While the classic Cape Cod architecture is quintessentially American, it’s roots are English circa 1600’s. Quite popular in the 1950’s, especially in the Northeastern area, there was definitely a boom of them built in Wisconsin. You’ll find this style mostly in older, established neighborhoods due to the typical age of the home. So think beautiful tree lined streets, parks, and friendly close-sitting neighbors.
What exactly is a Cape Cod style home? Good question! While the style can vary slightly, here are the main points of design:
- Steep Roof – This offers excellent drainage from rain and snow, along with making the home 1.5 stories. If it’s a 1.5 story, you’ll have 2 bedrooms upstairs.
- Modest Size – Due to lack of resources or money, Cape Cods are a more cozy quaint sized home.
- Dormers – Not all Cape Cods boast dormers, but many do.
- Plain Entryway – Most come with minimal front entry, meaning little trim work, no pillars, front porches
- Large Central Chimney – Many boast a large central chimney for ease of heating the main level. In later versions the chimney is often on one side of the home.