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2016 Construction Cost Guide is Here!

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

*** This new post should correct any tecnhical issues we had with the last one! - now you should be able to download the guide or be sent an email with a link to the document***

if you don't receive it for some reason, please call 508-394-3090 and we'll send a copy directly

 

2016 has been an intersting year so far with several changes in the marketplace!  Custom home projects are still in high demand,  along with major renovations and additions. It seems like everyone still wants to improve their home on the Cape Cod.  Costs are changing with the marketplace, and things like new code changes, new local regulations, materials and labor costs all have an impact.  This year, we have completed several finely appointed custom home projects, and we have found a new partner to keep construction costs low, in some cases 20-30% less than the current market!  So if you want to find out how much your new home project will cost  - Download our new 2016 Construction Cost Guide!

Download our Free  Construction Cost Guide

Tags: Construction Costs, Custom Homes, Cape Cod Builder

2016 Construction Cost Guide is Here!

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Mar 10, 2016

2016 has been an intersting year so far with several changes in the marketplace!  Custom home projects are still in high demand,  along with major renovations and additions. It seems like everyone still wants to improve their home on the Cape Cod.  Costs are changing with the marketplace, and things like new code changes, new local regulations, materials and labor costs all have an impact.  This year, we have completed several finely appointed custom home projects, and we have found a new partner to keep construction costs low, in some cases 20-30% less than the current market!  So if you want to find out how much your new home project will cost  - Download our new 2016 Construction Cost Guide!

Download our Free  Construction Cost Guide

Tags: Construction Costs, Custom Homes, Cape Cod Builder

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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Tags: cape cod homes, Cape Cod Home, Cape Cod Life, cape associates, Custom Homes, Building Costs, Cape Cod Builder, beach house, cape cod new home

5 Great Ways to Jump-Start your Decluttering effort on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Busy summer? Stuff everywhere? Me too! Winter is coming - you'll be spending more time inside. So it's time to store the summer stuff, and organize eveything else.

Decluttering is highly underrated: a clean space is happy, productive space. Make it clean and you'll be happier - really!

So where do you begin? Do you create a filing system first, or get stuff into piles? Start at the front door and work backwards?

Here's a great guideline to help you declutter and refresh for the winter season:

5 Ways to Jump-Start your Decluttering effort for your Cape Cod home

Beautiful custom kitchen on Cape Cod

5 Ways to Jump-Start your Decluttering effort for your Cape Cod home

Beautiful open floor plan in Eastham on Cape Cod

 

 

Tags: Custom Homes, cape cod, design, Home Decor, kitchen, Fall Decorating

Ultimate Bathrooms

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Aug 07, 2012

   The Master Bathroom is one of the most important spaces in a New Home or Remodeling Project.  The emotional and aesthetic appeal of the space must balance with the functionality and utility of the various fixtures. A well designed Master Bath can be a showpiece and still meet all of the needs of the homeowner. There is a strong trend towards larger spaces with accessibility features such as curbless tubs and roll in showers that can meet the needs of a homeowner for years to come. 

Here are some great designs we found from builderonline.com: Ultimate Bathrooms

Cape Cod Bathroom

Tags: Custom Homes, Bathroom Remodeling, aging in place

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

Gardening Ideas - Outdoor Refuge

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, May 15, 2012

    Now that spring is here, and summer is just around the corner, we felt that a little outdoor inspiration might be in order.  Building a custom home on Cape Cod doesn't end at the walls and the roof.  Creating a unique landscape, with some special features can really make the difference between the average and the exceptional.  We found this great feature article from Freshome.com with ideas that might inspire your next landscaping project.  We hope you enjoy!

 

http://freshome.com/2012/05/14/38-garden-design-ideas-turning-your-home-into-a-peaceful-refuge/

 

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Tags: renovation, Custom Homes, landscaping, cape cod new homes

10 Home Trends to Kiss Goodbye

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, May 02, 2012

  In the past, REEF has always promoted new and exciting designs, products and features for new homes, renovation and remodeling.  So today, we thought we might try something different. We came across a very interesting article on MSN Real Estate that talks about 10 home trends that are quickly losing popularity.  Ranging from things like 2-story living rooms, to fancy jetted tubs, this article highlights the trends that builders and realtors are seeing across the country.  Custom homes often become a mix of features that customers have seen and liked elsewhere, but some of those choices don't make practical sense over the long term. 

Click below to see the article, you might be surprised: http://realestate.msn.com/kiss-these-10-once-popular-home-features-goodbye?#2

Tags: renovation, House Design, new homes, Custom Homes, green homes, Home Design

Value Engineering Your Cape Cod Custom Home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Fri, Apr 27, 2012

    Building a custom home on Cape Cod can be a daunting process, however, one of the biggest hurdles is managing the budget.  Value engineering is a term often used to describe the process of re-working a design to meet budget constraints.   This is a great process, but it is very hard to do late in the design process, when costs have gone out of control.  Costs are controlled one dollar at a time, through a combination of design, construction techniques, and selection of finishes and fixtures. It is almost impossible to shave $100,000 off of a $300,000 project.  A better approach is to set a budget of $200,000 and drive the project to that goal at each stage of the design and selection process.  

 Since REEF is a design/build company, we assist in developing the budget expectation, and take ownership of the budget throughout the construction process.  Managing expectation is the key to a sucessful project, a good finished product, and satisfied customers.

 

Here is a great article with some tips for value engineering your home project from housingzone.com: Value Engineering a Custom Home

If you want to know what your budget might look like for your next project, click below to download our construction cost guide:

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Tags: Custom Homes, Construction Costs, value engineering

Remodeling Spending up 6%

Posted by Matthew Teague on Thu, Apr 26, 2012

IMAG0410 resized 600   The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University has revently published its Leading Indicator for Remodeling Activity assessment, and things are really looking up.  After two years at historic lows, the outlook is  promising for remodelers, and custom home builders, with an expected increase of 5.9% by the end of the year.  As discussed in previous posts, we here at REEF, Cape Cod's Home Builder, have seen increased demand for remodeling and renovation services over the last several months.  So what does this mean for the consumer? A few things:

  1. Increased demand will result in increased material and labor costs
  2. Builders and remodelers will begin to develop a backlog, delaying execution of projects
  3. Now is a great time to begin planning your next project and beat the rush!

 

Here is the full article from remodeling.hw.net: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/economic-conditions/lira-remodeling-spending-up-almost-6-by-years-end.aspx

Tags: remodeling, renovation, Custom Homes

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