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Remodel Behavior

One Loveland Family Creates Their Own Dream House, Top to Bottom

Article by Elizabeth A. Lowry

Photography by Next Door Photos

Originally published in Loveland Lifestyle

Many people move to Loveland for the location. But the Rubergs were able to find a house in Loveland with an amazing location within a location—something not many can say. 

Nestled on nearly three-and-a-half acres, what was once a dated, closed-off red brick ranch with four bedrooms, two baths across 2,000 square feet is now a completely renovated, stylish, six bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom, 4,400-square-foot open-concept ranch with white brick—remodeled completely from head to toe. 

What’s something like that take? For Elisabeth and Andy Ruberg, all it took was a few rough napkin sketches over a meal at Paxton’s, the help of some renovation-savvy parents, and five months of steady work by Meyer Brothers & Sons. Easy-peasy, right?

They Literally Bought the Ranch …
Elisabeth explains she and her husband bought the property with her parents, initially for its lot and location and with dreams of multigenerational living on the land. They fully intended to tear down the house within a couple years and rebuild. 

“But the longer we lived in the ranch, the more we fell in love with it,” she says. “It was incredibly well built with tons of potential, so we changed course and decided to do a full remodel/rebuild. Barely a square inch wasn’t touched by the time we finished!” 

To the Studs and Back Again
To create a compound worthy of housing two generations of family, plus reunions, parties and all a large group like theirs entailed, the Rubergs changed everything (while still honoring its mid-century modern past, of course): 

  • Removing all interior walls of the main living area and rebuilding with a tray ceiling for extra height.
  • Relocating the kitchen and adding a large, stone gas fireplace in addition to the existing wood-burning one.
  • Opening up the walls in the existing kitchen, dining and family rooms to create one large, open-concept main room.
  • Moving the old staircase and opening it up to the basement to allow for an open flow to the newly finished basement.
  • Adding an en-suite to an existing bedroom. 
  • Building two additions off the back—one for a new primary bedroom and bath, and one for a laundry/mudroom and a third garage stall. The additions connect via a large covered, screened-in porch accessible via two French doors off the living room. 
  • Finishing out the basement by adding a large living area, three additional bedrooms with full egress windows and closets, and a full bathroom off one bedroom, creating a guest suite.
  • Repainting the existing brick and matching it to the new additions as well as new board-and-batten siding.
  • Installing an in-ground pool, deck and fencing. 
  • Planting 150 trees of various local varieties for privacy and ambiance, a tree fort, and considerable improvements on the entire lot. 
  • All-new mechanicals and roof.

Drooling over this house yet? You’re in luck—it could be yours. The Rubergs are heartbroken to leave this gorgeously remade ranch behind, but they’re returning to mountain living, and their dream house is set to be listed this spring.

The longer we lived in the ranch, the more we fell in love with it ... it was incredibly well built with tons of potential, so we changed course and decided to do a full remodel/rebuild!