When it was finally time to think about the front, Sean and Gregory's luck continued in finding local contractor David Wyncoop, known in the area for his work on antique houses. Sean had made a rough sketch to guide Wyncoop, giving the hodgepodge facade a more unified, symmetrical look with new two-over-two windows and a wide, deep porch topped with standing-seam metal. After jacking up the front to bolster the original stone foundation, Wyncoop worked his way around, replacing asbestos siding with painted cedar and drafty windows with energy-efficient models. He built a deck on one side of the house, a shed entrance on the other, and a seven-columned porch to frame the off-center door out front.
Today there's no sight more gratifying than driving up and seeing the transformed exterior, says Gregory. And with a porch, a deck, and a patio all hugging the house, there's a vantage point to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather. "Whether it's a sunny day or a night of stars or snow is coming down, we can sit outside and watch it all and enjoy."
Shown: Sean B. Nutley (left) and Gregory Triana on the cedar deck they added off the living room, now accessed by single French doors. The see-through cable balusters add a modern note and ensure a great view from inside, while the chimney's new stone veneer improves the view looking back up from the stepped-down garden.
Contractor: David Wyncoop, Stillmeadow Habitat & Home, Accord, NY; 845-687-2346