curb appeal boost on budget yellow queen anne mansion
Photo: Julian Wass
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Restore a Period Look: After

Before homeowners Charles and Christine Gentile got their hands on this 1895 Queen Anne manse, in Centerport, New York, it was a neighborhood blemish. The gracious front porch had been enclosed, the clapboard siding was rotted, and the roof was so neglected that saplings had sprouted on it. Working from a historical photo and taking cues from nearby homes of the same vintage, Charles, a contractor, and Christine, an interior designer, restored the home to its once-proud status. They even upped its grandeur with a spacious addition.
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