Ranch Dressing

This 1960s ranch gets a dramatic facelift that includes adding gables, hand-finished stucco, and African slate flooring.

The spaces under the gabled areas on both sides of the front door are bedrooms.

Stucco is a common finish in California, so the exterior remodel fits the neighborhood. The African slate used for both the exterior and interior front entry floor was also used for the caps on the stone wall and in the backyard.

The front door opens into a 1000 sq. ft. great room that is divided into zones. The homeowners' art piece--a Japanese screen--separates the front door from the great room. Morse Remodeling built a frame to hold the art.

The focal point of the great room is a fish tank that separates the living room and sitting area. The homeowners added this detail after the initial planning, so the team had to regroup to design the detail, including pouring a new foundation to support the weight of the structure.

To separate the adjacent rooms from the great room, the designers chose opaque sliding glass commercial doors that mimic shoji screens. The doors are from an Italian company.

The simple lines of the cherry kitchen cabinetry fits the Asian-influenced design of the house. The designers used flat, black crown molding to match the black accents used around the interior and exterior doors and baseboards. 

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