My style: Cape Cod Cottages

When I was young my dad's job took us to Cape Cod where we ended up living for 7 years. I have not been back often but one of the things I love most about New England is the Cape Cod style home.  We lived in this style home while we were there and I love the layout. Through the years as my family has moved, and then myself, I often think back to that home. If I had the funds or opportunity to create my own house from scratch this is exactly the style home I would build.

Here is a quick description of this style home:

Cape Cod cottage is a style of house originating in New England in the 17th century. It is traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, pitched roof with end gables, a large central chimney and very little ornamentation. Traditional Cape Cod houses were very simple: symmetrically designed with a central front door surrounded by two multi-paned windows on each side. Homes were designed to withstand the stormy, stark weather of the Massachusetts coast. Modern Cape Cod architecture still draws from colonial designs.

I laugh at the mention of the stark weather because we did in fact live through Hurricane Bob while I was there, which was an awful hurricane. 

The symmetry alone makes me love this style even more. The welcoming front door opens to highlight the stairs as you walk in and an open floorplan. Next time I am visiting my parents I need to dig up some old pictures but in the meantime here is the inspiration I would use for my future Cape style home. 

I LOVE the front of this home. 

The symmetry, the simplicity and those cedar shingles. YES!

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1 comment

LindsB said...

Capes are my favorite too! I grew up in a Cape and my dad built capes for years! I love ones with dormers, they add secret little nooks that are fun when you're a kid!