Updating columns on house
Shown: Nailed-together board-and-batten shutters cost only a few bucks each to make.
Eleven years ago, when Aaron Stern bought this early-1900s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, it boasted tons of traditional Craftsman features—not that you'd ever notice, thanks to the monotone paint scheme.
Windows: Previously located on the side of the house, these windows let in more sun than the small, improperly aligned originals.
The DIY shutters are hung on hooks so that they can be removed for painting.
This 1904 Queen Anne in Prattville, Alabama, had been in Andrew Sanders's family for about 30 years, and by the time he moved in, it was showing its age.
Luckily, the house needed minimal structural work, so he focused on the cosmetic, including updating the paint and landscaping. A few container plants placed by the front door or hung from your porch's ceiling will give your home a friendly, finished look." —Rick Tourgee, real estate agent, Provincetown, Mass.
Paint: After checking out other Craftsman houses in the area, Aaron settled on a muted mustard hue—"it was different from my neighbors, but not too different"—accented by white trim and a barn-red door.
Siding: In addition to finding wood clapboards and shingles under the beat-up aluminum, Aaron discovered remnants of Craftsman-style trim work above the windows and porch.
Windows: Energy-efficient models take the place of almost all the originals, except for the two front windows, which the homeowners kept for their handsome divided-light design.His task: Enliven the exterior with period-appropriate colors.Shown: This house's old aluminum siding earned the owner 0 at a recycling center.Siding: Jim and Sandy splurged on fiber cement to replace the bent aluminum.They added character by installing fish-scale shingles above the porch and wood painted to resemble lattice at the roof's peak.