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The Best Cape Cod Builders in the US

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People associate Cape Cod homes with old movies. The simple exteriors, white picket fences, steep roofs, and gabled dormers create a classic charm. Cape Cod homes have been around for centuries. The style was first seen in England and later brought to America by Puritan carpenters. Through the years, this home-style has evolved to offer contemporary, modern, and coastal additions. And Cape Cods are built to battle harsh weather conditions: they are easy to build yet remain durable against the extreme natural elements.

Looking for a seasoned professional to work on your Cape Cod dreams might seem overwhelming. To help you, we’ve handpicked the best firms capable of building Cape Cod-styled homes. We heavily weighed the accreditation and certifications, professional affiliations, and recognition each firm has received in the form of industry awards and press. We also took into account their years in the industry, client reviews, and range of services offered. For a home that is built with the utmost care for client visions and impeccable industry standards, get in touch with the best Cape Cod builders in the US.

If you are thinking about building a cape cod home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.

Anthony James Construction

231 Elmer St. Suite A, Westfield, NJ 07090

Anthony James Construction is a design/build firm serving Union County and Morris County. The firm offers remodeling, new construction, and green building services, and has built some of Westfield’s notable luxury homes. The family-owned construction business is managed by industry veteran Anthony Cerami. To tailor-make a project, Cerami and his team have organized a detailed list of the firm’s various approaches to construction. These include design/build, green building, the use of BuilderTrend, bid processes, and in-house maintenance programs.

Anthony James Construction’s portfolio has a wide scope of designs from Queen Anne to modern-inspired spaces. Among these styles are the Cape Cod homes. We loved the simple, charming look of this selection from the firm’s portfolio. Anthony James Construction’s team also completed residential renovations and additions to this custom Cape Cod home in Westfield.

Authentic Custom Homes

1002 River Rd. Suite #100, Boerne, TX 78006

Authentic Custom Homes is one of San Antonio’s largest builders and top green builders according to the San Antonio Business Journal. Israel Peña pioneered the founding of Authentic Custom homes in 2002. His distinct character and creative use of details reflect well in his home designs. Peña’s noteworthy works have turned him into a well-known design innovator in the area. Aside from being an adept builder, Peña is also a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Effective communication with the team results in meeting the client’s project visions. The team values time and money as much as its clients do. This is why it ensures that for every project entrusted to its team, costs and schedules will be the least concern of homeowners. Authentic Custom Homes’ portfolio explores home styles from Old World Ranch to Italian-inspired homes. Cape Cod is among its diverse design options. This Cape Cod classic home showcases a captivating charm that brings the Northeast US to Central Texas.

Cape Associates

345 Massasoit Rd., Eastham, MA 02642

Cape Associates is an award-winning firm based in Massachusetts. Lester F. Langhans, Jr. established Cape Associates in 1971. Today, the Cape Associates team is led by a third-generation builder, Matthew Cole. After working for a commercial construction company in New York, Cole re-joined Cape Associates. His industry wisdom and fresh ideas have helped the firm grow. Recently, Cape Associates received the 2019 PRISM Award, the 2019 Cape Cod’s Best Home Builder, and a number of 2018 Building Industry Awards.

Aside from awards, the firm has also appeared in a number of different publications. Some of these magazines include Design New England, Custom Home Magazine, and more. In 2017, Boston Magazine named Cape Associates as the Best Sustainable Contractor of Cape & Islands. Its green building/sustainability practices started in the early 1970s. From installing a solar hot water rooftop collection systems, the firm moved up to employing smart construction practices in construction. This led the firm to receive multiple LEED Gold and Silver-certified projects. With a vast experience in custom home building, the firm is able to offer clients a diverse selection of styles, including its Cape Cod-inspired homes.

CR Watson Building & Remodeling

171 Vine St., Duxbury, MA 02332

After serving in the army, Connor R. Watson established CR Watson Building & Remodeling in 2001. He is a fourth-generation builder with deep interest and passion for quality craftsmanship. Watson understands that home building is a complex process requiring refined skills. This understanding of the craft allowed him to build CR Watson Building & Remodeling’s reputation among its clients. Every project is an impression of the preciseness, craftsmanship, and vigor of its team.

CR Watson Building & Remodeling partners with some of the most experienced subcontractors to provide the South Shore with beautiful homes. Its residential portfolio is composed of varied home styles and a wide scope of work, including this classic Cape Cod-inspired home. In addition to residential construction, the firm also offers its services to commercial construction, specialized framing, and specialty installations. CR Watson Building & Remodeling holds a number of licenses enabling it to work from simple home renovations to Lead-Safe renovations.

Encore Construction Company

103 Main St., Dennisport, MA 02639

Dale Nikula established Encore Construction Company in 1995. The firm is deeply committed to providing exceptional work and unparalleled service. Nikula became a founding member of the Cape Cod chapter of NARI, and he is a former board member of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod. In 2019, Dale announced the promotion of Kathy DeMeyer to co-owner of the construction company. The firm specializes in custom home construction, renovation, and historic building preservation. Because of its expertise in construction, the firm has appeared in many magazines and has been a recipient of numerous industry awards.

Encore Construction Company’s accountability and efficiency as a single point of contact for construction is a reason why many repeat clients prefer their services. One of its featured projects is this charming Cape Cod sanctuary. The firm renovated the outdated home to fit its great location. Encore worked with Northside Design Associates and Barbara Kotzen to bring a sophisticated interior—and clean exterior—to life.

Fortin Construction

35 Markarlyn St., Auburn, ME 04210

Fortin Construction started out as a basement-run company in 1990. Today, it is among the leading construction firms in Maine in the residential and commercial industries. The family-run business builds high-quality projects informed by the experience of four generations of builders. It works throughout Auburn and nearby cities for clients seeking home improvement, new construction, additions, and commercial construction services.

The Fortin team can work with prepared home plans as well as design custom homes. That flexibility makes it easy for clients to communicate with the team. Its past clients appreciate how adept its team is when it comes to building homes on time and within budget. Most of its projects play around the styles of colonial, cape cod, ranch, raised ranch, and contemporary. One of its Cape Cod homes displays a classic approach to this home style. Its sleek, steep roofs and gabled dormers make for a classic Cape Cod home.

GDC Construction

1031 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA 92037

GDC Construction is a full-service construction firm servicing La Jolla and nearby cities. Its in-house architects, engineers, and builders collaborate well to deliver these well-built homes. Building since the 1920s has earned the family a firm grasp on the residential trends that work for California’s landscape. The firm is well-known from San Diego to the streets of Rancho Santa Fe.

Because of its expertise, GDC Construction has been featured in Dwell Magazine, Modern Luxury San Diego, LUXE Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and more. These magazines consistently highlight GDC’s knowledgeable construction history as a fourth-generation family-owned business.

One of its notable projects is this custom Cape Cod home in La Jolla. GDC Construction provided the pre-construction, construction, and post-construction services for this home. A Los Angeles interior design firm, Amber Interiors, worked with GDC to craft a custom Cape Cod home infused with modern characteristics.

Haley Custom Homes

5211 S Quebec St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Haley Custom Homes has been one of Colorado’s mainstays in home construction since 1998. Dan Haley Fuller started out as a real estate developer then began to build houses from the ground up. Haley Custom Homes specializes in building high-end residential spaces and earth-friendly homes. It offers clients a range of services from luxury custom home building to home remodeling.

To give the best service, the firm developed a method called the Accelerated Precision Building System. Through this organized and progressive method, waste and building time have been minimized while maximizing efficiency. LUXE Magazine and 5280 Magazine included the firm in its Gold List and Denver’s Top Design listings. The firm is a member of the Home Builders Association of Denver, the Colorado Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Home Builders.

InHance Interiors

7257 Beverly Blvd. Suite #205, Los Angeles, CA 90036

InHance Interiors is a Los Angeles-based design/build firm established by Bre Hance. Intense conversations about ‘quality versus cost-effectiveness’ were consistent features of the dinner table as she grew up: both of her parents are in the construction industry which sparked her interest in the field. She challenges herself, to this day, to create something cost-effective, yet high-quality.

InHance Interiors’ team and designs have graced the pages of a number of publications: Architectural Digest, Studio City South, Voyage LA, and Studio City Neighbors magazine. InHance has worked with athletes like Kris Humphries, Matt Leinart, and Kliff Kingsbury.

The firm focuses on luxury and modern aesthetics in its designs. The firm has come up with traditionally designed homes like Cape Cod, farmhouse, Mediterranean, and Spanish homes with a modern accent. We were particularly taken with this modern Cape Cod home that you can see in the firm’s excellent portfolio. The newly constructed home features an open floor plan adorned with hand-selected interior materials to match its sleek luxurious feel.

Owings Brothers Contracting

5340 Enterprise St., Sykesville, MD 21784

It all began in the Owings’ 200-year-old home: it became the brothers’ first remodeling project. The Owings were raised by a father who taught them everything about home remodeling and updates. This built a solid understanding of building homes which the brothers still bring to Owings Brothers Contracting today. The firm is managed and owned by Michael Gerard, Wallace John, Chris, and Timothy Raymond Owings. Each brother brings a unique characteristic and knowledge into its processes.

This award-winning firm is based in Maryland. Recent awards include the 2019 Remodeling Awards, the 2018 Award of Excellence, the 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Month, and a number of Chrysalis Awards. The firm has also been mentioned in publications including Home & Design Chesapeake View Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Qualified Remodeler, and Professional Remodeler Magazine. These recognitions reflect Owings Brothers’ expertise in construction for an array of home styles. Aside from being an active member of the NAHB, MBIA, NKBA, the firm houses Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists and Certified Graduate Remodeler professionals.

Patterson Custom Homes

15 Corporate Plz. Suite #150, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Andrew Patterson is the Founder and President of Patterson Custom Homes. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Patterson spent the early part of his career in commercial construction and real estate development in the area. In 2001, he started Patterson Custom Homes and for almost twenty years he has been specializing in building custom homes and luxury estates in Coastal Orange County, California. The firm has built over 350 homes in the past two decades, including one that recently set a record as the highest-selling home in Newport Harbor, selling for over $35 million. 

The firm’s recent awards include the 2019 International Design & Architecture Award, 2019 Best Custom Home Builder Award, and the 2018 NAHB Single Family Custom Home award. Patterson Custom Homes has also appeared in numerous magazines including the Better Homes & Gardens, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, LUXE Magazine, Coast Magazine, Modern Luxury OC, and more.

Browsing through its projects will easily give clients an idea of the team’s work. Picked from its portfolio is the Dana Point Cape Cod-inspired custom home. This dazzling estate is among Patterson Custom Homes’ many projects in an exclusive oceanfront community. Everything about this home — from its exterior to its interior design — screams grandiosity. The same detailed engineering is applied to its back patio to blur the boundary between interior and exterior living.

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders

157 Route 137, East Harwich, MA 02645

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) is a well-recognized firm in Massachusetts. It has been in business for more than two decades, delivering award-winning homes through a systematic approach to construction. As one of the region’s first fully-integrated design and construction firms, PSD has helped countless families live in their dream homes. The firm runs under the leadership of Aaron Polhemus and Peter Polhemus. These established professionals guide PSD’s team in creating exceptional homes.

The firm has a full-range service perfect for clients who are starting from scratch and those in need of minor updates. A perfect example of the team’s work is this Harborfront Paradise Cove Cape Cod-inspired home. This particular project earned Polhemus Savery DaSilva the 2016 Silver Prism Award. PSD’s scope of work included both architectural design and construction of the 4,681-square-foot home. It features a combination of Cape and shingle style elements and decorative interior finishes. Projects like this have brought PSD numerous honors from respected industry associations and publications.

Why: We were particularly impressed with your work on the charming Harborfront Paradise Cove Cape Cod home — we enjoyed learning about it so much and have decided to highlight it in our article below.

Powell Construction

2025 SE Third St., Corvallis, OR 97333

Powell Construction has been serving Corvallis and its neighboring cities with top-notch construction services for more than two decades. Its goal is to provide function with gorgeous aesthetics. Tom and Heidi Powell lead an experienced team of professionals at Powell Construction. Tom’s background in construction is a culmination of more than 30 years of field experience; Heidi is the one responsible for administrative operations. Both Tom and Heidi enjoy the challenges and complexities brought about by home remodeling. They have passed that energy on to the firm’s team.

When it comes to home renovations and additions, Powell Construction has had the opportunity of working with a wide variety of home styles, including Cape Cod homes. A perfect example of this is the addition made by the team to a historic Cape Cod home in Kings Boulevard in Corvallis. For its third transition, Powell Construction added a master bedroom suite, expanded the garage, and added a second story shop area. This shop area is where the homeowner’s annual antique sale is held. You can view the full project on their website here.

Wright-Ryan Homes

10 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101

It all started with two childhood buddies, Tom Wright and John Ryan. Both professionals share a rich background in construction. As adults, Wright pursued a construction and industrial arts career; Ryan worked as a civil engineer. Individually good—exceptional together—the two decided to start Wright-Ryan Homes in 1984.

Over the years, Wright-Ryan Homes has earned awards from the AIA, the American Wood Council, and LEED certification from the USGBC. Its LEED Accredited Professionals ensure that its sustainability projects meet USGBC’s LEED standards. Its builders work closely with architects and designers to provide accurate results from remodeling work to ground-up construction. This diligence shared is reflected in its diverse, impressive work portfolio.

One of its Cape Cod-inspired homes was featured in Maine Home + Design and Boston Home Design. Designed and built for a couple living in an NYC high-rise, this Maine home is a magical retreat. The openness of the home connects a busy family to calm views: the 4,575-square-foot boomerang-shaped home provides the family with a 180-degree view of the ocean.

About Our Rankings

This list takes a range of ranking criteria into consideration, including but not limited to: work history, customer satisfaction, awards and recognition, geographic area of work, cost, building permits, and clientele. We spent over 40 hours researching local contractors before calculating the final ranking for this post. If there is additional information about your business that could affect these rankings, please fill out this form and we will take it into consideration.

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If you are thinking about building a cape cod home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.