Photoshop Redo: Building a Farmhouse's Character
A standing-seam metal roof and a portico give a farmhouse a more finished look
"The outside just looks plain," says Mike Hamilton of his Dutch Colonial, in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. He and his wife, Sharon, have seen more-charming renditions of their 1930s Sears kit home, and they'd like to bring their own facade up to snuff.
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."
Three-over-one double-hungs bring early-20th-century style to new window openings.
The wood door, with its rich-colored stain and beveled glass, pops against the white facade.
Eco-friendly and durable, these interlocking metal panels are 100 percent recyclable and Energy Star approved.