Photoshop Redo: Fixing an Awkward, Boxy Facade
Reworking the entry and upgrading the windows add character to a bare-bones box
"I love the charm of an old house," says Richard McDermott, who recently bought this 114-year-old fixer-upper in Danbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Kimberley. "But this one desperately needs more detail." To help the couple recapture some of the home's turn-of-the-century charm, we asked architect Elizabeth Jahn in nearby Westport for ideas.
"I'd start with the entrance," says Jahn, who suggests down-sizing the enclosed entry porch bumpout by half, preserving some of its storage; centering the front door; and extending a columned portico in front of it. "This creates an inviting transition between the house and street," she says. Adjusting the placement of the windows, adding one, and enhancing them with shutters creates symmetry. It's just what the house was missing," says Richard. "We can't wait to get started."
Shingle siding, even inside the portico pediment, helps preserve a cottage look.