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When Jim and Sandy Barrett moved into their 1930s cottage, in Keego Harbor, Michigan, "it was the street's ugly duckling," Sandy says.
The sparse facade and dingy siding looked forbidding but offered the perfect blank slate for making a cheerful statement that suits their lakeside locale.
Windows: Previously located on the side of the house, these windows let in more sun than the small, improperly aligned originals.
Door: Andrew loved the old oak door even though it was falling off its hinges.The good news is that you don't have to spend a bundle to enjoy a happy trip up your walkway.Budget-friendly shortcuts, such as reusing old hardware or choosing high-quality replicas of expensive materials—plus some good old sweat equity—can lead to major transformations. An overgrown yard detracted from the sweet architecture of this 1938 cottage in Carlton, Oregon.Paint: Warm gray trimmed in soft white lends the facade timeless appeal.Forest green subtly draws attention to some of the home's architectural details, including the front gable and lattice porch skirt.
To copy it would have cost $4,000, so he restored the original on his own, stripping the wood, then rebuilding it piece by piece.