“We saw a New England Cape Cod on a drive in the country one day and said, ‘We want that!’ So we built our own [in 1958]," say homeowners Dorothy and Douglas MacPherson of their 2,400-square-foot house. "We got traditional style — and a bright front door that’s distinct.”
The home's clapboard exterior, made with long horizontal boards that overlap, has been popular on East Coast homes since colonial times. Clapboard comes from the word klappen — Dutch for split (as in, wood hand-split from trees). Boxwood lining the front path and holly beneath the bay window on the right play up the home’s classic style. Rosebushes bloom from spring to fall, while coreopsis bring subtle hints of yellow in summer. A Japanese dwarf maple tree in front of the side porch creates privacy.