After: Building Character

We recruited architect Jane Frederick, of Beaufort, South Carolina, to give the couple some design help. The house has nice lines," says Frederick, but she agrees it looks stark. To scale down the entry gable, her design includes a portico with heftier columns and brick veneer on the concrete stoop. Continuing those elements onto the porch connects the two spaces, while two pairs of single-light French doors make the porch more inviting. Reframing the shed dormers to fit more windows lightens up the second story, as does swapping out the shingles for metal roofing, a nod to the home's rural setting. Mike's reaction? "Wow! The columns and roof really set it off—I'd love to do both."
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