After we bought our Utah home, we had our contractor and architect come look at it to see if our ideas could be implemented. The main things they needed to check were changes we wanted to make in the basement. The number one priority was figuring out the girls bedrooms. One of the reasons the girls were excited to move (mostly our oldest Ella) was the option of having their own rooms! So we were hoping to create two rooms for them in the basement. And I wanted to talk about ways to make the exterior have a little more curb appeal.
I told Kevin we could add fake dormers to the front of the house. Or we could actually add a second floor for the girls bedroom. We told our contractor and architect that maybe later on we could add a second floor. The reasoning to wait was so we could move into the house quicker! Well, they suggested we just do it all now, which makes more sense. So that is what we are doing. Making a Two Story Ranch (And probably delaying the move-in date 🙃)!
I know I don’t need to share this, but I feel prompted to share this part of our story, and will maybe go more in depth on it. All the additions were something we had budgeted for and kept in mind while looking for a fixer-upper. This will be our fourth home! From each of our homes we have made a substantial return on our investment. That is attributed to finding homes well within our means (way less than mortgage companies say we can afford). That way we had extra money to make changes to the home to increase the value. And selling at the right time always helps! We plan to live in this home a long time.
We had a foundation company come check our Ranch to see if the footings could handle the weight of second floor. And yay, it can! So our architect did the plans. Want to see??
Second Floor Plan-
Thought I would share the second floor plan, so you can get an idea why the second floor looks the way it does. We have two windows for each of the girls rooms (they are excited for window seats!) You will see in the exterior plan below, it looks like it could use another window in the middle (I was even thinking round) but the walk-in closets are there. I still like the look of the exterior with the second floor. Check out the 4 options we have so far!
PS- our Architect is Wheeler Design
There is a lot to love about this Ranch fixer-upper. We believe homes should reflect the area they are in. This home is really close to the mountains, we want it to still have a mountain home vibe, but also have our personal style which is an eclectic, playful look.
I wanted to show you the first renderings of the exterior with the second floor. We loved B, but we want to have two bedrooms. I still think we need to perfect the second floor idea, but you can get the different look ideas we are considering below…
Exterior Idea #1 and Inspiration-
This exterior is the one Kevin and I are leaning towards! The house already has the really cool wood on the home, we would add the same wood to the second floor and maybe sand it and do some type of wash to it. Paint the rock white, and paint the windows black.
This home from @katemarkerinteriors inspired the idea to leave the wood and maybe lighten it up.
Exterior Idea #2 and Inspiration-
This exterior idea would leave the current rock, just fill in the grout with an “over grout” technique. Then paint the wood white. Really love this too!
This home gives the feeling for idea #2! Inspiration from @MichaelAbrahamArchitecture
Exterior Idea #3 and Inspiration-
Same idea as above, just painting the wood black rather than white.
I was inspired with this home for the look above. Inspiration photo- @railicaldesign
Exterior Idea #4 and Inspiration-
Last option is painting rock and wood white. I don’t love this idea because two other homes right by our home look like they were recently painted white. I think one way to make this all white look would be to have our windows a fun color! Check out the inspiration photo below…
Inspiration Photo- @luxesource
What one is your favorite? Let me know any ideas you have!!! Love to hear!