The ranch-style home is a fairly popular home style that borrows its architecture from 18th and 19th century Spanish colonial architecture. The simple rooflines and wide eaves of this home style prevents windows from being affected by the intense heat and reached its peak by the 1950s. With that in mind, if you live in a ranch-style home nowadays, it’s understandable if you want to spruce it up a little bit. Thankfully, there are various ways to do so.
Lift The Ceiling – During the 1950s, ranch-style homes featured eight-foot ceilings, making it a bit claustrophobic. However, the original ranch-style homes seen in California used vaulted ceilings that went as high up as the rafters. Therefore, if you want to recreate this, consider tearing out the ceiling and raise it up to the angled roofline.
Patio Over Deck – Believe it or not, wood decks are actually not used on a traditional ranch-style home. Worry not, however, as you can easily substitute this with a patio that can be accessed with large sliding glass doors.
Install Larger Windows – Due to energy cost concerns, the expansive windows that can usually be seen in ranch-style homes were downgraded to double-hung windows during the 1960s. If you want to restore that authenticity to your ranch-style home, consider replacing the small windows you have now with larger ones like sliders and casement windows with modern glazing options to make them more energy-efficient.
Replace the Doors – Since the ranch-style home reached its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, it was common to use inexpensive hollow core doors in their construction back then. Now, you can replace these doors with solid wood frame-and-panel doors to get that genuine ranch-style feel for your home.
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