Who: Pat C
Where: Groton Long Point, Conn.
One winter day, we arrived at our summer cottage and realized how ugly our house was compared to the other beautiful homes on our street. We made plans that spring to make low-budget updates. We started by opening up the small screened-in porch to be able to enjoy the coastal community's fresh air. We took out the old, scrawny cement stairs on the side of the porch and replaced them with new, wide mahogany steps to the front. Inspired by a house on Shelter Island, NY, we added simple white shutters to add a little texture.