Priority 1: "We needed to get rid of those rinky-dink posts on the front porch," says Rogers. Jackson designed four thick, tapered posts on chunky stone piers more in proportion to the house. To preserve maximum living space on the small porch, Rogers cantilevered the stone piers slightly by resting them on ½-inch-thick steel plates bolted to the porch floor. The porch roof overhang, meanwhile, gained a Craftsman-style look when Rogers removed a metal soffit, exposing the rafter tails and making the existing fascia board more prominent. Replacing the porch railing's turned spindles with square balusters completed the front-entry makeover.
Another key feature of the exterior face-lift was a centered shed dormer, built with three windows Susanna salvaged from a neighbor's house and the same exposed rafter tails as the porch roof. "I love the look of the dormer," she says, "and it lets in so much natural light upstairs."