A Simple Ranch Home is Transformed into a Spacious Lodge Style Summer Retreat!
The following is an excerpt from “Raising the Rafters” by Lynn Welp, as published in For Your Home Magazine:
“This ranch-style home was modest at best prior to its recent complete remodel. Four small rooms became one great room that is the heart and hearth of the home. Although no square footage was added, the roofline of the house was modified to create the vaulted great room and give the exterior more presence. A gable over the front door is a practical way to define the entry and shield guests from the elements. The walls were raised over the kitchen, dining and living areas to create a steep vaulted ceiling with a fresh, open feel. A full wall of windows and French doors looked out over the back forty.
A granite bar divided the living and kitchen areas. Connected to the bar is a built-in alder cabinet unit to house the gas fireplace with a matching granite hearth. This serves as a central work space for the computer, and it can easily be decked out for entertaining.
A combination of laminate and granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and alder cabinets made in the Shaker style with Craftsman pulls outfit the new kitchen. Throughout the home, the dark, flat, interior doors were replaced with white 6-panel doors and wider casings. All floor coverings were replaced with carpet or tile and trimmed with broad baseboards. Every cabinet, countertop and light fixture in the house was upgraded.”