Updating a rancher home

Unfortunately, the home's contemporary features were buried under a blanket of extravagant window treatments and fussy trim that Simon ascribes to too many viewings of Dynasty. For help, Simon called on Kost and architect Jim Sullivan, a professor at Louisiana State University.

Board-and-batten, shingles, and stucco are characteristic sidings for ranch house plans.

Ranch house plans usually rest on slab foundations, which help link house and lot.

But there is more than meets the eye to the classic suburban ranch.

Some typical architectural characteristics of the style include: • Low-pitched gable roof and deep-set eaves. • Large sliding glass doors leading out to a patio. • Openness, few interior walls and efficient use of space.

The entry hall gets its disco vibe from a pair of eccentric 1970s chairs covered in Glant’s Liquid Leather, a vintage table, and panels wrapped in Maya Romanoff’s twinkling Beadazzled Geode wall covering, which is composed of tiny glass beads.

Philippe Starck’s famous Louis Ghost chairs for Kartell flank Jim Sullivan’s custom dining table, which features a slotted top exposing the wood’s craggy edge.

The Tony Mose painting slides to reveal a wet bar and a powder room.

Curtains are Brass Flat Mesh, a metal fabric from Whiting & Davis.

We looked for them when we first moved to Texas, but the houses in our price range were a little too much work (I can't believe I just said that, but considering the kidlets finally decided to grace us with their presence, it is a good thing our house is only cosmetic work right now)… For now you can all enjoy the work of Kelly at My Dear Trash, and all her hard work to make her house look so great: Through-out the summer we've been working on the front of our house.

I've shown you six projects we've done and now I'm ready to show the overall after photos.

• Replace outdated siding with fiber cement board, stucco, stone veneer, brick or a combination of two or three.

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