Cottage or Cape Cod?

I've been told both. I think it's more of a cottage. What do you think?
cottage or cape cod, curb appeal
  52 answers
  • Diana Lafavor Diana Lafavor on Jun 30, 2014
    I vote Cottage but it could use a little TLC and accessorizing, I do like the symetry

  • I agree...I think it's more cottage. :)

  • Lizzy Bean Lizzy Bean on Jun 30, 2014
    It looks so quaint and needs a little TLC. I think it is more cottage than Cape Cod.

  • I agree with everyone. Cape cods do not have portulacas or front porches and they generally have a steeper roof, ornate front doors, and other architectural influences from new england.

  • Carol G Carol G on Jun 30, 2014

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 30, 2014
    I vote cottage...this is ADORABLE!

  • Thank you, Everyone! I'm glad you agree - Cottage, it is! Diana, I couldn't agree with you more. I have a lot of landscaping to do - Cottage Gardening! I'm picturing hanging baskets, hollyhocks, morning glories, cone flowers...:)

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jun 30, 2014
    House looks in really good shape. Just needs some colourful plantings and maybe a shrub or two.

  • Cape Cod. Small but still a cape. Below is several types of styles. A few more are still left out, but you can see the differences in many.

  • Carol Carol on Jul 01, 2014
    Cape Cod

  • Luanne Myburgh Luanne Myburgh on Jul 01, 2014
    I also think it is more cottage but whatever it is, it is home....

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    • Sharon Rexroad Sharon Rexroad on Jul 01, 2014
      What a wonderful concept, Jack! I've been house hunting recently and keep migrating to the American Small House. I even owned an a 1951 ASH a couple decade ago and it's been my favorite home ever!

  • Tris Smith Tris Smith on Jul 01, 2014
    I vote for cottage and it needs some colorful painting outside to bring out the architecture

  • NV87 NV87 on Jul 01, 2014
    I live near the Cape. I would not consider this a Cape although minus the porch it might fit the bill, this is more like a cottage you would see "down the Cape".

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jul 01, 2014
    Because of the small size, I think of cottage.

  • Anna Erishkigal Anna Erishkigal on Jul 01, 2014
    From someone who actually -lives- on Cape Cod ... it's a cottage. A Cape Cod roof has a steeper pitch to cast away the snow, rain and neverending fog/mist ... especially as traditional capes have a wood cedar shingle roof which rots if you don't have at least a 45-degree angle. It's so cute!!! Get some bushes and flowers for that pretty little cottage! And maybe some sort of large, central art piece for the gable end of the little porticullus which juts out the front --- perhaps a large sun or other artsy piece?

  • Karin From B'ham Karin From B'ham on Jul 01, 2014
    Cape Cod is defined as generally being at least 1.5 stories high. The home is absolutely adorable, and I think going for a "cottage" look will give you the most options for adding character through fanciful landscaping, accent colors, etc. And if you decide you don't want it, let me know!!

  • Barbara Jo Barbara Jo on Jul 01, 2014

  • Valerie Ott Valerie Ott on Jul 01, 2014
    I vote cottage. Cute, whatever it is!

  • Van Randall Van Randall on Jul 01, 2014
    I'm curious when it was built and where and are the other houses around it all similar in style? That American Small House is interesting reading.

  • Sharyn Diaz Sharyn Diaz on Jul 01, 2014
    A Cape Cod IS a cottage :)

  • Pam Maltry Kern Pam Maltry Kern on Jul 01, 2014
    Either way it is adorable.

  • Pat Pat on Jul 01, 2014
    Located i what town? Certainly, not Las Vegas.

  • Pat Pat on Jul 01, 2014
    In not i

  • Pat Pat on Jul 01, 2014
    Cottage: flower boxes on porch with vining plants hanging down. Suggest sweet potato vines.

  • Christine Jess Danbrook Christine Jess Danbrook on Jul 01, 2014
    I'm, from Canada and we would call it Cottage style, It' a cute house and I'm sure you will make it your own....can't wait for pictures later on to compare. Have fun with it...

  • Deb Titus Deb Titus on Jul 01, 2014
    I'm a home designer, and what you have is a Very Cute Storey-and-a-half! It could also be called a cottage, but not a Cape Cod which has a different shaped roof and is also called a "salt-box" style.

  • Barbara Turner Barbara Turner on Jul 01, 2014
    This is actually a rancher. If it WERE a Cape Cod, it would ABSOLUTELY have the 2 dormer windows on top! Normally a cottage has a larger front porch / portico. I studied architecture & I.D. on my own for 2 years when I was younger. Oh and as far as a Saltbox style, uh, no! It needs to have the extended slanted roof from center top to lower back to qualify for that destinction.

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    • Barbara Turner Barbara Turner on Jul 01, 2014
      @GR HAHAHAHAHA! Too funny! And how many centuries ago was that?! My ancestors are laughing trust me! We escaped from religious persecution! I'm actually descended from the Royal MacGregors. aka the Blanchetts - aka the Plunketts! My father's lineage.

  • Andrine Andrine on Jul 01, 2014
    cottage - like a blank canvas awesome possiblities- you may start a street of storybook cottages I have seen that happen

  • Karen Maison Karen Maison on Jul 01, 2014
    Cape Cod has dormers in the front in the roof. Can be as many as you want but usually 2 or 3.

  • Gary Leeman Gary Leeman on Jul 01, 2014
    Its a cottage style

  • GR GR on Jul 01, 2014
    Whatever it is I like it very much and I hope you'll be very happy here!

  • Savvy Chic Michelle Savvy Chic Michelle on Jul 01, 2014
    Cottage and a charming one at that.

  • Nancilee Nancilee on Jul 01, 2014
    I would say cottage. Cape Cods are usually traditionally a story and a half high The roof has a steep pitch and usually has end gables. They traditionally have a wooden exterior, however there are brick Cape Cods and vinyl siding Cape Cods. The type of exterior is not an issue, the style of the house is the determining factor.

  • Le' Le' on Jul 01, 2014
    It's definitely not a ranch (which is wide and spread out). It is not a Cape Cod because of the type of siding. Also, most CC (saltbox) are generally smaller...(much smaller) You have a 1950's small 1 1/2 story house. It can be decorated so cute...good luck.

  • Here is a peek at the inside...

  • Kim Hudak Kim Hudak on Jul 01, 2014

  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on Jul 01, 2014
    It reminds me of houses that were called saltboxes. I think the Cape Cods with formers are called extended Capes. Is it post WWII?

  • Pam Bolton Pam Bolton on Jul 01, 2014
    Your house is a uniquely American form of architecture. It is an American Small House also known as an FHA house or a Minimal Traditional House among other names. Mostly it came out of the great depression and WWII material shortages. You can research your house type easily on the internet. Look up Minimal Traditional or American Small House. I love yourfront door asnd your breadbox.

  • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Jul 01, 2014
    Cape Cods have enough height on the second floor for living space. Ranches have all the living space on one floor. A cottage could be either a ranch or a cape, depending on the layout of the rooms.

  • Barbara Turner Barbara Turner on Jul 01, 2014
    Cape Cods traditionally are known for their dormer windows! Period. Salt box houses are a gambrel roof and over extended in the back down!

  • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Jul 01, 2014
    I lived in a cape cod home that did not have dormer windows. The two upstairs bedrooms each had a window on the outside wall. A saltbox is a cape with one story in the front and two stories in the back.

  • Savvy Chic Michelle Savvy Chic Michelle on Jul 02, 2014
    Love the bread drawer. Reminds me of my kitchen when I was a very little girl. My house had it and so did my grandmas house.

  • Eleanor P Eleanor P on Jul 02, 2014
    I would call it a cottage and I WANT it. I love small houses!!

  • Pam Bolton Pam Bolton on Jul 02, 2014
    I found a pdf file online that illustrates my point on the American Small House. Slide 22 looks almost exactly like your house.

  • Brenda Thompson Brenda Thompson on Jul 02, 2014
    I would leave the bathroom as is. I would change the paint on the walls though. Something bright, The front door and bread box are an awesome addition to leave as is too

  • Janice Strub Janice Strub on Jul 02, 2014
    I would call it a Cape Cod Cottage. It is adorable!

  • Shari Veater Shari Veater on Jul 02, 2014
    a cute cottage!

  • Shelley Paul Shelley Paul on Jul 02, 2014
    Your little house could be either and you should look at it as a BONUS that it could be one of several "types". To make if feel an one of them study the types and incorporate details like shutters, or awnings or landscaping that epitomise that type of style so that you can live in the style of house you "choose". Your house is cute and looks well cared for....It would make an adorable cottage

  • Holly Mckee Emrick Holly Mckee Emrick on Jul 07, 2014
    we live in New Hampshire and this would not be called a cape.. its a little to small for that.. This is what we call a bungalow

  • Sharon Adams Sharon Adams on Jul 11, 2014
    This is a cottage style house. Sharon Adams

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