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Suburban Hodgepodge

Its rural location, in the Upper Peninsula town of Chassell, MI, and roomy interior made this 1970s brick-and-stucco house a good fit for Tyler and Heidi Jouppe and their nine children. But the home’s suburban style doesn’t reflect its rustic setting, and 40-plus years of harsh winters have taken a toll on the now-crumbling exterior. “We need help,” Heidi says.

Rustic Blend

Illustration by Drawgate Inc.

So we asked local architect Heather Sewell to give the house a fresh look. To create more cottage-in-the-woods appeal, she suggests replacing the brick and stucco with wide lap siding in hard-wearing fiber cement. She’d endow the relatively flat facade with both dimension and function by adding a wraparound porch and gabled portico framed in locally milled timber. Elsewhere, she’d opt for durable man-made materials that blend seamlessly with the home’s natural tones and textures.

“We love the porch and rock-covered chimney,” says Heidi of the new design. “Thanks for the inspiration!”

Reliable Roofing

Illustration by Drawgate Inc.

Durable standing-seam metal roofing replaces the old screw-down, ribbed-steel panels.

Finishing Touches: Entry Light

Illustration by Drawgate Inc.

Classic accents and rustic details help give this house in the woods a cozy, cottage feel.

This nautical-inspired pendant, in burnished bronze, complements the robust timbers framing the portico.

Lighthouse Outdoor Pendant, $289; Clarkson Lighting

Finishing Touches: Beefy Siding

Illustration by Drawgate Inc.

These 8 1⁄4-inch-wide fiber-cement planks have 5⁄8-inch-thick butt edges, just like real cedar.

Artisan Lap Siding in Iron Gray, about $2.25 per lin. ft.; Lowe’s

Finishing Touches: Garage Door

Illustration by Drawgate Inc.

Weather-resistant composite cladding gives foam-insulated steel panels a handsome carriage-door look.

Canyon Ridge Limited Edition Series, from $4,500; Clopay

Finishing Touches: Cast Stone

Illustration by Drawgate Inc.

Molded concrete veneer on the porch skirt and chimney simulates the color and texture of weathered limestone.

Moonlight RoughCut, $7 to $9 per sq. ft.; Eldorado Stone

Thanks to: Heather Sewell, Heather Sewell Architecture, Atlantic Mine, MI