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The Ranch House Revisited


Given the current downsizing and one level living trends the Ranch House finds itself looking a bit more appealing these days. Originally, created for its efficient scale, floorplans and ease of living it may have a brighter future stoked by this gloomy time. In the past decades we have seen homes grow in size to where a master bedroom has become the size of what once would be sufficient for a living room. Do we ever ask ourselves why we need all this size?  Is bigger always better?

You will find that we are fans of the Ranch Home.  I am not sure if it is due to the fact that we grew up in Ranch Homes in the 60’s and 70’s or that today I have learned to downsize and have a simple home that allows more freedom for the rest of my life.  Either way we urge you to take another look at that understated  house you drive by everyday and consider what it might do for you.

Renovating A Ranch Style House

Thinking about how to renovate ranch style houses leads to all kinds of possibilities if you have the foresight to see the potential. Ranch style houses are not always seen as a historic style home worthy of restoration, yet they are integral to mid-century American style. Often these homes are remodeled; stories added, and the unique look of the structure is muddled beyond recognition. While they did have some negative design characteristics, overall the homes illustrated the love of sleek modernism that was the byword of the 1950s and 1960s. The best renovations will honor the style of the original home.

History of the Ranch Style

Ranch style architecture was not born in the tract homes of the late 1950s. It began far earlier than that, in San Diego, California. The first ranch style home was built in 1932 by a California architect named Cliff May. Born in 1909, May was fascinated by the homes that were built by the early Mexican settlers in California. These homes were horizontal in nature and seemed to pull the landscape into the home to create and integrated living area.

Characteristics of a Ranch Style Home

The homes wer meant to be sleek, easy to clean, and leave time for the owners to pursue their interests. Materials were natural. Stone and brick were often brought into the home as design elements. Home interiors were open and included glass doors to patios which allowed the patio to be used as another room.
Other design elements are:

  • – Horizontal lines
  • – Living areas at the front of the house
  • – Smooth surfaces
  • – Paneling
  • – Picture windows
  • – Kitchen peninsulas
  • – Flat or low pitched roofs
  • – Smooth, hollow core doors
  • – Narrow layout
  • – Simple floor plans
  • – Attached garage

Good Bones

Before you begin to renovate, ranch style houses should be inspected carefully by a professional housing inspector.  It is very important that the foundation and the structure of the home be solid.  Other areas that should be brought up to date are:

  • – Plumbing
  • – Wiring
  • – Insulation
  • – Heating/Cooling System
  • – Drainage
  • – Roof

If all of these are in good condition, then you can move on to the renovation of your home.  Before you do, you might want to consider the neighborhood.  Is it one you want to live in or continue to live in?  This is something to decide before you invest a lot of money to renovate a ranch style house.

Steps to Renovate Ranch Style Houses

  • Make a list of the characteristics of your home that you love.  These are things you will want to keep.
  • Make a list of your current needs.  More space?  Bigger Kitchen?
  • Figure out how much you can afford to spend on a renovation.
  • Decide how much you can realistically do yourself.
  • If you will be making major changes in structure then talk to an architect about your plans.
  • Find a general contractor to handle the things you will not be doing yourself.
  • Check with your city about permist and licenses.

Tips for Ranch Style Renovation

  1. Try to use building materials similar in looks to those used to construct the existing home when any additions that are made.  This helps create continuity.  For example, Victorian style trim would look silly on a sleek ranch style home, while chunky Craftsman details would weigh it down.
  2. Think carefully before you decide to add a second story.  You will lose the look of the ranch and you will also lose some of the convenience of one floor living.
  3. Using natural finish wood on the floors is a wise investment and seems to be attractive to buyers.  Wood floors go well with this style of home.
  4. Don’t underestimate the ability of landscaping to improve the curb appeal of your home.  This is especially tru of Ranch style homes.
  5. Changes should fit into the style of the home.  Many architects believe that changing the exterior look of the home should be avoided if at all possible.
  6. If the home has a basement this can be the perfect place to pick up extra space.  Finishing it off and turning it into an office, den , or bedrrom will get the addition you need with out the expense of changing the exterior.
  7. A garage is oftern another area that can be finished and turned into a room.
  8. Renovating kitchends and bathrooms is always a good investment, and while your’re at it, replace appliances with Energy Star rated aplliances to save money and gree your home. Take a look at some of our other blog post on remodeling ranch homes in our area.

Much of this article provided by “About.com’s Home Improvement”.

Brady Bunch House Restoration

As you probably have already heard the Brady Bunch home in California has been purchased by HGTV where they will fully restore the home to its 70’s glory. Having both grown up with this show prominent in our lives and both having lived in the San Fernando Valley at different times it does our own hearts some good today. Read more about it here. Cheers!

FOR SALE | Kenilworth Ranch

2 Bedrooms | 1 Bath | 1182 SQFT + 1004 Heated Basement | .35 Acre

Warm, efficient, and versatile ranch home in convenient Kenilworth. Located between vibrant downtown Asheville and Tunnel Road amenities, this home is nestled against the woods on one side and a sunny garden space on the other. The bright living, dining, and kitchen areas on the main level have a natural stone fireplace and french doors leading out the deck in the back. The large, open, bright, and dry basement with heating & cooling offers enormous flexibility to build out more living space with additional fireplace. Current owner has updated roof, heating/cooling and drainage around home for a dry and snug nest. Personalize the rest as desired!

Call us for more information or a private tour. In the meantime enjoy this photo tour. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

FOR SALE | Lakeview Park Mid-Century Home

4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 2,815 SQFT | 1.28 Acre City View Lot

Kelly and I are excited to bring this cool home to the real estate marketplace today. This mid-century, mountain home has both mountain and city views. Clean, architectural lines frame a dramatic vaulted California Eichler style interior trimmed in exotic woods typical of the prized period “Deck” home. High quality features include complete European custom kitchen, spa bath, towel heaters, heated floors, mini-splits, active and passive solar, 3 fireplaces and a fire pit. The location above the Asheville Country Club offers both convenience and privacy 1.28 acre street to street lot offers guaranteed privacy and views. The home blends vintage mid-century with quality updates for today’s modern lifestyle.

Reach out to us for more information or a private tour. In the meantime explore the virtual tour here and a past article on the Deck home here. Cheers!

Top Review for Modern Asheville Real Estate

More than anything we love it when our clients are pleased. We were especially honored to hear the following words. Thank you so much Kristin. We are so happy for you! Kelly and Troy

“Kelly and Troy are a seller’s dream team. The whole process of listing my home with Troy and Kelly could not have been better. They had beautiful, professional photographs done for the listing, listed my house at just the right price point, and offered great advice throughout the process. My  house was under contract at ‘asking price’ within 36 hours of hitting the MLS.

And they are also a buyer’s dream team, too. They found me a wonderful MCM house in the neighborhood I wanted to live in, at a price I could afford and negotiated everything beautifully. From listing day, to the subsequent sale of my house, to closing day on my new house took exactly 50 days. There were no hitches and I always had the feeling Kelly and Troy were completely on top of everything in each step of the process. They communicated well and clearly. I even left the country for a week (a pre-planned trip) in the midst of everything and felt absolutely relaxed doing that, knowing that both of my house deals were in the hands of this super competent team. Throughout the process, I always felt they had my back.

They are smart, extremely professional, enthusiastic, knowledgable, classy — and fun! I was proud to be represented by Modern Asheville and would use them again in a heartbeat.”

MA2MA | Modern Home Tour and Mixer

Hi Folks! Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Modern Home Tour. Yeah! Tonight we will kick off events at Splurge Design with a MIXER to meet up with the folks from the Atlanta Design Festival for tour information and tickets. So, show up for the skinny and some happy hour snacks. We would love to see you. Cheers! Kelly, Troy, Elayne, Allison, Robert and Rebecca

FOR SALE | Town Mountain Mid-Century

4 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2,932 sqft | .52 acre mountain view lot

This is the quintessential mid-century modern masterpiece you’ve been waiting for. The J. Bertram King designed home {original architectural drawings included} was built in 1963 and sits gently perched in the mountains above Asheville. The home has dramatic views while remaining highly accessible. Experience the unique architectural entry sequence from exterior walkway in thru the cool interior entry vestibule with stone flooring, custom stair rail and original light fixtures. The vaulted and light filled main level flows easily from living room to the master suite. 3 Bedrooms and Family Room on Lower Level for family, guest rooms, offices or studios — the ultimate in versatility! On top of being everything you need it is inspired living by design. And the coolest!

Give the Modern Asheville Real Estate Team {Kelly, Troy or Amanda} a call for more information and a tour today. Until then enjoy the full photo tour here. Cheers!

Stellar Review for the Modern Asheville Team

Sweet! We love it when our clients and community honor us with their kind words. This one meant a lot to us as we truly do work to get to know our clients individually and match their style and taste no matter what it is. Cheers!

“Sometimes things don’t go according to plan in life. My husband and I were in the process of planning our build for our new modern home. We purchased the lot, we met with builders, architect and designers. We then came to the realization that perhaps this was just not for us. We had an endurance and financial limit. We worked with Modern Asheville Real Estate before in the purchase and selling of our previous home. The experience . was great and both Kelly and Troy made it a very easy process. So, we call on them to help find us a home that satisfied our tastes and lifestyle. We kept the faith that one day we would get “The Call”. The both understood who we were and with their grasp and knowledge of this market, we knew they would come through. THEY DID! We had the opportunity to view our home before ever hitting the MLS. It is so important to work with brokers that not only understand who you are, but also have the inside track to this hot market. Their years of experience, solid reputation with our Asheville community came through for us. Sometimes the disappointment of the best laid plans can lead to something far better. Thank you Modern Asheville!”

Before and After | Mid-Century

For all the years we’ve been in the business and watching cool properties we get to see a lot of diamonds in the rough. This one especially tugged at our hearts when we saw the 1965 vintage, mid-century home in North Asheville in its original and untouched condition. The home sits in the Kimberley Woods neighborhood — one of the many well located, mid-century and ranch home neighborhoods we have here in Asheville. Driving through last week we recently saw the updates and had to share. What do YOU think?

Paint Colors for Staging

As real estate agents with a visual sense we are always being asked about what to do in preparing a home for sale. While we do love light and neutral paint choices we are, also, big fans of grays and well curated pops of color for accenting key walls. The below recent article on houzz seems to capture a clean aesthetic while giving it some personality. Check it out. Cheers!

FOR SALE | North Asheville Mid-Century

4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | Bonus Rooms | 3052 SQFT | 1.27 Acres

Check out this dramatic, mid-century home with cool architectural lines. Banded by rows of glass the home is light, bright and flowing with natural wood ceilings throughout and appears to be a vintage Deck House. The master is on the main level with a spa bath layout. Lower level has a living space with fireplace, 2 bedrooms plus two bonus rooms currently used as workshops. The home offers someone an opportunity to further modernize to taste. The home has year round mountain views that could easily be expanded further. This one is cool!

Want to see more? Take the tour here. Or give us a call. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Sunday Morning Modern

Mid-Century Modern House Flip | Check out this little slide show for some inspiration from California on remodeling a mid-century home for today’s modern lifestyle. Enjoy your Sunday. Cheers!