A bland midcentury ranch house gains space, charm, and plentiful light thanks to a renovation cued by uniting indoors and out.
Common in many ranch homes, a tiny front stoop made the entrance seem like an insignificant side entry. But an exterior makeover gave the home prominence and elevated the simple design with practical, charming style. Inside, thoughtful architectural details and a revised, open floor plan transformed this once-ordinary midcentury home into an unforgettable retreat.
A renovation inspired by English country house design graced this exterior with abundant charm. The addition of dormers and gables, chocolate-brown trim, a cedar-shingle roof, and painted brick distinguish the home with cottagelike character; even the granite cobbles edging the path to the columned front entry evoke storybook appeal.
A bright and elegant entry makeover eases the transition into the home. Elevate style and function with a landing spot near the front door. Here, an upholstered bench piled with pillows offers a simple perch to put on boots, and an oversize mirror flanked by sculptural sconces reflects light to make the entry appear spacious.
Introduce style and function in a small room with pretty details that add design drama. A soaring plank ceiling and glass chandelier elongate the small breakfast room and keep the eye traveling. Maximize a small eating area with a round table design, which can comfortably seat more diners than square and rectangle tables.
An efficient layout is essential to any kitchen, especially if square footage is slim. Here, the prep sink, microwave, and wall oven form a secondary work space that allows two cooks to make meals without crossing paths.
Outfitted for rest, relaxation, and connection to the outdoors, a neutral bedroom surrounded with windows is a soft, serene space to begin and end each day. French doors open to a balcony overlooking the backyard, and roomy chairs offer an inviting spot to survey views.
A balcony and patio framed by two sets of stairs -- one leading to the family room, the other to the breakfast room -- soften the ties between the rear additions and the outdoor living spaces. Expanses of glass ensure the back of the house enjoys stunning views.