Homework

Perfecting Potential

Dear Homework,
We purchased this home knowing it needed work but has great potential. We’ve done a lot of work inside and in the backyard and now would like to focus on the exterior. The whole house seems to be lacking symmetry, especially the portico. Your suggestions are welcome.

Thank you,
— Perfecting Potential

Dear Perfecting Potential,
Your house does indeed have great potential, though at the moment it feels a bit drab. You will notice I’ve made several architectural changes. I made the entry porch symmetrical as you suggested and have added red shutters to bring in some supporting detail and color. A new cupola, bracketed gable vent and window box complete the architectural upgrades.

The landscape also has received its share of changes. The biggest is a new parking area bordered by a yew hedge and finished with a stone light pier housing the mailbox. A new tall evergreen tree adds a strong vertical element to the right of the porch, and a pair of pink Dogwoods work well with the existing foundation planting.

Basically, the existing composition just needed some architectural jewelry to bring out its potential.

Thanks for asking,
—Homework

Homework is penned by Paul Doerner, Founding Partner of the Lawrence Group. if you would like your home critiqued, contact us at homework@townandstyle.com.

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