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Truro Waterfront Contemporary

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

We wanted to share some video a project we just completed! This custom home, designed and built by our team here at REEF features stunning, panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay, and Provincetown, and offers one of the most breathtaking sunset views we have every seen. This project was the result of a lengthy and fairly complex planning and design process due to the sensitive and unique location of the property. We'll be sharing interior photos next week - so check in to see what the inside of this custom home reveals... you might be surprised!


If you are considering building your custom home here on Cape Cod click here to download our waterfront property guide!





Tags: waterfront homes, new construction rates per square foot truro ma, Cape Cod custom home, provincetown, custom waterfront homes, cape cod bay, outer cape

Building A Waterfront Home Part III - 3D Design

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Welcome to Part III of our series on planning, designing and building a waterfront custom home on Cape Cod. Currently, this project is nearing the construction phase, and the final plans have been turned into a 3D rendering to allow our customer the ability to get a very accurate feel for the design both inside and out. An accurate, 3D rendering is a great way to view the house on the site, with accurate topography, finishes and furnishings, and allows the owner to see and feel what it will be like to live in their new home. When designing a waterfront custom home, maximizing the view is always the driving factor. However, important considerations such as interior and exterior finishes, interior layout and overall feel of the home are still incredibly important. Our 3D rendering capabilities are extremely helpful in assessing the overall design and confirming that we have met the owner's design intent.

If you are considering designing and building a home on Cape Cod, contact us today to see what our design and construction team can do for you. Our team of designers and custom builders have a 30 year history of successful projects here on Cape Cod. As we always like to remind our customers, "You've been visiting the Cape your whole life, Isn't it time you stayed?"


Tags: Cape Cod Builder|Cape Cod Custom Homes|beach house, Cape Cod Builder, Home Design, waterfront homes, 3D Design

Building a Waterfront Home Part II

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Over the last week we have made some good progress on what is probably the most important part of the work involved in building on this waterfront home site. Our design, engineering and environmental team was able to negotiate some sand replenishment and fencing down on the beach to protect the owner's investment in their new custom home. The first step was to demolish the old house at the site (always fun to watch)



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The sand replenishment plan has 2 phases, first, the construction of a very robust oak and green heart sand fence, set on large pilings dug several feet into the beach.

Waterfront Custom Home By REEF Builders, Brewster

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The 2nd phase involves using the excavated clean sand from the future foundation, and placing it behind the fence. As you can see from the photos, this operation involves some detailed coordination and several pieces of heavy equipment on both the home site and the beach below. As the excavator gathers the sand above from the foundation hole, it is cast down to the beach where smaller machines install it behind the fence. The theory here is that the fence will reduce wash out of the sand on the beach during winter storms, providing a stable building platform and high level of protection for the future home. Based on the sensitive nature of this site, permitting and planning for this phase alone has taken well over 6 months. Our team was able to get permission from the town board of selectmen to access the beach from a nearby landing. However, we are only allowed to access the beach for a very short time, so good coordination with the subcontractor team is critical.

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The next steps will be to finalize the architectural details and begin home construction.

Tags: beach house, waterfront homes, waterview homes

Building a Waterfront Home - Part 1

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Wed, Mar 29, 2017

Building A Waterfront Home

REEF is starting another waterfront custom home project next week. We are planning a multi-part series on our blog over the next several months documenting the specific challenges and unique requirement of building on the ocean. This project is a great opportunity to look at the various phases of construction, and how the complex permitting, engineering and environmental management teams come together to create the final product.

We will begin next week with the erosion control, demolition and clearing phases at the site, tearing down the existing structure and preparing the site for the new home. Even more exciting is the fact that this project will also have a substantial beach and sand replenishment component, where we will go in and support the existing bank at the water's edge using a combination of sand and sand retention fencing.

Look for regular updates over the coming week and throughout the summer. Our design team, lead by Jim Hagerty and Sara Hamilton, has been working with our engineering and environmental consultants over the last year to bring this custom home project to this point. The architectural design is nearly complete, so we'll begin construction of the home in the early summer. Here's what we'll be starting with:


 If you are interested in building a waterfront home - click here to download our Waterfront Property Guide


Tags: cape cod waterfront homes, waterfront homes

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

Custom Waterfront Home in Brewster

Posted by REEF Custom Homes on Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Our team did a great job finishing this new Custom Home on the water in Brewster.  We were able to move the customers in early so they could enjoy the 4th of July weekend in their new home.  It takes a great team of people to consistently execute our projects with a high level quality and craftsmanship.  It takes and exceptional team to bring those projects in on time (or a little ahead of schedule in this case!) and on budget!  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen!!


Tags: cape cod style, Custom Homes, waterfront homes

Finishing up - Chatham Waterfront Home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

It is great when a plan comes together! This time of year is very exciting for our team here at REEF.  We get to see all of our hard work and effort come together in the beautiful homes that we get the privilege of building here on Cape Cod!  Here are some pictures of a new custom home we are finishing up in Chatham. This is a waterfront home, with very tight restrictions due to our proximity to the water.  Our team of designers, engineers, and contractors really came together to produce fun, open, and tastefully designed  home that meets the owner's spacial needs while still taking advantage of the sweeping views.  Enjoy!









Tags: Custom Homes, waterfront homes, chatham

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


Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Apr 28, 2016

If you are considering building, purchasing or remodeling a custom home on a water front property on Cape Cod, then you should take a moment to download our Waterfront Property Guide!  Building your dream home can be an exciting process, but you want to make sure you can built exactly what you want first!

The regulations involved in building on the water can be overwhelming when you consider the following:

  1. Local, state and federal wetlands regulations
  2. Special regulations only associated with costal areas
  3. Zoning regulations specific to waterfront properies
  4. How many bedrooms can the lot support?
  5. Can I add on to the existing structure?
  6. What size home can be built on your lot?

All of these are important questions that you will need to answer before making a significant investment in your custom home!

The design/build team at REEF can help -





Tags: cape cod waterfront homes, waterfront homes, waterview homes

Waterfront Deck on new Cape Cod Home

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Thu, Apr 18, 2013

Building homes on Cape Cod is really rewarding, in part because we get to create spaces that will be a special part of our customers’ lives. Many of our customers are interested in optimizing their existing homes for the enjoyment of their family and friends.  Here's a quick look at a deck that we built overlooking the water on Cape Cod. What a great place to enjoy your morning coffee, or afternoon siesta...

Waterfront Deck on new Cape Cod Home

Cape Cod Waterfront Home by REEF Builders

Waterfront Deck on new Cape Cod Home

Tags: Cape Cod Builder|Cape Cod Custom Homes|beach house, waterfront homes, decks

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