Sometimes a house muddles through life without living up to its potential. This one-and-a-half-story Atlanta cottage had good
bones but needed a face-lift. "Its scale was really nice, but there were lots of little imperfections," says architect Ross
Piper. "I wanted to make it what it was intended to be, not strip away any of its Cape Cod character." First up was correcting
the asymmetrical roofline and too-small dormers and entry. Changing the cladding and refining all the details stayed true
to the exterior's quirky charms while making it way more sophisticated.
Classic cottage essentials: Copper mailbox, (25599), $169; grandinroad.com