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Do you like the simple but quaint and nostalgic style of a Cape Cod house? Many people do. They are insanely popular. If you do, you’ll love our collection of beautiful Cape Cod style floor plans below.

3-Bedroom Cape Cod Style Two-Story Home for a Sloped Lot with Open Living Space and a Side Walkout Basement (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,018 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom cape cod style two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: This 3-bedroom home radiates a classic Cape Cod appeal with its board and batten siding, and large dormers flanking the center gable. Upon entry, you are welcomed by …

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Two-Story 3-Bedroom Cape Cod Home for a Narrow Lot with Open Concept Living (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,493 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 3-bedroom Cape Cod home. Here’s the floor plan: This 3-bedroom Cape Cod home features a symmetrical facade graced with large gable dormers and a covered entry situated in the center. Horizontal lap siding and a wooden stoop …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Cape Cod Home with Gambrel Roof (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,848 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom cape cod home. Here’s the floor plan: Horizontal siding, charming dormer windows, and a striking gambrel roof embellish this two-story cape cod house. The home offers multiple entrances. A covered porch brings you directly …

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3-Bedroom Two-Story Cape Cod Home with Gambrel Roofs and Open Floor Plan (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,150 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom two-story cape cod home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story cape cod home boasts a wide-open floor plan that makes entertaining easier as it increases family time and bonding. A wall of windows at the …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Olmstead Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,342 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story Olmstead home. Here’s the floor plan: This cape cod home is designed with a comfortable interior layout for convenient movements along with a sophisticated exterior boasting its gambrels, turret and a soft arch entry that’s totally …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Shingle Style Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 6,313 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5+-4.5+ Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom shingle-style home. Here’s the floor plan:   This shingle style home is packed with charming features including its distinctive architecture and a homey interior. As you walk into the foyer, you’ll be greeted by the winding …

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Ornate Gambrel Roof Shingle-Siding Two-Story Home with Rotunda (2-Bedroom Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 10,275 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.5 Garage: 5 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom two-story Newport home. Here’s the floor plan: This Newport home is oozing with elegance that can be seen right from its exterior featuring a classic gambrel roof, distinctive turrets, decorative columns, and inviting verandas. The luxury continues …

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5-Bedroom 2-Story Home with Captain’s Walk and Lighthouse (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,262 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 4.5-5.5 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 5-bedroom luxury home. Here’s the floor plan: What makes this home unique is its addition of a captain’s walk and lighthouse. The home’s interior looks cozy with sweeping rustic-colored flooring on both floors and accentuated by chandeliers …

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4-Bedroom Multi-Story Hampton Style Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 9,250 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5.5 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a multi-story 4-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This luxury Hampton-style home exudes elegance from the onset with its exterior details consisting of shingle-style gables, gambrels, turrets, columns, and verandas. From the grand circular rotunda to the traditional foyer, …

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The Stratford Home, a 3-Bedroom Single-Story Classic (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,632 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for The Stratford home, a two-story 3-bedroom classic beauty. Here’s the floor plan: The Stratford home is a classic beauty with front and back porches and traditional designs sweeping throughout the house such as gables, dormers, and columns. The great room takes …

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Two-Story 5-Bedroom Newport Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 7,195 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.5+ Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 5-bedroom cape cod home. Here’s the floor plan:   This sophisticated house has an impeccable exterior starting from its gambrels, turrets down to the enticing verandas that are truly welcoming. Its terrific floor plan includes all the …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Shingle Style Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,197 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5+ Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story shingle-style home. Here’s the floor plan: A cool cape cod home displaying a distinctive exterior design with its gambrel roof and welcoming verandas plus a turret that houses a relaxing sitting area. The inviting foyer is …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Home with Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,507 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom cape cod home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story cape cod home flaunts a homey facade with its traditional porch that’s framed with large white columns. The separate garage creates an interesting view while outdoor spaces …

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Single-Story 3-Bedroom The Jacksonboro Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,864 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 3-bedroom The Jacksonboro home. Here’s the floor plan: The Jacksonboro home has an interesting exterior featuring classic white siding contrasted by brick bases. Its large front porch is gracefully framed with white columns. As you enter the …

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3-Bedroom Single-Story Shutesbury Home (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,367 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.1 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom single-story Shutesbury home. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story home exhibits a classic appeal with its gorgeous brick cladding and a front entry porch supported by white columns. Three dormer windows add a traditional feel. …

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Three-Story 2-Bedroom Riverhaven Cape Cod Home with Gambrel Roofs (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,045 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 3 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a three-story 2-bedroom Riverhaven Cape Cod home. Here’s the floor plan: A truly luxurious floor plan that’s loaded with a striking curb appeal showcasing its distinctive gambrel roofs, a ridge turret, and intricate railings encasing the Cape …

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Single-Story 4-Bedroom Cape Cod Style Home with Three-Bay Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,814 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 4-bedroom Cape Cod style home. Here’s the floor plan:   The 4-bedroom Cape Cod home flaunts a captivating facade adorned with cedar shake siding, twin dormers, multiple gables, and decorative columns. A wide front porch …

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FAQ

How much do Cape Cod style houses cost per square foot (approximately)?

Reef Builders, a builder of Cape Cods on Cape Cod, offers the following rules of thumb for building costs:

There are substantial regional differences in the costs of building a Cape Cod style home. Design, engineering, and permitting costs for building near wetlands, flood zones, and environmentally sensitive areas are substantial. Changes in energy standards can add insulation costs. On the other hand, a walkout basement or a bonus room may reduce your cost per square foot.

Are there Cape Cod style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

Any Cape Cod can be built with a detached garage.  There are detailed plans for building garages in Cape Cod style.

Does a  Cape Cod style house usually come with a garage?  

Cape Cod style houses usually have a detached garage. A livery for the horses was never attached to the house in colonial Cape Cod, so house plans with an attached garage are not purely traditional.

Is the Cape Cod style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

Luxury finishes in a Cape Cod focus on the beauty of the millwork, the quality of the appliances, and the coziness of the basement. A luxurious Cape Cod home is extraordinarily comfortable. There are mansions built in the Cape Cod style, as one might imagine, on Cape Cod. A 9.6-acre estate with frontage on Buzzards Bay and Great Harbor was offered by the estate of Wall Street financier Jim Clark in 2019 for $25 million.

Is Cape Cod style ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

The traditional design for a Cape Cod home called for a central fireplace and only as much space as could be heated by one fireplace in the depths of winter. Innovations in heating technology made larger Cape Cod style homes possible. There are houses in the Cape Cod style as small as 350 square feet on Cape Cod. Whether or not a Cape Cod this small can be built economically depends on factors including cost of the lot, any design or engineering fees required to get a permit, local energy standards, and cost of connection to water, sewage, and power. And because building a Cape Cod requires skilled building professionals, it may not be easy to entice a contractor to do a small Cape Cod.

Tiny house makers usually cannot incorporate the gables and slanted roofs that give a house a Cape Cod look.

Can Cape Cod style floor plans be open concept?

A Cape Cod is a natural for an open floor plan. A tall foyer will make the living area seem even more spacious. The space under the gables can be converted to two small children’s bedrooms or office space even with an open floor plan.

What are popular Cape Cod style exterior colors?

A Cape Cod is not a home you are likely to see painted shocking pink or psychedelic purple. This style is associated with alabaster, light blue, or gray siding, or brown shingles. Cape Cod homes are not given stone or brick facades.

Can you build a Cape Cod style house on a narrow lot?  

It is possible to build a Cape Cod on a narrow lot but this requires building up instead of building out. A Cape Cod on a narrow lot will need a finished basement and/or finished second floor, not just additional bedroom space under the gables. There are commercially available building plans for Cape Cods up to three stories tall that retain the proportionality of the traditional steep-pitched roofs and entrance in the center of the front facade.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

A Cape Cod is a natural fit for a wide lot. Modern Cape Cods have amenities unimagined in colonial times, such as private bedrooms and bathrooms, which take advantage of the additional space possible by giving the house “wings.”

Can Cape Cod style homes be built on a sloping lot?

The most common solution for the challenges posed by building a Cape Cod on a sloping lot is creating a basement with windows and a door or doors to the outside. It may not be possible to place the entrance in the middle of the house, but it may be easier to build an attached garage discreetly behind the house. On a lot sloping away from the street, it is possible to preserve the curb appeal of a Cape Cod with a basement garage tucked under the house at basement level.

How many floors/stories does Cape Cod style usually have?

Cape Cods were traditionally a single story with extra space under the roof line. But two-, three-, and even four-story Cape Cods can be built for special situations.

Do Cape Cod style houses have a basement?

Basements are both possible and desirable with a Cape Cod style house, especially when minimal excavation is required.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

On wider lots, most homeowners will opt for a bonus room in their Cape Cod design. The additional space can be architecturally harmonious — and add substantially to resale value.

Do Cape Cod style floor plans come with energy-efficient options?

Many Cape Cod floor plans come with energy-efficient options.

Is a porch a common design feature with Cape Cod style houses?

Porches are not a common design feature with Cape Cod style houses, although they make work as wrap-arounds when a Cape Cod has to be built on a sloping lot.

What types of roof does a Cape Cod style house typically have?

Cape Cod houses were traditionally roofed with cedar shingles. Wood shingles will add to the resale value of your Cape Cod, but they must be fireproofed, and they are expensive to install, maintain, and replace. Wood shingles last about 25 years.

Slate has an expected lifespan of 100 years. It is even better for the resale value of your house. But it has to be installed and maintained by a specialist.

Metals such as aluminum, copper, steel, tin, and zinc are fireproof, hail resistant, lightweight, excellent at shedding snow, and reflective of the sun’s rays during the summer. But they may be noisy during rainstorms.

Asphalt and rubber are not recommended.

Does a Cape Cod style work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Almost any interior design scheme will work with a Cape Cod home, although some will be more compatible than others. A “full cape” design with a front door flanked by two windows on either side will have enough natural light to support a variety of interior design choices. A “quarter cape” with just one exterior window on the front of the house will limit choices in rustic interiors.