Behind the Design: La Rancharita

One of the first steps I take when approaching the design for a house flip, such as La Rancharita, is the house itself. I try to visualize who will live there: a young professional, a family, college students?
Does the location support current design trends or is it more traditional?
How can I make it look unique? How will it stand out?
Then I turn to the trusted *Pinterest* and start pinning. I create a board with the name of the project and begin to brainstorm and visualize how different selections may look together. (Stick around to see the Pinterest Inspiration Board near the end of this post.)
La Rancharita will most likely be a rental and due to it’s location, I see young professionals living in this space. Additionally, the budget for this project is T-I-G-H-T, so low cost, durable materials will be used. We will incorporate some DIY projects and repurposed materials to achieve our goals.

Be Inspired

Here is the Inspiration Picture for the front elevation.

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LaRancharita’s Front Elevation “Before”
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How La Rancharita Looks Now

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What we did:

  • Changed roof lines
  • Added front porch
  • Bricked up front windows
  • Moved entrance to the center of the house

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La Rancharita: Design Elements

Now that you’ve seen the outside, let’s take a look at the plan inside. I am entertaining the idea of incorporating concrete elements to the design, such as this light by Tudo & Co.:
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Mixed with wood, like this idea:
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Found here, a etsy shop.
And last but not least, an idea for the master ensuite at larancharita: loving this image from Vintage Industrial Style.
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Currently, the interior of this flip looks something like:
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This is the view from the living room looking into the main open space. The kitchen will be on the right hand side, the hallway entrance and entry wall are on the left.

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Above shows a new entry, moved from the far left (now there is a picture window), closer to the center of the house (shown on the right – the large piece of plywood).

These pictures do look a bit rough to the average person, but rest assured, we are well on our way to seeing the pretty stuff. Thus far, La Rancharita has passed all rough in, electrical, framing, plumbing, and insulation inspections!!
.…. But picture this:

  • A distressed wood around that center beam
  • The vent hood extending to the top of the vaulted ceiling in the kitchen
  • Floating shelves on either side of the hood
  • Stained hardwood floors
  • Versatile Open Concept Main Living Space

Inspiration board for LaRancharita

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I want to know what you think! Is there anything you would add? Perhaps a feature wall at the entry?
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Take A Walk Through La Rancharita

Coming soon …