Natural colors, a broad frame, and a steep roof characterize Cape Cod homes. Although this style originated in New England, it has been adapted to the Northwest coast. If you’re a fan of Cape Cod style homes, there are several ways to accomplish this look.
These are some of the features to consider giving your home if you want it to have a Cape Cod appearance:
- Clapboard shingles. These shingles typically appear on the exterior of Cape Cod cottages, instead of brick or siding. They give these homes a charming appearance, especially when they’re accompanied by a gabled entrance and double dormers.
- Symmetrical layout. Many Cape Cod homes have the front door right in the center with windows and dormers on either side to create a symmetrical appearance. Some even have double chimneys to complete this look.
- European charm. Combine Cape Cod features with European ones to create a visually stunning variation on the traditional Cape Cod style. A few ideas to consider include climbing vines, a flagstone facade, and arched entrance.
- Gabled dormers. Most Cape Cod homes have dormers. You can add charm to yours by choosing gabled dormers instead of a plainer style. Many Cape Cod houses have double dormers, but you can have a third one put on, depending on your home’s overall look.
- Shutters. Cape Cod houses from the Colonial Era typically have shutters, which add visual appeal to the exterior. Consider adding a white picket fence and flowers for an even more traditional look.
Despite having common aspects, Cape Cod style homes can differ greatly. For an example of a Northwestern Cape Cod style, visit our online portfolio to see a stunning home we completed.