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My husband and I are seriously considering the purchase of the attached home. It was built in 1990, and I do not find it to be entirely visually appealing. I really like cape cod type houses, but don't know if this one would lend itself to such a remodel. Really don't like the way the entry porch looks, and the upper addition just seems odd. Your ideas are greatly appreciated.

Hi Maureen - thanks for your question.

Wow, this house is going to need some significant work to become anything like a Cape Cod design!

The front porch is easy to remove, but to get the kind of roof line and massing typical of a Cape Cod home you're going to need to build a new roof that overlays the existing one enough to engulf the weird second floor.

The bay windows are very "cape-like", and you'd need to remove the "columns" on both floors.  Something will need to be done about those second-floor windows!

Pretty big job, especially since Capes are typically very small homes, less than half the size of this one.

You might consider a slight shift in your stylistic taste - this house could more easily be transformed into a bit of a hybrid Craftsman, which would give you a front porch across the front with a less-involved roof replacement.

The existing second floor could become a shed dormer (with new windows) in an Craftsman-ish remodel, and besides, the characteristics of a Craftsman home would be more appropriate for this climate than a Cape Cod (Capes are "huddle" houses - originally designed to enclose space in a tiny footprint, with a large central fireplace to huddle around in the winter).

Craftsman homes are more spread out and open, with deeper overhangs that protect a home better in a snowy climate (this house has some of that already).

Good luck with the project!


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