We have just introduced a new informational page on the website, 'Homeownership on Cape Cod'. We will be adding more information to it in the future, but for now here is the second part of that page with some useful information on septic systems, building norms and utilities. As always contact us for information about both buying and selling on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Homeownership
One very common and sometimes befuddling aspect of local homeownership on Cape Cod relates to septic systems. Put simply these are systems that collect wastewater from the home, separate solids from liquids, and leech the liquids back through a natural soil filter into the ground. For more information on septic systems please check out some of these useful links
Local Building and Construction in Brief
Regarding construction on Cape Cod, the traditional 'Cape' style house (pictured with red painted clapboards) stems from a New England style of utter utilitarianism. The fairly high pitched roof prevented the crushing weight of heavy snowfall from collapsing the building and the upstairs bedrooms meant the heat would rise upstairs to make sleeping more comfortable. You can find 'Half Capes' and full Capes all over, though many have seen additions or dormers added to increase usable space. Most construction on Cape Cod is wooden framed with cedar shingles or clapboards for siding and pitched asphalt roofs. Some homes also have red cedar shingling on the roof. We have a graphic here, that does a phenomenal job of illustrating the elements of homes.
A fact of life on Cape Cod (as with anywhere) is the occasional power outage. Cape Cod, being a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean, receives a number of storms during the year, particularly during the winter. Affectionately known as Nor'easters from the direction of the wind, these storms can cause some damage to the unprepared house.