Updating a ranch house
Wider front steps, a curved walkway, and low-maintenance, drought-tolerant foundation plantings extend a warmer welcome to guests.
“Usually they have one or two steps to the front door, which you can turn into a ramp,” says Wasserman.
“Once you’ve done that, the house is accessible.”While ranches were the embodiment of indoor-outdoor living, many came with small windows that, says Samon, "can make it look like a barracks."First, Samon suggests replacing windows with french doors in the living room, and even the bedroom, for private openings into yards or patios.
"Not only does it look elegant, it breaks up the monotony of long horizontal architecture," she says.
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.
An updated ranch home fits in better alongside taller neighboring homes, and attracts more buyers, if you list it for sale.