Jim Hagerty | REEF Builders

Retirement and relocation are big steps in anyone’s life. These moves often involve major changes in lifestyle and, for those fortunate enough, can mean building a new house, or having the opportunity to turn a summer cottage into a year-round home. REEF, one of Cape Cod’s preeminent homebuilders, has built over 1,500 homes in its nearly 30-year history and work hard to make any customer’s transition stress-free and seamless.

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Over the years, REEF has built a sterling reputation in the area. “Most of our new customers come from old customers—much of our new business is by referral,” says Vice President and Lead Designer Jim Hagerty. “Because we build a very high-quality house, and we respond rapidly and professionally to requests and questions, people know they can trust REEF.”

Those thinking about retiring or relocating to Cape Cod who do not have local connections don’t need to worry about pestering project managers or hunting down designers when they choose REEF. “We have developed systems and processes that keep our customers in the loop at every step of the project,” explains Hagerty. “A picture tells a thousand words, so we have a system that delivers progress photos to our customers on a regular basis. We have built homes for people as far away as Thailand. That customer arrived to find his newly constructed home freshly cleaned and ready for his furniture.”

Every REEF home begins with a solid understanding of the customer’s lifestyle, and an awareness of their needs and desires. A design for the home is developed in concert with the customer, so they understand from the beginning how their decisions are affecting the floor plan, the timeline, and the budget. Every component of the home is selected and finalized before the building process begins.

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“Our customers know exactly how much their new home will cost, and when it will be ready for occupancy, before the first shovel goes into the ground,” says Director of Business Development Chuck Tuttle. “Because we are responsible for the permitting, site preparation, design, and construction of the home, we are completely accountable for every aspect of the project.”

Countless Cape Codders share a similar story: They spent their summers as children here, and continued that tradition through their adult years.  The transition from second-homeownership to year-round Cape Cod can be challenging. In order to transform a summer cottage into a year-round home REEF recommends bringing in expert help.

“There are myriad renovations that people undertake to make cottages year-round homes. It’s important to remember that building codes and town bylaws must be accommodated. Many times homeowners will install a system, or renovate a portion of a home, only to learn later that their hard work and investment is all for naught. It’s important to consult a licensed contractor before beginning work in order to stay in compliance with applicable regulations,” says Hagerty.

For those on the fence as to whether the Cape is right for year-round life, Hagerty offers some food for thought. “Cape Cod is one of those unique seasonal resort areas whose infrastructure has developed so that residents enjoy a very high- quality, year-round lifestyle. Where else can you enjoy a day at the beach, followed by a concert in the park? And there are so many different ecosystems and environments, from dunes to cedar swamps, bogs to forest trails. Plus, with REEF you have an excellent homebuilder that you can count on 24/7!”

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