Tim's Know Your Homes 101 - The Cape Cod

Early settlers from England in the 1600’s first developed the Cape Cod Home. In the midst of harsh New England winters, most settlers were concerned with surviving the cold months until summer. For this reason, Cape Cods are function over form in its essence. Cape Cods have very little extra flair on the exterior and are generally symmetrical and quaint.

Cape Cods are defined by their large, central chimney, often located right behind the front door. The chimney is the lifeblood of Cape Cods (at least the old ones) because the chimney helped provide heat to all the surrounding rooms. Most Cape Cods seen today are actually modern representations, so the chimney ironically has become more for style in a home designed solely for utility.

In order to deal with snow and rain, the settlers designed the home to have a very steep roof—and modern versions still follow a similar style.

True Cape Cods have shingle siding, but most modern Cape Cods go with brick, stucco or stone exteriors.

Finally, the windows on a Cape Cod are symmetrical and evenly spaced. The Cape Cod often gets confused with Colonial Architecture for this reason.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsHart Real Estate Solutions • May 20 2015 03:10PM


We always called these "Shakers" or "Saltboxes." I've seen some really beautiful modern interpretations of this classic--but they seem out of place anywhere but New England! Thanks for the share--I'll have to keep reading!

Posted by Paul Collier, Paul Collier (Patriot Home Mortgage) about 4 years ago

Looks like I will need to update the blog! Thanks for the info on this one. Always love to here other terms

Posted by Hart Real Estate Solutions, Broker/Owner (Hart Real Estate Solutions) about 4 years ago