Remodeling a ranch house can involve creating open floor plans with loft ceilings, adding extra rooms horizontally or vertically, or making cosmetic changes to update an older home. As Mosby Building Arts points out, ranch houses are very adaptable to most lifestyles and are increasingly considered historic.
Because ranch homes were intended for an informal lifestyle, they take well to having non-load-bearing walls removed. Breaking down walls between kitchens and dining rooms to create large open floor plans is generally simple with a ranch house, and attic space can be opened up to create loft ceilings.
If a ranch house is on a small lot, removing the roof and adding a second floor is one of the best remodeling choices. Existing floor space must be remodeled to permit a stairwell but a great amount of square footage can be added with this strategy, and drastic changes can be made to the house's style if desired. It is less expensive to add square footage by adding rooms on the first floor, if possible; care must be taken to match the roof lines of the original house.
A key cosmetic change that can revitalize an older ranch house is replacement of the windows. Pulling out small windows and replacing them with vertical windows creates a modern look and lets light into the house. Adding French doors and enclosing porches are other small changes that can create a completely different feel.