Architectural Styles


Ranch House / Rambler

Generally referred to as the “California Ranch”, this single-story sprawling home became popular in post-war America. The home takes cues from modernist homes with its open layout, indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces, and large windows. The ranch/rambler style house experienced the height of success in the 1950s and 1960s with the boom of the suburbs, and can be found all over the United States.  As the style evolved, split level homes became available. The ranch/rambler style home was also one of the first architectural styles to incorporate a garage into the housing design to accommodate the needs of the modern American Family.

Elements of design

  • Influenced by modern architecture with open living spaces
  • Single story with large footprint
  • Outdoor entertaining space
  • Building materials dependent on region: wood, stucco, or brick
  • Large windows
  • First home design to incorporate attached garage