DIY Therapy for “59” Ranch Home Suffering Identity Crisis !
Welcome to the First viewing of our 1959 Ranch Style (insert laugh track here) Home. Our “Ranch Style” Home is suffering from an identity crisis and needs therapy ! DIY Therapy to be exact!
above is the front view of the house as it was when we bought it.
I look at this picture and wonder if what I have done to it has improved it or not. It looks so clean and neat here. We moved in October and it was a wet leafy mess with years and years of old mulch and a couple feet of leaves and old rotted pecans in the beds. The shrubs were bare, overgrown scraggly “my life span is spent” messes. I felt the need to remove them but replacing them had proved difficult due to the lack of light that Grand Old Oak lets through. That Oak Tree, by the way, is the “Champion Oak Tree” in Temple. It is the oldest and largest in the city. We have a plaque(more of a block) engraved to say as much that the city awarded to us.
I have to keep in mind that it is a process. A messy process but a process none the less. While it may be suffering growing pains right now, it will be awesome!
Come on in and make yourself at home!
Our “Ranch Style” Home is suffering from an identity crisis and needs therapy ! DIY Therapy to be exact! The stove and ovens are “70’s” Traditional. The master Bath is “80’s”. The flooring is “80’s” ceramic, brown, and the wood floors are about “2010”. Someone loved Craftsman Styling and added Craftsman Style trim to all the doors and openings in the house but the Crown Molding is Traditional. The doors are just plane boooo-ring and the bi-fold closet doors are primitive in every way.
The room is long and narrow. as you can see there is a pony wall when you first walk in and across the room from that is the fireplace with built ins on each side. There are no electrical outlets near the fireplace and built ins. One of the few in this room is behind the sofa you see here. There are very few outlets anywhere in the house. Makes me wonder what they were doing back in the 50’s that they needed so few electrical outlets. wink! wink!
The living room is odd for furniture arranging. I like the sofa in front of the window but so would Sophie the German Shepherd. Better for her to throw herself against it whenever anyone walks by. Have I mentioned it is pre tempered glass era? Very Dangerous and very thin.Very expensive to replace as well. around 8 thousand. EEk! I know…right?!
The room also lacks “good” TV placement with the sofa here. It would be all the way across the room in the far left corner. Too far away and at an odd angle. What to do? I guess they did not watch much television in 1959. What were they doing?
You can see that corner below in center of pic.
None of this furniture, by the way is ours. These pictures are before we moved in.
This is a view of the living room if you had been sitting on the couch in front of the big window. You can see the Dining Room and The Kitchen over the bar opening. If you have not seen it , the Dining Room is the first “finished” room of the house re-do. You can see that here.
Pre Move in Dining Room
Nice but a bit blah……definitely dated but the lady who owned it had a lot of beautiful old Duncan Fyfe Furniture I would not have minded keeping to paint! LOL!
Updated DIY When?
Sometime in the late seventies or early eighties, there was an”update” done to this home. I am not entirely sure as the oven and stove are more “70’s” and the 2nd Master Bath is more late “80’s”. I can tell it’s around the “80’s” by the bold and loud brown-beige granite counter top. While I love granite, not the loud, obnoxious granite, rather the light, bright, white with mother of pearl flecks type granite. It is clearly evident they were not done in the same decade. There is also the issue of the moldings and finishes. The fireplace is a grand old dame with lovely curvy lines and a lovely medallion. This is one of my favorite things about the house.
The color was a nice “staged to sell” yellowish beige that I could not cover over fast enough! LOL! Said the Home Staging Expert….(who dislikes beige).
It has a great large kitchen but the fluorescent lighting is ugly and the cabinet doors are dull dull dull! I think they wasted a lot of space here. do you see all the space between the drawer and cabinet doors? They could have made them abut each other like shakers and it would have looked much better. Also the drawers behind them are so much smaller than the drawer fronts. they could have made the drawers much larger as they are but much larger had they used up all the cabinet real estate frontage that is wasted! I can barely get one layer of utensils in each drawer and only one drawer is deep enough for the potato masher to fit! We are going to have to see what DIY magic we can do with that!
The Island is great right?! well…..it’s a bit too big for the space. Thank goodness they surprised us and left the fridge because my lovely side by side stainless 25 cubic foot refrigerator would not fit the space width wise but the doors would never have opened because the island is really too long for the space.
See The Fluorescence??
Oh! and have I mentioned all the Beige in this house? Banish the Beige! That’s my mission!
Here we have the last room on the right, down the main hallway. This is my Guest Room. It has a great built in dresser, a hanging closet and a linen closet. all of the rooms are larger than the average room you get nowadays in most homes.
view from across the room to entry
wall to the right of the door
Looking in from the door
Master Room #2
This room looks very much like the Guest Room but it is the Original Master bedroom. I call it the 2nd Master Room. The Original Garage was enclosed in the 80’s to create another Master. It is across from and down a short hall, from the Guest Room.
This is another view of the 2nd master. The window is the same window as over the bed in the last pic. Across from the window is the door to the bath. I do not, for some reason have a pic of that but I will show it to you next round. It is all gray tile halfway up the wall just like the hall bath I will show you in a minute. There is a built in cabinet with a built in hamper. very cute. There is a commode, of course, and a pedestal sink and wall mirror. It has one of those funky corner showers that needs a light added because “who showers in the dark”? (my mind went to the shower scene in psycho!). Yours?
If this Bath Room doesn’t scream 1950’s to you, I don’t know what will! On the immediate right, barely visible behind the open door is the BLUE tub with (you guessed it!) Blue tile! The sink is set in so it is hard to see but it is also BLUE! The toilette is not blue thankfully but you can visit it next door in my neighbors back yard. (yes, she did!) She turned it into a planter! Such a southern thing to do! (not apologizing…ya’ll know it’s true!) The floor tile is that tiny one inch square in white and blue. There are a few pieces missing that someone thought it would be OK to fill in with small squares of painted wood.( NOT!) There are more grout lines than tile. It will not come clean.
My mother came to visit and spent hours on her hands and knees scrubbing the grout with ammonia, comet and bleach. I know it’s clean but it does not look it. This room is my #1 on the list of “I can’t wait to take the sledge hammer to this”
Master Bedroom #1
Yes, it was the second master in the home but I have named it master #1 because it’s the one I use. I call it my room but it really belongs to the Sheppies. Bella and Sophie.
They let me use it. Sometimes they even leave me enough room on the bed to squeeze into the edge. Not my feet but most of me. It was the original garage. They built a detached garage to replace it. The thing I hate about this room is that they left the hot water heater in the closet. That makes me crazy. (Ok, ok, enough of that “you were all ready crazy“!)
Master Bath 1
Can you spot the major selling Faux Pas in this picture? Who builds a master bath and installs a toddler tub? These people did! I have 3 bathrooms. # showers and 2 tubs and not one of them is really correct. I can not wait to replace this tub with an adult size soaker! Ahhhhh dreams….. time will tell. I would forego the built- ins to have had a nice tub in here. Oh, and remember that 1980’s granite I was talking about? Here she is!
Standing here, on my immediate right you can see the top of a pony wall. the toilette is behind it. On my immediate left would be the “too small” pre fab walk in shower stall. Like I said….3 showers….none right. that door there is the closet door. A narrow although adequate walk in closet. It would be great if not for the closet door at the end of the closet. The hot water heater. They just don’t belong in the house, let alone the main closet. They are dirty, need ventilated through the attic, leaving openings for…bugs. I am a bug-a-phobe. Totally neurotic about bugs. can’t help it. just am.
That little building back there is unfinished. It needs drywalled and some light fixtures. We call it the “Barn” but it is more of a casita. The only thing it does not have that would make it livable is plumbing. It has an attic space we use for storage, french doors and a cute porch.
That’s the highlights friends. I’ll get some picks of the other bathroom, laundry room and Office and show those. I’ll bring you an update to where we are now soon.
Stay tuned for the Christmas Home Tour coming Saturday December 17th!
If you have not all ready seen my “One Room Challenge ” Post , you can see it by clicking …..“Dining Room Reveal” . It’s the only room fully completed! Subscribe to get updates on “DIY Therapy for 59 Ranch Home Suffering Identity Crisis”….. and Much More! See you soon!