Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines worked their magic to give the formerly rundown ranch a massive curb appeal boost.
Thanks to a bit of selective trimming, the front yard’s ancient tree is now an asset instead of an eyesore while the existing cedar siding was brought back to life with a good cleaning and sanding to reveal fresh wood before resealing.
Buying a house we can afford that works for the life we really live (as opposed to one we might dream about) seems like a different kind of cool. Maybe our community isn’t full of great stuff and interesting people. We’ve got sidewalks and streetlights and just as many big trees as any established city neighborhood. While corner lots always tend to have more space, those aren’t the only ones with some breathing room.
Trees crowded this house, the veranda's railing was missing, and a lack of landscaping made the house unwelcoming."I'm always in search of the ugly duckling," says designer Ann Nicholson, referring to the day that she and her husband, Charles, stopped short in front of this 1910 Craftsman-style bungalow with zero curb appeal, a partially gutted interior, and a 'For Sale by Owner' sign pushed into an overgrown lawn.
Actually some architectural historians say that the design was created by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright.
The history of the raised ranch and its place in the American housing scene, rising from a clever idea to ubiquitous popularity, then to disfavor as a style, is a very interesting, strictly American phenomenon.
Some prospective home buyers are drawn to it, perhaps they grew up in one, while others say, “show me anything but!Narrow, winding stairs and an overgrown trumpet vine and small tree that block the front door add to the home's uncared-for look.To make the home pop, designer John Gidding chooses sunny yellow for the siding and cheery turquoise for the front door.The same is true of the canvas draperies on the porch.With overgrown landscaping and a disappear-into-the-background white paint color, this California bungalow was generally considered one of the least attractive homes on the block.