In need of some exterior advice for a 60's rancher

michele121December 19, 2013

Would love some advice on how to beautify this rancher. Considering a shingled extierior but unsure what to do about the two bay /bow windows and if they should be removed to be more square looking. Thanks

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lazy_gardens

Do the windows work from the inside? Are they useful?

Split level, right?

Can you post a couple more pictures of it from various angles?

It could use better landscaping, but tarting up the house itself will make it look like a mutt instead of what it is - a nice 1960s ranch house. Shingles would look strange.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 3:57PM
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graywings123

Cool house. I would like to see more pictures.

I don't know when the house was built, but the bay windows could be add-ons from the 1950s-60s when adding them was popular. They seem to allow more light to come into the house.

I don't know that a flat front would be more attractive. I would move cautiously with changes if I were you.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 4:56PM
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lazy_gardens

Look at this before and after on a ranch:

http://www.houzz.com/discussions/201466/-Prairie-Modern--Ranch-House-Remodel#1851831

And notice how little it took to go from blah not-quite Prairie to a total WOW of a house. That's mostly paint and one small change to the front entry wall.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 8:21AM
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detroit_burb

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0614293210436.html

check this one out. scroll at least 2/3 to 3/4 down to see the exterior.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 4:42PM
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michele121

Thanks for all the messages....I will take more pictures and add them so you can see the new landscaping. I actually love the bow windows from the interior but they look confusing from the street. It looks like split level but the windows are the basement windows. I still havent decided what to do with the exterior treatment but perhaps verticle siding would work better than the shingles:)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 2:50PM
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michele121

A few more photos of the rancher

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:52PM
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michele121

Front of garage

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:55PM
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scrappy25

It is a very attractive home, you only need some landscaping. I would not change the bay windows for appearance purposes. Questionable improvement for $$$.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 12:09AM
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sunnyca_gw

I love it! If it were mine I might add a small tree that has pretty flowers or unusual foliage , straight out from the right pillar but not in perfect line with the evergreen. I think those windows look great! So different than most houses.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 12:13AM
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technicolor

You have a wonderful unique home. I wouldn't change a thing, it has great character. Well, maybe change one thing, the shutters. They are really out of scale and think without them an even bolder look to your home.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 11:28AM
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