Updating 1970s ranch house

A ranch house typically has one of the most owner/family-friendly layouts of any house type on the market—commonly one level, with living areas on one side and bedrooms on the other.However, many of the ranches on the market today have a choppy feeling that is just as dated as the year they were built: usually the 1950’s and 1960’s.• Consider swapping spaces; if the kitchen is between your family room and a (too small) formal dining room, think about switching the family room and dining room uses while opening the new dining room and kitchen into one room; the old formal dining room is perfect for a cozy TV den.• Add skylights to baths and halls on the north side of the roof to capture ambient light.The entryway after, updated with cleaner lines and one paint color. Also, note that the subtle differences that make a big impact, like the removal of the walls that previously separated the two sections of this hallway. And, the chandelier was removed near the door to allow maximum height for guests, as the ceiling is just 8 feet. Notice the small, recessed can lighting and the same gray paint color used throughout the house.Both the before and after images show the hallway ending with a focal point (not a door), which is nice. Previously, guests had to use the homeowners’ private bath, which was a nuisance they wanted to fix.• Open up walls for view portals from room to room; use color to emphasize the transition between spaces.

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Today’s house transformation shows that you can make dramatic changes to a house, without one square footage more of additional space, when you have the right team to guide you there.

Today’s house transformation, in Nashville, TN, is proof that when you find the perfect designer and builder for your needs and dreams, the results are outstanding.

The Bond family needed a house overhaul to turn their choppy ranch into a modern marvel that would allow for gracious living, as well as provide entertaining space for the couple and their two young, active children.

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.

But there is more than meets the eye to the classic suburban ranch.

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