Ranch Style Homes
Listing information last updated on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4:22 AM.
About The Ranch Home Style
The ranch is a domestic architectural style originating in the United States during the 1920's. The ranch fused modernist ideas and styles to create a very informal and casual living style.
Their popularity waned in the late 20th century as traditional and historical décor became popular. But the ranch is once again making a comeback, due to the functionality and streamlined aesthetic.
One of the benefits of owning a ranch style home is the variety. Though traditionally one story homes, the design itself varies immensely and leaves room for customization, appeasing even the most discerning palate.
A Classic American Home Style
The ranch style was first introduced in the 1920s and grew in popularity with the middle class; the demand for housing, post war, was increasing and ranches were the best style to suit those needs. The ranch style echoes the Spanish colonial architecture of the 17th century. Single story floor plans are key in the design, with open, easy to navigate living spaces. The 1950s through the 1970s saw a large growth in ranch style homes, either with traditional layout or more modern, open style layout.
Characteristics & Features Of Ranch Style Architechure
- Single story with long, low roof lines
- Asymmetrical, rectangular, L-shaped or U-shaped design
- Simple, open floor plans with living areas separate from the bedrooms
- Sliding glass doors that open to a patio
- Large windows often decorated with shutters
- Vaulted ceilings with exposed beams
- Exteriors of stucco, brick, wood, or glass
- Large, overhanging eaves
- Cross gabled or side gabled
- Simple and rustic interior and exterior trim
- Attached garage
More About Ranch Style Homes
A popular appeal of the ranch is the ability to easily renovate and add additions for more living space. Very often, you’ll find that homeowners add a second level to the home to separate the living areas from the bedrooms. The rear of a home can often be expanded for a larger kitchen and great room. The attic level can also sometimes be made into a second floor with dormers, provided there is adequate height, while a basement can provide an abundance of space when finished.
Cosmetically, a ranch can be easily updated and transformed by adding new gables to the front exterior to bury the roof line, installing new windows, and changing the siding.
Pricing And Popularity
Depending on the geographic area and finishes, the ranch can vary greatly in price; however, they can be quite affordable. There’s a renewed interest in this style home due to the benefits of living all on one level, which is appealing to seniors, on the go families, and those caring for aging parents. Furthermore, the interiors of the ranch style houses are designed to be quite spacious, clean, and airy, which makes them easy to clean.
Though new builds of ranch style homes are waning in popularity, the ranches of the early and mid-20th century are being remodeled and made new again. So if you’re searching for easy to navigate living space with mid-century charm, a ranch style home is for you.