Remodeling a Ranch Style House

From Ranch House to Farmhouse Cottage

We're so happy to share Jami's story of remodeling a ranch style house. Back in 2004, Jami and her husband Brian were looking for a farmhouse style home for their family.

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But that was during the housing boom and their budget did not allow them that kind of home. Jami is the author of An Oregon Cottage and we are so happy to know her.

But fortunately what they found was a 1982 ranch that had great potential with its good structure and windows.

They knew they could turn it into a charming home for their family.


Overview of Jami's home before and after the remodel of her ranch style house

To continue the story, their family was moving from a larger home to a smaller ranch. In fact, they went down 600 square feet in living space.

So the first priority was to add living space by converting their garage (you see in the top photo) into two home offices and a laundry room. That gave them an additional 600 square feet. And what we love is that their project also included putting on a new front porch, wonderful flower gardens and sprucing up the entryway to their front door.

Just as a side note, you see they removed a tree that was blocking the view of their front door.

So take a look at the before and after. The before is not bad but the after is quite charismatic!

And imagine this: they got their garage conversion all completed within the first year of moving in. Having just moved into a new home, Dave and I know how busy that first year can be so we applaud Jami and Brian for accomplishing so much.


Jami's home before with garage and after with extended living space and porch

Here you see a close-up of the garage conversion before and after. The top picture is the original garage. The bottom picture shows how their home was extended by converting the garage. Who would ever guess it used to be a garage? Not us!

You can see a little peek of the new garage they built to the right of their home, too.

I love how much more charming and inviting their home is after all this work. What a nice place to call home.


Remodeling a Ranch Style House

Jami's New Front Porch and Gardens

A view of Jami's pergola porch from the side
A view of Jami's front porch from the side
Their original porch was only 4 feet deep - which is quite narrow for chairs or getting around. As part of their ranch home renovations, they were able to extend their porch two feet by moving the porch posts to where the roof ends. That makes all the difference.

Then because of their house addition, they were able to extend their porch to the end of their home and make it 7 feet deep on that end.

So, really a much more spacious and useable porch than before. They decided to go with a pergola style roof over the newer side of their porch and that alleviated some costs from traditional roofing.

The porch landscaping they added most definitely adds natural charm to their home - one of our favorite parts of their renovations! See our porch landscaping ideas for around your porch.


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Jazzing Up the Front Door

Jami's entry way transformation

In the top picture, you might wonder where the front door is. It was hidden by a tree that they removed in the first month of living there. But now look at the difference.

Now the front door is most welcoming. I like the cute bench to the left of the front door. And the potted plants, too. One other thing - look at the walkway.

They used the broken-up pieces from their old driveway (that led to the original garage) to make this walkway. How neat that is.

The flower gardens especially those hydrangeas really escalate the cottage charm of their home. Notice how the wider moldings around the windows make them stand out more. All those little touches add up.

Remodeling a ranch style house can be done in phases like Jami and Brian did. With sweat equity, time and of course, money, the work can be done as you can. I think Jami and Brian would tell you it's so worth it!


Remodeling a Ranch Style House from Grey to Sunshine Yellow

Jami's home painted sunshine yellow

One of Jami and Brian's more recent accomplishments was painting their cottage from grey to a sunshine yellow or as Jami calls it "butter". Now that's an inviting cottage. Dave and I have always loved yellow houses and this one is no exception.



Backyard Retreat

Jami's backyard

Jami's awesome backyard retreat and porch makeover is another project you will enjoy.

They now have beautiful pathways, planting areas, grilling and dining patio - all connected seamlessly to their cottage. I truly get why Jami loves being outdoors and digging in the dirt.


Meet Jami of An Oregon Cottage

Jami, author of An Oregon Cottage We are so happy that Jami shared her ideas for remodeling a ranch style house with us. It's amazing to see what she and her husband Brian have accomplished with their home - and by doing most of the work themselves. Their cottage is an inspiration indeed!

To learn more about Jami and their Oregon home, please visit An Oregon Cottage, Jami's blog that focuses on simple, joyful living.











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