The homeowners of this 1970’s suburban ranch home had modernized their home’s interior to a more minimal, modern style and wanted to apply the aesthetic to the home’s facade. Their goal was to completely transform the exterior, upgrading its blah, pseudo-Spanish ranch style to a bold modern aesthetic. The main objectives were to abandon the arches at the front porch, create a clearly defined entryway with a strong sense of architecture, and give the home more curb appeal with new garage doors and a mix of modern materials such as aluminum, glass and flush-profile siding. Re-surfacing the brick fireplace chimney at the rear of the home presented a unique challenge. Both the client and contractor wanted to avoid the expense of re-building the fireplace and the potential interior challenges that option presented. Instead, the designer and engineer proposed adding metal framing to the existing fireplace structure to create additional support for the stacked stone the would wrap the chimney. This cost-effective solution eliminated any work to the home’s interior and involved minimal modifications to the roof.