Before the Cottage-Style Makeover

The outside of Vicky Close's 1980s ranch, in Des Moines, Iowa, looks the same as the day she bought it—nearly 20 years ago. "I'd love a porch," she says, "and my husband wants a different color." But the couple get cold feet every time they try to make a change. So, to advise them, we called on Minneapolis-based architect Mark Larson.
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