photographed by Thomas Story; courtesy of sunset.com
With a dumpster parked in the driveway and an overgrown lawn, it was easy to drive down the street and miss this powder-blue ranch. The backyard, already equipped with an in-ground pool, was in better shape. Matthew and Jennifer, the new owners, wanted a low-maintenance landscape and a fresh look for the home's exterior. Tapped out from the down payment, they decided to take on most of the remodeling work themselves.