Photo illustration of farmhouse facade
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Change Will Do You Good

We asked architect Marsha Topham of CG&S Design/Build, in Austin, Texas, what she'd change about this house owned by Gretchen Fitzenrider of Sherwood, Ohio. Her first move: Ditch the uninviting enclosed porch. "It's not original to the home, and it isn't in great shape anyhow," she explains. "An open porch and wider stairway would make this house much more welcoming and complement its simple lines." To add detail to the facade, Topham also suggests installing board-and-batten siding on the second story and using beefier trimwork around the windows and foundation, all tied together with a paint job that highlights these new features. New windows and a brick walkway would complete the transformation. "We'd love to work toward this look, right down to the paint colors," says Gretchen.
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