Cape Cod Home Style

The Cape Cod Home

Although it has English roots, the Cape Cod style home is distinctly American. It evolved in New England from Colonial style houses in the early 1700s, primarily in response to the availability of materials and the area's harsh, stormy climate. Our Cape Cod continues this early tradition of being simple and modest.


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Essential Style Elements

Cape Cod homes feature steeply pitched roofs with side gables, and occasionally a bowed or gambrel roof. Shed or gable dormers are often aligned with windows on main floor, and large chimneys are lined on center with front door and linked to fireplaces in each room. Multi-paned double-hung windows are common, often with shutters, as well as small 'prayer' windows in gable corners.
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Colors & Finishes

White window exteriors and white exterior trim were common in original Cape Cod style homes. More recent Cape Cod style examples often feature other colors, although they generally stay within the lighter tones. While darker colors are less common, they are occasionally used today and are appropriate. Shutters, however, are most often seen in darker colors.
Cape Cod

Exterior Color Palette

  • WHite
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  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Forest Green’
    Forest Green
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Dove-Gray’
    Dove Gray
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Red Rock’
    Red Rock
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Black’

Interior Wood Species

  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Wood Options: Pine’

Interior Stain Colors

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Painted Interiors

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Hardware Styles

Common window hardware elements include sash lifts, sash locks and shutter hardware. Darker finishes such as distressed bronze are most authentic.

Having evolved from New England’s early Colonial style houses in the early 1700s, Cape Cod style homes had door hardware that married the “early American” look and sensibility with Victorian style refinement.

A-Series Double-Hung Lock and Keeper

Double-Hung Hardware

Lock and Keeper in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish

Traditional Lifts

Double-Hung Hardware

Hand Lift, Bar Lift and Finger Lifts in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Casement Windows Traditional Hardware

Casement Window

Traditional Folding Hardware in Distressed Bronze finish


Encino® Door Hardware

Encino® hardware complements Cape Cod style homes beautifully. Made of solid, forged brass for a substantial look and feel, Encino hardware has a bold elegance for authentic style and is available in your choice of historically accurate distressed bronze or distressed nickel finishes.

Newbury® Door Hardware

Hardware Finishes

  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Antique Brass
    Antique Brass
  • Black swatch
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Bright Brass
    Bright Brass
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Distressed Bronze
    Distressed Bronze
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Distressed Nickel
    Distressed Nickel
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Oil Rubbed Bronze
    Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Satin Nickel
    Satin Nickel

Grille Patterns

The ideal glass pane size for Cape Cod style windows is 6" wide and 8" high, although they may also be as large as 8" wide and 10" high. Vertically oriented panes are preferred, but a square appearance is also fine. Horizontally oriented panes are not recommended. For windows of different sizes within the same home, grille spacing is most authentic if it is the same for each window. At the least, grille spacing should vary by no more than 12 percent.
Cape Cod Grilles

Reverse cottage style window with 9-over-6 grille pattern

Cape Cod Grilles

Reverse cottage style window with 12-over-8 grille pattern

Cape Cod Grilles

Cottage style window with 6-over-9 grille pattern

Cape Cod Grilles

Cottage style window with 8-over-12 grille pattern

Pattern Book

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Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.
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