Opening the Ranch House — a Case Study in Home Renovation

by Greg Mix –

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With millions of Ranch homes built in America from the early middle through the close of the 20th Century, many homeowners are now updating layouts & finishes to meet modern lifestyles.

In this photo of our design case study, the Sitting Area of the Living Room is in the foreground, and Kitchen Island immediately behind. The Pantry, to the left behind the sofa, features a beverage center with wine cooler and a pass-through, as well as storage for needed food prep items.

As you can see in the Existing First Floor Plan, we removed a central wall that divided the front room (Living) from a back room (Family) to create a large, open Living Room and Kitchen. (See the next Plan, with color highlights, to understand what we proposed — and scroll down for more pictures.)

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Working with interior designer Teresa Hamilton and our clients, we proposed a dramatic transformation to the uses of space in the home.

We expanded the former Shared Bath (off the Hall, left of the Family Room, in the Plans) to accommodate increased usage.

Here’s the new design. (Scroll down to see more exciting photos!)

Below is a somewhat more detailed view of the Kitchen. The Island in the foreground does triple duty for snacks & entertaining, storage & dishwasher, and sink & prep counter. The Pantry in the background, to the left in this photo, is located in the area formerly occupied by the kitchen in the old layout.

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A slight change in the view of the Kitchen shows how finishes were carefully coordinated by the interior designer, maintaining consistency throughout. Natural light is introduced from multiple sides of every space and plays an integral part in the life of the home. Glass subway tile, stainless steel appliances, and chrome & glass lighting fixtures enhance the sense of light with specular twinkle, while indirect cove lighting, recessed cans, and undercabinet task fixtures enhance the work surfaces, as seen below.

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From the Pantry, the Dining Porch is seen through a window, with suspended bike storage. It will be converted into conditioned space in the next phase of the project. The window will be converted into a pass-through to aid serving and return of dining ware.

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We proposed converting the former Sunroom into a future Formal Dining Room and expanding the former Screened Porch, incorporating additional area beyond the extant footprint of the house, to create a future Den for the kids as a second phase. These changes were accepted, so we proceeded with construction documents, and Mahfoud Construction, the selected GC, built it. Remember — phasing is a way to achieve high quality on a budget!

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The last item — but by no means least! — in the first phase is the upgraded Hall Bath. Our design expanded the bath to allow a double vanity, this time using a bright colored base beneath an ebony counter.

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It’s easy to see from just a few pictures that details take a project from mundane to one in which the owners will delight for many years. To see additional photos and also some construction photos, check out the page for this project 

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About smallmanconstruction

Tim Smallman, the general contractor behind Smallman Construction and Electric, has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. In 2003, Tim decided to leave the corporate world behind and get back to what he loved most about construction: helping his friends, neighbors, and anyone in need achieve their home and business improvement dreams. By founding his company on a principal of customer service, open book bidding, and integrity, Tim has been blessed with a great deal of success. This success has enabled him to expand operations and create an electrical division in 2006. Tim has made San Carlos his family's home for many years. They spend a considerable amount of time supporting their community and striving to make it a great place to live and work. Tim is active in the San Carlos community, coaching youth sports, participating in the Kiwanis Show and the Chickens Ball since 1989, with the proceeds going to the San Carlos Schools and other charitable organizations.

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