"We loved the designer's sketch but never imagined it could be re-created to a tee," says Jim Steele, who lives with his family in this freshly transformed 1925 cottage near Syracuse, New York. As you can see, however, the result is pretty dead-on. The contest winners' cottage has gone from worn to wonderfully charming, thanks to designer Rick O'Leary's reimagining of the exterior, using little more than a palette of fiber-cement clapboards, shingles, and trim from James Hardie
. But it was the installation skill of Right Choice
contractor David D'Agostino that brought the highly customized design to life.