Updating raised ranch exterior
If you haven’t already, please familiarize yourself with the history that gave rise to the split level as an important American vernacular.
It’s much like the principle of a goalie and a defender in a soccer game.
The defender goes out to meet the opposition, and minimizes the offensive player’s view of the goal.
In many cases, this could be considered the basic blueprint for landscaping the average raised ranch.
In this case, the staircase is on the exterior, and entry is at the main level.Much of this primer assumes a knowledge of the background of split levels, how they became popular, and how they work with graded terrain to create a visually pleasing appearance.This page addresses the exterior and interior issues that relate specifically to bi-levels.In the upper photo, it’s located above the garage — and the front door on a raised deck only adds to the visual confusion.Either way, you’ll have a lot of work ahead of you to bring the raised ranch into harmony with your surroundings.