Facade of bungalow
Photo: Mark Lohman
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1 Reimagine the Facade

Removing the front wall's stucco and putting up white fiber-cement lap siding refreshed the front face of the house. The other walls got a coat of white paint. Exposing the rafter tails, as well as topping the roof with new asphalt shingles, added welcome detail to the roofline. Relocating windows created symmetry and allowed room for shutters.

Building a deeper portico with chunky columns and crisp railing made the entry more welcoming. A bright red door with brass hardware, lantern-style sconces, salvaged brickwork, and a rose-entwined picket fence helped give the cottage a classic look.

Similar to shown: Pella ThermaStar windows, from $102; Portfolio 1-Light Black Wall Lantern, about $52; ReliaBilt steel entry door, about $120: Lowe's. Builders Edge raised-panel vinyl shutters, from $58 per pair; Baldwin Logan lockset, about $160: The Home Depot.
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