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New Life for Neglected Rancher

This 1960s rancher has a neglected look, until cottage updates gave it a modern feel.

Randi Patten is a single mom with a huge desire to update the front of her '60s home. The ranch is feeling neglected. Cool cottage updates with a modern twist will take the home from forgotten to unforgettable. From the colorless landscape to the not-so-exciting house color, this is one love-hate relationship on the rocks. Designer Nancy Freed and landscape designer Jane Mercer have two decades worth of ideas for this house.

Here's what they do:

  • concrete patio
  • trellis
  • columns
  • concrete pathway
  • trim on garage door
  • shutters
  • gray paint
  • white flowers


    • Siding from James Hardie Siding Products
      Limestone from Ceramic Tile Design
      Entry door from Vortex Industries
      Light fixtures from Contractors Choice Lighting Inc.
      Mailboxes from
      House numbers/doorbells
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