Remodeling Ideas for 1970s Ranch Style Homes


Suburbs are full of ranch style homes and bungalows that homeowners built in the 1970s. While some of these houses are quite nice, others could use a facelift. Some of the aesthetic choices of the 1970s did not stand the test of time, and many homeowners are ready to do away with their avocado-colored toilet or aluminum siding.

Hardwood Floors

  • If your 1970s ranch house is still in possession of its shag carpets, they're probably not in great condition at this point. Shag rugs were a questionable idea to begin with, due to their strange appearance and the impossibility of keeping them clean. Consider removing the carpets and replacing them with hardwood flooring. Hardwood provides an attractive contemporary surface that blends well with ranch homes and is far easier to keep clean than carpeting. You can still have the warmth of rugs by including throw rugs or oriental rugs in the center of the room. The beautiful hardwood will accent these rugs.


  • Many 1970s ranch houses were covered in vinyl or aluminum siding. While these materials perform as advertised in terms of being low maintenance, they are not particularly attractive, and they give a house a prefabricated feel. Replacing siding with a stucco finish can transform the look of a house. It also gives you the opportunity to retrofit the house with exterior rigid foam insulation, thus greatly increasing the energy efficiency of your home. White stucco walls can give a home an attractive Mediterranean feel, and they serve as an appropriate backdrop for flower gardens, shrubs and climbing plants.

Goodbye Textured Ceilings

  • Textured ceilings, sometimes known as "popcorn," are another legacy of the 1970s that not everyone loves. There are ways to get rid of this look if you don't like it. You can hire a drywall professional to come in and give the entire ceiling a skim coat, which means he'll cover the texture with drywall compound and sand it smooth. Alternatively, there are commercial ceiling products you can install to cover the textured ceilings. These are usually in the form of tiles that you affix to the ceiling. Another option is to install a lowered ceiling, although the aesthetics of this are not necessarily any better than the popcorn.

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