Updating ranch house exteriors

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The house shown here looks very different from a traditional raised ranch and unlike Abby and Michael's ho-hum house they were about to buy.Yet this house began with many of the same features and the same problems.Were other door locations tried before they cobbled together that box of an entryway?Some additions to existing buildings can be very surprising, even when designed by world-famous architects.

"It's everything I What Abby and Michael wanted was a place with pizazz — a home with style and personality. Next, the front entryway had been built on top of an existing porch.Seems that the only thing that worked was the hot water heater.Michael, a building contractor, purchased an easy home design software program and Abby consulted with her dad, who sells three-season greenhouses.The American ranch style home was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style homes, yet Wright's houses from the early 1900s still look far better than the 1970s raised ranches we find in the suburbs. Suburban tract houses built after World War II are often said to lack curb appeal because they are mass produced with cookie-cutter sameness. "My clients are often people who have a very strongly developed aesthetic sense," says North Carolina architect William J. "They appreciate beauty, they appreciate art, and they appreciate the finer things in life." , is that elusive quality that makes a house special.

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