We all love a good transformation story. Enter, this 1949 Wyoming ranch. Local renovation company Urban Modern, which transforms about 20 Cincinnati-area homes a year, spent 15 months rehabbing the property. “When we purchased the home, the garage had been converted into a living space, and the original driveway was filled with landscaping,” says Aaron Larkins, founder of Urban Modern. Plus, the stairs to the lower level were unusable, the main hallway was too narrow, and the house felt disjointed, he says. “Our team collaborated with Rod Sidley Architects to develop an open concept that created a true master suite, open kitchen, office, custom laundry room, and more.”
The four-bedroom, three-bath home sits on close to an acre of land, and its muted blue and gray exterior features a mix of stone and vinyl siding. “This home is essentially brand new; [it] was taken down to the studs so we could modify the floor plan,” Larkins says. “We wanted a modern-looking ranch that [would last and] used natural materials like stone.”
Some of the floor plan modifications included widening the hallway, relocating the dining and kitchen spaces, adding a half-bathroom on the first floor, converting a porch into an office, and installing new doors and windows. The team also replaced all the plumbing, electric, and roof; repaired the driveway; installed a new garage door; and added a back patio.
Inside, the living room, kitchen, office, and dining space are visible from the front door, thanks to the home’s open floor plan. The living room features a stone fireplace and a staircase that descends to a finished, carpeted basement, which could serve as a family room, home theater, or game room. Adjacent to the living room, the gourmet kitchen is complete with granite countertops, custom Amish shaker cabinets, subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Plus, decorative pendant lights illuminate the eat-in bar, and wood floors are featured throughout the first floor.
The kitchen flows into a spacious dining area, which separates the entertaining spaces from the bedrooms, including the master suite. We love the master bedroom for its large windows that peek into the backyard and surrounding woods. We’re also fans of the en-suite master bath’s double vanity and walk-in shower.
Outside, find an attached two-car garage and a detached three-car garage. Don’t have five cars? Use it as storage space or repurpose it into a home gym, workshop, or art studio. Regardless, this “brand new home” is a total gem. “It’s rare in Wyoming to find new construction,” Larkins says. “It’s even more difficult to find a balanced home that appeals to empty nesters and young families alike.”