Updating your home

Posted by / 03-Aug-2020 03:53

The good news is that you don't have to spend a bundle to enjoy a happy trip up your walkway.

Budget-friendly shortcuts, such as reusing old hardware or choosing high-quality replicas of expensive materials—plus some good old sweat equity—can lead to major transformations. An overgrown yard detracted from the sweet architecture of this 1938 cottage in Carlton, Oregon.

His task: Enliven the exterior with period-appropriate colors.

Shown: This house's old aluminum siding earned the owner 0 at a recycling center.

Entry: By bringing the gable roofline forward about 10 feet (flush with the existing facade) and adding a porch, they softened the division between the house and the street.

Simple porch posts and railings that angle toward the walkway help give the space dimension.

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Their crisp white stands out against the mocha-hued siding, while a solid-fir door lets in light without compromising privacy.

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