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How the Pandemic is changing home design

Posted by REEF Builders on Wed, Apr 27, 2022
  •  The recent Covid-19 pandemic will have lasting impacts on society, specifically with regard to how people will live and work in the future.  Working from home was a novelty until a couple of years ago, and it has swiftly become the norm for many industries, and with people spending more time at home, we are seeing changes coming in home design that are probably here to stay.    Here are some of the changes that current and future generations are looking for in a new home or major renovation project:   
  • Larger home offices, and often times multiple office rooms in one home
  • Larger more elaborate bathrooms
  • Relaxation spaces like rooms dedicated to video games, home theater, or golf simulators

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Here's a great article with some additional information on how the pandemic is changing housing in the future:  How the Pandemic is Changing Housing

If you are looking to build or renovate your home on Cape Cod, consider working with the REEF Builders team with complete design, permitting, and construction services.

Looking for costs per square foot for a new home on Cape Cod?  Click here to download our Construction Cost Guide




Tags: custom home design

Classic Cape style Overlooking Cape Cod Bay

Posted by REEF Builders on Thu, Sep 17, 2020

We are proud to present exterior photos of our latest waterfront custom home project overlooking Cape Cod Bay! This home sits on a quiet hillside in East Dennis, with sweeping 180 degree views of the bay.  DJI_0002-2

This project was designed to take advantage of the views afforded by this incredible location, with a 3000sf , 4 bedroom main house and a 600sf , 1 bedroom guest quarters and office above the detached 2 car garage.  The site was very challenging, with wetlands on 2 sides and limited room to build, but REEF team was able to design around these limitations and the results speak for themselves.   The rear of the home features a large deck, patio, fire pit, and a hidden roof deck over the screened porch area, all designed to take advantage of the views.  We were even able to get a water view out of the walkout basement!

REEF Builders, Architectural Design, Custom Building, Cape Cod

REEF Builders, Custom Builder, Cape Cod,


REEF Builders, Cape Cod, Waterfront, Custom Home


If you are considering  designing and building a new home or major renovation on Cape Cod, please consider the REEF Builders team for your next project.


Tags: Cape cod builders, custom home design, waterfront custom home

Brewster Bay View Beach House

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Oct 24, 2019

We're proud to present our latest project- the Brewster Bay View Beach House. This home was designed, permitted and built by our talented team here at REEF Builders. In addition to the exceptional location, on Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, this home features over 6,000sf of living space, and a 3 car garage with a room underneath the car bays. REEF was involved in this project from day one, meeting with the owner and real estate agents to discuss possibilities and development potential and created an effective and efficient permitting strategy and design that allowed our customers to maximize the home size and location on the site. The permitting process for this home took just about 1 year to complete, as we pursued permits for both the house and an extensive beach nourishment protocol, allowing the owner to protect their investment from the wave action inherent to this site.

The final results were fantastic and we are thrilled to have been part of this project!


If you are looking for waterfront property on Cape Cod, we would highly recommend downloading both our Waterfront Property Guide and our Guide to Buying Land on Cape Cod










Tags: custom home design, waterfront property guide, waterfront custom home

Top Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Feb 02, 2017

The kitchen is the focal point of all of our custom homes that we design and build here on Cape Cod. It's a place where family and friends gather to cook, eat, and celebrate throughout the year. Kitchen design trends continue to evolve, but clean, classic lines, and eclectic textures and materials appear to remain as a theme this year. Take a look at these kitchens from Houzz.com

Best of Houzz - Kitchens from Around the World

We will definitely incorporate some of these design motifs over the next few years as we work to design and build all types of custom homes on Cape Cod. Here are a few we complted recently

If you are need architectural design or building services for your Cape Cod home or renovation project, consider REEF for your next project

If you want to see what we're working on  follow us on Instagram

REEF Custom Builders, Kitchen, Dennis, Waterfront


 Custom Kitchen in Chatham  By REEF Custom Builders - Design/Build Cha



Tags: Cape Cod Kitchen, kitchen design, custom home design

Attention Investors! - REEF Designed and built home sells in 2 weeks!

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

The REEF team was asked to design and build a  contemporary home, with clean lines and modern  finishes in Truro.  The owners worked with Jim Hagerty our lead designer and developed a clean contempory look using high quality, low maintenance materials.  The project  moved over to the construction team a year ago and REEF's building team did agreat job executing the plan. The owners wanted to recover their investment quickly and put the house on the market as  soon as the landscaping work was complete.  The results - a full price offer within 2 weeks of hitting the market!  The owners have just purchased a second property and have engaged the team at REEF to design and build a second custom home!   The outer cape offers great investment opporutnities, especially with new, high quality construction, and a beautiful contemporary design.   If you are thinking of designing, or building a custom home in Truro, or anywhere on Cape Cod, consider a team with proven results!  Consider REEF Custom Builders!






Tags: Real Estate Investment, custom home design, Contemoorary Design, Modern Design

Brewster Beach House

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Mon, Sep 19, 2016

We are so excited to share the photos of the waterfront custom home that REEF designed and built in Brewster!  This project had several challenges, limited space, conservation restrictions, but the results speak for themselves.  Simple, clean, tasteful design by Jim Hagerty, REEF's princpal designer and great execution by our entire contract team.  Starting with the demolition and foundation, right through the finishing details, our team gave 100% on this project and the results speak for themselves!.  If you are considering designing or building a custom home on Cape Cod, let REEF provide the design expertise, teamwork and craftsmanship  to turn your idea into reality!  You've been coming to the Cape your whole life, isn't it time you stayed?

Click here to see the gallery on Facebook: Brewster Beach House






Tags: custom home design, beach house, waterfront homes

Interior Trends for Fall 2016

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Interior trends are changing quickly, and we are fortunate, as a designer and builder of custom homes, that we get to see broad spectrum of styles and selections in the new homes we build.  There are some exciting trends in color, materials and style this year and we came across this blog as we were doing our research. Natural fabrics, neutral colors, and simple style are the consistent themes this year.   Click Here  to Check out the latest for Fall 2016 Interiors 

When designing and building your Cape Cod Home, the interior selections are one of the major items that should be considered early on in the process.  A coordinated plan, with tasteful selections, furnishings, and paint colors can create that timeless style that is quintessential Cape Cod!



Tags: custom home design, Interior Decorating

What's new at REEF?

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Wed, May 25, 2016

 REEF Builders offers complete design build services for custom homes throughout Cape Cod.  More importantly, REEF has an incredibly talented design team consisting of Jim Hagerty, who is also a principal and vice president,  Sara Hamiliton, assistant designer, and Cameron Savela, our draftsman.  Most of the time, they are working through important details and issues related to zoning, building code and other regulatory issues as they pursue permits for our projects, but occassionally, they do get a chance to show off their talents.


Here's a little project our team of expert designers is working on right now. This is a custom contemporary home designed to complement the dunes of the outer cape and capture the stunning sunsets across Cape Cod Bay!


We employ advanced software in all of our design development to allow our customers to better understand how their vision will fit into the landscape, which you can see in this video

If you are considering designing and building your custom home on Cape Cod, come see what our team can do for you!

Tags: Custom Homes, custom home design, waterfront homes

15 Ideas for Great Residential Design

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Jul 30, 2012

   Professional Builder Magazine recently published their "Design Innovation Repoort" which was developed with leaders in residential design from across the country.  There were 15 key points in this report, many of which make a lot of sense, and can provide some inspiration for your next New Home, Remodeling or Renovation Project. 

See the full article here: http://www.housingzone.com/design/15-great-ideas-leaders-residential-design

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Tags: cape cod custom homes, Home Design, House Design, custom home design

New Waterfront Custom Home Design

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Jun 13, 2012

   Here is a new waterfront custom home created by our talented designer and Vice President Jim Hagerty.  Jim has been designing and building custom homes throughout southeastern Massachusetts for the last 20 years.  His attention to detail, style, and ability to listen to his customers are clearly demonstrated in his work.  If you are planning a Custom Home on Cape Cod, or a Renovation or Remodeling Project, you should hire a team like REEF to take your project from Concept to Completion.

Front View:

New Waterfront Home on Cape Cod

Rear View

Rear of New Home by REEF

Tags: Custom Homes, custom home design, cape cod new home

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