Welcome to our charming Cape Cod home plans! Normally consisting of one and a half stories, these house plans feature the master suite on the main floor. Some or all other bedrooms are upstairs. The home could be a one-story instead, with an attic or bonus space above. Originating in late-17th-century New England, this simple home was thought to stand up well to stormy weather. A Yale University president coined the name after he visited Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The symmetrical exterior incorporated a steep roof, plus shuttered windows and optional dormers. The style was revived in the 1930s. Although the original Cape Cod design had no front porch, you could consider choosing a floor plan with a porch if desired. For more inspiration, check out the our related selection of cottage house plans.