Exterior Makeover: Brick Ranch to Modern Farmhouse

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I have something a little different to share with you today that I think you will enjoy.

I usually post about my house, but for a change I want to show you the exterior makeover of the home of Debbie and Martin who are good friends of Ed and mine.

When we lived in PA, they were our neighbors for 22 years. They moved from our previous neighborhood to this house a few years before we moved to live on Lake Murray in South Carolina.


They are the same age as us and when they became empty nesters that no longer needed a big house, they decided to search for a smaller house with land in a more rural part of the local area.

After months of searching, they found a red brick ranch home on 7 acres that was just what they wanted.

Before & After Makeover of a Brick Ranch House


They didn’t stop with just changing the exterior of the house. They also added to the yard that was wide open and empty to create a small farm complete with a barn and additional driveway to…


…a chicken house, a large flower and vegetable garden, along with a few farm animals.


I know you are going to enjoy seeing how they transformed the exterior to fit their dream lifestyle and vision.

BEFORE: Front of House


Here is what the house looked like before getting transformed. Red brick in great condition, but just not the look they wanted.

Their plan was to transform the house so it would have a modern farmhouse appeal.

House front exterior after makeover

And that is just what they did.

Front exterior fo Ranch house after makeover.

They painted all the brick white, added metal roof and overhangs, vertical board cladding, new doors and light fixtures.

Back of ranch house after makeover. Painted white, pergola added and slate walkway.

BEFORE: Side of House

Before-side-of-brick ranch house

Here you can see the side of the house before the makeover.

AFTER: Side of House

AFTER-makeover of side-of-house

It is amazing what paint and exterior accents, along with a vision for change can do.

The white paint color is: Sherwin Williams – Snowbound.

BEFORE: Back of House


Here is the back view of the brick 1970’s home that they transformed over a few years into their dream home. Red/orange brick, red roof and rust/red shutters.

Back of brick ranch before getting a major update

There was a concrete patio and porch on the back of the house along with overgrown shrubs.

AFTER: Back of House


Debbie and Martin not only had the house painted white and shutters black, but they added a metal roof and pergola. Had the walkway paved with stone and created a white picket fenced-in raised bed garden complete with flowers for cutting, herbs and veggies.


Gardening is one of Debbie’s passions. Her green thumb abilities are on display at every turn as there are colorful flowers everywhere.

firepit in large yard with sweeping view

One of the best features of the back of the house is the expansive view.

During Updates

After buying the house, they had the interior gutted and redone before move-in. The exterior of the house was transformed over the next few years.


Replacing the shingle roof with a metal roof. The metal roof is from Drexel Metal Roofing Systems in the color Pre-weathered Galvalume.

Drexel Metal Roofing system color Pre-weathered Galvaluma. The color looks different depending on the amount of sunlight or shade.

Here is a chip of the metal roof. The color does look different depending on the amount of light. On bright sunny day it looks more silver and on a grey day – a darker grey.


Debbie wanted all the shrubs around the house removed so she could…


…design the landscaping herself and hired out the muscle to implement her design.

front-of-house-AFTER with new metal roof

You can see the addition of the metal roof in this photo and the lush landscaping after taking root.


It looks pretty no matter what season it is.

Front walkway made of slate in front of white farmhouse

The Addition of a Barn and Chicken House


Soon after moving in, they designed a barn and chicken house and had both built to the side of the backyard so they would not block the view.


Painted “classic barn red” with a vintage truck and tractor out front give the property the feeling that the property was always a farm with a barn, instead of just a brick ranch house sitting alone on 7 acres.


This is the view from the back of the house over looking the garden before the pickets…


…were painted white.


They grow flowers for clipping and veggies for both themselves and their animals.


As I said above, the transformation of the exterior of this house wasn’t done all at once, but over a few years. They knew what they wanted and took their time to implement it to get it just right.

I think they succeeded.


They even gave their small farm a name… Whistle Pig Farm.

I hoped you enjoyed the tour.

Red brick Ranch house Before and after makeover to a modern farmhouse

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  1. Wow, that is quite a transformation. Everything looks like it’s always been that way. I love how Debbie has landscaped the property. Something beautiful to see no matter which way you look. Thanks so much for this interesting and inspiring tour.

    1. Hi Lynn – I see that you read the post early this morning. Since I posted the post, I found a before shot of the front of the house that lets you see just how much they changed.

  2. Thanks for sharing. You are right, that is a gorgeous renovation and beautiful property! I love that flowers grow so beautifully up North. Florida is great but from June-September, it is too hot to keep many/most colorful flowers alive.

    1. Hi Paige – Up north flowers do grow better than in Florida, but a green thumb and passion are needed. I never had the success with creating and sustaining lush flower gardens as Debbie does. It is a talent for sure.