Those who know us know we have been working on a very special project for the last 1 1/2 years. Family moved back to Iowa and asked us to take on their renovation. Of course we said Yes!
Enter the ranch on 13 acres.
It had a barn, pasture, a place for a garden, fruit trees and it was in the right school district. I told them they should just move in…they did not need us. However, a few more bedrooms were needed. So we went to see it with a realtor. We wanted to know its potential before they bought it, so I was measuring during the showing. The owner was there and I’m the one proposing we change their house. Yep, I’m that person.
I was able to come up with a design that would work for a family of 6 without adding on. It was a miracle.
The biggest change on the exterior was the front porch. It breaks up the front elevation and gives your eye something to land on.
The stone on the columns and exterior wall give the exterior the extra texture it needs to not feel boring. The 3 windows to the right of the porch are the Kitchen and Pantry. When the house was originally built this area was the garage. The current garage, further to the right was added sometime later.
The back needed some entertaining space that was partly sheltered from the weather.
The ridge of the roof was carried through from the porch on the front which allowed for a covered patio. The uncovered patio has room for a fire pit, hot tub and grill.
The barn was doing its job, but it needed a little something…
Red says barn and this one will soon have a barn quilt on the end. Yes, folks, paint changes everything.
Here is the model I used to help with explaining what I had in mind for the exterior.
This was especially helpful when it came to the roof.
I talk to people all the time who are intimidated by changing the exterior look of their house. It does not have to be that way. Our job is to make sure you like what you see before any of the work starts. We use inspiration pictures, 3 dimensional models and sketches to navigate to the finished product that will make your home the one you dreamed it could be.
Here are some Before and During pictures for your viewing pleasure: