Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

An innovative designer's motto of "keep it simple, keep it clean" takes shape in this renovated '60s ranch.

BEFORE: House Renovation Needed

Before the extensive remodel, rugged stonework, dark wood, and an overhanging deck gave the house a brooding feel.

AFTER: Stylish Stucco Exterior

Although it looks like a totally new structure, most of the house, including exterior walls and roof trusses, is original. A stucco finish gave the exterior the facelift it needed.

Remodeled Living Room

Interior walls were removed to create an open floor plan, which features a gathering room divided into different seating areas. Removing stone from the walls and adding light maple floors in place of outdated patchwork carpet tiles brightened the space dramatically.

Updated Dining Room

Removing an interior wall and adding windows and a door opened the dining room to treetop views from every angle. The designer turned a negative to a positive by wrapping an immovable support post with a maple buffet, creating a subtle division between the rooms.

BEFORE: Master Bedroom

The homeowners saw potential in the dark, ordinary-looking bedroom.

AFTER: Modern Master Bedroom

Bumping out a front wall increased the size of the master bedroom. Semi-opaque fiberglass panels topped by large operable glass windows provide privacy yet fill the room with light. The low-to-the-floor panels offer better insulation than conventional windows. An updated fireplace adds to the modern look.

BEFORE: Floor plan

Homeowners worked with an architect and designer to add on to and improve existing space.

AFTER: Floor plan

By removing interior walls and refinishing dingy exteriors, the designer and architect created a home filled with light and space for the homeowners to be together. Formerly dated features are now cutting-edge modern, and the home's layout is perfect for appreciating its natural surroundings.

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