A Pink Brick Ranch Turns White & Modern


Looking back at the date of my last post I can't believe it's already been since last September. Crazy! Well I've not been idle that's for sure. Let me share about what has taken an extreme amount of my time this past fall, winter, spring, and summer. Here are the highlights. A 1950s ranch with brick that has faded to a pepto bismol pink. Inside it included pink marble windowsills, a 4ft pink bathtub, pink toilet, pink sink (and not the retro kind) along with wall to wall carpet and an inefficient layout. It was a rental house of my dad's. I have never wanted to remodel. My dream was to find a couple acres in the country to buy some land and ship a small (not necessarily tiny) house to perch onto a rolling hill overlooking the many beautiful farms and fields in my area. However, a couple acres with a view like that has proven elusive. Seems people are either willing to sell 100 acres or nothing. So as I wait for that dream, I propelled forward into this remodel. My goals being to learn a ton, practice skills I've never had a chance to practice, meet people and build those relationships, and learn a ton. Oh wait, I think I said that already. So, that might tip you off that even though I was frugal and saving was important, it wasn't my main focus. Here's the highlights of my project and as time goes on I hope to write a post for each of the big parts of these highlight. For now though, here are the before and after pictures.

There must've been carpet on this porch at one time. That grey stuff on the ground is old carpet glue.


The banjo top with pink drop in sink

The O-shaped inefficient kitchen layout that I think would make me dizzy.

The before! A 2 bedroom, 2 bath (both super duper small) pink brick  super short ranch


What happened to the house:

  • I painted the brick white using an airless spayer along with painting it by hand afterwards. I'll write more about this later.
  • Ripped out all the overgrown yew bushes around the house.
  • We added an exterior wall to enclose a portion of patio. There was a 3 car garage. So adding this wall allowed us to make the layout of the house much more efficient and built a master suite into the first bay garage.
  • Outlets were made to be all the same level instead of cut into the trim in random places.
  • All the carpet was removed, the concrete subfloor was releveled, and new Flooret flooring was installed.
  • Added a couple doors for efficient use of space and a window
  • Changed to metal roof and updated all the insulation
  • Used old formica countertops, recut to proper size, and did an epoxy finish
  • Used wall mounted ikea godmorgan vanities
  • Updated an Ikea Pax door for the office room
  • Incorporated a reading loft in the new design
  • Redesigned a master bathroom that has a freestanding tub inside the shower for a wet room effect. The glass wall over the curb isn't quite done right now.
  • New gutters/soffit and updated the siding in the back
  • All fresh landscaping
  • We reused the boards from the patio was took out (where we enclosed the space mentioned earlier) and reinstalled the same patio outside the master bedroom.
  • Added a black modern pergola in the front for curb appeal
  • And changed the white lamppost to a fountain, because incorporating moving water somewhere makes everything more awesome!
  • The flooring below the pergola became composite from ikea
  • And still coming is a dry creek bed I will be putting in around the house, this will help funnel the rain water into a drain basin and will be tiled into the downspouts. It will have local limestone on the edges and be filled with mexican beach pebbles.