Brick Ranch Ideas

by Debra

in Remodel Ranch Home

With the economic downturn in the housing market, many homeowners are choosing to remodel or renovate their existing homes rather than moving to a new home.  If your home is a brick ranch, ideas about remodeling may seem limited.  Here are some places you may be able to find ideas on how to update or renovate your home.

Decide what you need to have more of so you know what changes you need to make to your home.  Is your kitchen too small for the appliances you’ve always dreamed of?  Has your family size increased and you need additional bedroom space?  Have you started a home business and need an office?

Or do you merely want to make a break from the ordinary by creating something extraordinary in your home?  It really doesn’t matter what your reason is for renovating your home, but knowing what that reason is ahead of time can make finding brick ranch ideas easier.

One of the best ways to begin compiling ideas for remodeling your brick ranch is to drive through your area.  Take a look at the other homes in your neighborhood or within your city.  Someone near you may have already added on or renovated in a way that you could see doing.

Another place to look for brick ranch ideas is by looking at architecture books and magazines at your local library.  The library will have access to a myriad of sources and what they don’t have on their shelves; you can probably get through inter-library loan.

Check out your favorite search engine and look up the type of remodeling you’re thinking of doing.  Make the decision of what you’d like to do to your home before you speak with a contractor or architect.  They will be able to give you the best advice if the changes you want to make to your home are even feasible or not.

As risky as it may be, take a trip with your spouse to the home improvement stores near you.  They will have trained staff that can help you weed through all of the information you’ve compiled and make final decision.

If your brick ranch is a raised ranch, you may want to take in your garage and make it into extra living space.  You can then add another garage at the end of your existing home so you still have that prime parking space.

Extend your roofline to create a new porch for the front of your house.  If the front appeals to you and you don’t want to change it, the back of the house is fair game for changes.  This is usually the best location to make changes to your home especially if you can’t match your brick perfectly.

These are a few of the places you can go to get brick house ideas for renovations.  Print out the ideas you like, talk to someone who is knowledgeable, and then seek out the help of a professional before jumping in on the changes.  Most importantly, if there’s something you’d really like to do, unless it is structurally unsound, don’t let anyone keep you from creating the brick ranch house of your dreams.

Ranches: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Building New
photo credit: me-2007

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