The Craftsman character of Augie and Ellyn Annoreno's 1924 bungalow, in Bartlett, Illinois, was obscured by wide aluminum siding, a nondescript front porch, and misguided "updates," such as a Victorian-style entry door. With some thoughtful renovations, including a new mahogany front door, the couple brought back the period charm—and earned a plaque from the local historical society.
Porch: A pair of chunky wood posts was not enough to support the roof, which bowed beneath the central dormer. With an architect and a contractor, the couple devised a new porch supported by a trio of tapered cedar columns in the Craftsman style. Augie, a former bricklayer, dug and poured the concrete footings for the columns and did the veneer work on the pier supports. He also replaced rotted floorboards with tongue-and-groove Douglas fir.