1954 English Revival home in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

After remodeling their home on the inside the owners decided to tackle the exterior. This can be a much more frightening task as it’s very hard to know what will look good, or appropriate, and how any alteration will affect the balance and architecture of one’s home. The Moats family decided to contact me for not only color advice but overall design help as well. They purchased consulting hours from me for the design rework.  I supplied them with historical images of homes having architectural details that would be appropriate to their home, yet at the same time add much more visual interest. We discussed many options before eventually settling on a bay/oriel on one side, and the addition of a new stone entryway with a period Tudor heavy-planked door in the center.  A local contractor took the historical images and transformed them into reality.

Tudor make-over

“We’ve had tons of compliments and traffic on our street. Thanks so much for your help!”  –  Michelle and Aaron Moats – Shippensburg, PA

It is not as hard as one might think to add a lot of street visual appeal to even the simplest of homes. If you are interested in transforming your house, contact me with some pictures and I can give you an estimate of the consulting time needed.



Goal & Solution


The Moats family decided to contact me for not only color advice but overall design help as well. They did not want an expensive total make-over, but rather to add several items that would supply the most visual interest for the dollar.


The new house colors, drawn from a period paint catalogue, were simple:  warm gray body, green gray in the gables, and dark brown trim convey a less stark and more welcoming feel to the home.