When this one-owner 1974 ranch hit the Saratoga Springs real estate market in 2017, neighbors jumped at the chance to purchase it. They were eager to expand the wooded buffer to their existing property. And they had visions of creating a welcoming retreat for extended family to enjoy. The original house was dark, dated, and needed major updates. Initial plans to demolish and build anew were abandoned in favor of reclaiming and remaking the home into an airy, contemporary cottage. Previously compact and disjointed rooms were transformed through clever design and space planning. Playful color pops in the bright white kitchen. An ensuite bath with zero-entry walk-in shower provides for aging-in-place accessibility. Now, this modest ranch lives large and on-trend, with whimsy and artful details reflective of the homeowner’s unique 21st-century style.