Quick Two-Room Re-Do

“What are we going to do with this room?” Debra asked as she stood in the middle bedroom of the mid-century ranch. 6844 Brants 024The walls were a light, sea-foam green, the carpet had seen better days. The sliding glass door leading to the deck had those vertical blinds, again. The ceiling fan was a $10 big box special. Nothing structurally wrong – just buffing and puffing and updating. Continue reading “Quick Two-Room Re-Do”

A Word about the Library

As I mentioned in the last post, we had three living areas in the mid-century ranch. The smallest of the three we decided to use as a library. Here is a before shot: 6844 Brants 004Not terrible, really. Dated wallpaper not exactly to our taste, dated paneling not exactly to our taste, the ubiquitous late ’70s brass fireplace doors, those vertical blinds that I’ve never really liked and never really work as intended, and ho-hum carpet. But shelves! Lots of shelves for books. Continue reading “A Word about the Library”

Family Room Rewind – A Comfy Place to Hang

Our mid-century ranch had a wealth of living areas: a “formal” living/dining combination the size of a small ballroom, a less expansive room right in the middle of the house that we ended up using as a library, and the room you see below that we designated as the family room – a place to hang out, play games, watch TV.

6844 Brants 008The family room certainly had the space. The light flooding in from the big windows and the 10′ ceilings (not a standard feature in a mid-century ranch; a sure give-away that this was an add-on)  were a great start for a bright, inviting space, but the floors and finishes didn’t say cozy, warm, and comfy. (If you read the second kitchen post, you already know how we felt and what we did about the floors.)    Continue reading “Family Room Rewind – A Comfy Place to Hang”

A Room for the Grandson – A Short Post

FullSizeRenderAsk any grandparent – grandkids are a joy. And, if possible, they deserve a room of their own. When we first bought the mid-century ranch, he was still sleeping in a crib. By the time we finished and sold it, he was closer to the age you see him here, and that wasn’t such a long stretch. His room had been used as an office and had a built-in desk unit occupying one full wall. Continue reading “A Room for the Grandson – A Short Post”

Change on the Inside

6844 brants 040Sometimes, the process of change is not pretty. Clearing out the ugly can create more ugly. There were many things that needed changing inside the mid-century ranch. Some were, like the house as a whole, just weary from long service. Others, however, were downright ugly. Continue reading “Change on the Inside”

All Hands on Deck

Decks are places for sitting on warm summer evenings, contemplating the mysteries of the universe. Decks are places to gather with friends, to exercise your culinary imagination on the grill, to feel fresh breezes wafting over your skin. Decks connect you to nature, yet keep you out of the dirt. Like I said, I love them.

Decks can also transform useless, wasted spaces into inviting retreats. This:

Photo by Trey Freeze
Photo by Trey Freeze

is much more inviting and useful than this:corner deck beforeThe deck outside the back door to our mid-century ranch was small, shabby, and deteriorating. Continue reading “All Hands on Deck”