Whether they’re in New England or the heart of the Midwest, Cape Cods were initially built as traditional English style homes that could withstand against the local stormy weather.
The colonial Cape Cod designs were simple in style—a story and a half, pitched roof, weatherworn shingles, a central chimney, and gables. Nowadays, Cape Cods typically have a more modern sensibility—dormered roof, larger in size, and sometimes sporting screened-in porches.
Even hundreds of years later, we’re still worried about protecting homes against the weather, some things don’t change. Lucky for you, James Hardie® siding is Engineered for Climate®, with performance attributes that take your exact region’s climate into account. The HardieZone® System breaks down North America with climate-specific product formulations, and there’s one zone specifically for the Midwest – the HZ5® product zone.
HZ5 siding is winter ready (even for the sometimes-Arctic Midwest), able to resist shrinking, swelling and cracking even after years of wet or freezing conditions.
We’ve corralled our favorite Midwest clad Cape Cods—stylish and climate-specific.
Balanced and Blue
Unlike the Victorian homes popular in the earlier part of the 20th century, Cape Cod homes are distinguished by their symmetrical designs. This modern Cape Cod is screaming symmetry. The HardiePlank® lap siding in Boothbay Blue gives this home a traditional look despite its contemporary form.
The simple entryway, with little to no details, is standard for most Cape Cod homes. The large, modern Cape Cod, with a clean and humble entryway is clad in HardiePlank lap siding and straight edge HardieShingle® siding in Navajo Beige. The shingle siding on the home’s left side adds a touch of interest.
Warm and Traditional
This Midwest neighborhood home is clad in creamy HardiePlank lap siding. The black shutters and red brick foundation make the home feel classic yet stylish.