Shutters once had a real function. They were a security measure, a way to close up houses safely at night or when the occupants were away. But they serve no purpose on a modern house. Please don't glue fake shutters to your siding!!!
This addition scheme adds a mid-story den behind the garage creating a split level. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project
This addition scheme pushes new masses out to the back and side. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project
One of the most common ways to add onto a ranch is to push back or add a win. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project
One of the ways to add onto a ranch is to add a story. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project
Sometimes the best way to remodel is to add on. Here are four ways to add a little extra to a ranch with a walk out basement.
Part of the reason I decided to entirely tear out the existing "finished basement" was aesthetic: it was incredibly dated with an unpleasant drop ceiling and an unfortunate layout. I could have kept some parts of it however, if it hadn't been totally un-insulated. I can do SO MUCH BETTER than that.
Cliff May was an artist: a saxophone player turned furniture designer who inspired a modern housing movement. Today I meditate on his 1946 style book, Western Ranch Houses.
Realizing that the summer is only going to get hotter and less pleasant for exterior-work-while-wearing-a-tyvek-suit, I have switched back to the outside. Here's the progress report on scraping, priming and painting the garage wall.
A basement is the secret weapon of the midwestern ranch house. (This is one clear advantage we have over all those cool, glassy California Pinterest ranches.) Our basements secretly expand square footage, storage and differentiation of spaces all without bulking up the house to the street or eating up the building site. Sure, basements CAN … Continue reading Basement: the Midwestern Ranch House’s Secret Weapon