Few people look at ranch-style homes and are taken aback by their bold lines and curves, but they are nonetheless a staple of American residential architecture.
Most ranches, unless converted, are typically single story, with a low-pitched gable roof, rectangular design, large windows, attached or detached garages, and an emphasis on openness with as few interior walls as possible. Aside from decorative shutters, ranch homes are some-what lacking in unnecessary elaborate features.
Ranch homes are the result of a fusion of prairie-style houses and informal bungalows of the early 20th century. Architect Cliff Mays was credited with building the first ranch home in San Diego in 1932. Following World War II, ranch homes exploded in number because of their simple, economical de-signs to meet the needs of veteran’s families.
Ranch-style homes are often thought of when one imagines a “cookie-cutter” neighborhood, but their affordability and versatility have made them numerous and an important fixture in America.