Ranch style homes, featuring uncomplicated single-story floor plans and simple exteriors, harken back to the early 20th century. Within a few decades of their debut, there was a building boom of ranch homes and the resulting development of large subdivisions. According to Houzz, “Nine out of 10 new houses built in the United States in 1950 were ranch houses. As American wealth increased and mortgage down payment requirements and interest rates decreased in the mid-1980s, the thirst for more square footage and classic adornments followed. Ranch homes fell out of favor, replaced by more traditional larger two-story homes.” As with many home trends, we are beginning to see the popularity of ranch homes of all styles reemerging.
From Midcentury Modern to Farmhouse and Craftsman style ranches, fans of the low profile home are putting an updated spin on this most iconic American design. Perhaps inspired by the famous HGTV Fixer Upper remodels by Chip and Joanna Gaines, where run-of-the-mill ranches are transformed into charming homes with updated floor plans, color schemes, style, and curb appeal. Homeowners are embracing the paint brush and even knocking down walls to create a home that fits their modern lifestyle and tastes.
This white ranch redo is straight from HGTV’s Fixer Upper. We can understand why these home makeovers are inspiring homeowners across the country to update their own homes. Tall windows, crisp black shutters, fresh landscaping and a colorful front door carry this home out of the past and right into the 21st century.
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This home now embraces all things Midcentury Modern with an update that blends its retro roots with a touch of contemporary style. As opposed to the original layout, the front entrance has been opened up with a wide wrap-around set of double steps, creating a cozy front porch feel.
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We love this Craftsman style take on an L-shaped ranch home with cleanly painted gray brick, matching shakes, and a welcoming entrance surrounded by windows. While the bones of this home are humble, there’s nothing uninspiring about the impressive renovation.
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The exteriors aren’t the only aspect that are on the ranch renovation receiving end, as the interiors are often experiencing a complete concept makeover as well. This remodel is a perfect example of the difference that can be made by vaulting the ceiling and the removal of a wall to open a kitchen up to the rest of the living space.
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Interest in ranch-style homes is so renewed that new versions of ranch homes are becoming quite popular in new construction. SFGATE (San Francisco Chronicle) points out that newer versions of ranch homes are quite different than the original. In contrast to the 1,000 to 1,500 square foot homes relegated to subdivisions or tracts, “Today’s newly built homes can run up to 3,000 square feet. The majority of new versions are built to individual specifications. They often feature custom amenities and varied floor plans.”
While existing ranch-style homes are relatively affordable in most markets, the purchase price of a completely renovated or newly built ranch home can run between $300,000 and $400,000, or more, depending on a variety of variables including square footage and the level of custom features or upgrades.