Ranch House Reimagined

For this Westwood home, Alterstudio architects Ernesto Cragnolino and Kevin Alter wanted to riff on a traditional ranch home. “We are asked to remodel ranch homes a lot,” explains Cragnolino, who was the lead on this project, “and they have the same kind of classic problems — endless corridors and rooms with little access to light.” But they are also beautiful homes, he says, with an elegant simplicity to them. This project was a way to recreate that simplicity but in a refined way, through bringing volume and light into the house in unexpected ways.


Architects Crangnolino and Alter accentuated qualities like the low-slung roof and overhangs to add unusual characteristics to the house. At first glance, the building may seem like just another one of the classic 1960s ranch homes typical of the neighborhood, but on closer look it’s clear there’s much more to it.


1. In the dining room, exterior masonry connects the inside to the outside, drawing the view out. 2. In the living room, the client wanted a wet bar that could be hidden. Alterstudio made this a reality with a white barn door slider.


The family room, which features floor to ceiling glass sliders and uses the same stone as the pool deck, feels contiguous with the exterior. “The spirit of this room is almost like a porch,” explains Cragnolino.


1. In the master bathroom, tall windows bring in various different light sources, making the space feel both intimate and expansive. 2. The brick wall that extends outside of the master bedroom helps bring the outside in, while also creating a sense of privacy.


The kitchen was designed to be the control center of the house. The designers specifically kept the kitchen “tucked away” from the more formal rooms in order to create a casual, relaxing atmosphere.

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Photography by Casey Dunn


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