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Family Room Addition in Assonet, MA

Family Room Addition in Assonet, MA This already beautiful home in Assonet, MA just added a spacious family room addition! With two growing children – you can never have enough...

Breezeway Ideas

Looking for breezeway ideas to connect your garage and home?  These beautiful additions are sure to give you plenty of inspiration! This arched breezeway combines stone, wood and even has a cupola! An L-shaped breezeway connects the garage to a side entrance of this classic colonial home. A small breezeway with a decorative balcony attaches the main home to the garage entrance on this Cape style home. A breezeway from the garage to the house with trellises on both sides! This breezeway doubles as an entertaining area with a fireplace and dining area! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more breezeway ideas and other home improvement...

Green Home Building Tips

Green Home Building Tips Building a green home will save you money while saving energy and the environment! Consider incorporating these ideas into your new home for a more sustainable future! Home orientation – Depending on your climate you can use passive design to keep your home cooler or warmer to help reduce energy consumption through heating and cooling. Build small – Smaller homes cost less to cool and heat so only build what you need. Windows – Choose energy efficient windows that are ENERGY STAR® qualified. Fixture & Appliances – Select water conserving faucets, shower heads, dishwasher and washing machine to slash your water consumption. Thermostats – Install learning thermostats that can be controlled by an app on your phone. If you’re thinking about building a green home be sure to visit our sustainability board for more green home building tips!...

Garage and Mudroom Addition – Fairhaven, MA

Garage and Mudroom Addition – Fairhaven, MA This Fairhaven, MA family of 5 just got a garage and mudroom addition to add much needed indoor parking and living space! If you can believe it, this tiny, two bedroom, one bathroom Ranch was turned into a four bedroom, two bathroom Colonial with a mudroom breezeway and a two car garage. The garage and mudroom exterior was matched to the home’s siding which is Mastic Carvedwood in Scottish Thistle. A GAF Timberline Lifetime Roofing System in Weathered Wood compliments the home’s vinyl siding color. GAF Timberline HD roofing shingles are our most popular architectural roofing shingle. The home features Harvey Classic new construction windows with a six over six grid pattern. These energy efficient windows even tilt in for easy cleaning. The bonus room above the garage is a great spot for the kids to gather to watch a movie, play some games or have friends over! A full dormer opens up the ceiling and provides an abundance of natural light through the energy efficient Harvey windows. Thinking about adding living and storage space to your home? We’ll walk you through your project from start to finish. Contact us today for a free preliminary construction...

In-Law Addition Ideas – Southcoast, MA

Looking for in-law addition ideas to prepare your home for long-term guests?  There are many options and configurations to consider. Here are some of our favorite ideas: Add a detached in-law suite to your property for ultimate privacy and independence for your loved ones. If you are working with a limited budget, consider renovating an existing room in your home to be a full studio apartment! Add an attached in-law suite off your garage with a separate entrance for a private retreat. An attic apartment suite with all the amenities could be the perfect spot for your long-term visitor. Above the garage additions are perfect if you don’t have the acreage to build out on your property. What kind of in-law suite would be best for your home?  To see more in-law addition ideas be sure to visit our Pinterest Addition...

Decking Material Options

There are many decking materials options to consider when building a new home or adding on to your existing home. The most popular decking options include composite, pressure treated and cedar. Composite decking is becoming increasingly popular because it is exceptionally low-maintenance and offers excellent warranties. It is resistant to scratches, splitting, stains, rot, insects, moisture and mildew! Composite decking is available in realistic wood grains and many color options. Pressure treated decking is an affordable option that will last fifteen years if it is properly maintained. It is chemically preserved to resist fungus, decay and bugs. Pressure treated decking is also able to be stained or painted to match your style. Cedar decking is another beautiful and natural decking option to consider for your new home. With proper cleaning and sealing, cedar will have a lifespan of approximately 20 years. It is naturally impervious to rot and insects and moisture as well! For more information and photos about your decking material options be sure to visit our Pinterest board or schedule an in home consultation to get the facts and...

Mudroom Addition Ideas

A mudroom addition can have many purposes and uses depending on the needs of your family. Think about incorporating these mudroom addition ideas into your design! A built in desk and mail station is a great way to keep incoming and outgoing mail in order. Adding a dry-erase board for your family’s busy schedule would be a great feature as well! Fido can clean off his dirty paws before going into the house if you add a handy dog wash station to your mudroom addition. It’s also a great place to rinse off boots or feet! A mudroom can double as a laundry room if your mudroom is big enough. Get the kids to take off their dirty clothes before entering the home! Include a bench in your mudroom design for a place to sit and take off shoes. Give everyone an assigned coat hanger, basket and a spot to store their shoes and boots. Want more mudroom addition ideas?  Follow our Pinterest...

Planning a Garage Addition

Planning a garage addition means you’ll have to do some research and make some decisions on how you plan to use the garage. Whether you are looking to keep dry, require more storage space, need room for a workshop or whatever your needs – a garage addition is a smart idea. Consider these tips when planning a garage addition for your home: Research your city or town’s specific zoning requirements to determine if you have space to build a garage on your property.  A legitimate contractor will know these requirements and can discuss them with you at the preliminary consultation. Decide between an attached or detached garage based on how you will be using the garage. If you plan to use the garage as a space to work on maintaining vehicles you might want a detached garage in order to reduce the noise and fumes near the home. If you want your garage to be an extension of your home to use as storage or a mudroom space you might choose to build an attached garage. Measure your vehicles and determine what else you will be storing in the garage to define your size requirements. Be sure to properly scale the size of the garage to compliment the home rather than overwhelming the home. Be sure to visit our Pinterest boards for more home addition inspiration!...

Universal Design Home Building

Universal design home building is becoming more prevalent in new construction and custom built homes.  Many people are choosing to build new homes that can accommodate all ages and physical requirements. Single floor living is a smart way to ensure you and your loved ones can remain in the home for as long as possible. Designing a universal design floor plan should at least consist of one bedroom, bathroom, living area, kitchen and dining area on the first floor. Zero-step entrances are an important aspect to building a universal design home. All entry doors, thresholds, doorways and decks should be built so they are manageable for walkers, wheelchairs and strollers. All thermostats, electrical outlets and light switches are to be placed within arm’s reach for anyone in a wheelchair. Motion sensor lights outside and inside might also be a smart addition to your home design. Universal design bathrooms can be functional and still stylish! Choose a wall-mounted sink with open space below it, hand-held shower heads, grab bars, benches and a threshold free stall shower. Universally accessible appliances should be installed for ease of access. Front load washing machines and dryers are the best choice.  A stove with front controls are necessary to prevent burns and to be able to safely prepare food.  Side-by-side refrigerators are a smart choice too. Universal home design is a great choice no matter your age or current situation. You can build a universal design home that will be safe and stylish forever. Visit our Universal Design Pinterest page for more...

Custom Designed Screen Room – Wareham, MA

This custom designed screen room – Wareham, MA was a collaborative project between the countless ideas of the homeowners and the professionals here at CFH Builders! The result was this beautiful three season porch addition that the owners can enjoy without having to worry about bugs or wet weather. We matched the existing home’s siding to the addition – which is Maibec Dipped Cedar Shingles in Cape Cod Gray. Each shingle is coated with solid stain to fully protect it on all surfaces for a shingle that is as resilient as it is attractive. The addition’s roof is a GAF Timberline Lifetime Architectural roof in Slate. These shingles deliver incredible defense from wind and rain and are backed by one of the finest warranties in the industry. The vertical porch skirt was finished using Kleer Cellular PVC trim to give the genuine look of real wood without the upkeep. Thinking about adding an addition to your home?  Give us a call to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your...

Protecting your Southcoast, MA Home

If you are heading out of town for the weekend or a month consider these tips for protecting your Southcoast, MA home from intruders.   Maintain Landscaping – Keep trees, hedges and landscaping well maintained to ensure burglars don’t have a place to hide. If you are going away for over a week be sure to hire someone to mow your lawn so it doesn’t appear that the house has been vacant. Light it up – Buy timers for indoor lights and use motion activated lights outside. Hold the mail – Have the post office hold your mail while you are gone, or ask a friend or neighbor to collect it for you. An overstuffed mailbox and a week’s worth of newspapers in your driveway is a flag that no one has been home. Be neighborly – Talk to your close neighbors and let them know that you will be away so they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. Also give them your contact information in case they need to get in touch with you. Hide your valuables – Close curtains or shades before locking up your home so thieves can’t see inside your home. Check locks – Make sure your window and door locks are in good condition.  Consider adding deadbolts to doors for added security. For more home tips visit our Helpful Homeowner Tips Pinterest...

Energy Efficient Products for Your New Home

Energy efficient products for your new home can help you save money while making your home more sustainable. Consider these green products before you build your new home. Thermal windows will help you save money on energy bills in your new home. These windows usually have two to three panes of glass with insulating Argon gas between each pane. In the summer these thermal windows stop most of the sun’s heat from increasing your indoor temperature. During the winter, the windows will keep your heat from escaping your new home. Our window recommendation is Harvey’s line of vinyl windows. Fiberglass Doors manufactured by Therma-Tru have a solid polyurethane foam core for improved energy efficiency. Therma-Tru entry doors and patio doors are made with energy-efficient glass that is triple-paned for reduced heat flow. Therma-Tru doors and glass work together with weatherstrip to create a tighter seal which means reduced air leakage around door edges. GAF Cool Roof Shingles will help keep your home cooler during the summer. Reflective shingle technology will reduce attic temperatures– which means spending less on air conditioning. Depending on your home’s specific property, geography, and the season – a cool roof may save you between 7-15% of overall cooling costs. Cool Series Shingles use specially designed roofing granules that have superior reflectance than traditional shingles. This results in less transfer of heat to the space beneath. A cool roof reduces the solar heat gain of a building by first reflecting incoming sun rays and then by swiftly re-emitting the remaining absorbed portion. Consequently, the cool roof stays cooler than a traditional roof. Mastic Insulated Siding offers...

Planning a Deck for Your New Home

Planning a deck for your new home is easy if you answer a few questions and follow a few steps to help guide you. Before you can start the process you must define your budget to get a realistic scope of the project. How will you use your deck? Think about how you will use your deck to help you determine the best size and shape. For instance, if you enjoy outdoor entertaining you will want a large deck with room for plenty of seating. If you plan to have a pool or hot tub you might want to think about how they will fit into your space as well.   How much sunlight do you want? You might be limited to where you can put a deck depending on your home’s orientation and your desired exposure to sunlight. Look at the space during different times of day to choose the most comfortable position based on your wants and needs. If the deck will be getting lots of sunlight you might want to add an awning into your budget! Which decking material fits your lifestyle? Real wood, pressure-treated wood, composite, PVC and vinyl decking are just a few of the most popular decking types. If you are looking for a low maintenance option you will likely go with a composite, PVC or vinyl deck that mimics the look of real wood without the associated upkeep. If you prefer a more natural and organic look but don’t mind painting or staining – you might consider hardwood or pressure treated wood. Do you want or need any deck accessories? Think about...

Choosing a Roof For a New Home

When building a new home the most exciting part is usually designing your kitchen, bathrooms and choosing wall colors. Home owners usually don’t get so enthusiastic when choosing a roof for a new home though! Think about it – the roof is your home’s best protection from the elements and should be top priority. We always recommend our favorite and most popular roofing shingles – GAF’s Timberline Series Lifetime Roofing Shingles.  GAF offers a vast selection of architectural and designer shingles in a variety of colors and blends to choose from. It’s important to choose the roof color based on a full roof sample as opposed to a small roof swatch. That way, you can compare the roof color to the siding color to find the best fit for your home. Read more about choosing a roof color on our blog and check out photos and our project portfolio on...

Choosing Siding for Your New Home

Choosing siding for your new home can be overwhelming with the plethora of options available. Quality siding will add value, style, curb appeal and security to your home. The most trusted and popular siding choices include natural wood siding, vinyl siding and fiber cement siding. If you are aiming to build a completely maintenance-free home – vinyl siding is the choice for your new home. Vinyl is an affordable siding option that comes is many varieties and colors. You can even achieve the beauty of natural wood without the related upkeep. Quality vinyl siding can be remarkably easy to maintain so you can enjoy relaxing and entertaining instead of maintaining your home’s exterior. More interested in classic wood siding? Cedar siding is attractive, exceptionally adaptable and comes in many varieties. Cedar shingles are offered in clapboards, shakes, shingles and board & batten style. You can choose to stain or paint natural wood siding and it will never go out of style. Fiber Cement Siding is a blend of cement, wood fiber, clay and sand. It is low maintenance, long-lasting and manufactured to imitate natural wood siding. Fiber cement is also resistant to impact, fire, rot and insects. Quality fiber cement brands will also come with outstanding warranties. For more information about choosing siding for your new home find us on Pinterest!...

Choosing New Construction Windows

Choosing new construction windows is just one of the many decisions you will make while designing your new home. You can find the perfect window for you by determining your budget, style and use of the window. Budget Wood windows are approximately 25% more expensive than vinyl windows. If you are looking for a more affordable option you will likely choose to install vinyl windows. Wood windows also require continual maintenance which is an added cost. Style Popular for homes being built with cedar siding – wood windows are great for homeowners who love the natural grain of wood or want the freedom to change the trim color with paint. Many homeowners just prefer the natural beauty of wood so the choice is easy. If you’re not willing to scrape window panes and repaint them every 3-4 years – vinyl windows can provide you with a maintenance free choice.  There are many design options to choose from when looking at vinyl new construction windows including color choices for the interior and exterior finishes. Use Assess what kind of window you want in different rooms of your home. For instance – do you want a casement window over your kitchen sink for easy access? Do you have views you would like to showcase with picture windows? Would you prefer tilt-in windows for easy cleaning? Knowing how you want the windows to function will help determine which type of windows will work best in your new home. Take your time when choosing new construction windows and you’ll find just the right windows for your budget, style and use! Visit our Pinterest...

How to Select a Home Builder

Building a new home is an exciting yet complex process that requires research and planning. Here are a few tips on how to select a home builder. Verify License and Insurance Hiring a licensed & insured professional is essential. Depending on the state, licensed contractors are required to have a certain amount of experience and must pass an exam. Also, always ask for proof of liability and worker’s compensation insurance to ensure you aren’t responsible for any injuries. Experience How many years of experience does the builder have? How long has the builder been in business? Choose a builder that has been in business for many years and shows no signs of going out of business. References Ask for a few customer references and call them to ask about their satisfaction. Reading online reviews can be another great way to get customer experiences. Quality Ask about which products will be used to build the home and review the warranties. Select a builder that uses quality products with excellent warranties. Workmanship Choose a builder that stands behind their work with a workmanship guarantee. Have more questions about building a home?  Visit our FAQ page for more...

Home Building Process

You’ve bought the perfect piece of land and you’re ready to build your dream home! Here is a step-by-step guide to help you understand the home building process. Step 1: Site Preparation Site prep includes clearing trees, rocks, debris and leveling out the site in order to find the best location for the home on the lot. Step 2: Footings, Foundation & Framing After the perfect spot has been chosen, the footings for the home will be poured, the foundation will be built, and the framing will be constructed. The exterior siding, roofing, and finishing can be completed. Step 3: Plumbing, Electrical & HVAC Next, you’ll have heating and cooling systems installed by the HVAC professional. The plumber will run lines for your water and sewer systems & the electrician will wire your home for your needs. Once all in wall systems are complete, the insulation and drywall will be installed. Step 4: Flooring, Trim & Paint Interior details like flooring, doors, trim and cabinets are being installed next! The drywall will also be painted during this step. Step 5: Finishing Touches Appliances will be delivered and installed next, along with lighting fixtures, electrical plugs and faucets. Step 6: Walk through & Closing Lastly, you will do a final walk through with the builder and complete the home building process by closing on your dream home! Looking for a great home builder? Call CFH Builders to get started...

Custom Home in South Dartmouth, MA

We were selected by design firm, McLaughlin & Buie Housewrights as the home builders for this lovely home. The original home (formerly known as the Louisa May Alcott house) was destroyed by a fire and the home had to be demolished and rebuilt. The exterior of the home now has a classic cottage look with Western Red Cedar shingles and hunter green trim. The exterior is ready for New England weather with a lifetime GAF Timberline roof in Fox Hollow Gray & Andersen 400 Series windows. Entertaining will be a breeze with plenty of deck space and a spacious sunroom to take in the fresh ocean air! All of this custom home’s ceilings are tongue and groove bead boards which brings the eyes upward and creates a stunning focal point. The kitchen is complete with granite countertops, shaker cabinets & subway tile backsplash. Mahogany stained hardwood oak floors are a beautiful contrast to the white paint. Thinking about building your dream home?  Be sure to see our blog about what to expect when building a new home.  Then, give us a call to schedule your initial site...

Dormer Additions: The 5 Styles

Here we have listed the 5 types of dormer additions. Dormers are a great way to add sunlight, head space and architectural details to your home.  Which type of dormer addition is best for your home?  Gable Dormer Peaked at the top with a roof that slopes downward Most popular style dormer Look great on many home styles Adds plenty of headroom and sunlight Shed Dormer Eave line is parallel to roof’s eave line Adds height and width to living space Simplest dormer style Hipped Dormer Found on homes with hipped roofs Ideal for cottages, bungalows & American Foursquare Eyebrow Dormer Adds architectural detail & sunlight Half circle or triangle shaped Segmental Dormer Arched roof dormer Looking to add living space, sunlight or architectural details to your home? Not sure which dormer addition is right for your home? Visit our Pinterest boards for more photos and ideas! Then, call us to schedule a free...