Even if you love the inside of your home, you may not be extremely taken by its exterior. When Jenny and Bob Kopach found themselves in this dilemma, they updated their uninspiring Chicago suburban shoebox with a new porch made of cedar posts and a pressure-treated lumber base. The home's new front face was completed with vinyl siding and shutters and accented by a new second level porthole window. The couple did all of the painting themselves to save money. Jenny and Bob considered landscaping to be an integral part of their facelift, so they enlisted the help of a horticulturist friend to design a plan populated by ‘Miss Kim' lilacs, yellow shrub roses, variegated hostas, chokeberry bushes, geraniums, and astilbes.
Above: An earlier photo of the home before the new addition.
Left: A flagstone sidewalk leads to Jenny and Bob Kopach's new porch, which they consider to be an outdoor room. With its rich architectural detials and impressive stature, the center gable complements the home's Colonial styling.
Better Homes and Gardens
Special Interest Publications
Simply Perfect Exteriors 2004
by Wendy Gray
photographer: Peter Walters