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      Cool Ranch: With the right dressing, your ranch-style home will be worth some green

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      Ranch style home in NorthamptonFull disclosure: my dream has been to start a company called “Cool Ranch” that does nothing but convert old, tired ranch houses into contemporary, design-forward homes. The problem is, what I’d like to do to most houses, few people could afford, and those that can want something bigger. That said, updating your ranch to be more contemporary, design-forward home doesn’t require a complete renovation.

      Ranch homes offer a variety of benefits as a design: most have no second floor so bedrooms are on the same floor as the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room. Ranch homes tend to be 1,500 square feet or less, so they are cheaper to own in terms of heating and cooling, and maintenance.

      Ranch Style Home on Deerfield Drive, Northampton, MAGoggins Real Estate, like many of the local agencies, has some terrific ranch-style homes for sale --  this one at 135 Deerfield Drive is a perfect example. They also tend to be more inexpensive (just check GogginsRealEstate.com and you’ll find 90% of the houses at around $200K are Ranch-style homes). So they are ideal for first-time home buyers, or empty-nesters looking to downsize.

      And since they are relatively affordable housing, if you budget correctly, you could update the look of your home and turn it into the house of your dreams.


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      5 ideas for updating your Ranch:

      1. Convert the entrance from Ranch to Craftsman style

      2. Add an amazing deck

      3. Plant some colorful shrubs and trees

      4. Change up your color scheme

      5. Shed some new light on your house


      These are just a few ideas to get you started. Interested in finding a ranch to call your own? Text, email, or call me! 




      Sam Mead is a licensed agent with Goggins Real Estate