/ story By Catherine Sherman on Chances are you know the going rate for a home in your neighborhood, but what about the rest of the country?
See if you can pick a listing price for eight homes without knowing where they are.
Where does that leave the rest of us folks in our Fifties- and Sixties-era ranch-style homes? In the past few years, normal mortgage-carrying people have begun renovating their ranch houses, resisting the urge to turn them into Mc Mansions.
There's a great blog called Retro Renovation, run by Pam Kueber, which covers houses from the 1920s to 1970s.
She says she originally had no idea what to do with the exterior when they bought it in 2012, but “now it’s black and spruced up a bit.”The living room was kind of a blank slate before without a lot of personality.
Lauren redesigned the staircase and replaced the wall-to-wall white carpeting and tile floors, among other things: The wall dividing the living room and kitchen was opened up, and a beautiful new fireplace now anchors the room: The barstools look so much better in the new kitchen, don’t they? She says, “It’s not a big house at all, so we’ve employed some major organization and storage techniques to make it work for us, mainly in the form of built-ins, closet systems, and converting under-utilized spaces spaces into practical ones.”It’s just amazing how much bigger the living room looks now without the wall that used to separate it from the kitchen: How fabulous is the long windowseat in the upstairs loft space? The house has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and about 2,400 square feet.
(For more photos, check out the slideshow at the bottom of this page.) With common characteristics like low-sloped hip or gable roofs, single-story rectangular or L-shaped floor plans, and asymmetrical exteriors with attached garages, we all know a ranch when we see one.
She and husband David bought a house that was stuck in a bit of a 1970s time warp and spent the last few years updating it.
The before and after photos are pretty jaw-dropping.
The listing says, “Impeccable, bright contemporary with dramatic lines, soaring ceilings, and newer systems. Every detail addressed with full remodel from top to bottom.”“Exquisite details include a wooded cabana, wide plank white oak floors, reclaimed wood kitchen island, new flagstone patio, custom iron stair railings, wood plank ceiling in dining room, and a master bedroom courtyard with outdoor shower.”Lauren says she may miss her outdoor shower most of all!
Her book Thanks to Lauren for letting me share her home makeover with you.