Hi folks. My 1940's stone cottage needs help. It's an interesting house, but the front entrance has no character. It currently has a small shed roof over the front step. The front of the roof has a short gutter on it, which is pitched for drainage, and it makes it all look crooked.
I was thinking about some sort of dormer to give the house some more curb appeal. But I'm not sure what style would look best -- a tall peaked one? A square arts & crafts one? The house has a sort of french cottage look to it. I don't have the funds to build out the walk-up attic, but the dormer needs to be compatible with an eventual master suite addition to the 2nd floor, by the next owner of the house. (I plan to sell next year.) I've attached a couple cellphone photos which show nearby houses which I like but I'm unsure if either style fits my house. I don't necessarily want to spend to do additional dormers, but will if it's the best solution.
I have lots of native stone on the property, so I could probably match the existing stone pretty closely. Otherwise I'm leaning toward wood shingles.
One gotcha - my property only extends about 3 feet out from the front door. (Yes, it's weird. I have an easement to use the front entry and driveway.) So, I can't do a massive front steps landing / stone columns / gable treatment. Any addition has to be pretty flush to the house, or at least jut out less than 3' or so.
Finally the roof is pretty old, so it will likely be getting new architectural shingles when I fix the front entrance. Shutters on the front windows are a possibility too.