Spiff Up The Existing Structure: After

To make a house look grounded, paint the foundation a shade darker than the siding.
Paint: Instead of stripping the asbestos siding that covered the original wood clapboards—a move that would have cost Mark a valuable layer of insulation—he decided to simply paint what was there in Benjamin Moore's Antique Pewter. To make the trim details pop, he chose the high-contrast combo of White Mountains and Townsend Harbor Brown.
Windows: The windows on the first floor are well-preserved originals, but upstairs were drafty 1960s-era replacements. Mark swapped out 12 of those for fiberglass double-hungs with period-appropriate two-over-two grille patterns. He went with partial replacement units so that he wouldn't have to remove moldings and risk damaging the 19th-century woodwork, the walls, and the siding. But fitting new windows into the old framework was no easy task. "None of my sills are level, so I had to make custom trim pieces to fill in the gaps," says Mark. "Each window took about 10 hours!"
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