Add curb appeal to your home

Get the best-looking house on the block and ratchet up its value wiith smart exterior upgrades. From This Old House Magazine.

Fetching front porch
Fetching front porch
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The entry - and what surrounds it - are key to making a home welcoming. So the "Grey Poupon" yellow aluminum siding and tiny off-kilter portico on this Clarendon Hills, Illinois, house had to go.

In fact, such "updating" had left the 1909 four-square looking like a shell of its former self. Relying on a vintage photograph, the homeowner set about restoring the facade's original charm.

Architect David Raino-Ogden drafted the plan for the facade, and a landscape-design course helped the homeowner devise her own plan and hardscape scheme.

Porch
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Porch
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Palette
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Palette
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Rowhouse
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Rowhouse
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Garage
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Garage
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Pavers
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Pavers
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Pavers
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