front porch entry, terraced garden and facade
Photo: Judith Bromley

Fetching Front Porch (Before)

The entry—and what surrounds it—are key to making a home welcoming. So the "Grey Poupon" yellow aluminum siding and tiny off-kilter portico on this Clarendon Hills, Illinois, house had to go. In fact, such "updating" had left the 1909 four-square-looking like a shell of its former self. Relying on a vintage photograph, the homeowner set about restoring the facade's original charm. Architect David Raino-Ogden drafted the plan for the facade, and a landscape-design course helped the homeoner devise her own plan and hardscape scheme.
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