a Photoshop rendering of a cottage exterior redesign
Illustration: Howard Digital

New Siding Revives a Weathered Cottage

Readers Lisa and Jim Steele won This Old House's Real-Life Photoshop Redo Contest—and all-new siding from James Hardie. We asked designer Richard O'Leary to envision a radical upgrade, and he answered with a mix of shingles and lap siding that emboldens the house's character. As for the apron trim beneath the upper-story windows, O'Leary says, "I wanted to add some focus and a fun detail to the front elevation without dramatically changing the structure." And what do the Steeles think? "Awesome," Lisa says. "All the details give it that look of the quaint house we’ve always dreamed of." Imagine when they see the real thing. Or see for yourself, after contractor David D'Agostino of Right Choice brings the makeover to life. We'll showcase the results in a special feature in the November 2010 issue.
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