With their single-story construction and efficient use of space, there's a lot to love about ranch houses.However, one look at the popcorn ceilings and 70s-era paneling will tell you that there's also plenty to improve.Whether you're hoping to stay true to this iconic American architectural style or you want a complete overhaul, there are many great ways to update your ranch house for the 21st century.
The problem is, what I’d like to do to most houses, few people could afford, and those that can want something bigger.
That said, updating your ranch to be more contemporary, design-forward home doesn’t require Ranch homes offer a variety of benefits as a design: most have no second floor so bedrooms are on the same floor as the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room.
Ranch homes tend to be 1,500 square feet or less, so they are cheaper to own in terms of heating and cooling, and maintenance.
The ranch house is as quintessentially Californian as Yosemite and artichokes.
So when Eric Olsen, an architect who grew up surrounded by the iconic style in Newport Beach, saw a textbook ranch house in Corona del Mar, he fell fast for its modern but modest style—and knew it was just the place for him and his wife, Adriana, to raise their three daughters.
First, though, Eric made a few tweaks to the structure.“A typical ranch house has exposed ceilings and light coming into the public spaces, but ours didn’t have that.” He added new windows for a flood of natural light and incorporated as many French doors as he could to bolster the indoor-outdoor connection.He also made room for a new master suite—not part of the typical ranch configuration—by relocating the garage to the front of the house.There are several ways you can remedy this problem.Dark wall coverings are a common problem with ranch homes.Combined with the low ceilings typical of this style, the dark walls can result in a cave-like atmosphere.