Updating a ranch
Admittedly, the feature that’s most appealing on the inside — the sprawling, single-story design with its open floor plan — is, externally, uninteresting at best.
What you choose will depend on your personal preference and renovation budget.
This type of home improvement usually requires professional installation, but if you're handy, you may be able to do it yourself.
Many ranch-style homes suffer from the blahs simply because there is no contrast or “pop.” These exteriors typically feature subdued, monochromatic color palettes and basic wood, brick or stucco siding.
If you’ve been blessed with a shaded spot, make the porch an even grander entrance by extending its reach.Think small: Strategically select shorter shrubs, such as boxwoods, that won’t cover the low windows.In bunches, these groupings will catch the eye, breaking up the expanse of exterior.Consider creating a taller, pitched roof over the porch, or adding an awning to generate more interest.
If your property (or budget) cannot accommodate a larger porch, make the most of the one you have with some simple, smaller additions: an attention-getting decorative railing, potted plants down the steps, or updated hardware and house numbers can all do the trick.
This inexpensive renovation can add instant airiness to your home.