Jeff considered his options: vinyl, metal, aluminum, steel, wood, composites.
If bricks along the bottom half or under the windows of your ranch’s exterior chop it even shorter, update -- and stretch -- the exterior with paint.
Almost any facade, including bricks, aluminum siding and stucco, is paint-friendly after a good cleaning and coat of suitable primer.
A one-color home appears taller, especially in a hue that blends into the background, such as sage-green against sagebrush-dotted hills.
The problem: It's heavy, breaks easily and is only available in 12-foot links, which would mean more seaming for Jeff, who planned to install the siding himself.
"If I installed fiber cement board I'd have to wear a mask," he adds.