She advises renovators to expose the beams and add ceiling fans."Because ranches were low and horizontal, it meant that they could easily be added onto," says Hess.But he has seen some slapdash second stories that look awkward and out of context.“A lot of ranches were built without a carport or a garage; those can be turned into additional bedrooms or living spaces,” says Wasserman.Restored or renovated ranch houses can be just stunning, but don't expect to buy a rundown ranch and create magic with a sledgehammer and a vision—there is an art to updating them.
Many have narrow steps and a tiny landing not big enough for a chair.
One of the first things Samon did was widen her front steps.
And I love to use items for something other than their intended use.
If you’ve never visited my blog, you’ll find projects, tips and tutorials, favorite paint colors, room tours and decorating ideas. The entry is an ever-changing display of seasonal items.
“We recommend expansion horizontally rather than vertically.”There's a practical reason for that, too: Expanding out instead of up maintains a ranch house’s aging-in-place potential.
“Usually they have one or two steps to the front door, which you can turn into a ramp,” says Wasserman.In this age of white subway tile and bespoke wallpaper, knotty pine is hardly the wall covering of choice.But Pam Kueber, author of the blogs Retro Renovation and knotty is nice, estimates that 40% of midcentury homes, and many ranches, used knotty pine (see Betty Draper's kitchen). "The craftsmen do not exist today who can do that kind of work," says Hess.She holds a bachelor's degree from Mansfield University and is a graduate of the Sheffield School of Interior Design. Today, I am sharing our 1960’s ranch style home tour. I’ve admired and followed her blog for years and am so honored to be sharing my home with her and you.“The minute you do that you’ve extended the entire feeling of the house,” she says.