Updating facade ranch style home

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Split-levels maximized their curbside presence, square footage, and minimized costs without requiring larger lots and full basements.The style provided the ideal balance between the builders' goal of making a profit and buyers' goal of getting as much house as possible for the money.In one standard split-level variant, the entry, kitchen, dining room, and living area were on the main level.A half staircase often led to the bedrooms upstairs and another adjacent half staircase led to a family room (also called the rumpus room) as well as laundry area and possibly a guest room downstairs.This homeowner doesn’t like the existing brick color.There are many products to choose from to stain brick if you don’t want to paint.

Instead of arranging rooms on one or two floors, the split reorganized space according to use.

The art form was pioneered by California architect Cliff May, whose houses were often a single room deep so each room could open to the outside and benefit from sunshine and warm breezes.

Ranch homes tend to be easy to maintain because they’re often made of brick, which requires little fuss, and they’re sparsely adorned.

• Add color with a fresh coat of paint and accent trim.

• Replace outdated siding with fiber cement board, stucco, stone veneer, brick or a combination of two or three.

Q My husband and I have been living in our ranch home since the 1970s, and we are finally ready to do some upgrading to make it a little more current. The earth-hugging prairie-style houses pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright and the popular California bungalow styles paved the way for the ranch.

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