My House Needs Help
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When I showed pictures of my house and it's sad landscaping to my friends at work, they laughed," says homeowner Stephanie White. "I think it looks like a gingerbread house; it just needs a little makeup to get noticed." Architect Hoyte came to the rescue with rustic adornments and finishes that affirm the Tudor Revival roots of the White's home.
White’s Home (Before)
Transforming simple Tudor home with good bones is easily accomplished with layered detailing and color. Timbers in the front gable stay true to the Tudor roots and adorn the home with visual interest. Don’t hide your front door, light the way with a large lantern. A rustic arbor and new shed dormer on the right side help balance the large gable to the left.
It's Your Turn
Farmhouse with Good Bones (Before)
Farmhouse with Good Bones (After)
A new board balustrade brings some charm back to the front porch and colorful planting beds around the foundation connect the house to the landscape. Trimming the windows and corner boards in a light pastel adds a little makeup to the oh-so-practical farmhouse.