Heritage Sands cottages are all CapeBuilt™

Heritage Sands is proud to offer CapeBuilt™ cottages . Each cottage model, from the Howes to the Chapin 3, is designed and constructed to exacting standards that meet or exceed the 110-mile per hour wind zone provisions of the Massachusetts Building Code and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Coastal Construction Manual.

CapeBuilt™ cottages employ sustainable design and construction practices.  Our “green” standard features and options minimize environmental impacts, reduce home heating and cooling costs, and extend the life of structural components and finishes.

Drawing on knowledge handed down from generation to generation by the weathered hands of coastal builders, and incorporating the latest advances in materials engineering and energy efficiencies, the cottages at Heritage Sands are proudly … Cape Tough, Cape Smart, CapeBuilt.™

Sustainable design and construction features include:

  • Cottages are computer designed to maximize the efficient use of space and minimize material waste.
  • Structural components are manufactured at our partner facility to tight, engineering-grade, tolerances.  Additionally, by constructing the core cottage components under roof, materials are not exposed to the elements.
  • All windows are hurricane rated – exceeding Massachusetts Building Code requirements; and passing the State of Florida “large missile” impact test, which simulates wind borne debris impact using a 6-foot piece of 2”x4” lumber fired from a pneumatic cannon.
  • Materials sourced locally to reduce “carbon footprint.”
  • Cedar shingle siding is both a signature of Cape Cod architecture and a long-lasting, efficient, insulator.  This time-tested construction helps CapeBuilt™ cottage stay cool in the summer and warm throughout the year.
  • Composite decks utilize recycled materials, reduce both the consumption of “old growth” hardwood and the use of chemically treated lumber, and are virtually maintenance free.
  • Standard indoor flooring includes wood laminates that mimic the appearance and durability of hardwood, and low-VOC carpeting.
  • By using hearty, native, coastal plants and grasses – a process known as “xeriscaping” – our landscaping seamlessly connects every cottage to the beach, and reduces the need for irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides.