So we asked Massachusetts-based architect John Margolis to refine their ideas on paper. "A porch that wraps one side helps rebalance the asymmetrical facade," says Margolis, who continued the porch roof to form a breezeway connecting side entrances on the house and garage. A lattice panel provides some screening. Adding dormers to let in more light upstairs gives the coastal cottage a traditional Cape Cod look, as does swapping the metal siding for cedar shingles and the asphalt roof for dimensional shakes. Aqua-blue accents add a welcome touch of color. "I'd love to do this in stages," John says of the makeover. "It's just how we'd like the house to look."
A breezeway roof shields the path between two facing side doors from rain and snow.