Summer Architectectural Series: The Cape Cod

The Chicagoland area has always been a melding of cultures, food, music, and architectural styles. Embracing the California bungalow, Chicago made it uniquely its own. The same is true of the East Coast Cape Cod.

The Cape Cod style home was originally built by English settlers in the Original Colonies.

This one to one and a half story home traditionally has a square footprint and a steeply pitched roof. The steep pitch of these homes reduces the impact of snow build up during the frigid New England winters. In Chicagoland, we know all about snow too. The unique and historical Cape Cod works just as well in our winters as it does on the East Coast.

Although the Cape Cod style has been around for hundreds of years, the term “Cape Cod Home” was coined by Reverend Timothy Dwight IV, president of Yale University, after he visited Cape Cod around 1800. The Cape Cod style home is especially popular in the near suburbs of Chicago, including Elmhurst, Oak Park, and Chicago Ridge, where the home below is located.

Check out these before and after photos from a recent roof replacement on a Cape Cod in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. This home suffered storm damage, and Feze Roofing, Inc. ® and Storm Solutions Public Adjusters, Inc. were able to maximize their homeowner’s insurance claim, and replace this home’s main roof, detached garage roof, and gutter and downspout system. For this home, Feze Roofing, Inc. ® installed GAF Timberline HDZ in Barkwood and a gutter and downspout system in Royal Brown. Check out this beautiful transformation of one of Chicagoland’s most beloved homes, the classic Cape Cod!

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