Birmingham architect Bill Ingram gives his 1940s cottage some character-building TLC with materials chosen for their authentic looks and upkeep.
"They weren't bad as far as their shape went, but I felt they would look better with the same roof style as the main house," says Bill. He replaced their squatty, hipped roofs with pointy gables. He also added a third dormer in the middle, explaining, "They were just too far apart. It looked like something was missing." Lastly, he installed new double-hung windows to complement the first story.