How to Remodel a Split Foyer House

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How to Remodel a Split Foyer House
Add an enclosed porch to give great kerbside appeal. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Remodelling a raised ranch home, commonly with a foyer with two sets of stairs, will have specific remodelling issues. Many of these homes were built in the 1970s, so colours and materials may be extremely dated. One set of stairs leads to the basement area with a family room, while another short staircase will lead up to living and bedroom areas. Upgrading the house will call for improving every room in certain ways. Some changes will be relatively inexpensive, but a significant investment will be required to improve both the interior and exterior of the house.

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Things you need

  • Glass blocks
  • Skylight
  • Paint
  • Sofas
  • Area rug
  • Window treatments
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Art objects
  • Throw pillows
  • Plantation blinds
  • Carpet
  • Tile
  • Bath vanity cabinets
  • Sinks
  • Bathtubs
  • Showers
  • Exterior siding
  • Stacked stone
  • Window shutters
  • Yard landscaping
  • Post lantern light fixtures
  • Solar lights

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    Design an addition that will enhance visual appeal. Install an enclosed porch with both siding and glass to improve kerbside appeal. Expand the rectangular shape of a split-foyer house with a large bonus room on the back of the home, as another choice. Build some extra square footage to keep a typical raised ranch from seeming cramped. Add some additional living space to increase marketability.

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    Figure out ways to add light and open floor space. Install glass blocks on an exterior wall in the kitchen or bath areas. Add a skylight to the kitchen as well. Paint walls white, off-white or pale taupe. Take down a wall between the living room and kitchen, especially if the kitchen is small. Build an arched doorway between the rooms for an elegant look.

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    Design and remodel a new living space and kitchen. Make improvements that give each room a clean, open look to reverse the dated look of a 1970s house. Change furniture and window treatments in the formal living room. Purchase framed prints, art objects and throw pillows to give the living room a finished look. Paint walls off white, for example, and add new sofas and an area rug. Install new kitchen cabinets in a lighter finish. Remove the old, dark cabinets typically used in that era. Add a new stove and refrigerator.

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    Upgrade bedrooms and baths. Add white plantation blinds to bedrooms and baths. Paint walls a pale neutral colour and add new flooring. Buy new carpet for bedrooms and lay white tile flooring in the bath to reflect light. Upgrade all light fixtures in bedrooms and baths as well. Buy a new vanity cabinet and sink for each bathroom. Change all main bath fixtures to white, if coloured fixtures from the 1970s are installed.

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    Create new kerbside appeal. Replace exterior siding and add stacked stone on the front. Use a retaining wall of stacked stone near the kerbside to match. Change the colours of window shutters and house overhangs to give a newer look. Install a wide sidewalk and yard landscaping to give the whole house front a facelift. Use post lanterns and solar lights to add a polished appearance to the yard space.

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