Renovating for Modern Living

Tactics used to convert a ranch house into a mid-century modern style:Indoor-Outdoor edition

A client came to Jones Pierce after finding a good ranch house candidate to convert to the mid-century modern style. Their strategy was to sell the home their kids grew up in then downsize into a single level living environment.  This also fulfilled a long-term bucket list item to live in smaller, more modern home.

 

Indoor/outdoor functions

Design outdoor room space as an extension of the floor plan. An example would be an outdoor shower adjacent to the master bath.

Enlarging window openings

Modern homes want more glass. Gang and enlarge openings when possible. Raising header heights allows the view to expand out and takes away the compression of lower ceilings. Using existing structure and making the windows taller is an economical tactic to change the look and feel of the ranch house.

Enlarging your access

Picking some places where a large folding door, glass garage door, lift and slide or center opening sliding door can connect an important inside space with an important outside space can open spaces effectively.

The house terrarium

Consider adding full height boxed bay to provide corner windows on a flat wall. With the right landscape planning the view out of a boxed bay window wall turns your back yard into a terrarium.

Ceiling hierarchy

Vary ceiling heights. Maybe provide a tray over the rooms you just opened up to coordinate with a furniture layout.

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