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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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Waterfront Custom Home, Cape Cod Builder, Design, Waterfront, Beach house

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

Tags: beach house, waterfront homes, waterview 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

Beautiful Stonework at REEF Built Home on Cape Cod

Posted by REEF Cape Cod's Home Builder on Mon, Apr 01, 2013

Sometimes landscaping really brings a home alive. We often suggest to our Customers to let us do the heavy stuff: moving earth, building walls, creating lawns. Then they can enjoy doing the fun stuff, like planting flower gardens, small shrubs, etc.

Here’s an example of some “heavy stuff” that will really enhance this ocean view property. Check out this short video to see how a substantial rock wall can define and enhance a side yard with a million-dollar view. Once the Owners move-in, they’ll have a great space for some the “fun stuff”: selecting and planting their favorite flowers, grasses and shrubs.

Beautiful stonework at REEF home on Cape Cod

Beautiful Home with Million Dollar View

Beautiful stonework at REEF home on Cape Cod

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