Bubbling up in the U.S. in the 1930s, Ranch homes grew in popularity with the postwar middle class. Characterized by single-story layouts, low-pitched rooflines and open floor plans, Ranch homes continue to be in demand with buyers of all ages. In recent years, Ranch homes have made a comeback because of their simple aesthetics, connection to the outdoors and place in Americas architectural history.
Ranch houses have proven especially popular during the flux of 2020, as homeowners began looking for a more laid-back, low-key living environment. If you, too, are searching for a classic Ranch home but with modern-day amenities, be on the lookout for these four features.
Open Floor Plans
One of the most inviting amenities in any Ranch home is an open-concept layout that effortlessly blends the dining room, living room and kitchen into one shared entertaining space. While original ranch homes typically featured such a floor plan, this layout was mostly lost in the mass-produced Ranch homes of the 1960s and 1970s. Start by looking for an open-concept floor plan that will guarantee that you have plenty of space.
Contemporary Appliances and Infrastructure Systems
Because most Ranch homes were built from the 1930s to 1970s, they typically have modern infrastructure when it comes to heating and cooling systems, plumbing and wiring. This is an especially valuable perk if youre hoping to avoid costly renovations in the future. Always check with your agent to see when any systems were last repaired or upgraded.
You might also want to keep an eye out for a Ranch home with more modern appliances and features, from stainless-steel kitchen appliances to marble, granite or quartz countertops. Finding a ranch home with updated appliances and finishes can be the best of both worlds, since the home retains its classic feel but offers all the conveniences of contemporary living and a heck of a place to cook a hearty family dinner.
Updated Hardwood and Tile Floors
One simple way that sellers can ensure a more modern look when they list their home is to pull up old carpet and find out what exists underneath. When looking for a Ranch home that wont require any renovations, look for one where outdated carpets or outdated tiles have been replaced with sleek hardwoods or contemporary ceramic tiles.
Soaring and Smooth Ceilings
Older versions of Ranch homes may have 8-foot ceilings, which can feel particularly low by todays standards. Although, many Ranch homes in the Southwest feature vaulted ceilings, so theres a good chance you can find a home with higher ceilings. Another telltale sign of an outdated Ranch home is popcorn texture on the ceilings. Thankfully, many luxury properties have already had their ceilings smoothed, so youre not likely to come across it in modern-day Ranch homes. But, talk to an architect or interior designer if youve fallen for a Ranch that needs a little refreshing: Professionals can work wonders on a homes structure and interiors.
If youre planning to purchase a modern Ranch home, contact Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty today. With years of experience in the luxury real estate industry in Texas, our agents can answer any questions you may have and help you find the home of your dreams.
Pictured at top: The Dolce Vita Ranch is available at 01 Dennis Road Weatherford, Texas 76087 for $7,950,000.