Goodbye, Ranch! America Has a New Favorite Home Style
The mid-century modern, single-story ranch home is no longer America’s favorite. According to a recent survey by real estate website Trulia, Millennials, who are buying their first homes, have tipped the scale in favor of the new winner: the craftsman bungalow. The craftsman came in first, at 43 percent, with the ranch home following at 41 percent and the colonial-style home at 36 percent.
As shown above, the ranch-style house is often spread out across one story. Mostly constructed during the Sixties and Seventies, many have a Mid-Century vibe to them. Image: Virtual Imaging
Craftsman bungalows range in size, but feature two or more stories, a porch, and plenty of curb appeal due to wooden siding details, ornate windows and doors, stonework, and rich landscaping. Image: The Bungalow Company
What’s interesting is the great architectural divide between younger and older Americans. More than half (52 percent) of surveyed Millennials, between the ages of 18 and 34, picked the craftsman-style home as their favorite, while 52 percent of participants aged 55 and up preferred the ranch style.
But coming across a craftsman bungalow isn’t so easy. According to Trulia’s data, “Colonial, ranch, Cape Cod, Victorian, and mid-century” homes make up most of America’s housing inventory, making the lovely craftsman house a commodity.
Craftsman bungalow style
Here are some beautiful examples of craftsman bungalows and what makes them unique. Some of the most popular elements include plenty of wood detail (especially in oak), hand-forged black iron hardware and lighting, and earthy color combinations.
An updated kitchen still keeps the traditional craftsman bungalow features, such as oak cabinets and floors. Image: Renewal Design + Build
Vintage details, such as a split Dutch door, rustic floors, a farmhouse sink and industrial elements, all work well with the craftsman style. Image: Max Houseplans
Although cabinetry is clean and simple, it features some detail, including glass panels and wood slat borders. Black hand-forged iron hardware puts the craftsman stamp on this kitchen. Image: Goforth Gill
Craftsman bungalow living rooms
An essential element in the craftsman style is the wood lattice detailing in windows and cabinet doors. Image: Kurmak Builders
Wood beams, built-in window seats and plenty of shelving makes the craftsman bungalow’s living room so inviting. Image: The Works
Craftsman homes often feature rooms that are partitioned with bookcases or columns instead of walls, allowing for intimacy yet plenty of light and flow. Image: Wysteria Design
The ornate fireplace is the central focal point of the living room, and often features tile or stone with wood. Image: Clites Architects
Craftsman exteriors and landscapes
The craftsman bungalow may arguably have the most curb appeal of all architectural styles. A clear path leads to the beautiful front door, flanked by a large porch or covered entry. Image: Moore Architects
Landscaping and trees play an important part in the style. Colors are often earthy and muted but complementary, with combinations like slate blue and olive green, or khaki and brick red. Image: Proyecto Build
A craftsman backyard featuring lots of stonework, wood siding and iron lighting and furniture. Image: Cornerstone Architects
What do you think about Trulia’s survey results? Are you a craftsman or ranch lover? Let us know in the comments!