Cape Cod Cottages originated in England and the name "Cape Cod House" wasn't in use until the 1800s when Reverend Timothy Dwight IV named them after a visit to Cape Cod. These style homes have a central door with windows flanking either side and a steep roof which allows for the snow and rain to be shed quickly. Originally, these homes were a single level with a central chimney and until the 20th Century resurgence, the space under the attic wasn't typically converted into living space. Additionally, the living space on the second floor is usually restricted by the roofline.
Examples of Original Classic Cape Cod Cottages
Examples of modern 20th Century Cape Cod Cottages