After: Perky Charm
"A simple, cottage-like house such as Mark's doesn't need radical changes," says Siemasko. "Adding detail to the facade and making the entry a stronger focal point will boost its look substantially." His proposed entry features a gable roof with an exposed truss, supported by columns resting on shingle-sided walls that flank a painted wood landing. Wider trim around the doors and windows, along with corner boards, frieze boards, and water-table trim above the foundation, offers crisp definition. Flower boxes serve to visually lengthen the windows, which seem a bit short. Mark's ready to jump in and make these changes. "I never thought about adding trimwork, but it really does help make my house look complete—finally!"