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Cape Cod Homes

Cape Cod Bathroom Design

Some of the first houses built in the United States were Cape Cods. Cape Cod homes represent one of New England's most significant contributions to American architecture. Original Cape Cod homes were shingle-sided, one-story cottages with no dormers. During the mid-20th century, the small, uncomplicated Cape Cod shape became popular in suburban developments. A 20th-century Cape Cod is square or rectangular with one or one-and-a-half stories and has steeply pitched, gabled roofs. It may have dormers and shutters. The siding is usually clapboard or brick.

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Cape Cod Homes Characteristics

  • Steep roof (8"-12" pitch) with side gables
    - Keeps weather out
    - Allows attic as living space
  • Small roof overhang
  • 1 or 1½ stories
  • Made of wood and covered in wide clapboard or shingles
    - Winter: Wood swells against wind
    - Summer: Wood shrinks, allowing air to circulate
  • Large central chimney linked to fireplace in each room
  • Symmetrical appearance with door in center
  • Dormers for space, light, and ventilation
  • Multi-paned, double-hung windows
  • Shutters
  • Formal, center-hall floor plan
  • Hardwood floors
  • Little exterior ornamentation

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