A recent design project gave me the chance to explore several ways to add onto a ranch house with a walk out basement. Read more about the whole project and other potential design in this post: How to Add onto a Ranch: Four Ways.
The existing house had an awkward layout:
- an overly prominent garage
- a wide and shallow front room with little view
- small bedrooms sharing a single (very odd) bathroom
- no public spaces facing the gorgeous back yard.
An addition that both pushed back and spread out to the side (behind the garage) would maximize the view access to the fabulous back yard. For this scheme I proposed pushing out toward the back yard with a master suite and also claiming the side patio space for an expanded main floor living area.
The front Face lift
Although I didn’t recommend changing up the exterior shape of the house at the front, it seemed vital to improve the relationship between the front door and street – currently overwhelmed by a prominent two car garage. Here are several similar ideas:
The Floor plans
This floor plan shifted nearly every element of the house except the kitchen location. A new porch opens into a smaller sitting area in place of the old awkward living room. The kitchen has access to the garage and mud room down a short flight of stairs and also opens diagonally to a dining nook and living area which overlooks the back yard. The master suite also has a view out the back by projecting slightly more than the adjacent living area. Kids bedrooms are oriented in a line along the south edge of the house.
The generous addition for the floor above leaves lots of space for a new guest suite below the master bedroom and a den with areas reaching out to the yard and patio and tucking back into the house. The guest room/office also gets a park view and the utility areas stay at the front of the house (fully below grade).