A Ranch Style Home is Ideal for Larger Building Lots and Older Homeowners
By Mark J. Donovan
||The first home my parents had built was a ranch style home, or rambler home as it was also commonly referred to. I have many fond memories of that home and the property it sat on in southern Maryland. As the name implies ranch style homes were and still are popular on ranches or on large pieces of land. Building ranch style homes is also still very popular where land is relatively inexpensive and/or building lots are large.
They were also the home style of choice for track building developers from the end of World War 2 up through the 1970s. They are also much more commonly constructed in warmer climate areas where there is less of a snow load concern.
Building a ranch home has a number of unique advantages over other home styles. First and foremost, the entire home is built on one level, with the exception of those built on foundation walls that include a basement.
Ranch style homes vary in size from effectively starter homes to large sprawling estates. Typically the internal and external décor vary in themes from modern to western. With smaller size ranch homes there is usually a kitchen and living room area to one side of the home, followed by a center hallway with bedrooms and a bathroom off either side of it on the other side of the home. In larger ranch style homes there is often a great room with vaulted ceilings and a large window area overlooking the property.
|Building wider roof eaves helps to keep the home cooler in the summer months, which is a major concern with a ranch home where all the living is done on one level.
In addition the wider roof eaves also help to minimize the effect of sun glare during the winter months when the sun is lower on the horizon.
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