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Know Your Home: Ranch House Style

  1. Carolyn says:

    This was THE most helpful information out of all my searching and searching and searching! Thank you! We just bought the rental home we have lived in for a year (out of convenience). We are ready to commit to it – making it up to date and beautiful for us to enjoy for the next couple decades! I was told to figure out the exterior style I want first. Your info was life saving. I can move forward from this jumping off point. I have a good ol’ Prairie Ranch home.

  2. Nerissa says:

    AMAZING article!!

    Living in CA surrounded by ranch houses from hideous to sublime, I could not put my finger on any of the elements that made a house “special.”

    Now, equipped with this article, I know where to start, I know where to end, and I know how to get there.

    THANK YOU, Mel, for this resource that breaks it all down. A Beauty will emerge from this Beast that we purchased!

    Xoxo Nerissa

  3. Noelle says:

    I am building a tract/custom ranch. Its cute but i want to moderize it. The builder is working with me. It has a front porch so the house will be white board and bading, cedar posts and trim of porch, black mod front door and black mod garage doors. Should i have siding inside porch cedar also horizontal or keep vertical? Or no cedar just do the posts?

  4. Micaela Ramey says:

    Thank you so much for this helpful and very informative blog! We purchased our home two
    Years ago. I knew it was mid century but mid century modern wasn’t making sense to me when i searched it. Now i understand i have a prairie modern home. Thank you again!!

  5. Adrianne says:

    Thank you so much for this! We just learned from you that we bought a storybook ranch house (birdhouse in the gable, scalloped trim, and all). For weeks I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to modernize this house exterior and your website was the break that I needed! Let us know if you have any other tips to modernize it to our California coastal location. Cheers!

    • Mel Sikorski says:

      Adrianne, you are SO LUCKY to have found a storybook! And with a DOVECOTE?!? So rare. I’m so glad the post helped you out, and best of luck as you bring your home to life!

  6. Kelli says:

    This was incredibly thorough and helpful! Thank you for the advice, I will definitely be putting it to use and I have a much more solid plan now 🙂

  7. Kendra says:

    Thank you so much for the idea pages for mid century and ranches. It is so helpful when honoring the history of the house when updating. I have something in between- a 1966 gable roof bi-level. Do you have any idea pages for these beauties?

  8. Vicky says:

    Wow! Thank you! Thank you! We are in Toronto, Canada and live in a Colonial Ranch. Our neighbourhood was built a long time ago by various builders so there is no real one style. And we are looking to do a makeover this summer but I’m so overwhelmed of where to start and I was looking online and thought maybe our house was mid-century modern. Now I know why if would not work we are not. Exhale! So now that I can’t focuse and have some elements to work with I want to say thank-you for writing this post.

    Best wishes
    Vicky (from Toronto, Canada)

  9. Diana says:

    What a great article! We just bought a ranch house that’s in desperate need of some love, and you have so many great ideas. I would love your input on our specific place if you’re interested in doing a virtual consult!

  10. Rhonda M Thorn says:

    This was immensely helpful. We have an *almost* Spanish Ranch and I think I can gently nudge it towards modern ranch style (no courtyard, no metal on windows, no tile roof ).
    We do have the slanted edge of the house and an arched porch opening that is dark and uninviting (it can be removed, I found out) and an interior arched entry into an awkwardly shaped living room with bay windows. Engineered trusses so it’s not load-bearing. We could also square it off. I have struggled for years to pin down this house’s style and your direction really helped.

  11. Joanna says:

    I cannot tell you enough how helpful this information is! I just bought a prairie-style raise ranch that hasn’t been updated since 1970 because it was the one house available in the location we wanted. I hate the house, but your design ideas gave me hope that we can turn it into a home we love.

  12. Colleen says:

    Hi I have a high ranch . It had red brick bottom and has a taupe vinyl shake style top. Replacing the stoop and brick on house . Stoop was in bad shape. Any ideas should I pick a red brick, off white brick or stone? Thank you

  13. Adair says:

    Wow, what awesome articles, this and the MCM article. From one marketer to another, you certainly know how to please your audience.
    I have a ’52 MC Modest and both posts gave me excellent ideas to mash together to create my own mid century style.
    Thank you for your research and shared knowledge.

  14. Sang says:

    I never knew how much of a difference a roof can make. I wish I ran across this great post before replacing ours. Unfortunately, we needed a new roof very soon after we purchased the home and we had just went with the standard asphalt. Hopefully we can still make something work. Thank you for sharing this information!

    • Mel Sikorski says:

      Sang, hello! I’m glad this helped. And don’t worry too much about your roof – asphalt is a great material that lots of styles look great with – it’s a great place to start!

  15. Donta Nelson says:

    I never read post from Pinterest, I mean NEVER. But I’m a new home owner and have dreamed to change my home closer and give it a more modern feel. I searched for an article like this and COULD NOT FIND. This article is AMAZING!!! I’m a husband, and I love design, and my wife has me in charge of most of our visuals in life lol. I have to say, I was nervous about embarking on the journey to make our new home, our dream home… but now, after reading this – I FEEL SO MUCH MORE EQUIPPED!!!
    Thank you!

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