Cape Cod style homes are as popular today as they were when the colonists first settled America; their quintessential New England architecture features simple lines, a centered front door flanked by symmetric windows, and a steep pitched roof with side gables.
Built by early settlers to withstand the harsh New England weather, the Cape Cod style home has certainly evolved over the centuries. Although it has been adapted to fit the lifestyle of today’s homeowner, many of our customers want to maintain the original character of their Cape style homes.
Here are our most popular door and window products for homeowners in search of this classic, New England home style:
Double Hung Windows: Symmetry is the architectural mainstay of Cape Cod style homes. Double hung windows are evenly spaced on each side of the front entry. Here at Care Free Homes, we prefer the quality and style of the Harvey Elite Series, Harvey Classic & Andersen 400 Series double hung windows.
- Custom Colors: Custom exterior window colors can enhance the character and style of your home. Whether you prefer traditional colors like Forest Green or Black, homeowners are happy to learn that Harvey Classics are available in over two dozen exterior colors while Andersen 400 Series are available in seven exterior colors. The Andersen E-Series, an aluminum clad double hung window, are available in 50 exterior colors.
- Grid Patterns: Glass was expensive during the time of early American settlers which meant early Cape Cod style homes often featured windows with small, individual panes of glass. Depending on the time period, window sashes may have had grid patterns such as 9 over 6 (top sash had 9 panes of individual glass and bottom sash had 6 panes of individual glass), 6 over 9, 9 over 9, or 12 over 12. While the charm of individual panes on a window are beautiful, today’s window manufacturers re-create the look of individual glass panes with customized window grids. Harvey Elites, Harvey Classics, and Andersen 400’s give homeowners the choice of simulated divided lites, grids permanently fixed to the exterior of the glass; grids between the glass, grids suspended between the panes glass; and full divided lites, grids permanently fixed to both the interior/exterior of the glass with an additional spacer between the glass. Homeowners choose their grid type and grid patterns.
Entry Door Systems: A simple entry door is the center of the Cape Cod style facade. Our most popular product is the Therma Tru Smooth Star entry system. This fiberglass door comes ready-to-paint and offers energy efficient style at an affordable price. We recommend the Therma Tru Classic-Craft or Andersen Straightline door collections for homeowners who prefer the look wood.
- Panel Doors: Raised panel doors with two square panes of panes of glass were common as were raised panel doors without glass. Therma Tru and Andersen both offer various styles of paneled doors with or without glass options. Homeowners choose panel styles, grid patterns, and glass style.
- Sidelites and Transoms: Cape Cod style entryways have evolved over the centuries. Many feature sidelites, windows that flank the sides of the primary door, and transoms, windows installed above the primary door. These glass elements offer additional style and natural light to a home. These extra glass features are also customized to the homeowners specifications.
- Wood and Faux Wood Doors: Andersen Straightline doors come in a variety of wood species. Homeowners can choose from Pine, Maple, Oak, Mahogany, Cherry, Alder, Vertical Grain Douglas Fir, and more. If you love the look of wood but prefer the low maintenance of fiberglass, Therma Tru Classic-Craft doors are a great option. These high quality doors are manufactured with engineered wood and oh-so-realistic wood grain fiberglass skins.
When the time comes to replace your windows and doors, trust your home to a professional contractor. Care Free Homes has thousands of satisfied customers throughout Cape Cod, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Eastern Rhode Island. Qualified homeowners can even take advantage of our affordable financing options. Submit your information via our website or give us a call at (508) 997-1111 to schedule your free quote.
*Thank you to William E. Poole Design for sharing their rendering of a Cape Cod Cottage. Homeowners interested in exploring and purchasing plans for this home and others may visit their website.