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Transforming a Basic Ranch Into a Modern Beach Dream House

April 05, 2020

A hard-working police officer and his family are committed to a life dedicated to service, but have neglected their own home in the process. To give back, this ordinary ranch home is renovated into a modern beach resort-like retreat.

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Photo: Casey Durkin

Meet the Joseph Family

Deon Joseph, an LAPD officer who has served a 20+ year career supporting the Skid Row community, stands with his wife, Tosha, and their three sons, Jordan, Xavier and Deon Jr.. The Joseph family has fostered a life of service. They all participate in giving back to the homeless community, but aspects of their own home have been neglected over the years. A leaking roof, evidence of mold and many incomplete repairs stand in the way of them doing more with their volunteer efforts. Their 1943 home still has good bones, and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team is ready to remodel it for them, so that they can truly say that they have "the house that love built."

The transformation of their basic ranch home in Carson, California, isn't one to be missed. See for yourself how this house was redesigned inside and out to become a modern beach dream house.

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Curb Appeal, Before

The Josephs' home in Carson, California, needed maintenance inside and out. From the curb, its basic ranch design appeared dated; the home, built in 1943, featured a mix of original features and added decorative improvements. To give back to the family, the design team seized the opportunity to entirely transform it.

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Curb Appeal, After

Updates made to the exterior of the Joseph family's home render it nearly unrecognizable. The home received dark gray — nearly black — siding in place of its previous brick and stone facade. Interior changes allowed the front door to be relocated and defined with a structural gable. The new covered front porch boasts a decorative railing, and the new garage door, new driveway, sidewalk and low-maintenance landscaping modernize every aspect of this formerly basic ranch home.

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The Front Porch

Extending the roofline and adding a gable over the front door also paved the way for a covered front porch that overlooks the new landscaping in the front yard. While the backyard was also completely reinvented, the design team wanted to offer multiple outdoor areas for the family of five to relax.

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