Although the first Cape Cod homes were developed in the s, they did not become popular until the s. In fact, many of the Cape Cod homes around today were built after World War II because returning veterans needed inexpensive housing.
Particularly in New England , our neighborhoods are filled with Cape Cod style homes. These elements work best near the salt air, where the cedar shingles oxidize to a silver gray, sealing them from the elements for three decades. As a result, it is no wonder that many homeowners want to renovate their Cape Cod style house.
The chimney provided heat throughout the home. Generally, the house has a steep roof to help shed rain and snow as well. Plus, cedar shingles are used to help cut the cold weather from entering the home. Originally, Cape Cod homes were designed for function over style. Now, many Cape Cod style homes leverage the traditional features and incorporate modern design elements to fit the changing tastes of homeowners. For example, here are some standard Cape features.
Large, central chimney located directly behind the front door, with the rooms clustered around it in a rectangular shape. Steep roof that quickly sheds rain and snow, along with a shallow roof overhang. A full Cape has two windows on each side of the door. Frequently, these homes have a dormer on each side of the chimney to open up the attic as well.
Weathered gray shingles are one of the most recognizable elements of a classic Cape Cod. Plus, many of the original Cape Cod style houses did not have finish the upstairs. As a result, these homes are great for home renovations! Cape Cod Charm Cape Cod style homes offer an incredible amount of charm.
In this traditional Cape renovation , the homeowners wanted to increase the interior space of the house to accommodate a growing family. Like many pre-war Cape Cod style houses, this home in Noroton Bay, fit nicely into the neighborhood and the renovation required architectural design work to maintain that feel.
As a result, the renovation included additional dormers and an updated wood roof that are staples of Cape Cod home design. To achieve the homeowners request for more space, an extension was added off the back of the home. We feel this renovation offers a seamless transformation into the lovely backyard and welcomes outdoor living or entertaining.
This is a great example of a beautifully conceived, modest, yet updated Cape-Cod home. In this example, the home is in a flood zone. As a result, the architectural design required lifting the home over three inches.
As seen in the before picture, the home was a standard issue Cape Cod house. The unattractive shed roof that expanded into the second floor. The homeowners wanted to enhance the exterior to provide a modern feel. This is a unique Cape home because it already contained four generous bedrooms, three baths and a laundry room within the 2, square feet. As a result, the interior remained relatively unchanged. The beauty of a Cape Cod renovation is the ability to upgrade the exterior and change the look and feel of the home.
The home, originally built in the s, received little attention over the years prior to this large renovation. Technically, this Gambrel style, is part of the Cape Cod home family, and the architectural design replicated the intricate exterior details. In fact, you can still see the old house behind the new home design. Additionally, Cape Cod style homes allow for expansion within the home. The second part of this Cape renovation include high ceilings that provide a generous open kitchen and family room that are ideal for entertaining.
The home includes a luxury master suite that showcases the beautiful pond view on the property and fireplace! At Cardello Architects, we pride ourselves on our cultivating architectural designs that meet your needs. Our residential services range from consultation and design development to bidding and construction administration. We work with all types of homes, including any Cape Cod style house to create the home of your dreams.