House Styles 1980s-2008


California Ranch

1 story

Most Ranch Style houses have these features:
* 1 story
* Long, low roofline
* Cross-gabled, side-gabled or hip roof
Large picture window
* Simple or rustic interior and exterior trim
* Large overhanging eaves
* Simple floor plans


A ranch-style house, also known as a California Ranch, is a unique American domestic architectural style.  First built in the 1920s, the ranch style was extremely popular in the United States during the 1940s to 1970s, as new suburbs, characterized by having big lots, were built for the children of the Baby Boomers. Ranch homes are closely tied to the automobile. A standard feature in every Ranch home is an attached garage. In a modern ranch house each of the major rooms was intended to flow into the next.  Their styling is very simple and rectangular in shape. Ranch style homes generally have shallow pitched hipped roofs that extended across a single or double car garage. The draw back to the ranch style home is that is requires a large lot because of the width.  By the late 1970s the ranch house was no longer the home of choice and had been eclipsed by the Neo-Eclectic styles of the late 20th century.


Ranch Style with a porch


Rustic version of a Ranch Style


Simple Ranch Style



Created by Glen Eastman, 2 June 2008.