For inspiration, we went to architect Paul Hannan of SALA Architects, just down the road in Minneapolis. "I took the basic form and tried to use it in a way that adds character," Hannan says. To scale down the imposing gable, he separated it from the garage with a strong horizontal trim line and textured cedar shingles that contrast with the clapboards below. The garage gets Craftsman-style doors and a pergola for warmth and dimension. Hannan unified the bay of windows into one harmonious element with trim that echoes the garage doors'. He also jettisoned the metal porch columns in favor of one four-post column of his own design. Extending and dressing up the front walk makes for a more welcoming approach. And how do the Elsens welcome all the suggestions? "I know what I like when I see it," says Lori. "I love it."