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Retro kitchen on Cape Cod

“People who enter this house often say two things: ‘This house makes me happy and you really should have a magazine feature it.’ I thought, ‘Why would I have a magazine feature it? I’ll just write a book.’” She goes on to explain she always had the goal of writing a book on her bucket list, she just never knew what she would write about. Sometimes, life just fills in the blanks, and checks the boxes for you.

None of this would have been possible without a partner. REEF Builders, in Dennis, is known as Cape Cod’s Home Builder, but perhaps more importantly, they have a reputation for quality work and standing behind their commitments. The homeowner says that when the time came, she and her husband started to look for a builder and they had seen Reef’s signs in front of many projects around town, but more importantly, friends had told them, ‘They are on-time, on-budget kind of people.’

“We had Jim Hagerty, REEF’s vice president and designer, review our plan for the new home. I asked him how confident he was that they could deliver what we wanted while still staying within our budget, a requirement other firms weren’t able to meet. He said, ‘100 percent confident.’ I knew we had our builder,” she recalls.

The homeowner credits the choice to go with REEF as one of the most important decisions they made throughout the process, and she knew she had made the right choice long before the project was completed, recalling a conversation with REEF’s president, Matt Teague. “Matt said, ‘When I see you in the grocery store in three or four years, I want you to be able to talk to me—I want you to say hello and tell me how much you still enjoy your new home.’” Teague was accurate in his prediction of the future, seeing as he is co-writing the upcoming new book about the project. 



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