MAUMEE, OHIO – They're viewed as "every home USA." The Country/Cottage style of homes began in America's heartland as functional, almost boxy homes that have evolved into "feel good" classics. From sprawling farmhouse designs to simplistic Cape Cod styles, these homes offer comfort and efficiency to homeowners across the country.
"Country/Cottage house plans are easily one of the most requested styles our company sells year after year," says Tammy Crosby, chief operating officer of The House Designers. "We offer more than 6,000 home design plans and people continually gravitate to the simplicity of the farmhouse and Cape Cod designs. These styles are like 'comfort food' for homeowners."
According to Crosby, farmhouse homes are known for their simple, rectangular two-story floor plan which usually saves money on construction. They have large front porches or wrap-around porches that can extend to the back of the home.
Cape Cod style homes are generally smaller -- often just 1.5 stories --- and have more charming design elements to them. Shake and shingle siding are design elements of this home and today's Cape Cod floor plans incorporate more open spaces that join the kitchen, dining room and family rooms.
Adding Curb Appeal
Fypon manufactures a variety of low-maintenance polyurethane products designed especially to enhance Country/Cottage style homes. For farmhouse style homes with simple trim details, the company offers louvered shutters, porch posts, louvers and symmetrical brackets. Flat trim, crossheads and plain porch posts complete the farmhouse style.
To add curb appeal to the outside of a Cape Cod style home, Fypon offers newel posts in straight and corner panel styles that can be coupled with a classic square baluster system. This straight-forward home design looks best when enhanced with crossheads over first-floor windows and dormer kits used to trim out second floor dormer windows.
The Fypon Style Guide shows how to incorporate Country/Cottage style polyurethane millwork into both existing homes and new home designs. As with all Fypon® products, the pieces recommended to support farmhouse and Cape Cod style homes resist moisture and insects. They also resist rotting, warping, cracking, chipping, peeling, and are weather resistant.
Fypon offers thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of America’s homes. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-resistant, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon LLC is owned by Therma-Tru Corp. For additional information, call 800-446-3040 or visit www.fypon.com.