Updating the 1950 ranch style home

• Open up walls for view portals from room to room; use color to emphasize the transition between spaces.

Keeping the same gray paint color throughout, while making the lines of the house simple and clean, makes this house cohesive and dramatically more contemporary.• Relocate the toilet in a separate room or build a privacy wall.• In narrow bathrooms, consider using a pedestal sink and a freestanding storage cabinet.• Consider flat lightweight concrete tile or Spanish clay tile roofing.• Replace outdated windows with good quality wood or metal clad wood windows and doors.Today’s house transformation, in Nashville, TN, is proof that when you find the perfect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.Some typical architectural characteristics of the style include: • Low-pitched gable roof and deep-set eaves. • Large sliding glass doors leading out to a patio. • Openness, few interior walls and efficient use of space.• Traditional single story (raised ranch and split level have several floors). • Natural materials: oak flooring, wood or brick exterior. Let’s look at some remodeling ideas to add charm, character and curb appeal to the exterior of your ranch-style home: • Create a focal point over your entryway with a prominent gable.• Add color with a fresh coat of paint and accent trim.• Replace outdated siding with fiber cement board, stucco, stone veneer, brick or a combination of two or three.