a closeup of a house with windows made over and a spruced-up front yard
Photo: Jean Allsopp
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Case Study 4: Unifying Paint

To the right of the front door, two sets of tall, nonoperable shutters capped with triangular white pediments (one covers an existing undersized window) trick the eye and add symmetry to an awkward blank spot in the facade for a fraction of the cost of new windows.

An azalea bush in the yard and a potted urn by the entry add color. The luxe-looking new slate path and step capstones complement the home’s gray color scheme and will weather well over time. Install such pavers yourself to save as much as $10 to $25 per square foot.
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