Why Choosing a Ranch-Style House


If there were a list of popular terms to describe the most sought-after houses, you could probably guess a few of them. This address would likely have an open-concept living space, with a large kitchen island, and a fireplace near a sectional. Perhaps it would also have plenty of storage, as well as timeless materials like hardwood floors and pendant lights. But another detail of our collective dream home is this: a seamless indoor-outdoor connection. And that's always been a main draw of a ranch-style house.

Ranch-style properties emerged as a directly American structure in the mid-20th century, as architects like Cliff May and Joseph Eichler experimented with the open spaces of emerging suburbia. Borrowing from Spanish Colonial principles of single stories, which keep the indoors cool, the ranch style gained popularity on the West Coast before becoming a nationwide staple in the 1950s and 60s.


A released by the National association of Home Builders shows two-thirds of home buyers (64%) would like a single-story home. And preference rises with age: Millennials (35%), Gen X'ers (49%), and Seniors (88%)

Benefits of a Ranch-Style House

1. Single-Level Living Space.

With the main living areas- master suite, kitchen, and laundry room- all on the first floor, there are no stairs to climb. Home buyers of all ages find this is a good choice if they want to bring an older family member to live with them.

2. Aging-IN-Place Friendly.

Builders can easily integrate Universal Design features into the ranch's one-story floor plan. Homeowners who want to age in place- remain in the home of their choice for as long as possible- appreciate this aspect.

3. Open Floor Plans.

Ranch-style floor plans tend to be more open and free-flowing providing both comfort and convenience. As an illustration, extra floor space makes moving furniture in and out of the home easier, and everyone feels less cramped.

Additionally, contemporary-loving homeowners who prefer a modern, open floor plan know ranch homes are a way to get the look they desire.

4. Easier to Maintain.

A one-story ranch home is simpler to take care of. No more dragging a vacuum up and down the stairs or climbing a huge ladder to clean windows or dust the foyer chandelier. Likewise, single-story homes make it much easier to access and clean exterior walls, gutters, and roofing.

5. Save Money.

Some homeowners believe ranch homes are a more affordable option compared to similarity-sized two-story homes. This may or may not be true depending on a number of factors. For instance, whether single-story homes are less expensive to heat and cool depends on the construction, square footage, and layout.

6. Indoor-Outdoor Flow

Ranch homes are usually L-or U-shaped, single-story properties with ample windows making them especially appealing to nature lovers. Ranch-style houses can be adapted with large doors leading out to a deck or patio to fashion a good flow between outdoors and indoors.

In conclusion, custom home builders have redesigned the classic single-story ranch for today's lifestyles and needs. Ranch homes are prefect for people just starting out or for downsizers looking for their ideal forever home.

7. Maintenance and repair is much easier

"Low-pitch roofs give easy access to gutters and windows that help simplify any exterior updates such as gutter replacement, shingle upgrades, or even installing holiday lights," Fishburne says. "This makes them extremely popular for families with young children or older homeowners who no longer want stairs."

8. These homes are perfect for entertaining 

'With wide floor plans and an open flow, guests can easily wander or mingle from the kitchen to the dining room and outdoor living area," she continues.

9. Sliding glass doors are a key detail

"The emphasis on outdoor spaces normally translates into an open-spaced, casual kitchen area, too," Fishburne adds.