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Spanish Revival Meets MCM Ranch - What to Should We Do?!?

3 years ago

We want to update/revive the look of the 1966 ranch-style house we recently purchased, but are unsure of which way to go. We plan on living here for a long time and want to make sure any improvement we make stand the test of time. We’ve searched Houzz for similar house styles/ideas and can’t find much inspiration - we need help!

We are leaning toward the Spanish revival style because of the arches, iron work/gate at the front of the house, and the front courtyard, but are open to taking it in a mid-century modern direction as well. The roof was recently replaced with red shingles (not by us) and the soffits and gutters were replaced in a beige/cream color (also not by us), so that needs to be taken into account in the overall design as we don’t have the budget to replace those.

We are considering the following changes, but aren’t sure about colors or if Spanish revival is the best way to go:

  • Replacing the garage door with a wood carriage garage door
  • Painting the stucco between the bricks above the garage and front windows
  • Staining (not painting) the brick (or potentially just leaving it as is)
  • Staining the front door to match the garage door
  • Enlarging the two window openings at the front of the house and installing black windows throughout house

We plan to improve the landscaping with xeriscape after we update the exterior of the house - the yard was prepped with sprinklers and ground cover for this purpose before we bought it. Any suggestions/help/ideas on how to make our house look its best would be greatly appreciated!

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