Photoshop Redo: Warming Up a Bland Ranch
A revamped entry and other details introduce cozy charm
To introduce "visual relief in the long front elevation," architect Erica Broberg Smith would open up and frame the entry with fieldstone half-walls, tapered columns, and a stout beam. Board-and-batten-style siding on the garage and window shutters help draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of height. A fenced front garden also breaks up the long house. Homeowner Ginny Joyce's reaction? "It's darling. Now I know the brick needs to go."
"It's an eyesore," says Ginny Joyce, lamenting the brick-enclosed entry porch of her ranch in upstate New York. "I've been thinking about how to change it for a long time."
By chance, so had architect Erica Broberg Smith of East Hampton, New York. "My grandmother has that same style house!" she exclaimed when we turned to her for ideas.
The custom-made triangular built-in vent adds punctuation to the ridge of the roof gable.
Opening up the enclosed entry creates a transitional space that invites visitors to come inside.
A handsome wood fence breaks up the flat expanse of lawn and helps balance the house's proportions.
Stone half-walls maintain a sense of privacy on the opened-up porch.
Simple window boxes painted in the contrasting trim color unify windows of different sizes.
The crisscrossing lines of the barn-door pattern, along with board-and-batten siding and shutters, further break up the lengthy facade.