Photoshop Redo: Prettying Up a Not-So-Cute Cottage
Dormer windows, shake-style roofing, and a sweet porch add a dose of Cape Cod charm
"The outside doesn't do the rest of the house justice," says John Klick of the 1940s cottage, in Waterford, Connecticut, that he and his wife, Stacie, have been fixing up since 2006. The couple thought about adding a front porch and a breezeway but couldn't quite picture how they would look.
So we asked Massachusetts-based architect John Margolis to refine their ideas on paper. "A porch that wraps one side helps rebalance the asymmetrical facade," says Margolis, who continued the porch roof to form a breezeway connecting side entrances on the house and garage. A lattice panel provides some screening. Adding dormers to let in more light upstairs gives the coastal cottage a traditional Cape Cod look, as does swapping the metal siding for cedar shingles and the asphalt roof for dimensional shakes. Aqua-blue accents add a welcome touch of color. "I'd love to do this in stages," John says of the makeover. "It's just how we'd like the house to look."
A breezeway roof shields the path between two facing side doors from rain and snow.
White trim on the porch and dormers will pop more as the unstained cedar shakes turn a silvery gray with age.
A white picket gate and a clipped boxwood hedge define the yard from the street, while 'Endless Summer' hydrangeas, planted along the foundation, provide a show of pink and blue flowers from late spring through fall.
The wraparound design creates a nook for outdoor seating.