How to Update the Facade of a Ranch-Style House


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
  • Paint
  • Stain
  • Porch or deck
  • Flower or rock garden
  • Topiaries
  • 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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