Ranch House Resources:
Ideas & Discussion
About the Ranch Style Books
for DIY Help Broadcast
& Podcast Magazines
- Blogs - Blogs
are personal and can sometimes ramble, but watch out: you may find yourself
sucked in, waiting with bated breath to see what happens next in the saga
of the bathroom remodel or the landscaping debacle or the spat over the
kitchen fixutres because, face it, if you're a homeowner, you can relate.
You've been there. You can search many of these blogs by subject, by date,
or even by room. We love them for the ideas, the beautiful photos, the
inspiriation, and the company. We're not alone out here in Ranch Land!
Surf with confidence: we love these sites!
- 1951 Ranch Redo - http://ranchredo.com/
A glassblower and self-described "full time information geek"
are fully in the throes of, as the title says, a remodel of a 1951 Ranch
Style home in Corvallis, Oregon. They're doing a lot of the (arduous)
work themselves, and doing it beautifully, if we may say so. Must see
photos of exterior and interior work, some of it still in progress.
- Eco-Ranch in the Midwest - http://ecoranch.blogspot.com/
"One ordinary family's quest to 'green' their 1950s ranch house
in a part of the country where green technology and green products aren't
easy to come by." Whether or not you're actively considering green
options for your next project, you'll enjoy this informative and entertaining
site, especially if, like this blogger, you're the owner of an older
ranch style house.
- Home Improvement Ideas blog - http://www.luxuryhousingtrends.com/
The daily entries in this useful blog feature illustrated new product
ideas coming out of the home improvement arena. The blog features an
extensive array of categories, a handy search tool, and home improvement
articles. You can also sign up for their RSS feed.
- Homeowner's Blog - "Home improvement with an eye toward sustainability"
- This blogger in the Catskills is tackling renovations and improvements
on a 1965 "run down ranch house,"with, as the tag line says,
eye toward sustainability. The blog is wide and deep, with daily entries
and an extensive index on subjects ranging from the practical to the
philosophical, and all worth a read. We're hooked.
- Houseblogs.net - http://www.houseblogs.net/
The mother of all houseblogging sites. A massive community of housebloggers
congregate here. It's like a giant show and tell, only searchable by
house style, by subject or by blog. Find answers to your personal remodeling
questions on the discussion board, peruse tons of interesting stories
and photos, and even show off your own work.
- Meanwhile Back at the Ranch! - http://www.midcenturystyle.net/wordpress/
We recommend Mary Frances-Main's lively houseblog about her 1950s brick
ranch in Denver, CO, as a refreshing resource for anybody planning or
already in the throes of a renovation or restoration of their own 1950s
or 1960s ranch style house.
- Not Just Another Campi: My Life in a 1950's
Slab Ranch - http://notjustanothercampi.blogspot.com/
Follow the owner of a Campanelli Brothers ranch in eastern Massachusetts
(see Roots of the Ranch
for more on those) as she DIYs her way through interesting discoveries
and major renovations.
- Books - We have so many books, now,
they have their own pages. Go
- Broadcast & Podcast
- The Money Pit Radio Show - A nationally
syndicated call-in radio show hosted by Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete,
who help listeners with their home repair and improvement problems.
Find them on a local station or download podcasts of the show at http://www.moneypit.com/listen/
If you don't want to call in your question, use their write in form:
Their site also has a Tips & Ideas Section, and a place to sign
up for their newsletter and RSS feeds.
- Remodeling Podcast Collection at Mefeedia
- A collection of downloadable remodeling podcasts, including those
from The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show, and Renovation 101:
Home Remodeling Tips at http://mefeedia.com/tags/remodeling/?page=1
- DVDs & Videos -
- Updating a Ranch Kitchen from Hometime Video. 68 Minutes
(2001). In this 3-part series, Hometime hosts Dean and Robin remodel
the kitchen of a 1950s ranch style house. See hands-on demolition,
plaster repair, new cabinet and countertop installation, recessed
lighting, and more. http://www2.hometime.com/
- Magazines - We have so many magazines,
now, they have their own page. Go
- Websites -
- Blindsgalore.com ~ We like this site's useful planning tools
for window treatments: a photo gallery so you can visualize the styles
they offer in a real setting; product overviews so you can quickly assess
temperature control, light control, and privacy; and a window treatment
- BuildDirect.com ~ In addition
to their competitively priced products (including "green"
products) for building and remodeling, this site features the BuildDirect
University with easy-to-follow "courses" for DIYers,
and the "Room Designer," where you can match flooring types
and furniture colors to find thebest match before you buy.
- Electrical Hazards Information
at the State
Farm Learning Center website: We like this site because it gives
clear, useful information, puts your safety first, and contains no hidden
(or overt) product or service pitches. This is the site that our electrical
advisor recommends to his clients.
- Kitchen Design Tools at HGTV.com
Steps to a New Kitchen If you're thinking about a kitchen remodel
and aren't sure where to start, HGTV's online video clips and articles
can help jump-start your thinking process; their 3-D interactive kitchen
design tool called the Online
Designer (works only with Internet Explorer) can help you visualize
your design ideas; and, their Remodeling
Budget Estimator can help you begin to estimate what your project
- Modular Ranch House Design ~ We
found this modular design, called the "[b]ranch house," said
to be inspired by mid-century ranch style architects such as Cliff May
and Eichler. The company is Moderinst Modular Homes at modernistmodularhomes.com
View a 20-second, 360-degree animation of the concept on You Tube at
- Old House Journal Online: Talk Section - Old
Houses: Post World War II.
forum1/index3.pl The Journal's Talk pages are divided
by historic period into separate forums. "Ranch houses, split-levels,
and other styles that blossomed at the mid-point of the 20th century
are now historic in their own right. Share thoughts about newer houses
from one of the most industrious periods in American history."
- Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Homeowner's Guide. If you're planning
a new construction or remodeling project, you may consider using this
engineered wood product instead of plywood and/or instead of dimensional
lumber for floor joists. The Structural Board Association has a complete
guide to OSB for homeowners at http://www.osbguide.com/homeowners.html
The site also has an excellent FAQ section.
- Renovation 101 - This site focuses
on "assisting homeowners who are hiring general or subcontractors
to do the work for them." A lot of practical information at http://www.renovation101.com/index.htm
(See also: Broadcasts & Podcasts, above).
- Your local historical society
- It isn't always about the ancient houses. Time changes perspectives
and people are starting to wake up to the historic value of the much poo-poohed
Ranch Style. You might find like-minded homeowners working on Ranch House
projects of their own.
- We'll be right back with more!
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