It used to be the mansions and estates that turned my head as I drove along the picturesque neighborhoods of Chicago's North Shore.
Now? Show me a tired ranch in need of a little TLC---but loaded with promise---and you have my full attention.
Elaborate, high-end properties, irresistible as they may be, are a dime a dozen in today's real estate market.
But that elusive, in-demand ranch with renovation potential? For those of us considering a move or downsize as the nest begins to empty..... that's what makes our hearts skip a beat!
A simple, boring ranch can transform into the most perfect phase three home.
So if you've got a ranch redo on your wish-list as the family moves forward, this feature from Better Homes and Gardens online, is for you.
Here are a few favorite Before & After highlights I'm saving for my idea book in case that ranch of my dreams comes on the market. Take a look!
make an entrance
Ranches are famous for small, uneventful front entrances including the one featured in this Before (below). Money spent on exterior makeovers, especially a front elevation, is money well spent. Talk about curb appeal.....
Front elevation After (below and feature).
bump it up
The single-level nature of a ranch offers endless possibilities to create the open, high-ceilinged interiors that so many boomers, empty-nesters and phase three-ers crave. Just as in this reno's After (below), architects vaulted the ceiling heights and wrapped windows to create a dramatic, spacious living room, family room and breakfast area.
take it out back
The only thing more boring than most ranch front elevations ...are the back elevations. That is until a great redesign transforms it into a spectacular new exterior as they did in this After (below). And if you're lucky enough to work with a ranch with a graded back, the possibilities are endless--just check out the windows, views and backyard access on this finished project!
All photos: Better Homes & Gardens