After: Full of Character
To introduce "visual relief in the long front elevation," architect Erica Broberg Smith would open up and frame the entry with fieldstone half-walls, tapered columns, and a stout beam. Board-and-batten-style siding on the garage and window shutters help draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of height. A fenced front garden also breaks up the long house. Homeowner Ginny Joyce's reaction? "It's darling. Now I know the brick needs to go."