Today’s tip focuses on the home style known as a “Ranch” home and is from my Guide To Popular US Home Styles
The ranch home styles is perhaps the most popular home style in the United States. It’s basic feature is a single story but may also have a basement or attic. Other terms used to describe this home style are “American Ranch”, “Western Ranch” or “California Rambler”. Raised Ranches are considered a completely different home style and should not be confused with the basic ranch style. The first true ranch home is attributed to builder Cliff May who built the home in San Diego, California in 1932. Ranch homes are often un-complicated and somewhat simple – some even say informal. Ranch homes often feature an open floorplan that focuses on less seperation between living areas. Ranch homes are often popular with older homeowners or homeowners with mobility issues because of their single-story construction. This style of home is also the most expensive to construct from a material standpoint – featuring a larger footprint and roof area. Basements in Ranch homes can be enormous – a full basement effectively doubles the square footage of the main level. The ranch style peaked in popularity during the middle of the 1900’s but has declined heading into the 2000’s possibly due to the high construction costs and space requirements associated with building them. There are now groups that focus on the preservation and rehabilitation of ranch homes that have fallen into decline in the United States.