Right-Sizing Your Home Addition

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As premier custom builders on the Cape, the experts at C. J. Riley handle many Cape Cod home addition projects. Building an addition on your home is a popular, cost-effective alternative to a whole-house remodel or relocating to a new home altogether, and an addition that is customized to meet your family’s specific needs can … Continue reading Right-Sizing Your Home Addition »

Holiday Gift Ideas from a Cape Cod Builder (Seriously!)

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With Halloween in the rearview mirror, the holiday season is officially upon us, bringing with it another surge of gift-giving anxiety. If your loved ones absolutely don’t need any more knickknacks, scarves, or gift cards, we suggest opting for meaningful, practical gifts from your favorite custom builder on Cape Cod. We’ve got a few ideas: … Continue reading Holiday Gift Ideas from a Cape Cod Builder (Seriously!) »

Questions to Ask a Cape Cod Builder

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You know that moment at the end of an important meeting when you’re asked, “Do you have any questions?” and your brain draws an inescapable, panic-inducing blank? I absolutely have questions, you think to yourself. Probably several! But now you’ve put me on the spot and I can’t remember a single one. It happens to … Continue reading Questions to Ask a Cape Cod Builder »

Renovating a Bathroom with Aging in Place in Mind

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It’s not much fun to think about getting older, but for homeowners, making aging-in-place preparations early can save you a lot of worry down the road. If you plan to someday retire to your Cape Cod home, or you’ve already settled down on the Cape for the long haul, you can make thoughtful home renovations … Continue reading Renovating a Bathroom with Aging in Place in Mind »

Preparing Your Cape Cod Home for a Hurricane

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Have you heard? Cape Cod has tornadoes now. The recent weather events were unexpected, to say the least. The recent insanity also served as a reminder that hurricane season is upon us. On Cape Cod, we experience most of these storms between August and early fall. Though we all cross our fingers for the kind … Continue reading Preparing Your Cape Cod Home for a Hurricane »

Blurring the Line Between Indoor & Outdoor Living

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Google “outdoor living” or “blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living” and you’ll find so many awe-inspiring ideas, you may end up slamming the computer shut as you think “There’s no way I can ever do anything like that.” Don’t get frustrated. Get creative. But with a thoughtful design process, and a few minor changes, bringing … Continue reading Blurring the Line Between Indoor & Outdoor Living »

Renovating a Historic Cape Cod Home

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At one of the charming historic homes on Cotuit’s famed “Loop,” the loose circle comprised of Main Street and Oceanview Avenue, we took what had been a little-used sitting room and created a space that works as both a family room and a guest suite for the homeowners’ frequent summer visitors. Along with bathroom and … Continue reading Renovating a Historic Cape Cod Home »

Making the Case for Millwork

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If you think ornamental millwork is only for mega-mansions, you need to think again. Adding or upgrading woodwork to your Cape Cod home can be a surprisingly inexpensive way to bring the look of any room to the next level. Beyond Basic If your home has basic, or “builder grade,” baseboard trim — a simple … Continue reading Making the Case for Millwork »

Spring Ahead With Small Projects

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Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. There’s still a bit of daylight when you get home from work. We “spring ahead” as we change the clocks in less than a month. Spring is coming, which means summer won’t be far behind. In preparation, consider some minor upgrades that will allow you to make the most of your … Continue reading Spring Ahead With Small Projects »

Say WHAT? Learning to Speak ‘Builder Lingo’

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If you’ve ever watched Flip This House on A&E, you’ve probably noticed that builders speak their own language. When they talk about a “doghouse dormer” or a “header,” they’re not referencing canine housing or an Olympic dive. Confused? Read on and we’ll break it down. Dormers In general, a dormer raises a portion of the roof in a … Continue reading Say WHAT? Learning to Speak ‘Builder Lingo’ »