"I've Never Liked the look of raised ranches," says Carole Mc Millen, who recently bought this 1970s two-story, in New Paltz, New York, with her husband.
While a city neighborhood full of mid-century ranches and small, independent businesses would be cool and all, it wouldn’t get us the things we’re really yearning for. (And because if more people who like what we like join us, the community will change in ways we’d like.) No, there isn’t the kind of hipster cool we see in Portland: But there’s still a kind of cool.
Simplicity and sustainability are ideas we like a lot. It’s just a different kind of old-school cool (now that the ’70s were 40 years ago).
I’d tell people where I worked with a smirk, quick to add that I didn’t actually But here I am now, and I’m damned if I’m going to be all hangdog and sheepish about where we live–or spend the years we’ll be here wishing I were somewhere else.
We may be five minutes from chain restaurants, discount retailers, and a warehouse grocery store (by car, of course), but we’re determined to make this our version of the American Dream. We think the suburban split-level may be a house whose time is coming, and we want to tell you why–so you can get in while the gettins’ good.
If it’s hard for you to imagine the big 70s split-level having the same kind of appeal, we get that. We’ve got two adults and a revolving door of three getting-bigger kids (with other parents who live about 60 miles apart from each other).
We’re a financially-stretched, stirred family with members who need both proximity and space.Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines worked their magic to give the formerly rundown ranch a massive curb appeal boost.Thanks to a bit of selective trimming, the front yard’s ancient tree is now an asset instead of an eyesore while the existing cedar siding was brought back to life with a good cleaning and sanding to reveal fresh wood before resealing."Immediately, I pulled out a pen to jot notes on a wrinkled paper napkin."Nine months later, the fully renovated bungalow with its roomy addition off the back, brand-new carriage-house–style garage, garden pavilion, and lattice-enclosed courtyard proved a glowing success.To accentuate the bungalow's clean lines, a new porch railing was added, and the old roof was replaced with faux slate.The winding stairs are straightened and widened to draw more attention to the front entry which is shaded by a honeysuckle-coverered arbor.