Guide to Residential Architectural Styles
By Diane Eddy-Low, Realtor with Hermann London Group, Maplewood.
Have you ever wondered what architectural style your house fits into or, while out and about, you come across a building or home you like but have a hard time correctly describing it? Well, every house or building has a style. Sometimes it has more than one because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes or the original architect combined styles for their Clients wants or needs.
Over the next few weeks I will blog about one specific style until we get through all 24! I can be reached for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 314-602-7174
Week two The Cape Cod
Traditional Cape Cod Cottages were very simple and symmetrical in design with a central front door surrounded by two windows on each side. Generally they are a story and a half high with a steep pitched roof with end gables, a chimney in the middle and very little decoration. Most houses are smaller; usually 1,000-2,000 square feet made of wood, and covered in wide clapboard or shingles. Originally they did not have dormer windows but today most do. The interior usually has hard wood floors with a fireplace in the middle to heat the house, master bedroom on the main floor with a small hall, parlor and a Kitchen on the first floor. The upstairs were generally an unfinished loft area.
The Cape Cod originated in the New England area during the 17th century designed to withstand the stormy weather of the Massachusetts coast. Today St. Louis boasts many Cape Code style homes.
Next fridays blog will be the Colonial
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