The Remodel Options for a Cape Cod Style House


The Cape Cod style has its roots in the early 18th century and originated from the repurposing of English-style homes to withstand the brutalizing, stormy weather of the Cape and its surrounding areas. Cape Cod-style houses are well known for their steep, sloping roofs, their symmetrical exterior designs and their lack of exterior decorations. Some of the best remodel options for a Cape Cod-style house include adding dormers, wood shingles or siding, shutters and porches or stoops.


  • While the earliest Colonial Cape Cod-style homes had only one floor, more modern versions almost always incorporate one or more dormers, or windowed structures that project from the sloping roof. According to, if you are adding a dormer or multiple dormers to your home, stick with the gabled or doghouse style, which features two sloping sides and a simple triangular roof. Also, make sure your dormers are symmetrical, so if you are using only one, place it in the middle of your home, and if you are using two or more, space them equally apart.

Shingles or Siding

  • According to, Cape Cod-style houses are almost always covered in wood or imitation-wood shingles. Not the roofs, but the actual exterior walls, which in modern houses are typically covered in aluminum siding, brick or stucco. If you decide to add wood shingles to your home, stick with the clapboard style, which features long, thin trips of wood that overlap each other horizontally. Alternatively, you can use wood-shake siding, which is similar to shingles but the wood panels are much thicker.


  • Adding wood or faux-wood shutters are a simple way to give your home a Cape Cod, Colonial appeal. Make your shutters stand out buy choosing a color that contrasts with the color of your home's exterior. For example, if your home is dark, choose light-colored shutters, and vice versa. One of the most common Cape Cod options for homes with white exteriors is to use pale green shutters, which were made popular by Days' Cottages in North Truro, Massachusetts.

Stoops or Porches

  • Other common features of Cape Code-style homes are porches and stoops. These can be at the front and back of the home, and they can vary in their styles and surface areas. According to, in addition to adding a porch to your home, you can incorporate some latticed columns, which will make your space appear larger. Adding some wooden rocking chairs or beach chairs will help give your porch or stoop a beach vibe.

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