Adding on or remodeling your existing house has countless benefits: better functionality, increased energy efficiency, increased enjoyment, and last but not least, added value. It goes without saying that incorporating the right key features into your home so that it’s value and marketability is maximized is a hot topic these days. There are countless TV shows that demonstrate example after example on how and why these improvements should occur.
Cape Dreams will work with you to ensure that these improvements not only increase your home’s value, but also surpass your highest expectations. Remodeling your existing kitchen or bath can bring new life to your home and make it all the more enjoyable for your family. Replacing old, drafty windows will not only make your home’s appearance a whole lot better, but will also increase it’s energy efficiency and decrease it’s required maintenance.
In this section we have highlighted some of the key aspects of home remodeling. If you have further questions about any of the topics discussed or if you don’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Kitchen and Baths: Remodeling your kitchen or bath is one of the best ways to revitalize your home. It can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, but once again we emphasize the importance to dedicate enough time in the planning and design of your new kitchen or bath.
Dean Miller, of Ultimate Woodworks, a cabinet maker and kitchen installer of 30+ years, is a crucial member of the Cape Dreams Building and Design Team. We work with our customers to see that all the details of the cabinets themselves, as well as the crucial layout of the kitchen is most functional.
Custom Decks: Cape Dreams can create a beautiful, custom designed deck that will suit your every need and please your aesthetic eye. Outdoor living spaces are truly a staple of the Cape Cod lifestyle. A functional but attractive deck can truly revitalize your enjoyment of your natural surroundings. Decking products have come a long way since the mainstream deck of choice was all pressure treated lumber. Today, the options are many and quite varied. All deck frames are constructed of pressure treated lumber or a naturally weather resistant wood, such as Ipe. When it comes to the decking itself and the railing systems however, you have a wide range of options. See Photos
Outdoor Showers: Outdoor showers and Cape Cod go hand in hand. After a relaxing day at the beach there is nothing better than taking a refreshing shower in the beautiful outdoors. Cape Dreams will build to suit when it comes to your outdoor shower. We can design a shower catered to your needs or provide you with examples of other showers we have created. The basics of our outdoor showers consist of a pressure treated frame, composite decking, and cedar walls. Composite decking, namely ProCell, works best when it comes to the deck surface. It is constantly getting wet, and often does not receive much direct sunlight, however, ProCell seems to stand up well to these conditions. For the shower walls, we like to use natural cedar 1×6 tongue and groove. But, there are a range of other materials that you may prefer to use. See Photos
Roof Replacement: Replacing your roof is eventually a necessary task However, doing so can truly enhance the appearance of your home. A red cedar roof captures the traditional feel of old Cape Cod. Also available now are pressure-treated red cedar roof shingles. These shingles will outlast non treated roofs and create the same beautiful appearance. Architectural asphalt shingles are the most common these days, and in many people’s opinion, the most attractive. These shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. Visit: www.certainteed.com for more information. Call Cape Dreams today for a free quote on replacing your roof!
Siding Replacement: Replacing old, scorched shingles with new cedar shingles will give your home a face lift that is sure to please. Cape Dreams recommends using pre-stained shingles. These shingles are stained at the factory and come in a variety of colors. These shingles will last significantly longer that non-stained shingles. Visit www.maibec.com for more information on their complete line of pre-stained shingles. If your house has clapboard siding, a good alternative to traditional cedar clapboards is a product made by James Hardie. The clapboard is made of a fiber cement material and looks like natural cedar clapboards. The advantage is a low maintenance product that resists rotting and cracking and comes with an available 15-year paint warranty. James Hardie siding is non-combustible and comes with a limited, transferable warranty for up to 50 years. In either case, replacing your house’s siding will add value and can significantly decrease or virtually eliminate previously required maintenance.
Trim Replacement: Replacing old wooden trim, which is prone to rot, with new PVC trim ensures that replacing or repairing rotten trim is a thing of the past. PVC trim will never rot, split or peel. But perhaps the best advantage of using PVC trim is the fact that you don’t have to paint it! If you your house has white trim, PVC trim boards (which come in white) will replace the need to ever have to repaint your trim. If your house is a color other than white, painting PVC trim is not a problem either. In fact the leading manufacturers of PVC trim boards offer warranties with leading manufacturers of paint companies. Koma trimboards are the preferred PVC trim board of Cape Dreams. These products can be viewed at: www.komatrimboards.com. Azek is another popular manufacturer. Their website is www.azek.com. Cape Dreams feels that it is best to see, touch, and feel these products in person. We would be more than happy to meet with you, show you samples of these products, and answer any questions that you may have. Choosing to replace your existing wooden trim with either Azek or Koma trim boards will truly enhance the appearance of your house.
Window and Door Replacement: Replacing those old, drafty windows and doors can you save you thousands over the years in energy costs. Cape Dreams encourages our customers to once again, do their homework when it comes to choosing their windows and doors. A lot of information is available on line. To learn more about Andersen Windows, visit: www.andersonwindows.com and for Marvin windows visit: www.marvin.com. To see these windows in person, visit the showrooms available here on the Cape.
Shepley Wood Products, located at 216 Thornton Drive in Hyannis, has showrooms of both Marvin and Andersen windows. Shepleys website may also be of help to you: www.shepleywood.com. MidCape Home Centers also has an Andersen showroom located at 1520, rt. 132 in Hyannis.
Built-Ins: Whether it’s an entertainment center or a cozy window seat. Cape Dreams can create a truly custom piece of “built-in furniture” in you home. We will work with you to create a unique setting that will serve not only as blank but also as blank. Fill in the rest with something creative that can convey the use of finish carpentry skills along with the knowledge of working with customers to achieve their goals. See Photos
This Letter is to state our complete satisfaction for the excellent work that Paul van Steensel did on the almost 3000 square foot addition he built for us last year. The addition required complex framing in attaching it to our existing house, unique dormers, and extensive trim detail. Paul was a perfectionist in making sure that everything he did was to our satisfaction. Paul scheduled the job that as soon as one phase was completed the next was begun seamlessly and without delay so the job was done in a timely manner as well. Our addition has turned out to be better than we had expected.
W.L. , Orleans, MA