Who lives here: Jeffrey Bond and Tory Gaylord Bond; their children, Grace, 6, and Cullen, 4; and their miniature Goldendoodle, Cleo
Location: Denver, Colorado
Jeffrey Bond and Tory Gaylord Bond discovered this 1963 ranch house in Denver after looking at nearly 200 homes. “When I saw the house, I thought it would be fun to do something totally different,” says Tory, seen here with her daughter. “And I grew up in a ranch, and I like the way they live.”
Taken with the home’s post and beam construction, Tory and Jeffrey worked with a general contractor to replace the roof and windows, redo some electrical and plumbing and add a new driveway, all while preserving the essence of what had attracted them to the house.
While the couple opened up rooms, they kept sections of existing wood screens that divide half the house, enhancing flow while maintaining character. A new custom front door feels of the era and lets in ample natural light.
Who lives here: David Benton and Dennis Kirk
Location: Washington, D.C.
David Benton, an architect at Benton Architecture, began the update of his 1950s split-level ranch at the street. Wanting to preserve the original exterior while also making the space more livable and contemporary, he refinished the HardiePlank siding in a darker, more contemporary charcoal color. He left the original brick and added energy-efficient windows.
Original midcentury pieces, including the green Saarinen womb chair, Risom chairs by Jens Risom and Nelson light fixtures fill the room. Meanwhile, an eclectic gallery wall, a side table from Nepal and a homemade ceiling light fixture keep the space from feeling like a time capsule yet still complement the architecture and decor.
Though the vanity nods to the home’s age, it’s actually a new design by Benton.
Faucet: Grohe; floor tile: Concourse in Saybrook, Waterworks; wall tile: Modern Dimensions in Arctic White, Dal Tile; sinks: Nameek’s
Who lives here: Lisa and Doug Roberts; their sons, Benjamin and Ethan; and their dog, Stanley
Location: Austin, Texas
A nearly untouched 1955 ranch served as a jumping-off point for Lisa and Doug Roberts, who were looking for a midcentury home to renovate and call their own. “We always dreamed of finding a home that had quintessential midcentury elements that we could preserve and highlight, and then update the amenities,” Lisa says. After eight months of renovations, including a two-story addition with two bedrooms, two baths, an office and a garage, the family moved in.
Who lives here: A couple, their two daughters and their two dogs
Location: Golden Valley, Minnesota
Many of the homes featured here were bought because the homeowners were attracted to the architecture and history. That wasn’t the case for this home in Minnesota. Instead, the homeowners went after it because of its large lot and killer location. After working with architect Meriwether Felt, they can now add “great house” to the list of attributes.
Instead of going for a midcentury look, the homeowners were inspired by a turn-of-the-20th-century Scandinavian aesthetic, seen here in the blue-gray exterior and red roof. The now extended roofline provides more protection for visitors at the front door, as well as room for a new sleeping porch.
Exterior gray paint: Stonecutter, Benjamin Moore
With the kitchen’s location in place, Felt was able to incorporate details the homeowners wanted, including blue cabinets, backsplash tile with birds and Moroccan-style light fixtures.
Who lives here: Karen Knight and her three teenage daughters
Location: Austin, Texas
Atomic ranch renovations often preserve the home’s view from the street, or don’t go too far to change it. This renovation of a 1968 A.D. Stenger ranch in the Westlake Hills neighborhood of Austin, Texas, turned that philosophy on its head. A new tower addition rises high above the house, significantly altering its appearance.
Architect David Webber worked with homeowner Karen Knight to honor the intent of the architect but to also make the house more livable for the family of four. This included creating a more natural-colored facade, converting many of the sliding glass doors into windows and adding a covered carport, in addition to the new A-frame tower in the back.
Beds painted the same color as the walls lend a built-in, custom quality, and velvet bedding gives a retro yet modern vibe. The custom upholstered headboards are by Kelly Wearstler, a queen of retro-style cool.
Who lives here: Heather Tucker
Location: Portland, Oregon
This 1938 ranch house sat vacant for four years before first-time homeowner Heather Tucker bought and revived it. While the house was in desperate need of professional renovations to make it more livable, including new wiring, insulation and earthquake retrofitting, it was up to Tucker to bring it back to life.
A new paint job, including the gold front door, create a cheerful and welcoming view from the street. New landscaping, all installed by Tucker, contrasts with the typical ranch lawn, while also appearing more modern, diverse and wildlife-friendly.
Previous homeowners had torn down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, which worked wonders in opening up the interior. Also thanks to a previous renovation, the dining room has two different floor materials. “At some point I’ll do something about [it],” Tucker says
Paint: White Chocolate, Benjamin Moore; rugs: Ikea
Who lives here: Nick and Holland Brown; their daughters, Kate and Abbi; and their dog, Penny
Location: Long Beach, California
Nick and Holland Brown had a goal that went beyond making their 1957 ranch house more livable: They decided they would attempt to make the home net-zero in terms of energy consumption.
“Net-zero means that over the course of the year, you net out to zero energy usage between what you produce [onsite] and what you consume,” Nick explains. “In our case, we produce from 16 solar panels on the roof — it’s the most common way to produce onsite.”
Outside, a drought-tolerant landscape attracts wildlife and requires about 14 minutes of watering a week.
As with many homes in California, the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces are blurred, with the same materials often used in both. Reclaimed barn wood on the vaulted ceiling carries outside too. Sliding doors in the den open up to an outdoor deck. “We wanted that deck to feel like an extension of the living room,” Nick says.
Who lives here: A couple who works from home and their two dogs
Location: Encinitas, California
The homeowners of this ranch had lived happily in their house for years before they decided to renovate. What had changed, and ultimately inspired them to remodel, was that they both started working from home.
Part of the addition included expanding their two-car garage to a three-car garage. As the garages dominate the street view, the homeowners made sure to keep that view as attractive and finished as possible, also alluding to the design style inside. One of the homeowners is an avid equestrian, and barn- and horse-ranch-inspired details are seen throughout.
Two wood hutches in a custom stain break up the white kitchen and the more rustic breakfast nook, while still tying in with the overall theme of the room and home. The stain continues in various rooms of the house.
Tile: custom-colored, Tabarka Studio; hardware: Ashley Norton; countertops: Pental quartz in Mesa with a honed finish; paint (used throughout the house): Whisper White, Dunn-Edwards and Crisp White, Sherwin-Williams; table: Restoration Hardware; pendant lights: Cisco Brothers; Thatcher chairs: Room & Board