Jocelyn and Jeff Gordon love their 1936 farmhouse in Brownsville, OR. “But I’d like the garage, which was tacked on in 1956, to look more original to the house,” Jocelyn says. “And visitors aren’t sure which is the main entrance.”
So we asked architect Michael Soraci of Agate Architecture in nearby Eugene for some design solutions. First up, to marry the garage to the historical house, Soraci would give it a gabled roof, with dormers, that matches the main roofline, and he would replace all the moss-prone asphalt shingles with standing-seam metal. White board-and-batten siding serves as a backdrop for new divided-light-style windows outlined in black. A walled patio and Craftsman-style entry door upgrade the street-side facade, while a side door flanked by flowers ushers visitors in from the driveway. Says Jocelyn, “We especially like the way the garage balances out the house and makes it look more substantial.”
A cheery paint job and brightly colored flowers point visitors to the side entry door.
Finishing Touches: Stone
Striking accents and natural textures enhance the farmhouse’s simple Craftsman style.
Limestone-look veneer—complete with embedded “fossils”—grounds the new patio walls. RoughCut in Moonlight, from $7 per square foot; Eldorado Stone
Finishing Touches: Wall Light
A nautical-inspired lantern with a seeded-glass globe lights the way in just-right vintage style. Harwich Dualux 10″ Outdoor Wall Light in Textured Black, $160; Houzz
Finishing Touches: House Numbers
Cut from a single piece of steel and made to order by a father-daughter duo in Austin, TX, these digits amp up the cool factor. 2.0 Address Plaque, from $150; Urban Mettle
Finishing Touches: Front Door
A bracketed shelf gives this wood door a traditional Craftsman look. An engineered core boosts stability. 6201 Shelf Glass Panel door in Hemlock, from $320; Jeld-Wen
Thanks to: Architect Michael Soraci, Agate Architecture, Eugene, OR