Matching gables on either side of the front door would make the entry more prominent and appealing, while also taking away the house's flattop look.
Wider front steps, a curved walkway, and low-maintenance, drought-tolerant foundation plantings extend a warmer welcome to guests.
Finish with a curb-to-door walkway that starts with a gate flanked by stone or brick pillars to stretch the design footprint in different directions.
But if you have “higher” expectations, gables are your go-to.
Unless it’s built atop a hill, your ranch home might seem a little “low.” The long, low design of the Mid-Century ranch makes its exterior look squashed and the interior resemble a manufactured double-wide trailer.
An updated ranch home fits in better alongside taller neighboring homes, and attracts more buyers, if you list it for sale.
We’ve lived in our 1964 ranch style house for the past 7 years with our 2 teenage daughters, and there’s always some type of project (or three) in the works.
I’m always painting something, and it helps that I work at the family paint and decorating shop 30 hours a week.
"Additions that modify its form will give it a lot more character," he says.
Front and side porches do the trick nicely, without altering the home's brick shell.
A feature as seemingly insignificant as the front door can improve a ranch home’s curb appeal; swap out a retro-red door for a modern black or white one.