We are working on renovating the front of the house with our architect. The idea is to keep the ranch look but modernize it a bit.
We have two options for the exterior: dark wood planks or gray plaster.
We really like the dark wood option but we are worried about the high maintenance (we are not very good at doing maintenance on time nor do we have the time for it).
In terms of the hardscape/landscape, we prefer to go with a fence made of planters (see the plaster rendering) and a tree. We need more privacy given that we are going with glass in the front.