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Posted by Harriette Halepis | Sep 16, 2009

Make Your Ranch House Stand Out

You can make your ranch house anything but a tract house.

Ranch houses first started to appear within the United States during the 1920s. From the 1940s to the 1970s, the ranch house was the ultimate suburban haven. Today, there are still a number of ranch homes available throughout the U.S., though they don't get the respect and attention that they deserve.

If you love the idea of a ranch home, don't let an outdated look stand in your way of purchasing your dream house. Instead, take a peek at these innovative, and modern, ways to make your ranch stand out.

A Newly Updated Surface Look

Most ranch homes have a vinyl or brick finish, but you don't have to settle for any outside surface that doesn't appeal to you. There are many things that can be done to update the outside of a ranch home including parging and painting.

Parging refers to a unique cement surfacing technique that, when painted, creates a rustic French countryside look. Likewise, painting any home will instantly brighten a home, while also creating an entirely new look. Go ahead - parge or paint away!

Add Structure

The best way to add value to the outside of a ranch home is to think about adding some additional structure. A large wrap-around porch is an excellent way to add an attractive aesthetic quality to a home. You can also add a gated courtyard space that includes brick inlays and perfectly coiffed shrubs. Even creating a long driveway that winds its way up to a home is an eye-catching additive. When it comes to adding extra touches to your ranch, they sky's the limit.

Inside Ideas

A lot of ranch homes were built with numerous small windows, but there's no reason why you can't change the look of a home by adding lots of glass doors in place of those windows. Glass doors can really add light and space to a home without detracting from a home's natural beauty.

Look for stained glass windows, large doors that include interesting glass panels, and even salvaged church or castle windows - anything that can add a bit of spice is a great way to refresh the inside of a ranch home.

Also, don't underestimate the power of dressing doors and windows in style. Quaint wooden shutters will make any window stand out, while elaborate curtains will help to create a lavish look. Don't be afraid to try something new when it comes to covering your new sources of light!

Take Advantage of Space

Most ranch homes tend to have lots of sprawling space, though you may have to uncover potential space by knocking down a few walls. Create luxurious bathrooms complete with inlaid bathtubs and individual showers, or fashion a master bedroom fit for royalty.

There are lots of options when it comes to renovating a ranch. From changing a home's outward appearance to adding light and space indoors, ranch homes were built for remodeling and redecorating. If you see a ranch that you love, don't worry about modern details - there's lots of room to grow and change inside of these all-American homes!

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