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Before the Photoshop Redo

"We plan to overhaul our home's exterior, but we're stumped for ideas," says Tina Ramirez, who lives in this 1,200-square-foot 1916 house with her husband, Val, and their four children. So This Old House asked architect Timothy Langan to propose some options for their project. Langan immediately pinpointed Tina's biggest challenge: "The house lacks architectural detail, so it looks rather lifeless," he says.

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