Making a Better Ranch
An exterior remodel and some thoughtful landscaping give a 1960s dinosaur new life.
Synopsis: Ranch houses are ubiquitous, but they don’t have to be ugly, especially if they sit on a mountain site. Architect Tina Govan took a 1960s ranch that was covered in white vinyl and brick, and using cedar shingles and flagstone, she transformed it into a house that feels as if it belongs in its setting. Govan also designed arbors, outdoor spaces, and a screened porch that make a stronger connection between the house and its surroundings.
When they first saw the house, the Brights thought it was the ugliest place on Lookout Mountain. A two-story ranch built in the 1960s, it was clad in white vinyl and brick. But when George walked out to the edge of the bluff and took in the view, he changed his mind. They bought the house immediately.
Over the next few years, they concentrated on renovating the interior, but they weren’t sure…