Transitional/Early Ranch

What’s a Ranch Style house? The formal definition of the style couldn’t get more basic. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the Ranch as a “rectangular, one-story house with a low-pitched roof.” Wikipedia gets a little fancier: The Ranch is “a common term used to describe a single story house often built with a very horizontal appearance. The entrance is often low to the surrounding grade of land, although some with basements have a more elevated entrance and are called ‘raised ranches.’ They are occasionally surrounded by large amounts of land, but in the second half of the 20th century it was commonly used as a style in tract developments.”

Identifying Features:

  • Small, square boxlike form
  • Low-pitched hip or gable roof, often with exposed rafter tails
  • No porch or a small porch over the entry
  • Brick, block or stucco walls
  • Steel or wood frame windows with small panes
  • Shutters occasionally flank windows
  • Usually has a single car garage, often detached & located at the back of the lot
  • Early Ranch
  • Rectilinear or “L” plan with a horizontal emphasis; irregular plans also common
  • Low-pitched gable or hip roof, often truncated
  • Often has a prominent entry porch with decorative posts
  • Brick walls, painted block or stucco
  • May have corner & bay windows or shutters for extra ornamentation
  • Asphalt shingle roofing or asbestos shingles on more expensive models
  • Usually has a detached garage at the back of the lot & may also have a carport

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