Tract Home Update
See this typical tract home be transformed into a charming contemporary home that stands out on this street.
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A '50s tract home looks too much like the other houses in the neighborhood. By altering the gabled section of the roof and adding a smooth stucco surface to the exterior, "grandma’s" house transforms into a contemporary charmer.
Homeowners Leslie and Barry Friedman feel like their home looks just like every other house in the neighborhood, like an old Swiss cottage.
Designer Ludwig Tausche steps in and gives the facade a modern look with new landscaping, warm paint, and an inviting walkway that leads to a chic outdoor art gallery. Here's how they accomplish it:
- nix swooping eave, leaving a shorter gabled roof to accent window
- remove cottage style window shutters and replace with simple trim
- extend walkway to street using a simple design of poured concrete
- remove wood paneling and bricks from exterior and replace with smooth stucco surface
- fill garden beds with soft new landscape and replace lawn with fresh sod
- paint the exterior light tan and apply a dark brown base at the bottom
- stain the driveway and front walkway dark brown to match the color scheme of the facade
- create an outdoor art gallery in the entryway by adding a pink marble sculpture and an abstract painting mounted on the opposite wall
- final touches include a new garage door, custom made welcome mat, elliptical lighting and new house numbers
Modern and contemporary homes include Art Deco period and ranch-style homes.
Host Kenneth Brown creates a hip, contemporary space for entertaining and relaxing.(8 photos)
Designer Anthony Wilder's plan calls for drama including the addition of gas lamps and a new cobblestone driveway.