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Buying Land on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Fri, Nov 30, 2018

We are constantly receiving inquiries about land on Cape Cod, where to buy, what's buildable, etc.  Over the last few years, we have been pleasantly surprised to see how many great lots are available for building here on Cape Cod.  Each piece of property on Cape Cod is unique and often times will come with several layers of regulatory requirements that can increase construction costs, limit design, or extend a design and permitting timeline for several months.  So how do you know what you can build before you buy?    In response to this question we've just published an informative guide that will help many people better understand the opportunities and risks associated with buying land on beautiful Cape Cod.

Click Here to Download our Guide to Buying Land On Cape Cod

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Once you have found your lot, you should know what the cost per square foot might be for your new Cape Cod Custom Home - click here to download our Construction Cost Guide

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If you are considering building a custom timber-framed home - click here to find out more about building with the Timberpeg system

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 If you are considering an investment in a waterfront home or property in close proximity to a beach, or wetland, then you will definitely appreciate the information available in our Waterfront Property Guide

Click to download our Waterfront Property Guide

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It's a great time to buy. Let REEF help you build your Cape Cod home.

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Follow the Build with REEF

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Have you ever wanted to see how a custom home is built on Cape Cod from start to finish? REEF and it's team of contractors have been selected for a special project called "Follow the Build" where you can watch one of our current projects from start to finish. The project is a custom home in a FEMA flood zone near Barnstable Harbor which was designed to meet all of the special requirements of flood zone construction and still meet the stringent requirements of the Old King's Highway Historic District. The original home on the property was built in the 1950's and was flooded twice during the winter of 2018, and the decision was made to rebuild.

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Due to the small lot size and busy location near the harbor, the REEF team worked with our suppliers and framing contractors to build most of the project components off site. This minimized the time on the site, and the number of deliveries as the summer traffic near the harbor can be incredibly heavy. We worked with Shepley Wood Products and Cape Cod Panel and TM Framing to pre-fabricate most of the project off site. So what are the results? 1) Incredibly accurate and well made framing, assembled with computer controlled nailing machines, that far exceed the high wind zone structural requirements 2) Dramatic savings and time and waste on the job site, in fact we were able to build the frame of this 2300sf home with porches and decks in about 1 week !

Follow the build project here: Follow the build with REEF!

 

 

If you are considering building a Custom Home on Cape Cod, click here to find out more about Cape Cod Construction Costs

If you have a Waterfront Project in mind, click here to download our Waterfront Property Guide

 

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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.

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Click Here to download: 2018 Construction Cost Guide

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Building a Waterfront Home Part IV

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

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Since the last part of this series a lot has happened! We completed the design process and were able to obtain our final building permits through the town's building department. This process should take about 30 days, but with a large home, expect lots of questions from the building commissioner. Structural details and engineering had to be submitted and reviewed with our engineer and this process takes time. We began work in September, clearing the site and moving out excess soil that would have otherwise been in our way for construction.

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Most of this soil will have to be brought back into the site for back fill, due to the limited area to work and the constraints inherent to construction in a conservation area. With the fill removed, we were able get to work on the basement footings and walls.

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After the footings are installed, the next step is to form and place concrete in the lower level walkout basement walls, which will remain below grade once complete - you can see the form work in the next photo

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Once the concrete has been poured in the lower walls and it has cured, the forms are removed and rigid foam insulation is placed against the walls to protect from frost from migrating through the foundation walls and heaving the soils below the house.

Here are some pictures with the foam insulation installed:

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With the foam in place - the lower walls can now be back filled and we are ready to grade and compact the soils under the areas inside the footings to prepare for the flood slab. This is an important step in the process, as it saves time because it would be impossible to use heavy equipment inside the foundation after the walls are poured.

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Next steps? This week we will be setting up the rest of the form work for the basement, installing the remaining reinforcing bars and pouring concrete in the walls! We will also start working on the foundation waterproofing system, drainage work and the plumbing that will go under the slab for the basement bathrooms.

If you are considering designing and building a waterfront new home, please consider our team here at REEF!

Here are some more useful links!

Construction Cost Guide for Cape Cod

Waterfront Property Guide

Interested in Post and Beam construction - check out our Timberpeg Page

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