The large amounts of glass and bright chartreuse color add contemporary contrast and dimension to the ranch home.Inside, the new design opened up all of the main rooms into a suite of distinct yet interconnected spaces."The outside of our house is just not pretty," declares Marco Leal, who has lived in this Idaho ranch with his partner, Eric Wride, for about a year, focusing on interior upgrades.

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Over the last decade we’ve spent quite a bit of time and energy remodeling mid-century modern homes (MCMs).

We admire the original design of these homes and it’s always satisfying to breathe new life into them -allowing them to be useful, inspiring homes for another 50 or 60 years.

Removing paneling requires some work, but this is the basic process: An efficient way to counter the effect of a low ceiling is to add skylights.

You can choose from a variety of different designs, including flat window-style skylights, tubes that extend through the attic insulation, and domed lights.

With their single-story construction and efficient use of space, there's a lot to love about ranch houses.

However, one look at the popcorn ceilings and 70s-era paneling will tell you that there's also plenty to improve.

Combined with the low ceilings typical of this style, the dark walls can result in a cave-like atmosphere.

This inexpensive renovation can add instant airiness to your home.

The ranch-style home originally was designed to be both affordable and fitting of the minimalist needs of Depression-era families.