Updating a ranch house

Driving around, they came upon a house for sale, nearly obscured by overgrown shrubbery.

“There was a huge dumpster in the driveway, and inside, junk everywhere—you could barely see the floor,” Matthew says.

Add more natural materials, such as stone around fireplaces. For instance, your great room will echo with the grandeur of Western Lodges if you add a Native American-style chandelier with rawhide and a vibrant stained glass designs. Lighten up kitchen cabinets by replacing fronts with frosted or transparent glass.

Eliminate a cramped feel by removing non-structural dividers, pass-throughs, etc.

a few years ago, the Scottsdale couple were inspired to explore the 1960s tracts of the city’s Village Grove neighborhood.

Matthew replaced the exterior wall behind the original kitchen sink with a series of large windows and sliding glass doors.

Shopping tips Stay in the know: “I always sign up for mailing lists at my favorite stores, so I know when new items are available and on sale,” says Jennifer.

The see-through Twilight II gas fireplace from Heat & Glo helps keep the room bright.

Aiming to avoid that furniture-showroom effect, the Hibbards combined art from Home Goods with West Elm side tables and a vintage bench from e Bay.

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