Ranch-style homes enjoyed popularity during the 1950s well into the 1960s. Aside from being one-story homes, these houses always have three elements that define them, according to architectural historian David Bricker. These three elements are: livability, flexibility and an unpretentious character. Ranch houses have open, airy feelings that extend to the outdoor space surrounding the home. Even so, many ranch-style homes look dated from the outside. Even if you can't afford to remodel your home, you can still update the facade of your house.
Things You'll Need
- New siding
- New shingles
- Porch or deck
- Flower or rock garden
- Man-made pond or brook
Remove the vinyl siding the comes on nearly all ranch-style homes and replace it with aluminum or wood siding, or even concrete fiberboard siding. Adding cedar shingles to the roof will instantly transform the home.
Paint or stain any stone accents along the outside of the home to give them a fresh, more modern look. For example, you could whitewash the stones or stain them a deep red.
Add a porch to the front of the house. Most ranch-style homes don't have this feature, which will transform the appearance of your home.
Change the typical landscape of your ranch-style home, which often consists of a lawn with a few shrubs and trees to something more dynamic. For example, you could add a rock garden, a flower garden, topiaries and a pond or brook.
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