Ranch Style Homes
Ranch style homes are a fusion of the Mid Century Modern style with an informal, casual western sensibility. They are typically long and low profile.
First built in the 1920’s, ranch homes were originally modeled after rural Western ranches, but with modern style, open floor plans and easy connections to the outdoors. Focused mainly on practicality, most ranch homes were originally quite simple, allowing for variations and personalization. Ranch style exploded in popularity and by the 1950’s , becoming tract builders style of choice for the booming suburbs.
- Single story
- Long, low-pitch roofline
- Off Center Entry
- Asymmetrical rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped design
- Simple, open floor plans
- Attached garage
- Windows with a large glass area, sometimes decorated with non-functional shutters
- Mixed material exteriors of stucco and brick, wood or stone
- Deep overhanging eaves
- Cross-gabled, side-gabled or hip roof
- Living areas separate from the bedroom(s) area
- Sliding glass doors opening onto a patio
- Vaulted ceilings
- exposed beams
- Simple and/or rustic interior and exterior trim
- Thin profile, metal frame windows (steel casement or sliding aluminum type)
- Semi-Open floor plans
- Sunken Living Rooms
- Wet Bars
By the 1970’s and 80’s Ranch Style Homes had taken over suburbia. Homeowners began to tire of the plain Ranch Style, and the homes became Styled Ranches. Styled Ranch houses have a more complete and unified set of stylistic details that create a distinct style.
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