Ranch homes are typically one-story houses with low rooflines, built with an L or U shape and an open floor layout. They gained tremendous popularity in the US in the 1950s to the 1970s, primarily because they’re easy to build and are highly versatile. Today, ranch still ranks as one of the top architectural styles in the country.
- It gives you plenty of room
Some people may think that ranch homes have less square footage than houses with two or more stories. While this is true in some cases, it would be wrong to assume that ranch homes are generally smaller. This type of house is often spread in a wide area and features a large open floor plan, providing plenty of living space. It can generally accommodate large furniture and plenty of guests with little problem.
- It’s perfect for outdoor-indoor living
Because they sit on massive concrete slabs, ranch homes typically need to be built on large lot areas. This provides you with the perfect opportunity to create an outdoor living space — all you need is to add an outdoor fireplace or hot tub, arrange some furniture pieces, install the right lighting, and have a manicured lawn. In most cases, the lot area is large enough to accommodate a swimming pool. Many ranch homes come with french doors that make transitioning from the indoors to the outdoors easy and seamless.
- It can handle the heat better
Ranch homes are ideal in an area with a warm climate like Southern Florida. Because heat rises, it can be difficult — and often, costly — to cool the upper stories of a home. Since most ranch homes only have a single story, they make cooling more efficient.
- The single story structure comes with many advantages
As you only have one floor to clean, you don’t have to worry about lugging the vacuum cleaner and other cleaning equipment and supplies up a flight—or more —of stairs.
In addition, if you or other members of your household have mobility problems, a single-story home offers a great solution. This is particularly true for people who need a wheelchair. If you have young kids, the absence of a staircase also means one less hazard to worry about.
- It provides versatility
Most ranch homes come with large, open floor plans. This allows you plenty of versatility in designing your interior and managing the space. If you need more room for entertaining or to accommodate more guests, you can easily open up adjoining spaces.
An open floor layout is one of the most sought after features in homes today. In addition to versatility, it also gives an airy, spacious feel and allows an easy flow of movement around the home.
- It’s easy to customize
Because of their simple design and asymmetrical layout, ranch homes provide plenty of opportunities for customization. You can change the roof, the cladding, the design of the windows, and so on, and get a unique home with your distinct aesthetic stamp. The large lot areas are also perfect for a landscaped yard or garden that can add charm and enhance your curb appeal.
Learn more about ranch homes and where to find the right one for you from the best Realtors in Florida. Call us, the Connie Cabral Group, at 305.776.0899 or send an email to connie(at)conniecabral(dotted)com.