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
“brick” — lance415
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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.
“Before” — mfhamby
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
“House design” — sebouchard
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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
“Trim: White Dove Masonry: Horizon Gray Stucco: November Rain Shutters: Storm Cloud Gray” — douglasgeorge
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
“roofline & windows” — pagepanther
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
“Don't forget back overhang idea!!” — kellymarlow
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
“Nice kitchen” — clifflea
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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
“Layout, see more of this kitchen” — jmvasile
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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
“open floorplan” — slimburg
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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
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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
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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
“Esquinero” — Rosmery Rodriguez
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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
“Cabinets with dark stain in crevices to match dark floor” — dddharris
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
“Cajas colr” — Rosmery Rodriguez
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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” — libby01
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
“Totally need this for appliances” — Latha Poonamallee
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Lower walls for living room” — juliesayre
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Fireplace” — sarahamp
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
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
“Bathroom” — famgilman
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Rain head” — bonnieloc
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Bathroom” — famgilman
All NEW within old walls
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Other rooms completely renovated or built new. Photo courtesy Andrea Hubbell
“Love the cabinets” — lesliebrickell
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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