What should I do to update my 1974 ranch?

by Abby
Hello Friends! I need some help updating my 1974 ranch house. I have already put on a new door and screen door. I'm thinking black shutters?? Help! I asked for help on landscaping my circle drive and you all were great! Thanks!
  8 answers
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on May 19, 2018

    I believe shutters would look nice. Is your siding white...have you thought about white. Vinyl is nice..cleans well.

  • Bijous Bijous on May 19, 2018

    That would be nice, but how about something a little different? Steel blue for your shutters. Also, you have a short window. Make a second half of the window with wood and moulding. Then add shutters the same length as the ones for the 3 windows together. Plant an evergreen between the two windows. There are some that only grow to a max of 8 ft. And if you ever think about repainting the house, using a white with cream undertones looks very nice. Good luck.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 19, 2018

    I would put in some brighter flower pots on your porch, it is really dark and needs brightening. I can't even see your front door, it is so dark, perhaps a brighter color for the door and some taller bright plants by the door. You need to have some color at the front of the house, maybe do something with the open spaces by the front on the right where the shrubs seem to be missing.

  • Barbara Barbara on May 19, 2018

    Color; Shutters, door, pots, etc. Choose one color (like the blue mentioned above) add others with flowers and plants.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 19, 2018

    Beef up that post/pillar but wrapping it with a wood box. Need some color. What about adding shutters? Maybe a skylight or solatube so the entry isn't so dark. And paint the front door so it doesn't disappear into the darkness.

  • You need color! Rather than black shutters, how about blue? Get some colorful large pots & plant flowers in them. Maybe a bright rocking chair by your door

  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 26, 2018

    Black shutter are always a classic! Another option would be red, but of course that doesn't offer much contrast.


    i agree with plantings. I personally would not make the middle window appear larger, since it is not the same width either. You could replace it altogether, if you want more balance.

    I don't believe in painting brick, but here are some good before and afters.


  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 26, 2018

    Here is an idea what it will look like. Click on "See more" for different colour variations.