The ranch house rides again—this time with a dash of old world character
The ranch house is as quintessentially Californian as Yosemite and artichokes. So when Eric Olsen, an architect who grew up surrounded by the iconic style in Newport Beach, saw a textbook ranch house in Corona del Mar, he fell fast for its modern but modest style—and knew it was just the place for him and his wife, Adriana, to raise their three daughters.
Adriana, who grew up on the East Coast with her Italian American family, wasn’t sure what to make of it. She had always envisioned life in a character-filled farmhouse, much like the ones in Italy. So the couple met in the middle with a sort of modern Italian farmhouse in the shell of a ranch.
First, though, Eric made a few tweaks to the structure. “A typical ranch house has exposed ceilings and light coming into the public spaces, but ours didn’t have that.” He added new windows for a flood of natural light and incorporated as many French doors as he could to bolster the indoor-outdoor connection. He also made room for a new master suite—not part of the typical ranch configuration—by relocating the garage to the front of the house.