Face Off: New England Cape Cod Vs. Atlanta Bungalow

Forget Patriots and Falcons, we’re interested in who wins this architectural battle.

By: Ryan Reed

The big game is just days away and while many are focused on the Atlanta Falcons’ high-powered offense and the brilliance of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, I took another approach to my pre-game analysis.

In Atlanta and the New England region, you’ll find two of my favorite home styles and I thought it would be fun to pit the two against one other in an architectural face-off with the winner decided by you. On one side of the cul-de-sac you have Atlanta’s trendy bungalow and on the other, New England’s classic Cape Cod. Check out the photos and information about each below and make sure to vote for your favorite.


Historic Bungalow With Mod Makeover

Historic Bungalow With Mod Makeover

This early 1900s Texas home was given a makeover with gray exterior paint and a bright lime green front door that brings a decidedly modern touch.

Photo by: Regan Baker Design

Regan Baker Design

This home style began popping up in Atlanta around 1910 and they’ve grown in popularity ever since. Traditionally one-story residences, bungalows typically feature handcrafted materials, low-pitched roofs supported by columns and either a front or corner porch. Today, many Atlanta residents are restoring these historic homes to their original glory in neighborhoods across the city.

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Green Dream

As a departure from the Industrial Age of the 19th century, bungalows celebrate a more casual, comfortable lifestyle and are admired for their simplicity and charm.

5 Reasons We Love Bungalows

1. Their all-American good looks have been going strong since the late 19th century, when the first ones popped up. History buffs: Their heyday was in the 1920s.
2. Hello, wide porches! It's like having a whole extra room. Most can fit an outdoor sofa, two chairs, a rug, even a coffee table.
3. They're small but they live large. Rooms are spacious, and the ceilings are high. It's a great starter home or family home.
4. They look cute in any color, from bright white to sage green. And there are so many details to paint — the columns, the trim work and the porch floor.
5. The charm factor is through the (gabled) roof!

Gorgeous Porch

Craftsman style porch columns create a stunning entryway and allude to the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, an inspiration behind many bungalow style homes.

Blue Beauty

Built in 1900, this blue behemoth features a spacious second story and is dressed up with dentil trim as well as transom and sidelight windows around the stately front door.

Brick and Stucco Bungalow

This bungalow combines brick and stucco into a charming package. Lots of windows bring in abundant sunlight, and the front steps lead to a welcoming entry door.

Photo By: Lauren Noess © 2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Historic Bungalow With Mod Makeover

This early 1900s Texas home was given a makeover with gray exterior paint and a bright lime green front door that brings a decidedly modern touch.

Traditional Craftsman Home

Sylvia E. Gonzales bought her 1930 home in Houston, TX in 1988. “My Craftsman bungalow reminds me of my childhood home,” she says. “I tried to keep the style true when I redid the porch and landscaping.”

Photo By: Beth Perkins

Brick Bungalow

Gray brick with white exterior moulding and trim are a clean upgrade for this cozy bungalow-style house. A wraparound porch and simple landscaping increase curb appeal.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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The Bolder the Better

A bright blue exterior and white pickett fence increase the charm factor of this tropical retreat in Orlando, Florida.

Photo By: Agnes Lopez

Classy Black and White

This white bungalow with black accents exudes both elegance and modesty, a nod to the simpler lifestyle the traditional bungalow represented.

Enchanting Exterior

A fresh yellow exterior showcases a beautiful original wood front door, while a cottage style garden invites guests to sit and stay a while.

Photo By: Ryan McVay ©(c) Ryan McVay

Charming Bungalow With Distinctive Design

This bungalow combines cedar shakes with board and batten siding to create a distinctive looking modern twist on an old theme. Lots of windows keep things bright inside and the pediment over the entrance is a unique focal point.

Outdoor Oasis

This Florida bungalow has tons of curb appeal, thanks for beautiful landscaping and a large, welcoming front porch.

Photo By: Amy Mikler

Summer Sanctuary

Many bungalows provide a blank canvas for expressing artistic individuality, like this colorful bungalow found in St. Petersburg's Historic Kenwood neighborhood.

Wonderful Windows

In the early 20th century, home buyers could purchase a ready-cut bungalow home kit from a Sears catalog for less than $1,000. Today, as bungalows regain popularity, many homeowners are restoring older bungalows to accomodate a more contemporary lifestyle.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod House

Cape Cod House

This style home typically features a large chimney in the center of the first floor to provide warmth during the harsh New England winters.

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With roots that date back to the 1600s, this home style was built to protect early settlers from the harsh New England winters. A large chimney in the center of the first floor provided warmth for the entire house and even the roof was angled in such a way so that the snow would quickly slide off. Original Cape Cod homes also include cedar shingles and a “captain’s stairway” that leads to the second floor.

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