety of festive cookies and sweet treats. From gingerbread cookies to peppermint bark, there's something for every sweet tooth. Follow the cookie trail and discover new flavors while enjoying the holiday season on Cape Cod.

Click here to learn more about the Cape Cod Cookie Stroll

Experience the Joy of the Cape Cod Polar Express

All aboard the Cape Cod Polar Express! This magical train ride is a favorite among families during the Christmas season. Hop on the train and embark on a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy hot cocoa, listen to holiday stories, and sing along to Christmas carols as you make your way to meet Santa Claus. The Cape Cod Polar Express is a truly enchanting experience that will create lasting memories for children and adults alike.

Click Here for information about the  Cape Cod Polar Express.

If you are considering renovating your Cape Cod Home or if you are ready to build a new home, please consider the design / build team at REEF Builders.  Click here to download our Cape Cod Construction Cost Guide

Tags: New Homes Cape Cod, Cape Cod Builder, Project Planning, cost per square foot, Decorating for the Holidays, Cape Cod Events, christmas on Cape Cod

Looking for Land for Sale on Cape Cod?

Posted by REEF Builders on Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Looking for land on Cape Cod for you new home?  Here's a fantastic opportunity for a family compound or estate property overlooking the Great Marsh of Barnstable and Sandy Neck.  This 8.98 acre parcel is located at 134 Route 6A, West Barnstable, with sweeping views of the marsh and dunes beyond. Due to it's size and location, this property would support multiple dwelling units, or it may be possible to subdivide subject to the Town of Barnstable Zoning By-law.


If  you are considering building new or renovating your home take a click here to download our 2022 Construction Cost Guide.  This guide provides up to date cost per square foot for all types of construction projects here on Cape Cod.


If you are looking for land for sale on Cape Cod, here's a link to our Cape Cod Land Search

The land buying process can be difficult and a bit overwhelming in today's regulatory environment, but the REEF team can make this process predictable as we are experts in Real Estate, Zoning, Permitting and of course full service design and construction for custom homes.


For more information about this fantastic land opportunity in click here for the full MLS Listing information for 134 Route 6A, West Barnstable, or contact the listing broker, Matt Teague at 508-394-3090



Tags: Real estate, cost per square foot, land for sale

2018 Construction Cost Guide for Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, May 01, 2018

The 2018 Construction Cost Guide is here! See how all of the various economic, labor, building code and trade issues will impact your Cape Cod home project.


Click Here to download: 2018 Construction Cost Guide


Tags: Construction Costs, Building Costs, cost per square foot, new construction rates per square foot chatham ma, new construction rates per square foot harwich ma, provincetown, waterfront custom home

Lumber Prices Set to hit Record Highs!

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Mar 08, 2018

This spring, we expect to see lumber prices hit record highs due to a number of factors in the industry. Over the last year the US government has imposed a 20% tariff on Canadian lumber in an effort to protect US Lumber manufacturers. In addition to tariffs, lumber supplies have been limited due to bad weather and wild fires in western Canada. The supply shortages got so bad last month that some lumber yards in the western US completely ran out of materials! Current commodity projections now show lumber moving to unprecedented record highs.

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So what does this all mean? Over the last 14 Months, lumber commodity prices have increased over 50% and we could see an additional increases as overall demand for construction materials is expected to skyrocket this spring and summer! Consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 in additional costs on a new small to mid-sized home project.


If you are considering a new Custom Home project, or major renovation project here on Cape Cod, plan on increasing your overall budget by at least 2-3%. There are also several design considerations you may want to take into account to reduce waste and maximize the value of the structural lumber used in your project.

At REEF we provide complete design, permitting and construction management services for all of your project needs here on Cape Cod. Contact us today to see how we can help!


For more information about lumber prices - check out this article by the Wall Street Journal!

Tags: cost per square foot, new home cape cod, Cape Cod custom home, lumber, construction, custom waterfront homes

Cost per Square Foot, Cape Cod Homes

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Apr 03, 2012

   If you are considering building your new custom home on Cape Cod, then there is one critical piece of information that you will want to know... how much will a custom home cost?   REEF is a custom builder on Cape Cod, and offers complete design/build services for new construction, remodeling, and tear-down and re-build projects.   We have recently produced a construction cost guide which will give potential clients a good idea of what their project might cost.  We have tailored the information to suit basic small homes, through highly detailed, well-appointed custom homes, and renovation projects.  This is critical information for potential customers who are planning a project over the next several months.   Click below to download our guide!!!


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Tags: cape cod custom builder, cape cod custom homes, cost per square foot

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