First things first, right? When a house looks like a geriatric case, you want to dive right into fixing up its facade, gladdening the hearts of passersby. But decades of water damage dictated that this home's owners begin in back, even though the only eyes that fell on the racked lawn and rotting foundation belonged to the deer and an occasional bear.
"The backyard was sloped, so rainwater came rushing up to the house and moisture was eating away at the foundation," says homeowner Sean B. Nutley. And yet when Sean and his partner, Gregory Triana, first saw the place, it was the site they fell for. "The lay of the land won me over," says Gregory. "The house was on a country road, on a corner, with amazing light that traveled around it."
Shown: New painted cedar clapboards, a rebuilt porch, and a double row of clipped chartreuse barberry bushes reinforce the geometric lines of the house.
Paint: Carrington Beige (siding) and Rosemary Sprig (trim) by Benjamin Moore