To offer the couple some upgrade ideas, we turned to architect Max Hayden, based in nearby Hopewell. He'd start by adding a porch with a pronounced roof overhang that extends up the sides of the house to the ridgeline, giving the original second story the look of a shed dormer. Adding an overhang to the existing roof edges is less costly than replacing the roof, but the results are just as dramatic. "And the porch masks the offset second story and the asymmetrical windows," says Hayden. Doubling the windows upstairs adds balance, while the stone-veneered water table anchors the house.
"It's all really inspiring, but the porch is my favorite part," says Dan, who hopes to recruit his parents and brothers to help him build it.
Pictured: Stone on the chimney echoes the facade's new veneered water table.