To start, he suggests adding a new portico for depth and a more formal entrance. Pilasters at the corners help frame the front, and dentil molding under the eaves and below the portico cornice introduce character-building detail. Working shutters provide texture and balance, and classic copper gutters tie the look together. "Pretty sharp," says Lucas of the proposed changes. "It's definitely where we'd like to go with the house."
For inspiration, we called architect Darren Helgesen, who encounters all sorts of Colonial Revivals in his Amagansett, N.Y., practice. "Similar two-stories here run the gamut from basic early-American styles to more embellished Federalist homes," he says. "This house can afford strategic touches of ornamentation."