Before & After: Transforming Dream Homes

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Check out these stunning exterior remodels to see how homeowners transformed their outdated houses into modern-day dream homes. Want to see more? Check out http://porch.com/ for more photos and inspiration.

Harris Renovation and Landscape project by WAC Contracting Inc. 

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A fresh coat of paint wasn’t the only change made to this home. The original exterior windows remain, but they now feel complete with the addition of window boxes. Low retaining walls give the landscape much needed definition, as well as allow for a greater variety of shrubbery. Existing trees and grass were pruned and amended to ensure a healthy landscape.

See the full transformation at http://porch.com/projects/harris-48.

Solana Beach Whole House Remodel by Arc-art Builders, Inc

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Removing the dated shingles and changing the exterior siding was just the start of this dramatic before and after. This 1940s cottage received a makeover both inside and out with the addition of modern windows and doors, as well as with the increase in useable space around the outside of the home. The landscape was completely gutted so that new pavers, patios and a deck could be designed from scratch.

For more, visit http://porch.com/projects/solana-beach-residence-2?img=895821.

 Schmidt Remodel by Bay Area Design of the Berkshires

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The exterior of this home is nearly unrecognizable due to an extensive makeover. Not only was a second story added to this home, significant repairs were made to the hardscape (such as the driveway), as well as the landscape. Mediterranean details like the tiled roof, arched windows and dramatic columns were all designed to match the dramatic views.

See the transformation at http://porch.com/projects/remodel-10051.

J&C Remodel by Renovation Design Group

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A brick exterior makes for a striking change to this traditional home. The new façade mixes well with the already existing shutters, trim and columns. The garage was completely transformed with the addition of a pretty white arbor, new doors and fabulous exterior lighting.

See the whole project at http://porch.com/projects/joe-cindy-1.

Hebb Remodel by Bay Area Design of the Berkshires

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Due to its close proximity to a known flood zone, this home was raised off the ground and enlarged to over four times its original size. Aside from the obvious increase in square footage, this home is enjoying a new architectural style as well. The grand entrance makes this home a true remodeling winner.

See the transformation at http://porch.com/projects/hebb-remodel.

Guidish Remodel by Bay Area Design of the Berkshires

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This dated home underwent a remarkable transformation with the contemporary combination of stucco and stone. Architectural elements like white molding details and strong columns create a more substantial entrance and help define the roofline. Fresh landscaping, including a new driveway and decorative water feature, make this home feel grand and inviting.

View the whole slideshow at http://porch.com/projects/guidish-remodel.

Grover Remodel by Bay Area Design of the Berkshires

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This home now has a grand entrance thanks to a double-height portico that matches the new landscaping. Taller shrubbery and plants make the front yard actually look bigger than before. The fresh white paint, new windows and expanded garage removed ages from this dated abode.

For details on this project, visit http://porch.com/projects/grover-remodel.

Facade and New Addition by Wentworth, Inc.

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The footprint may have stayed the same, but this house looks brand new with contemporary lines, new touches of color and an enclosed garage space. The front entrance is given grand importance with an elevated entrance and bold red color.

To see more photos in this project, visit http://porch.com/projects/laurent-1.

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