Many 1960s traditional ranch homes have great floor plans, but need major updating. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to improve the exterior of most traditional ranch houses. This week, we took a look at a 1960s house on the market for $155,000. When I first saw this home, the light blue shutters, lamp post, and weird landscaping stood out. Yet, forcing myself to see past the cosmetic blemishes, I realized that this home was another that had potential.
I hope this post will help others realize that giving homes a little love can greatly improve their curb appeal and grab the attention of potential buyers. If you have a similar home, but are not ready to sell – that’s fine, too! With a little TLC, your home can be the envy of the block for a very low cost.
The 1960s Traditional Ranch House
Thus far, I haven’t talked much about myself. I’ll let you in on a little something… Surprise, surprise – I absolutely love Joanna Gaines’ style. So it is only natural that one of the homes that gave me inspiration for this week’s blog was from Fixer Upper.
What I liked about this home:
- Landscaping (always)
- Window planter boxes
- Focus on entry (lights, doors)
- Overall color scheme and layout was similar to this week’s 1960s traditional ranch
Another source of inspiration was a traditional ranch that I found on It’s Overflowing. After checking out the rest of this post, head on over there to see the inside tour of an updated traditional ranch if you’d like.
First, I immediately wanted to get rid of everything that initially drew my eyes: the shutters, the lamp post, and the unorganized landscaping. Also, trim some of those low hanging branches that look like they could fall at any moment.
Next, I wanted to add wood elements like I saw in the Fixer Upper home.
You’re probably already thinking this looks like a completely different home! The wood tones really warm up the off-white brick whereas the pale blue shutters and black door were making it look cool and slightly dingy before.
The largest expense in this update will likely be the brand new wood doors, but you can’t convince me that it isn’t worth it.
Now, it’s time to add some details. Adding pretty lighting and window boxes really tie everything together without overdoing it. Adding bricks or stones around the walkway further enhance the entryway.
Finally, always update the landscaping for max curb appeal. And if you think I’m crazy, look at the next photo.
Of course, you’re on your own with the inside. 😉
Final Thoughts on the 1960s Traditional Ranch
All things considered, I think the $155,000 price tag is a steal when you know the potential of this 1960s traditional ranch home. The inside will definitely need updating (though these owners have already updated the bathrooms and they look pretty good), but the exterior makes this home look more like a $200,000 house. As an added bonus, I love that the garage doesn’t show from the front, which is a big plus in my book.
- Clear out existing landscape and trim low/hanging branches
- Replace shutters and door with wood-style (skip shutters on shorter windows)
- This is your main cost
- Add nice lighting around entryway
- Add window boxes
- Incorporate brick or stone around walkway
- Implement new landscaping
Feedback is always welcome! What do you think? Do you think this update is worth the cost? Is it achievable?
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