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What Makes Cape Cod Architecture Unique?

The older Cape Cod architecture gets, the more stunning and popular it seemingly becomes. Cape Cod homes always come through if you are looking to get away and relax with a beach style flare. They started small and have been around for centuries. Cape Cod homes date back to the 17th century when the English colonists introduced it to the United States. Cape Cod's original home construction style wave was from 1690 to 1850, while its second wave, called the Cape Cod Revival, was put together in the 1920s to help popularize the style. And even now, in the 21st century, Cape Cod architecture still maintains a nostalgic appeal and comes in all sizes. The original, timeless Cape Cod architectural style inspired many of the tiny houses and sprawling homes today. This simple architecture has grown massively in popularity for reasons that will be explained below. Why is this quaint architectural style unique? What makes it stand out distinctively, among others? Allow us to walk you through this unique architectural design and attempt to successfully transform you into an expert.

It is probably already apparent to you that the effortlessly appealing and homey Cape Cod was named after Massachusetts coastal region. It is one of the most easily recognizable American architectural styles; at its core, a Cape Cod home is a rectangular, small, steep pitched roof that keeps the snow from piling up; Cape Cod homes include everything from a one-story cottage to side gables. Other recognizable features are the low ceilings and big central chimney to keep the house warm, and the multi-paned wooden shutter-clad windows flank its central door with simple surrounds.

Let's go in, shall we? An original cape cod home has two rooms, a master bedroom, and a living room. Over the years, Cape Cod architecture has had its fair share of evolution, while the original design concept remained the same. You remember the massive central chimneys we spoke about earlier? Well, they have been reduced in size as heating tech grew more advanced. You may notice the chimneys are now built-in homes even in warmer climates such as the south. Cape Cod architecture has a vast array of signature features, some of which are outlined below.

Features of a Cape Cod Architecture

Cape Cod architecture comes in various styles; however, some pretty specific features define it, bring it all together, and make it stand out among others. Here are some of the features you should expect to see from this type of architecture.

Interior details
  • Low ceilings
  • Large, open-concept living space
  • Clean lines, little aesthetic detailing
  • 1 or 1.5 stories
  • Bedroom in dormers or under gables
  • An asymmetrical layout that features a center hall

Exterior details:
  • Shingle siding
  • Gabled dormers
  • Central chimneys
  • Simple exterior ornamentation
  • Steep roofs with side gables as well as an overhang
  • Double-hung windows with shutters
  • Centered front entry and symmetrical appearance

Cape Cod homes vary; often, there is the half cape that features a front door found at one side of the house, and on the other side are two multi-paned glass windows. Initially, Cape Cod used to be a starter home. It was often transformed into a three-quarter cape over time and can also be called a single cape. The three-quarter cape, which is a little more like a half cape, has an additional one multi-paned window found on the opposite side. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the three-quarter cape was one of the most famous architectural styles.

The full cape or the double cape is the typical style now, but it used to be rare and reserved only for the wealthiest settlers. It comes with a central front door with two multi-paned windows symmetrically on either side. It has a steep floor and a massive chimney.

As you can see, Cape Cod architecture has a rich design history. Are you looking to own one of your own someday? It would be a pleasure to help you design and build a home that matches your style -- Custom Crafted Homes redefines craftsmanship. We consider our trade an art, which is very specific to our beloved Cape Cod. For your design and build project estimate, please give us a call today.

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The Custom Crafted Homes owner, Jeff Baroni, and his design and construction teams understand the Cape Cod way of life and the architectural heritage of our area. We provide designs and choices of materials that complement classic traditions. But we also know there is no value in 'classic' old wiring and plumbing or tiny kitchens and baths! We upgrade your home's electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling systems. We transform the interior and outdoor living spaces in ways that make your life easier, safer, and more pleasurable - upgrades that will enhance the value of your home for decades to come.


Our in-house restoration and renovation experts work with the team to ensure that your home retains its classic look and feel, while upgrading to make it a safer and more pleasing living space. We consult with you at each stage of the project, keeping you informed of our progress. Our services include:

  • Restoration and Renovation design and architectural services
  • Updated timeline to completion
  • Knowledgeable, experienced project management
  • Comprehensive construction services, including subcontractors
  • Site clean-up

Custom Crafted Homes offers a reverie of the Cape Cod-style home. Each of our Cape Cod homes reflects an incredible amount of traditional seaside charm.

The Cape Cod-style house dates back to 1675 and is very popular throughout New England. Although the first Cape Cod homes were developed in the 1600s, they did not become popular until the 1930s. Many of the Cape Cod homes around today were built after World War II because returning veterans needed inexpensive housing. This is a Cape Cod architecture fact that is not widely known.

In some of our traditional Cape Cod renovations, the homeowners will want to increase the house's interior space to accommodate a growing family or visiting friends. If you own a home on Cape Cod most likely you will have a large number of visitors. The renovation may include additional dormers and an updated wood roof that are staples of all Cape Cod home design. To achieve the homeowner's request for more space, an extension may be added off the back, side or front of the structure. This is an excellent example of a beautifully conceived, modest, yet updated traditional Cape-Cod home. Not only will this type of renovation make more room for growth, but it will also increase your property value.

Let Custom Crafted Homes take care of your next building project in Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, South Dennis, East Dennis, Dennis Village, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown and the villages of Woods Hole, Cotuit, Osterville, and Hyannisport. The design and planning stage must be done with care and precision. We have our own in house architect that will help execute this plan. Call us today and let's get started!

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Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, South Dennis, East Dennis, Dennis Village, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown as well as the villages of Woods Hole, Cotuit, Osterville, and Hyannisport.

900 MA-134
Building 3, Unit 30
South Dennis, MA 02660

(508) 619-7909

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