As one of America’s most important contributions to residential architecture, ranch homes embody both modernist ideas and the casual spirit of West Coast living.
Uniquely American, ranch-style homes started to emerge during the early part of the 20th century. Originally based on real western ranches, the style that we are familiar with today—the California ranch—included modern updates that are commonly attributed to architect Clifford May, who created the design in 1932.
Popular with the booming, post-war middle class and the subsequent demand for increased housing options, ranch-style homes made a widespread appearance from the 1940s to the ’70s as they dotted the American landscape with their long, low-slung profile. Defined by their flexible floor plans and livability, ranch-style homes became immensely popular, only falling out of favor as styles shifted during the 1980s and ’90s. However, ranch-style homes are back—and ripe for exciting, contemporary renovations.
Although ranch-style homes tend to be synonymous with one-level living, and are usually built on concrete slab—especially in California and the Southwest—models that feature full or daylight basements are not uncommon. Most
Here, we have rounded up some of our favorite ranch-style homes that showcase why the style is so coveted and definitely here to stay.
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