Finding That Perfect Ranch Style

Finding That Perfect Ranch Style

Finding That Perfect Ranch Style!

Are you trying to determine what home design to hone in on for your upcoming home remodel?  It used to be that depending on the style of home, the floorplan and the structure, you were locked into a particular home design mode. For instance, two stories in the ye olde days of interior design tended toward featuring more traditional elements, while A-frames were most often adorned in rusticity, and as for ranches, many opted for a rather modern feel. Each home type had their allotted design aesthetic. Fast forward twenty, thirty years, and when it comes to home design, we’re on a whole new playing field.

dark wood cabinets ranch style houseA Brief History: The Rise of the Ranch

First seen in the early twentieth century, the ranch really gained in popularity after World War II. Why? Perhaps because of the move toward a simpler, more convenient and less “stuffy” lifestyle. Americans were looking to modernize and streamline pretty much everything, while still maintaining that element of character and beauty. The concept of the ranch fit perfectly into this ideal.

Not to mention, with its open and inviting living spaces, the ranch house offered families more opportunities to congregate and relax while enjoying one another’s company. Consider also that in the 1950s, as the ranch was gaining ground on some of the more traditional home styles, America saw the television set take over living rooms across the country. This meant that those centralized “family” spaces were becoming prized hubs of activity and entertainment.

large open area living room and dining area ranch home designThe Ranch: The Ideal Canvas for Any Design Style

Because the ranch home was at its heyday in the mid part of the 20th century, many came to associate this style home with what has been appropriately labeled Midcentury Modern design. This particular design concept is generally marked by cleaner lines, more natural materials and colors, as well as of course, the greater openness and light that characterized the space itself.

The beauty of the 21st century is that now we can look at a ranch and see beyond the historical way of thinking about how it should look, flow and feel. Certainly, midcentury modern design ideas, furniture and accents still have their place when it comes to constructing and decorating a ranch style home, but you don’t have to stay with that if you don’t want to. A ranch home design can be whatever you want it to be, it can look however you wish it to look. Beginning with the general home design and floorplan, right down to the style fireplace and color on the walls, ranches provide an ideal, wide open canvas for literally any design taste.

Modern / Rustic / Eclectic: With a Ranch Home the Choice is Yours

Let’s say you’re building in a more natural environment—trees abounding, maybe a babbling brook; you want your new home design to reflect the spirit of the landscape. With soaring tongue and groove ceilings, large windows that bring the outdoors in, and a front porch that beckons anyone who sees it, you can create that rustic, earthy look and still enjoy the openness and accessibility of a ranch plan.

Perhaps you are more traditional as far as your design tastes go. By creating nooks and seating areas that showcase classical furnishings, or by utilizing statelier types of finishes, as seen in the likes of walnut and mahogany, polished brass and lighting accented by luminescent crystals, you can have the elegance and sophistication of the traditional coupled with the convenience inherent in the ranch’s single floor living design.

bright white kitchen designed in a ranch styleOpen Floorplans, Vaulted Ceilings, and Window Layouts: Ranches Offer Endless Possibilities

The great thing about a ranch home design, as we at Classic Home Improvements have found, is that there is a tremendous amount of flexibility to accommodate basically anyone’s vision. Because of the openness of the concept, our designers our able to play with light and window placement in a way that you may not be able to with a more traditional colonial home. They can make a space or room seem much larger simply by enlarging an opening or raising the ceiling height. Even the type of flooring chosen and the way in which the hardwood of one room flows into the next, can add to the expansive feel of the interior spaces in a ranch.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that a few of the above-mentioned elements can have a huge impact on the design of your ranch home.

  • Windows: At Classic Home Improvements, we challenge our customers to use their imaginations when it comes to the type, style and shape of their windows. A myriad of choices in terms of glass, color and even operation, windows can truly help make your ranch home ‘uniquely yours.’ And again, because of the lack of a second story, a ranch lets you do more in terms of window shape and size then a two-story might. Think custom trapezoids, think giant picture window, think skylights.
  • Ceilings: One of the best places to really make a powerful statement in your ranch house. From barreled and vaulted, to tray and cathedral, the ceilings can dramatically change any room. Higher ceilings create a feeling of greater spaciousness. And even what goes on the ceiling can add to the excitement factor. No one said it had to be just paint. How about wood, metal, or what about custom textural finishes…
  • Floors: In many ways, floors can certainly make the space. Especially with ranch-home living, the openness can work to your design advantage. In keeping with the expansiveness, maintain uniform flooring throughout. Whether hardwood, tile or carpet, tie everything together and let one room seamlessly flows into the next. Or bring character to the individual living spaces by using different flooring types, materials and colors. Sky’s the limit!

The Ranch: Always an American Classic

A home design style with a distinctive history, the ranch isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Classic Home Improvements has worked on numerous ranches. And, as is indicative of this particular home, every one of them has had their own distinctive flair. We would love to talk to you about your design/build project, be it two story, bungalow, A-frame or of course, the ranch.

Finding That Perfect Ranch Style!

Are you trying to determine what home design to hone in on for your upcoming home remodel?  It used to be that depending on the style of home, the floorplan and the structure, you were locked into a particular home design mode. For instance, two stories in the ye olde days of interior design tended toward featuring more traditional elements, while A-frames were most often adorned in rusticity, and as for ranches, many opted for a rather modern feel. Each home type had their allotted design aesthetic. Fast forward twenty, thirty years, and when it comes to home design, we’re on a whole new playing field.

dark wood cabinets ranch style houseA Brief History: The Rise of the Ranch

First seen in the early twentieth century, the ranch really gained in popularity after World War II. Why? Perhaps because of the move toward a simpler, more convenient and less “stuffy” lifestyle. Americans were looking to modernize and streamline pretty much everything, while still maintaining that element of character and beauty. The concept of the ranch fit perfectly into this ideal.

Not to mention, with its open and inviting living spaces, the ranch house offered families more opportunities to congregate and relax while enjoying one another’s company. Consider also that in the 1950s, as the ranch was gaining ground on some of the more traditional home styles, America saw the television set take over living rooms across the country. This meant that those centralized “family” spaces were becoming prized hubs of activity and entertainment.

large open area living room and dining area ranch home designThe Ranch: The Ideal Canvas for Any Design Style

Because the ranch home was at its heyday in the mid part of the 20th century, many came to associate this style home with what has been appropriately labeled Midcentury Modern design. This particular design concept is generally marked by cleaner lines, more natural materials and colors, as well as of course, the greater openness and light that characterized the space itself.

The beauty of the 21st century is that now we can look at a ranch and see beyond the historical way of thinking about how it should look, flow and feel. Certainly, midcentury modern design ideas, furniture and accents still have their place when it comes to constructing and decorating a ranch style home, but you don’t have to stay with that if you don’t want to. A ranch home design can be whatever you want it to be, it can look however you wish it to look. Beginning with the general home design and floorplan, right down to the style fireplace and color on the walls, ranches provide an ideal, wide open canvas for literally any design taste.

Modern / Rustic / Eclectic: With a Ranch Home the Choice is Yours

Let’s say you’re building in a more natural environment—trees abounding, maybe a babbling brook; you want your new home design to reflect the spirit of the landscape. With soaring tongue and groove ceilings, large windows that bring the outdoors in, and a front porch that beckons anyone who sees it, you can create that rustic, earthy look and still enjoy the openness and accessibility of a ranch plan.

Perhaps you are more traditional as far as your design tastes go. By creating nooks and seating areas that showcase classical furnishings, or by utilizing statelier types of finishes, as seen in the likes of walnut and mahogany, polished brass and lighting accented by luminescent crystals, you can have the elegance and sophistication of the traditional coupled with the convenience inherent in the ranch’s single floor living design.

bright white kitchen designed in a ranch styleOpen Floorplans, Vaulted Ceilings, and Window Layouts: Ranches Offer Endless Possibilities

The great thing about a ranch home design, as we at Classic Home Improvements have found, is that there is a tremendous amount of flexibility to accommodate basically anyone’s vision. Because of the openness of the concept, our designers our able to play with light and window placement in a way that you may not be able to with a more traditional colonial home. They can make a space or room seem much larger simply by enlarging an opening or raising the ceiling height. Even the type of flooring chosen and the way in which the hardwood of one room flows into the next, can add to the expansive feel of the interior spaces in a ranch.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that a few of the above-mentioned elements can have a huge impact on the design of your ranch home.

  • Windows: At Classic Home Improvements, we challenge our customers to use their imaginations when it comes to the type, style and shape of their windows. A myriad of choices in terms of glass, color and even operation, windows can truly help make your ranch home ‘uniquely yours.’ And again, because of the lack of a second story, a ranch lets you do more in terms of window shape and size then a two-story might. Think custom trapezoids, think giant picture window, think skylights.
  • Ceilings: One of the best places to really make a powerful statement in your ranch house. From barreled and vaulted, to tray and cathedral, the ceilings can dramatically change any room. Higher ceilings create a feeling of greater spaciousness. And even what goes on the ceiling can add to the excitement factor. No one said it had to be just paint. How about wood, metal, or what about custom textural finishes…
  • Floors: In many ways, floors can certainly make the space. Especially with ranch-home living, the openness can work to your design advantage. In keeping with the expansiveness, maintain uniform flooring throughout. Whether hardwood, tile or carpet, tie everything together and let one room seamlessly flows into the next. Or bring character to the individual living spaces by using different flooring types, materials and colors. Sky’s the limit!

The Ranch: Always an American Classic

A home design style with a distinctive history, the ranch isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Classic Home Improvements has worked on numerous ranches. And, as is indicative of this particular home, every one of them has had their own distinctive flair. We would love to talk to you about your design/build project, be it two story, bungalow, A-frame or of course, the ranch.

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