Landscaping: Darci and Matt saved all their mature trees but swapped everything else in favor of tidy boxwoods mixed with rose and hydrangea bushes for a lush look that doesn't overwhelm the walkway. Landscape lighting and a new gravel path make it easy to get around, even at night.
Entry: Beefy posts, accented with molding and clad in PVC for durability, give the porch more presence than the house's flimsy, rotting originals. Their crisp white stands out against the mocha-hued siding, while a solid-fir door lets in light without compromising privacy.
Windows: Energy-efficient models take the place of almost all the originals, except for the two front windows, which the homeowners kept for their handsome divided-light design. New glass and frames freshen up the eyebrow dormers and help protect against drafts.
Shown: Bright red patio chairs add an easy-to-change pop of color for as little as $20 each.