I happen to be a fan of ranch houses. Perhaps it is a nostalgic sense of home for me, having been raised in ranch houses all my life since the 1960’s. As an adult I appreciate their simplicity and potential for easy living. Feeling alone in this town of Craftsman lovers I finally found my support group by the name of Bellwether Builders. I recently showcased one of their homes currently for sale in the historic Montford neighborhood. I was curious to get to know it better and understand the vision behind this masterful makeover at 50 Rosewood.
Katie Rice, one half of the design team for Bellwether, states “We are excited to redefine the ranch. Their time has come. When we see a ranch, we see amazing potential and opportunity. Exploring the possibilities of remodeling ranch homes is like having a stretched canvas ready to go. All you have to do is create the art.” I wholeheartedly agree with her.
At 50 Rosewood they cleverly created a new home from the bones of the existing ranch. Starting with raising the roof and letting in the light to define a new great room they updated the space to reflect today’s lifestyle. They opened up the first bedroom to become a flexible living space that could be a home office, media room or guest room. All the details were thoughtfully chosen from the bath fixtures to the exterior barnroofing on the front. It is creative, fun, casual and comfortable. I recommend to those of you who are wondering what to do with your own rancher, take a look at this quality remodel. I recently showed it to one of my clients. Her father was a Beverly Hills architect so she has seen many completed and remodeled homes. She thought this one was very clever and appreciated the attention to details. To see more finished details see the previous post on 50 Rosewood.
Here is some general information on the ranch home for further exploration. There are many new websites and magazines that showcase the ranch.
Ranch-style houses (also American ranch, California ranch, rambler or rancher) is a uniquely American domestic architectural style. First built in the 1920s, the ranch style was extremely popular in the United States during the 1940s to 1970s, as new suburbs were built for the Greatest Generation and later the Silent Generation.
The style is often associated with tract housing built during this period, particularly in the western United States, which experienced a population explosion during this period with a corresponding demand for housing.
The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style. Their popularity waned in the late 20th century as neo-eclectic house styles, a return to using historical and traditional decoration, became popular. However, in recent years the ranch house has been undergoing a revitalization of interest.
Preservationist movements have begun in some ranch house neighborhoods as well as renewed interest in the style from a younger generation who did not grow up in ranch-style houses. This renewed interest in the ranch house style has been compared to that which other house styles such as the Bungalow and Queen Anne experienced in the 20th century, initial dominance of the market, replacement as the desired housing style, decay and disinterest coupled with many of teardowns, then renewed interest and gentrification of the surviving homes.