Ranch-style homes are among the most popular domestic architectural styles in the country. Although they appear in many different variations, the classic iteration of this home style features open floor plans, exterior wood or stucco siding, and simple interior trim, to name a few. So, when you go to update these homes, you need to keep in mind certain design elements to ensure that the renovation matches the existing architecture.
Maintain an Open Floor Plan
The original ranch-style home has an open floor plan that combines the living and dining areas. To achieve an authentic look, you can have the interior walls removed. Another idea would be to combine the kitchen, dining room and living room into one expansive area. This might be a modern open-concept strategy, but it is still consistent with the architectural style.
Choose Bigger Windows
The 1960s saw owners of ranch-style homes resorting to small double-hung windows instead of expansive windows out of concerns for energy costs. To match the original home style, replace the small ones with casement or sliding windows. Both offer great views and let in a lot of air, and are a great fit in any room of your home. Our offerings can accommodate horizontal grilles to heighten the traditional appearance.
Consider a Patio
Wooden decks create an extension to the outdoors, but they have since gone out of style in many ranch-style homes. A spacious patio would be a fine alternative, with access to this outdoor living space provided by sliding patio doors. We highly recommend this type of patio door because of its sleek frames and large glass area.
Renewal by Andersen® of Houston offers top-notch replacement windows that work best with any home style. Consult one of our design pros to provide you with even more detailed advice for your patio door or window replacement project. Call us at (281) 547-6177, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve residents of Houston, TX.