farmhousestyle ranch expansion home renovation blog post

Before & After: Farmhouse Style Ranch Expansion

PROJECT GOALS:   This home started off with some great features that you don’t typically see in a 1950’s ranch, such as lots of windows letting in natural light and high ceilings throughout.  Unfortunately, the poorly laid out kitchen and fact that there was only one bathroom to speak of was making it a tight squeeze for the family of 4 that lives here!


Location:  Burlington, MA

Type of home:  Single Family Ranch

Year Built:  1957

Square footage BEFORE:  966 Square Feet (Before The Addition)

Square footage AFTER:  1,326 square feet (After The Addition)

The closed off kitchen was laid out so poorly that the only place to fit the refrigerator was out in the back hallway.  There was minimal counter space and no room for a table or any other seating.

There was a doorway to the back hallway where the refrigerator was kept, a doorway to the dining room, and a doorway to the living room.  SO MANY DOORWAYS!

Cramming everything onto one wall meant very little counter space

I loved the bank of windows on the back wall so that was something that we definitely wanted to incorporate in the new design.  We also wanted to get all of the appliances back in the kitchen, create space for seating, and add more counter space… all without breaking the bank!

The first thing we did was take down all of the walls around the kitchen to open it up.  We then relocated the entrance to the back hallway so that we could add cabinetry under those beautiful windows, and created a layout that made the space more functional for the family.

With keeping one wall dedicated to windows we decided to forgo upper cabinets, but created a pantry for extra storage in the back hallway where the fridge used to be.

The back wall provided a natural spot for the sink to overlook the yard and relocating that hallway door gave us enough room for more cabinetry.

Even lighting was a challenge in this kitchen!  With limited options we decided to go with lantern sconces on the back wall above each window and task lighting under the open shelves.

On the stove wall we added some warmth with reclaimed open shelving.  The subway tile backsplash brings the classic look home!

The microwave is tucked away in the island so it’s out of sight, but still in reach
Having the kitchen open the living area makes it a great space to gather

This project also included adding on a much needed master  bedroom with a walk in closet and en suite bathroom.  The extra bedroom allowed them to re-purpose one of the old bedrooms as a home office and gave them that much needed extra bath!

The new master suite features a vaulted ceiling and walk in closet
Finally!  Mom & Dad get their own bathroom!  🙂

Want to see a video walk through Before and After of this project?  Check it out BELOW!👇

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