The house exterior 'before'.

The house exterior ‘before’.

For the last several years I’ve wanted to move out of our two storey brick century home…and preferably to a one level mid century rancher. I just love the look and simplicity of a 1950s or 60s rancher. There are parts of our current home that I do love like the high ceilings, the large wooden trim that accent the doors and windows and the beautiful original wooden doors themselves.

Large wooden trim on windows and doors and original banister.

Large wooden trim on windows and doors and original banister.

I love that it has a long history and likely housed several families throughout the years including our own. However the things I don’t love about living in a one hundred year old home are plenty. It is difficult to create an open layout in an older home like ours, the dining area is very small, storage is non-existent, heating and cooling can be inefficient, and the basement is not a place one would want to hang out in…unless you’re a spider. On the exterior, the bricks need re-facing and the foundation is in need of some work.

So when my husband heard that this vacant 1960s house might be available we called the owner who gave us a tour of the home. She had grown up in the home and you could see it was full of great memories. It had been vacant for a couple of years and it was likely going to be demolished. The home had some water and plaster damage inside from a leaky roof and a few other issues. It is surprising how quickly things inside a house deteriorate once they are empty – homes need people.

I loved the ranch style home’s layout with a great mudroom and laundry area, a large spacious kitchen and dining room with beautiful big patio doors that let lots of light in and lead to the backyard. The living room was a good size with an inviting bay window and comfy window seat. There were hardwood floors through the front entry, hallway and the three modest bedrooms. And the mid-century front door with three oval windows definitely sealed the deal.

So, a deal was made and the house will have a new home, an interior and exterior makeover and a new family to call it home.

Here are some of the before photos. As you can see, we have some work to do but I am sure the after photos will be fabulous!

before house front

‘before’ of house front corner

'before' exterior front entrance

‘before’ exterior front entrance

'before' of the knotty pine kitchen

‘before’ of the knotty pine kitchen


‘before’ of the dining room from the kitchen

'before' of the front entryway...and the door I love

‘before’ of the front entryway…and the door I love

'before' of the living room

‘before’ of the living room