A one level house style is often considered the perfect home layout. Why? Building a one level house can be like getting married; hopefully, you’ll be in it for many years to come. If you plan to build a two- or three-story house and live in it for 50 years or more, you will want to consider how you will navigate the upper levels of the house when you are in your eighties. It’s a fact of life that stair will be a factor when you areolder.
Popular a one level house includes styles like Cape Cod and Ranch. In this article, we go into detail on the features and characteristics of Cape Cod and Ranch home styles and their differences.
Cape Cod House Style
With its simple, yet attractive design, the Cape Cod house style is among the most prevalent and enduring style of home in the US. Characterized by a symmetrical facade, rectangular footprint, wood shingles and a steep but low roof, Cape Cod homes represent a genuinely American design that has stood the test of time, from the colonial era of New England to the modern day.
The Cape Cod style originated in New England in the 17th century when colonialists brought their British building techniques and modified them to suit the harsh weather they encountered. A rectangular footprint made construction easy and allowed for additions later on; wood shingles didn't require painting, the steep low-lying roof helped in shedding excess snow, while low ceilings along with a central chimney provided much-needed heat during cold winters. The modest houses that emerged were as practical as they were strong.
Cape Cod houses were generally one to one-and-a-half stories. The interior featured a central living room with a massive hearth at the center. Around this time, smaller versions of the current full Cape (which has a central front door sandwiched between two sets of windows) were common, alongside three quarter and half Capes.
Defining Features of Cape Cod Home Style Include:
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