Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2-Story House

small ranch before two story remodel Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

This 2 bedroom, 1-bath post-war ranch in South Portland, Maine, was cute enough to begin with–on the outside, at least. But it was kind of a mess on the inside. A reader named Laurel says they saw its potential, though. They fixed it up and added more space with a whole new second story. Here’s how the house looks now:

two story Colonial after remodel Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

To give you an idea of what they were dealing with when they bought the place, here’s how the dining area used to look:

dining room area before remodel Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

And here’s how it looks now:

dining room area before remodel 2 Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

They knocked down some walls, which gives the rooms more light and breathing space.

living room before Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

The living room now has a new mantel and hardwood floors. They were able to salvage the built-in bookshelves surrounding the window:

living room after Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

The kitchen went through some of the most dramatic changes in the house. She says, “The starting point was an awkward space with limited cabinet space, a basement stairwell that tied up a large corner of the room, and a 70′s color scheme.”

kitchen before remodel Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

The transformation took 5 months, she says, “But it was worth it.”

kitchen after remodel 2 Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

new kitchen sink Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

They added circa-1800 beams to the ceilings “to give the 1947 house a sense of history that it didn’t previously have. It also provided a great transition to the taller ceiling that we created when the new engineered joist system was installed on the 2nd floor.”

new kitchen island Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

Another “before” shot of the kitchen, looking into the adjoining room, which used to be divided by a half wall:

kitchen before remodel 2 Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

And now, with the half-wall gone:

kitchen after remodel 1 Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

They envisioned this dark paneled room as a space for sewing and crafts:

craft room before Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

It looks like a much more pleasant room to work in now:

new craft sewing room Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

The house now has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a little over 2,000 square feet. They listed it for $ 399,000.

Front Bedroom Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

Laurel says, “We’re pretty thrilled with the results and the buyers are, too. We had multiple offers from the Open House the first day it was on the market.”

bathroom after remodel Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

Visit her blog SoPo Cottage for more photos and information about the remodel–and to see what their next project is going to be. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

new master bedroom Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

P.S. Laurel tells how she sells her fixers here: “How Facebook Helped Me Sell My House.”

This was another one of Laurel’s dramatic makeovers:

Blah Brown House Before Before & After: Turning a Small Ranch Into a 2 Story House

See how it looks now!

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