Rancher Retrofit

Originally built in 1953, we gutted, keeping only three walls and a portion of the basement, added a bump-out and addition doubling the square footage and modernizing to the latest in building science and universal design.

All of these fine photos taken by the talented and lovely Andrea Hubbell.
Recycled 50's Rancher
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Imagine this home as red brick, no gables, a limited porch and a rectangular box. All that remains of the original structure are three walls and part of the original basement. We added everything you see including a bump-out and addition for a gourmet, eat-in kitchen, family room, expanded master bedroom and bath. And the home blends nicely into the neighborhood without looki...More
“whole house reno” — mascelli
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Back in the day, architects must've been proud to display the chimney by designing the home with it facing the street. Our challenge on this project was doubling the square footage, including the basement, but maintaining the street profile because the lot was narrow.
“Retro ranch” — jacquieyg
Recycled 50's Rancher
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The original house, built in 1953, was a red brick, rectangular box. All that remains of the original structure are three walls and part of the original basement. We added everything you see including a bump-out and addition for a gourmet, eat-in kitchen, family room, expanded master bedroom and bath. And the home blends nicely into the neighborhood without looking bigger (wi...More
“Horizon grey” — bburrell55
Recycled 50's Rancher
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Side view of bump-out and addition. All that remains of the original structure are three walls and part of the original basement. We added everything you see including a bump-out and addition for a gourmet, eat-in kitchen, family room, expanded master bedroom and bath. And the home blends nicely into the neighborhood without looking bigger (wider) from the street. Every city ...More
“Mixture of painted brick and siding” — brianalanglois
Recycled 50's Rancher
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Original home just a red brick box, no porch or gable. All that remains of the original structure are three walls and part of the original basement. We added everything you see including a bump-out and addition for a gourmet, eat-in kitchen, family room, expanded master bedroom and bath. And the home blends nicely into the neighborhood without looking bigger (wider) from the s...More
“Roof” — ali49980
Recycled 50's Rancher
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Houzz doesn't permit before pictures so imagine this home as red brick, no gables, a limited porch and a rectangular box. Street view from front porch door. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“White railing” — orvieknorr
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“White kitchen” — Steve Taylor
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Ahhh, so spacious, the original galley kitchen typical in early 50's ranchers. This picture makes it look bigger than it actually was, could barely get a shot the space was so narrow. Did families loathe being in the kitchen back then? Nowadays everyone wants to hang out there. We transformed into a farm style, gourmet kitchen with both a bump out and addition.
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Colors/layout” — wetters1
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Knock down wall into sunroom?” — stone2012
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Everything” — kakoon
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“I want this shelf” — Latha Poonamallee
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Corner cabinet” — jacquieyg
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“New kitchen” — theresew925
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Pulls” — carolmarietta
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Faucet” — Kristin Hosseinipoor
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Dark countertops, skip the bronze handles, not for me, lighter wood floor, cream coloured cupboards,” — jmvasile
Cramped Cooking Space to Gourmet Eat-in Kitchen
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“love this but the doors should slide in side” — skissun1
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I don't know how architects in the 50's expected families to function in the kitchen, maybe they figured if the space was cramped enough, everyone would stay out of dear old Mom's way, or maybe most of the designers back then were fresh off submarine duty. The original kitchen in this ranch was not much wider than a hallway and about ten feet long. This kitchen face-lift was r...More
“Cabinet” — wofforddoni
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Color on walls” — ldifelice42
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“I like the one piece of wood for the mantel” — johnandyo
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“directional sign” — khigg9
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Window Trim” — chocoholic1
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Use this kind of border with the tile in the half bath” — Kathy Wiggins
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Fixtures” — howellca
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Hideaway cabinet” — dbakernc
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Beadboard in front of tub” — ali49980
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“side jets, hand held and regular head...don't need rain head...side jets protrude too far out” — tshmia
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Interesting tub” — beehouse1
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“shelve on bottom” — yghayes
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“tub face” — jogg
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