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

Posted by michele121 (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 19, 13 at 12:34

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

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.


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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.


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

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.


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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.


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

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:)


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A few more photos of the rancher


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Front of garage


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

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


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

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.


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

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.


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