• Replace outdated siding with fiber cement board, stucco, stone veneer, brick or a combination of two or three.
Space, accessibility and relaxed living make ranch homes popular, but their exteriors can be dull.
After World War II, simple and economical ranch-style homes were mass-produced to meet the housing needs of returning soldiers and their families.
Because so many ranch-style houses were built quickly and with a cookie-cutter formula, the ranch is dismissed by some as simple, ordinary and without style.
Then cover a bare porch or front steps with a portico that gives presence to a plain entry point.
Finish with a curb-to-door walkway that starts with a gate flanked by stone or brick pillars to stretch the design footprint in different directions.
"The outside of our house is just not pretty," declares Marco Leal, who has lived in this Idaho ranch with his partner, Eric Wride, for about a year, focusing on interior upgrades.
To help them reimagine their home's plain exterior, we asked designer Richard O'Leary for some curb appeal suggestions.
Almost any facade, including bricks, aluminum siding and stucco, is paint-friendly after a good cleaning and coat of suitable primer.But there is more than meets the eye to the classic suburban ranch.Some typical architectural characteristics of the style include: • Low-pitched gable roof and deep-set eaves. • Large sliding glass doors leading out to a patio. • Openness, few interior walls and efficient use of space.• Traditional single story (raised ranch and split level have several floors). • Natural materials: oak flooring, wood or brick exterior. Let’s look at some remodeling ideas to add charm, character and curb appeal to the exterior of your ranch-style home: • Create a focal point over your entryway with a prominent gable.• Add color with a fresh coat of paint and accent trim. The informal ranch style evolved from several 20th century styles.Architect Cliff May is credited with building the first ranch-style home in San Diego in 1932, followed by California real estate developer Joseph Eichler’s mass-produced version that become so popular in the 1950s.See how Drew and Jonathan transformed this simple house into a stylish yet functional abode.Unless it’s built atop a hill, your ranch home might seem a little “low.” The long, low design of the Mid-Century ranch makes its exterior look squashed and the interior resemble a manufactured double-wide trailer.A one-color home appears taller, especially in a hue that blends into the background, such as sage-green against sagebrush-dotted hills.A feature as seemingly insignificant as the front door can improve a ranch home’s curb appeal; swap out a retro-red door for a modern black or white one.A benefit of a ranch home is the seamless movement and transition about the space.Keep that in mind when your invite your new decorating and design inside, that’s something that should be kept intact.But what happens when you take this home design, first constructed in the 1950’s, along with its old-age spirit and mix it with a modern look – in furniture and accent.