Katie Bee and Seton Marshall first called on local architect Anna Evans to help them update their 1950s ranch-style home in Mountain Brook, Alabama, when Katie Bee found out she was pregnant with their second child. They were looking for some additional space and also realized they needed a more welcoming space to watch over their growing family as they played in the front yard with all of their neighborhood friends. So the Marshalls asked Evans for not only a "leaner, taller, and cleaner" look but also an easier connection to the outdoors. In thinking about tackling a ranch that had not been touched with much more than a paintbrush since the 1950s, Evans decided to work with—not against—its design. Fairly simple exterior updates like a new paint job; expanded entry; wide front terrace; and tall, light-filled doors out back changed how the Marshalls lived in their house, which is now brighter with a more natural flow to the outdoors. "The new front is like a magnet in the neighborhood," says Katie Bee. "It's perfect for sitting with neighbors, having a glass of wine, and watching the kids play on the lawn."