[2013] kaitlan martin: Ranch Houses

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[2013] kaitlan martin: Ranch Houses

RANCH HOUSES

Single-floor living. The ranch home’s low profile comes from its roots in the Western United States, where working ranch homes were one-level, practical and unadorned. Modernist influences also kept ranch homes simple and single-story for the most part, although split-level ranches did become popular in the 1950s.Asymmetry. Classic ranch homes are often shaped like “L”s or “U”s.Sliding glass doors. One major purpose of the ranch style is to link the outdoors and the indoors. Sliding glass doors became a standard way to let in as much light and view as possible while connecting the living space directly to a patio.Backyard emphasis. Earlier American homes focused on the front porch, but ranch homes were designed for a private life out back.The garage. The spread of ranch homes coincided with America’s flight to the suburbs, which meant these homes had to accommodate cars -- usually two.

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