Areader named Maureen sent me photos of this 1958 ranch in Illinois and said she thought it had a “fun-retro-Brady vibe.” It’s on the market for $225,000, which seems like a pretty good deal for all this space on such a big, wooded lot, but it needs some work. It hasn’t been updated much over the years, so it’s almost like peering inside a time capsule.
That makes it interesting to look at, but it would be hard to live in as is. That’s why it’s perfect for our 5 Changes Game. If you’ve never played before, it’s simple. Take a look at this house and then tell us: If you could make 5 changes right away, what would they be?
Built-in planters line the entry hall. And check out the sunken living room around the fire:
There’s even a funky opening for the TV:
I’m thinking Austin Powers would be right at home here, Baby.
The dining room:
Check out the groovy dividing wall:
Looks like the kitchen was updated at some point, but badly. It doesn’t really fit with the style of the rest of the house:
The master bath still has the yellow sink and tub:
I think this house could be cool again with the right updates, especially if you really went for a retro-modern look instead of trying to make it something it’s not (traditional brass light fixtures, I’m looking at you!). But what do you think? (Visit the listing for more photos and information.)
What are the first 5 changes you’d make if you bought this house?