Updating A Ranch Home

Here is what the home we are looking to buy currently looks like on the exterior.

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Okay, be honest, what are your thoughts when you see it?

What I see is brick that is not a pleasing color, an undersized porch that by the way is not functional, the door is sheet rocked over inside. True story,  A porch to nowhere.

If and when we are able to purchase the home the following will be part of the three year plan for the home update.

Add a long metal porch. Look at the porch added to this home on Fixer Upper (Click Here to See all the photos from the episode). We will be adding cedar posts with rock bases the length of the porch.

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Before

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After ( Do you see the porch addition and the painted brick?  Look past the French country because that is not my style.)

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I love this porch roof from Gem Homes. I like how it attaches to the shingled roof.

We also want to make the gable the appropriate size to match the scale of the house and add a walkway with a new door. Oh, and make the door functional.

We will paint the brick. Yep, paint that brick. I have done the research and feel confident that we can correctly paint the brick so that it lasts as long as any other painted surface. The reaction I get when I mention painting brick is a little funny to me. Painted brick is not something new. Most brick from before 1870 was painted because it sealed the porous surface and extended the life of the brick.

My daughter and son in law live in a painted brick home that I think is stunning.

rachel's home

I wish, wish, wish I had the software and skills to redo this home virtually, but I already see it in my head. White trim and a darker gray tone paint, shutters, and posts out of cedar, with a metal roof and a carport at the end of the home that is part of the roof line, not a $600 pre-fab job.

I am hoping it will look something like this:

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painted brick

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This Old House

It will make me smile every time I drive up if this happens.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the color I should use.

Blessings,

Karen

8 responses to “Updating A Ranch Home”

  1. I like the white painted bricks with dark gray shutters. Love the porch but will be hard height wise as the eaves on house are low and you have to have a drop of one foot to every 10 feet of porch. Sure the contractor can figure that so it will work. Love cedar

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  2. I can see it! You can do it!! Or Eddy can!! 😍😍😉😉 maybe someday you and eddy will have your own Fixxer Upper HGTV show!!

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  3. When is see the future home I see potential. I like all your ideas! The grey tones are the trend. I did not know you could paint brick till I saw it on my new favorite show Fixer Upper. Looks great when done.

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