Ranch-style homes feature open floor plans throughout. This means all of the major rooms flow one into the other. For example, a living room may be undivided by a wall separating it from a dining room or kitchen. They're also usually built with full basements or on a slab. Those with basements are often seen in the Midwest. Ranch homes on slabs are mostly seen in California and in the southwestern part of the country.
Ranch homes have a number of distinguishing exterior features, including a long, low roofline. Brick, wood or stucco are the three most common exterior materials used in ranch-style homes. A garage attached to the home is the norm as well. A well-designed ranch-style home will usually have large windows. This is especially the case for the living room, which normally features a large picture window. Lastly, almost all feature sliding doors leading to a patio area.
In many real estate markets, existing ranch-style homes are relatively affordable in terms of purchase price. However, since their footprint is larger than a two-story home, their price per square foot could be higher. A September 2009 survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders was very illuminating. It found that those 55 years of age and older strongly preferred a single-story ranch-style home. A single story means the only stairs in the home will lead down to the basement, if one exists. In addition, a ranch home will offer open and airy interior which makes cleaning easier.
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