Updating classic america ranches
"Not only does it look elegant, it breaks up the monotony of long horizontal architecture," she says.If your ranch came with a bow-front or bay window, especially if it looks out to the backyard, "that’s where you want to put your money," she says.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.“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.In most ranches, the kitchen was built in the front of the house, often close to, but shut off from, the formal dining room.Katherine Ann Samon, author of "Ranch House Style," suggests replacing a kitchen window with french doors that open to a front patio."It makes the room feel bigger, and you don’t have to go through the living or dining room to get to the outside," she says.If it's in your budget, she says, take down the separating walls and add an island.One good thing about ranch kitchens: They were made in the era when the kitchen was starting to get larger."The kitchen became equal parts food prep and entertaining," says Louis Wasserman, an architect and author of “Updating Classic America Ranches." This means small updates are simple.
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