1957 Ranch in the Raw

Boy do I have a house tour for you. We moved in a couple weeks ago and as I was taking photos I realized just how much there is to do here. This house needs so much work. But its proximity to family, convenience, a killer backyard and classic mid-century style won us over. At least I will have some dramatic before and after photos!

We spent an evening a few nights ago meeting our neighbors, and right next door to us is a couple who have lived in their house since the 1960s and told us the background of the neighborhood. Apparently the land used to be wine country. Farmers nearby used some pesticides and whole grape crops were wiped out and the land was then scheduled for development. Our house was the first to be built in 1957 by the owner of Sue Bee Honey. There used to be beehives and all sorts of fruit trees on the land.

House back yard

Can you believe this is our back yard?

There’s still so much vintage charm throughout the house but you’ll see the state some finishes are in. Use your before and after imagination. Let’s start with the exterior.

House Exterior


This house is an all brick exterior with almost all original windows. That’s good and bad since we can hear everything outside and they’re not very efficient. But the wood matches everything else in the house.

House Exterior 2

You know I’ll be painting that door something fun down the road. Priorities.

House EntrywayThe entryway is huge with more than enough room for vintage coats.


Living RoomAnd you’ve all seen the living room.

Dining Room

And dining room.

Master BedroomThis is our master bedroom. Yes I’m definitely making a to-do list and shuddering as I see these pictures. Currently we’re living with all that going on.

Master BathSo someone asked if we had pink bathrooms. Yes! The pink fixtures will obviously stay. Here’s the weird part though: two of our bathrooms used to be connected by shower doors, but at some point one of those got closed in to make two separate bathrooms. If we have friends over they’ll have to go through our bedroom or downstairs to use the shower! So we’re thinking of changing it back to the original layout. We’ll see.Master Bath Shower

There’s the infamous dividing wall which is in some sad shape anyway.

Bathroom FaucetAll of our bathroom faucets are original. Here’s this amazing faucet that still works like new.

Guest BathThis is the second bathroom that used to be joined. It’s so small and I think a shower door will make it seem a little larger.


Currently this is the nursery. I can’t wait to get started in here.

KitchenAnd then something happened in the kitchen. All the built-ins, the doorways, trim are all some sort of lighter wood. Maybe a birch? Not sure. But in 1998 this kitchen got refaced. To golden oak. Don’t get me wrong, golden oak worked in our last kitchen but in this house it seems blasphemous. We’re going to try to un-face the cabinets at some point. That’s further down the line. The dishwasher had a leak in it and spilled water all over the floor so we had to tear that up and start replacing it. That’s the first project on the list.

Eat in kitchenThe eat-in kitchen has the same problem. Yikes.

Mud RoomAnd while we’re at it, we’re taking up and replacing the carpet in the mudroom too.

Mudroom Built InsBut check out those built-ins on the other side of the mudroom. They will look awesome once a new floor goes in and the snow geese wallpaper goes out.

Guest BedroomIn the basement are two more bedrooms. This is currently our guest room. You can see where holes had to be drilled in the ceiling to prevent mold from the dishwasher leak. Sorry guests!

OfficeAnd now my husband gets to work from home and this will soon be his amazing office.

Basement BathAnd our last bath is not pink but blue! Not too much needs to change in here, but you’ll notice the refacing happened to all the bathroom cabinets as well. We’ll see what happens.

Bomb ShelterLast but not least, since this house was built during the Cold War we have a bona fide bomb shelter. Those rolls of paper up on the shelf? Those are the architectural blueprints to the house that have encountered some water damage throughout the years, but we’ll be taking a look at them soon.

And there you have it. We probably won’t be getting things done as fast as we did in the last house, but I’m looking forward to some changes. I know this house will look great…eventually! What’s your favorite part of the house?

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  1. Tina
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I like the blue bathroom! I wouldn’t change that room at all. The low windows are perfect for little eyes to look out of and the yard will be awesome for playing. It will be fun to see the changes you make to the kitchen.

    • Angela
      Posted October 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Tina! I won’t change it too much except probably a new shower curtain and doing something with those blasted golden oak cabinet doors 🙂

  2. cindy
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    i love all the bathrooms!

    • Angela
      Posted October 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Cindy! They are even cuter in person. And I think almost every wall in the closets and built-ins were painted that same pink color at one time! I may have to revive that.

  3. Susie
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m the one who was curious to know if you had a pink bathroom :)! Oh wow, so you have 3 cute bathrooms. How great! Can’t wait to see the house when your finished sprucing it up.

    • Angela
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes that’s right 🙂 Thanks so much for your comments!

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