Stately Urban Touches

Designer Jennifer DiStefano and landscape architect James Eckhoff help the Wardlaws transform their home from faded and frumpy to chic and stylish.

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Michael and Denise Wardlaw live in a century old farmhouse in the middle of an urban landscape. They want to transform their home into something more elegant and stately, while keeping the house's historical flavor.

Highlights include a new cedar porch, hearty and colorful landscaping, iron railings and a new roof.



  • Replace roof with new asphalt shingles
  • Install new energy efficient windows
  • New cedar shingles on dormers
  • Strip and stain front door
  • New stained cedar flooring on porch
  • Paint house gray with white trim
  • New iron railings on front stairway
  • Add new hearty landscaping
  • New fence for backyard
  • Install a low slung retaining wall
  • Exterior canvas curtain for privacy on porch
  • Build planters for entryway
  • New light fixtures/mail slot/door hardware
  • New house numbers
  • Frosting the front door glass to add privacy

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