One of my favorite features of the magazine This Old House is their photoshop redo. An architect will take an existing photo of a house, taken by owners who are clueless about what they should do next, and he or she will update it. I’ve been in awe by so many of the redos that I wanted to share five of them here. All photos and text was taken from This Old House.com.
Log Cabin Before:
Log Cabin after architect Lynn Hopkins, of Lexington, Massachusetts worked her magic. Chief among her suggestions: Convert the main deck to a covered porch that runs the width of the house, bringing order to the front, which looks haphazard because the windows are different sizes. A long shed dormer on the second story enhances this effect while capturing coveted lake views. “It’s hard to believe this is my house!” says Christine. “I can’t make all the changes, but I might fix the front porch—that alone would make a big difference.”Chief among her suggestions: Convert the main deck to a covered porch that runs the width of the house, bringing order to the front, which looks haphazard because the windows are different sizes. A long shed dormer on the second story enhances this effect while capturing coveted lake views.
Log Cabin After:
House Two Before:
After architect Timothy Langan turned this boring old house into a charmer:
“If the budget is limited, Langan suggests concentrating on improvements to the entry, such as a better door and hefty porch columns. The next priority would be incorporating facade elements, such as frieze boards and window casings, to give it more character. Noting the home’s modest size, he also proposed a two-story addition to give the family more gathering spaces and breathing room. The new gable adds to the house’s architectural appeal, and the bigger porch would connect to an existing patio behind the house.”
House Two After:
House Three Before:
After Richard O’Leary brainstormed this makeover it turned into something with a lot more curb appeal…
House Three After:
This next one is one of my favorites because I see this simple ranch house design everywhere.
House Four Before:
The after has such simple changes but the varied heights make all the difference. Michael Hiller, the architect says: “I wanted to introduce some points of interest,” Hiller says. Drawing from early-20th-century design details that wouldn’t overpower the house, he added a front porch trimmed with cottage-inspired stonework, plain columns, and a gabled roof supported by a Craftsman-style truss. Wood steps lead to a welcoming brick path, and a divided-light front door matches the windows. Custom shutters and a window box add more charm. “It’s just about giving a focus to the front of the building,” Hiller sums up.
House Four After:
I love the simple changes to house five as well…
House Five Before:
“For inspiration, we went to architect Paul Hannan of SALA Architects, just down the road in Minneapolis. “I took the basic form and tried to use it in a way that adds character,” Hannan says. To scale down the imposing gable, he separated it from the garage with a strong horizontal trim line and textured cedar shingles that contrast with the clapboards below. The garage gets Craftsman-style doors and a pergola for warmth and dimension. Hannan unified the bay of windows into one harmonious element with trim that echoes the garage doors’. He also jettisoned the metal porch columns in favor of one four-post column of his own design. Extending and dressing up the front walk makes for a more welcoming approach.”
House Five After:
Weren’t those fun? 🙂 You can find more of them at www.thisoldhouse.com. Have a great Thursday!
The January tablescape will be posted tomorrow… stay tuned!