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Craftsmanship and Style by REEF

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Building a custom Cape Cod  home is always a blend of Craftsmanship and Style

Our team at REEF, Cape Cod's Home Builder  understands the team approach to building a home, the customer comes in with an idea and budget (that's right, everyone has a budget!), our team works through the deasign, finshes, permitting, and we trust our fantastic team of field staff, contractors, and craftsmen to make all of that hard work a reality.  When you are designing a Custom Home on Cape Cod, there are a lot of great examples of simple, yet elegant shingle style, or traditional cape cod style construction, but without a team of men and women in the field who have spent decades perfecting their skills, we could not build the fine homes we build today.


It is as much a plesure for us as it is for our customers to see the results of style and craftsmanship come together. 

If you are considering building a Custom Home on Cape Cod, and you understand that building a home is a team effort, and a fine balance between style and craftsmanship, please contact us.  You won't be dissappointed!





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Green Building

Posted by Matthew Teague on Thu, May 24, 2012

     Custom Builders are constantly asked questions about green construction, and sustainable or environmentally friendly products.  There are two distinct sides of the green construction concept.  Firste ther are green products, which are generally from renewable or sustainable resources, and also products that are healthy for the indoor environment.  Second is green building technology which consists of advanced insulation and waterproofing techniques, and high efficiency, or sustainable heating, cooling, and power generation systems.

      Our experience over the last several years has taught us that despite the innovative technology used in developing many of these products, many of these products and techniques are still unproven. The Green Building movement is still in its infancy, and there have been several problems with moisture, mold, and building envelope failures over even a short period of time.  At REEF, we have taken the time to assess and evaluate many of the current and future green building concepts, and we have found proven, yet highly efficient and safe products that work. Our team of experts prides themselves in staying current on Green trends and techniques.

     There are several Green Building concepts that we really like.  As a matter of fact, 3 years ago, REEF invested in photovoltaic solar panels on our own office building here on Cape Cod, and the results have been fantastic! 

Here is an interesting article from Risk Magazine that highlights some of the current problems with green building products.


Tags: green construction, custom home builder, Green building

Wiring your Home for the Future

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, May 18, 2012

    Technology changes quickly, and that stands true for wiring your home.  Over the last several years, we have have seen wiring needs change for custom homes and renovations.  The days of a traditional phone jack in every room are out, especially on the Cape Cod, where summer residents don't want or need a permanent home phone line.  There are many innovations on the market now that will bring the entire home into the digital age.  We have even heard talk of appliances that can communicate over the internet, letting you know when dinner will be ready, or when your laundry is done. However, we feel the future of home entertainment and automation will be wireless.

   In the past, we have done extensive home automation systems with full structured wiring.  These systems are nice, and can control everything from home theater to HVAC and lighting. However, these systems are extremely expensive, and after a few years, they too become outdated.

Here is an article from ThisOldHouse.com discussing the future of wiring for the home. 



Tags: building a home, custom home, custom home builder, home theater

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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Tags: Cape cod builders, Cape Cod Home, custom home builder

Cape Cod Homes on Pinterest

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

   REEF has started a site on Pinterest to show off some of our work, and highlight innovative new products and designs in the custom home building world.   Follow along and see updates and new photos daily!

Click here to see the site: http://pinterest.com/capecodbuilder

Tags: renovation, custom home builder, building on cape cod

Renovation for Aging-in Place

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

   The real estate market is still at an all time low.  Many homes in desireable areas are available at a much lower price than ever before.  As a custom home builder, REEF is often brought in to assess existing properties for their future renovation or remodeling potential. With home prices so low,  purchasing  an existing him and investing in a major renovation might begin to make sense.  The most important item for many of our customers is the ability to design a home for an "aging in place" lifestyle.   This is not a new concept, but in the past, it was almost cost-prohibitive to invest in a major project to meet the "aging in place" concept.    Below is an article from in-lawsuite.com that discusses the possibilities, and provides some tips for smart investments in an existing home. 

Click here to read te article: Benefits of renovation for aging-in-place

If you would like to know more about an aging in place renovation, click below to contact one of our experts:

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Tags: renovation, custom home design, aging in place, custom home builder

Custom Home Plans with Broad Appeal

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Apr 04, 2012

     There are several key home features that we have found almost all buyers seek... 1st floor bedrooms, open and functional living spaces, room for expansion, and of course value.  As a custom home builder on Cape Cod, we serve a broad marketplace, from young families, to couples seeking to build their retirement home, so it is hard to find a plan that works for everyone.  We came across this article from Housingzone.com which highlights 6 very popular home designs.  The appeal of these plans ranges from smart design, well planned living spaces, and of course curb appeal.  There are some really great ideas here that you may want to work into your next home project. 


6 Best Selling Home Plans

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If you are looking for a custom home on Cape Cod, or if you would like to discuss some of these ideas for your next project.... please click below to ask one of the experts at REEF.


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Tags: custom home builder, cape cod custom builders, custom homes cape cod

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