Before-and-After Home Exteriors
"The house was already charming, but the brick was hard and it was lacking something," says Jeremy. "It needed some depth and lightness to reflect the homeowners' lifestyle."
Inspired by the architecture of Colonial Williamsburg, Bill gave his home the authenticity and substance it needed with a few elegant upgrades.
Bill first got rid of the lifeless siding, asphalt roof, mismatched windows, and flat, nonfunctioning shutters. He opted to cover the exterior walls and roof with more tactile cedar shakes. "The house was static before, but now it's more animated," he says. "The shadows and textures all enliven it."
Bill put every inch of his small front yard to good use by forgoing grass for a more impactful garden. He replaced the unruly vines, sloppy shrubs, and front walk with a tailored parterre of boxwoods and paths of antique bricks.
Wendy called in Atlanta architect Brad Heppner, and the two immediately started working on curb appeal as their first project.
“We made subtle but important changes to the front exterior,” says Brad, “such as painting the brick a warm light brown to help the house nestle into the surrounding trees.” Brad also added a cedar-shingled roof, a flared awning over the front door, and charming black shutters to the upstairs dormer windows, all giving the house more architectural definition.
While many of the porches' floorboards and railings had rotted and needed to be replaced, the front door (including sidelights) and all of the front windows and siding needed only cosmetic maintenance. The ebony door was restained, windows reglazed, and siding repainted with Sherwin-Williams' Palais White.
Using old photos as inspiration, Ashley had skilled carpenters copy the home's original second-story porch.
Landscape designer James Farmer helped Ashley complement her home with a low-key front garden of iconic Southern plants and casual pea-gravel paths.
Historical Concepts took it back to its stylistic roots, emphasizing the distinctive gambrel roofline.
"The new design made simple, effective changes—a second entry, similar in size and detailing to the original, was added to balance the facade," says Betty Dowling, Professor Emerita at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture and guest judge of the 2013 Southern Living Home Awards. Then, new matching, equally spaced windows gave the exterior a more cohesive and pleasing look.