The typical Cape Cod house plan is cozy, charming, and accommodating.** Thinking of building a home in New England? Or maybe you’re considering building elsewhere but crave quintessential New England charm? Either way, you’ve come to the right place. Nothing screams New England like Cape Cod. With roots dating back as far as medieval England, the style first appeared in the northern American colonies (i.e. New England), reached peak popularity during the Colonial Revival of the 20th Century, and remains a functional and beloved design type today. The typical Cape Cod house plan is modest in size, rectangular, symmetrical and accommodating to a variety of interior layouts. Inside, the home is like a cozy cottage. The main level will usually feature the living areas and a big central fireplace by which family, friends, and guests may gather around, while the upper half story of the plan will support the bedrooms, bonus space, or kid play areas. If you’re going to build a home you plan to stay in for the rest of your life, consider selecting a Cape Cod house plan that features the master suite on the main level, as this will make aging in place far easier. Windows play a big factor in creating the charm and efficiency of Cape Cod house plans. On the main level, you’ll tend to see multi-pane, double-hung windows with shutters, while the upper level is partial to dormers--both of which sweep light and air circulation throughout the home and provide great curb appeal to passersby. The rest of a Cape Cod style house’s exterior is pretty minimal in terms of ornamentation and usually boasts clapboard siding or wood shingles. A steep, side gable roof tops the style off. Much like a-frame house plans or chalet house plans, the steep roofline of a Cape Cod house plan lends itself well to shedding snow during bitter winters. **Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.