Let’s help Jordan add curb appeal to her 1955 Houston suburban ranch home

houston suburban ranch houseReaders, put on your thinking caps and ready your fingers for your keyboards: Today we’re looking for reader suggestions to help Jordan add curb appeal to her 1955 suburban ranch home in Houston, Texas. Jordan writes:

I love your website and have combed through almost every article! I’m having a problem with our 1955 built ranch house. We live in a small neighborhood in Houston, TX and most of the houses were built in the 50’s and 60’s with a few odd new builds in the mix. My husband and I love the house and really want to be here for quite a long time, but I just can’t stand the exterior of our house. I bought the house because the floor plan was great, the price was good and a fair amount of updates had already been done… but I knew I didn’t like the exterior.

She continues:

My main bone of contention are the glass blocks in the front of the house. They are there to cover up a old wood burning stove (fireplace) but they are so ugly… also, the bay window on the left is in the dining room and that looks a little off to me as well. We are planning to re-pave the driveway and walk way this upcoming spring and want to tackle the rest of the exterior at the same time.

I have racked my brain and don’t have any good ideas yet… if you have some suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them… thanks for your help!!


Jordan – your house looks lovely, but I have to agree with you, those floor-to-ceiling windows all along the front of the house are new to me. Yes, readers, look closely — those are floor-to-ceiling window / nooks to the right and left of the fireplace, which has the floor-to-ceiling glass block behind it. And in the dining room, that’s a bumped out bay with floor-to-ceiling glass. Someone sure wanted to add light!

What do you think, readers? Let’s assume Jordan says we can get rid of the wood-burning fireplace. I’ll let you run with this one, and my pipe in at some point after noodling the question myself….

  1. Amy Ortega says:

    To do this right you’ll need to spend some money to undo previous renovations. First restore the front porch. Use big window(s) in the new LR wall. Get that pipe off your roof and patch the shingles. Replace the dining room window getting the new one tucked back under the eves. Again use mid century style windows. You might want to consider a narrow rectangular window near the ceiling that mimics the windows on the right side of the house (if those are high narrow windows on the right). That may make your dining room too dark if it doesn’t have a window on the other outside wall.
    Get ride of that walkway. It would look very nice with varying sizes of rectangular concrete pavers set about 3 inches apart to allow grass to grow between the pavers. Set them in a generous pattern that make a left 90° angle to the driveway.
    Dig out the hedge on the right and put in a deep bed to balance the house. MCM houses used a lot of bushes. See what your choices are in your area. Balance evergreen with varieties if deciduous bushes that provide leaf/flowering color. Don’t get bushes that grow 15 – 20 feet tall.
    Personally I’d lose the palm and go with a more delicate little tree. Anchor the front yard with a larger tree to the right of, and in the middle of, the front yard if it doesn’t have one already.
    Your house has some great bones and you could have a great time researching mid century landscaping and curb appeal. Spend the time to know how to restore your pretty home and you’ll love where you go with it. Good luck and best wishes!

  2. Anna Fitzgerald says:

    If someone needs help with a mid century Exterior renovation who could I contact? How fast could I expect a reply? The architect I hired did not stay tru to the era nor did the landscaper. Help! Time is of
    the essence. Painter is due to arrive!

  3. pam kueber says:

    Hi Anna, on questions like this you need to find the particular professionals you are looking for to help. This blog is informational.

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