The Cape Cod style originated with the colonists who came from England to New England in the 17th century. The style can be defined by a symmetrical presentation with a covered front entry in the center, multi-paned double hung windows, and shutters. The rooflines are simple gables with a steep pitch creating enough room for a second story living space under the roof. Gable or shed dormers are added to make second-floor light and egress possible. The exterior of the homes are usually wood framed with lap, shake, wide clapboard or shingle siding. Artlantica, Inc. Cape Cod home plans are designed with the heart of this design style in mind with features and elements common to the coastal vernacular.