"Natural materials are often what give old houses their charm," says Roberts, who would trade in the vinyl for stained cedar shingles on the second story and clapboards on the first floor. The mix of siding plays up the house's gambrel roof and shed dormers, while a paint scheme with more contrast highlights the details. Rather than open up the enclosed front porch and lose a sitting room inside, Roberts suggests adding a new porch. Combined with the expanded windows on both levels and bright-blue cottage-style door, it makes the whole facade more inviting.
"I just love the front porch," says Aimee. "The house really looks like a home now."
Side stairs provide a convenient entrance from the driveway.