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  1. Country/Cottage: Farmhouse

    Identifying Features:

    • Typically a two-story building with gabled front
    • Large porch with simple columns usually spans the house
    • Windows and doors have simple trim details

    The first farmers to build houses in America’s heartland didn’t have time for adding extravagant details to their homes. The architecture was boxy and rugged, constructed using the timber and stones that were cleared from the farmers’ fields. Multi-paned windows provided views of the surrounding acreage. In good times, wrap-around porches were often added, but with simple columns and railings.

  2. Country/Cottage: Cape Cod

    Identifying Features:

    • Low, broad-frame building, generally a story and a half
    • Steep pitched roof with end gables
    • Very little ornamentation
    • Central front door surrounded by two multi-paned windows on each side
    • Prominent use of shutters

    Steep roof lines with dormers are the most well-known details of the Cape Cod style. These homes often use clapboard shingles for siding, or wood shake for siding and roofing. Design elements are symmetrical, and include windows with wide white trim or shutters, a centered front door with pilasters or a large, central chimney.

  3. Country/Cottage

    Interiors may look casual, but are always comfortable — a cozy feeling is key, even if it is done on a grand scale. Interior looks are often inspired by nature. They can be colorful, or white-on-white, with the use of chair rails and mouldings to add texture and interest.