City Bungalow: Before-and-After Slide Show

A slide show featuring Kathy Venaglia's city bungalow. Designer Don Hirsch made the front of this home welcoming by introducing arts-and-crafts elements.

  • Kathy Venaglia's city bungalow was no place to entertain. The river rock foundation was crumbling, the hedges were overgrown and an unsightly red carpet covered the porch floor.
  • Designer Don Hirsch updated the tired look by introducing arts-and-crafts elements.
  • Landscape Designer Irma Hummel chose smaller plants and shrubs to frame the house, instead of hiding it. Low-lying perennials were used to showcase the newly refurbished foundation.
  • Hirsch used craftsman-inspired colors like golds, greens, browns and copper accents, including a unique copper downspout for the rain gutters.
  • A new Craftsman-style leaded glass door adds interest to the front. A stained-glass window featuring a dragonfly motif is typical of arts-and-crafts style.
  • The hideous red carpeting on the porch was removed and replaced with arts-and-crafts style by staining and carving a pattern on the concrete.
  • Teak craftsman furniture replaced the old wicker set on the porch.
  • Venaglia and Hirsch created the custom-built planter box.
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