Family-friendly, thoughtfully designed, and unassuming, it’s no wonder that the ranch has been one of the most common home styles in many Southern states since the 1950s. “Ranch” is a broad term used to describe wide, U-shaped or L-shaped, single floor houses with an attached garage. The versatility and adaptability of the ranch is what makes this style so special and the reason we’ll keep loving ranch-style houses for another 50 years.
Ranches are designed with the family in mind. The laid-back floor plans and simplicity in design means you can focus less on upkeep and more on family and friends. Living spaces flow freely into the kitchen, and a wide back porch or patio sits off the living room to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. These uniquely American homes often have simple exteriors with little adornments, which gives the potential to adapt the façade to suit regional design preferences. Converted attic spaces, walk-out basements, and bonus rooms are common features found in ranches to expand living space. To show off these classic homes, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite ranch-style house plans that would make the perfect home for empty nesters and new families alike!