Ranch House Revival in the Wall Street Journal

By Dan Gregory

The ranch house is being reinvented for today with luxury amenities and expanded outdoor connections.

It's not every day that Houseplans.com is mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, but a recent lead story by Katy McLaughlin in the Mansions section reported on individuals who are building "ramblers" as their dream homes, including a house built from our Plan 888-18 by architect Nicholas Lee.

According to McLaughlin, the trend is prompted "by a new breed of home buyers who want a single-story house for reasons unrelated to creaky knees. To capture these buyers, architects and builders are reinterpreting one-story living and putting a modern twist on the classic midcentury ranch house...Today, as luxury developers revisit the ranch, they're keeping some aspects of the style, such as long, sleek lies and abundant access to the outdoors. But they're replacing the ranch's characteristic low lines, simplicity and darkness with high ceilings, walls of glass, sanctuary-like master suites, loft-like great rooms and patios as elaborately designed as the interior space."

The article reports on the 4 bedroom 4.5 bath house in Glen Ellen, California -- near Sonoma wine country -- 

shown here. The shallow U-shaped design wraps around a pool courtyard. A lanai room is

at the center -- its wall of windows can slide away to seamlessly unite inside and outside. The

living-dining area and kitchen is one open space occupying the wing beside the lanai room. A

modernist "floating hearth" runs the length of the fireplace wall, for extra seating and display space. Where midcentury ranch houses would have had dark and somewhat cramped master suites, this reinvention is

expansive and light-filled, as shown in the master bath with its luxurious channel sink and sculptural freestanding tub. 

The trend toward single level living is growing!

Bravo Nick!

To read the entire WSJ article click here.

To browse more Ranch House Plans click here.

Tue Jul 21 00:00:00 PDT 2015