If the budget is limited, Langan suggests concentrating on improvements to the entry, such as a better door and hefty porch columns. The next priority would be incorporating facade elements, such as frieze boards and window casings, to give it more character.
Noting the home's modest size, he also proposed a two-story addition to give the family more gathering spaces and breathing room. The new gable adds to the house's architectural appeal, and the bigger porch would connect to an existing patio behind the house.
"I love the suggestions here, especially the color scheme and the larger porch," says Tina. "We can't make all the changes, but these ideas are a great starting point."